REVIEW: Follow Me Back by A.L. Jackson

Fight For Me Book Two; Standalone

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♦BLURB♦

The next seductive, unforgettable stand-alone romance in the FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .

Kale Bryant. Arrogant. Gorgeous. Commanding.

This ER doctor is married to his job. His only vice is one-night stands and short-lived flings. He learned a long time ago loving someone isn’t worth the risk.

Harley Hope Masterson. Beautiful. Brave. Sweet.

The owner of a small coffee shop knows what it’s like to struggle. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, she’s threatened with losing everything.

When Kale accepts a new position down the street from Hope’s shop, he begins to question every wall he’s built around his heart.

He wants her in a way he hasn’t wanted anyone.

One touch is fire.

One kiss, and he’s spinning out of control.

But taking her won’t come without consequences.

Hope is in for the fight of her life. One neither of them saw coming.

Now Kale must decide if loving her is worth risking it all.

She will fight with everything she has.

But sometimes even hope needs a hero . . .

 

♦3.5-STAR REVIEW♦

Follow Me Back was an emotional story that brought two heartbroken people together after they had long given up hope for their happy ending. Jackson’s prose was poetic and heartfelt, easily bringing readers into the setting of a fantastical love story. Both characters were emotionally drained from devastating situations in their past, and I loved that they were still so vibrant and willing to see what each other had to offer. And I enjoyed seeing a playboy find something of value worth having in life.

Sadly, though, I had difficulty connecting to this story in the same way that I’ve connected to every other Jackson book. There was something missing, for me, and it created this mental block where I couldn’t enjoy the connection they formed. In all honesty, I’ve been wondering if the issue lay with Kale since I couldn’t get a good sense of him and his choices/actions. This isn’t to say that the story was bad or that I didn’t enjoy it, it just didn’t strike me or fill my heart up–rather it was just shallow reading. This isn’t normal, as I’ve said, for how her books usually effect me–stomach flutters, ache in the chest, emotional responses–so it either simply wasn’t a book for me or I was in a weird place mentally that prevented my connection when I read it. I know many others are raving about it, so give it a try because Follow Me Back had so much potential to hit all of the emotional buttons a good story hits, and it may just do that for you.

 

♦EXCERPT♦

“Kale.” It was a murmur.

Praise.

A spark.

Because his mouth crashed against mine.

His arms wound around my waist, and he pulled me into his apartment.

He kicked the door shut behind us without breaking the kiss.

Hot hands explored. Gliding down my back. Palming my bottom. Roaming up my sides.

A moan rippled up my throat, and his tongue swept into my mouth, tangling with mine.

Needy and desperate.

Overpowering.

Overwhelming.

My head spun, and I was suddenly in his arms.

My legs wrapped around his narrow waist.

Second nature.

Exactly where I belonged.

“Hope,” he mumbled at my mouth as he carried me through his massive, open loft.

The floors echoed with his heavy footsteps as they thudded across the worn, dark planks and toward the massive leather couch set up in the middle of the living space.

Pure masculine style and impeccable taste with the need for comfort at the root of it all.

Just like the man.

Setting me down on the dark cushions, he dropped to his knees on the plush white rug.

Expression predatory.

No doubt, he was preparing to devour and destroy.

He palmed my knees. The simple contact made me arch and gasp.

“It’s getting harder and harder to resist you,” he murmured, voice scrapping and raw.

“Then why are you trying?”

 

♦SERIES♦

A Fight for Me Novella (#0.5); Standalone

Previously published in the Glamour Anthology as Red Hot Pursuit

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Fight For Me Book One; Standalone

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♦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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