BLOG TOUR w/ REVIEW: Stand by A.L. Jackson

Bleeding Stars Book Six; Standalone

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From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next seductive, unforgettable Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For six years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand?

♦4-STAR REVIEW♦

Jackson takes readers into the heart of Sunder with Zee’s story in Stand, the final book in the Bleeding Stars series. Zee and his story really do encompass the entire band and their history because of his joining into the group due to a very instrumental and sad moment. Told in both flashback and present viewpoints, Zee’s story is carefully laid out for the reader to experience and see everything from the beginning of the band to the pivotal moments in Zee’s life. And while Zee has been a background character in the prior books, his presence has always felt larger than life so one couldn’t imagine the excitement of this reader when it came to getting his story.

Two characters both embroiled in their own personal conflict, Alexis and Zee seek comfort and escapism with one another. Zee is a man not fully living while Alexis’ mantra  (“No fear. Just life.”) gives her the drive she needs to continue forward. What they teach one another is something you can’t help but take away from this novel. The romanticism and sweetness standout brightly, giving it a warm, comforting feel. Sexual tension is always something that Jackson writes so well, and it really shines here in giving them resistance, a forbidden-like magnetism.

It’s truly sad to say goodbye to these men who’ve shown us their love stories, but it has been such a great ride. Zee is the literal icing on top of the cake, the glue that has always been holding things together. To see him find the kind of woman that Alexis embodies gives this reader a happy heart. His big, brooding self against her small, gentle softness created a brilliant base for Jackson to build on. It’s easy to experience the instinctual basis for their connection and it explodes from there. Stand was wonderfully sweet and full of delicious sexual tension, but most of all it gave justice to a character we’ve been waiting for and the best happy beginnings to a great cast of characters.

 

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Where Lightning Strikes, Wait, and Stay are standalones; A Stone in the Sea and Drowning to Breathe are a continuing story and must be read in order.

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installment STAND, coming Spring 2017.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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NEW RELEASE w/ GIVEAWAY: Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan

Blackhawk Boys Book Four; Standalone

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An NFL player with a secret past, and the one woman with the power to turn his world inside out…

Former actress Emma Rothschild is partying in Vegas in disguise. But I’m not fooled. Five years ago, I knew that body better than my own, and I haven’t forgotten a single detail.

When Emma’s unexpectedly left alone in sin city, I agree to spend the weekend with her. As friends. Why not? If I can knock down the toughest guys in the NFL, I’m strong enough to keep my hands to myself, even if she is the sexiest woman I’ve ever met.

Emma is part of my past—years so shrouded in secrets that not even my best friends know the truth about who I am. I’m a single dad now and not interested in revisiting my old ways or trying to win back the only woman I ever let close enough to break my heart.

But this is Vegas, where all bets are off, and with Emma, nothing ever goes as planned…

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FALLING HARD is a sexy and emotional novel intended for mature readers. It’s the fourth book in the world of the Blackhawk Boys, but can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?

 

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“You’re too beautiful,” I tell her. I run my thumb along her jaw. “Too fucking beautiful.”

“I’ve missed you. You’re the best man I’ve ever met.”

My stomach clenches and I shake my head. “Don’t think that. It’s a lie. It’s what I wanted you to believe. Don’t bring that lie into tonight.”

“How was it a lie?” She grins up at me, and I know a full confession would erase all the happiness from her face.

“When we were together before, I wasn’t the man you thought I was. I wasn’t good.” It’s the closest to the truth I’ve ever given anyone about my past.

“So you don’t want me believing you’re good?”

I pull her hips tightly against me as I exhale in frustration. She still thinks this is some kind of joke. “I’m different now, but then…”

She lifts onto her toes and flicks her tongue against my ear. “Don’t be so different. I like you a little bad.”

I groan and stop dancing. I don’t know how much longer I can do this without diving over the line. “Is that permission to stop being your friend?” I’m obsessed with knowing if she tastes as sweet as I remember. And if I swipe my tongue over the sensitive spot beneath her ear, will she gasp like she always did?

She shrugs and grins, and the dance floor tilts off balance. It’s crowded, and we’re surrounded by writhing bodies, cocooned in the crowd. I turn her in my arms so her back is to my front and settle my hand against the soft skin of her midriff. She arches her back and rubs against me.

I sweep her hair to the side, and when I press my lips to the long, smooth column of her neck, she trembles against me.

“Are you okay?” I ask against her ear. “Is this okay?”

“I—I’m not sure…”

“Tell me what you want. Not five years ago. Not tomorrow. What do you want right now?”

She reaches back and threads her fingers through my hair to guide my mouth back to her neck.

I don’t hesitate. I kiss and suck on that tender skin while we move to the beat.

The rest of the room fades and one song blurs into the next. A waitress comes by selling shots, and I buy two, one for each of us, and we lock eyes as we throw them back. At some point, I’m vaguely aware of Bailey checking on me, but my focus is one hundred percent on Emma, on this night that takes me back to when I was eighteen and so fucking in love it hurt. Tonight, Emma isn’t the woman who once broke my heart. She isn’t the girl who wrote me off with a simple goodbye note and apologies I didn’t want. Tonight, she’s a dream, my fantasy in the flesh, my reward for surviving the hardest year of my whole life.

When her face begins to blur, I realize I’m way more drunk than I ever intended. I need to sober up or I’m not going to remember a minute of this night. “Want to get out of here?”

She nods, takes my hand, and leads me out of the bar and down the hall to the elevators. My watch reads a quarter past two.

“Let’s get some food,” I suggest, but at the same moment, an elevator dings and the doors slide open.

Emma grabs my hand and drags me inside. “I don’t want food,” she says, punching a button.

I spin her around and press her against the wall. “What do you want, Em?” I drop my hand to her side to skim my knuckles over her skirt, and she widens her stance to part her thighs. “Fuck,” I whisper. I shouldn’t do this. Not here, not when any moment someone could join us on the elevator, not when we’re both so damn drunk it’s a wonder we can stand upright. But shouldn’t is so much weaker than want, and I want to touch her more than I want anything right now.

I’m faintly aware of the soft beeping of the passing floors as I slide my hand up her skirt and cup her between her legs. She gasps, and I rub my fingers over the damp lace of her panties, teasing her swollen flesh.

When the elevator stops and the doors slide open, she grabs my wrist and holds me still. “Please,” she whispers in my ear. “Please. Don’t stop.” Then she tilts her hips and rocks against my hand. I couldn’t refuse her if every person in the hotel was watching us.

 

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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REVIEW: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

Something in the Way Book Two; Not a standalone

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If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

 

♦4-STAR REVIEW♦

In the second installment on the trilogy, Hawkins further deepens the convictions and consequences suffered from the cast of characters from the first book. Somebody Else’s Sky works impossibly around a forbidden romance and the turmoil encased within a family. It isn’t just a man she can’t have because of the difference in age, but that this man, a man whom Lake loves, is with her sister–the definition of something you cannot have.

I’m always torn by middle stories in a trilogy for their worth and furthering of the story and in this novel, I can see reasons that fall on both sides. I think some of it wasn’t necessary to the story and felt like filler, but for the most part, a lot of it made their connection fuller, more brutal. Lake and Manning’s bond, while strong and irresistible in the first novel, morphed into this untouched, explosive ball of sexual want and emotional need that just kept growing and growing with each page turn. Their desire ripped at me, caused my mind to race with ways in which their love could be, if at all. That, to me, made this book a needed part to their story as it ensnared me deeper into the draw of them and their impossibilities and hopes.

It’s a gut-wrenching love with obstacles and thorns and walls obstructing every inch of it; the kind of love that hollows your stomach and burns your chest wide open. Both Manning and Lake are so vivid, their magnetism with one another so strong, and yet it’s all mired in betrayal, suspicions of those who see too much, a sentence that continually rings out and strikes both of them down. It hurts so good, in a very oddly non-satisfying way. The battle seems like an impossible uphill trek, but I cannot wait to see how Hawkins carries it out in the final installment to their story.

 

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Something in the Way Book Three; Not a standalone

Release Date: October 23, 2017

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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NEW RELEASE: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

Something in the Way Book Two; Not a standalone

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If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

 

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Something in the Way Book One; Not a standalone | My Review

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Something in the Way Book Three; Not a standalone

Release Date: October 23, 2017

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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