Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson

Review:  A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson

He wanted nothing at all... 

Until he found she had everything to give... 

Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything--fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A. 

Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced. 
When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she's helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense grey eyes tangle with hers. 

They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won't let them up for air. 

Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he's not the only one who's hiding them. 

Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea's past that costs them everything? 

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Review - 5 stars!

I absolutely adored this start to the Bleeding Stars series.  I was in the mood to find a decent Rock Star romance and I really hit the jackpot with this one.  Usual comments on A.L. Jackson's poetic writing style, but probably by the time I read this one, I was used to it enough and it fit so perfectly with this story as both Baz and Shea are pretty lyrical.  And lyrical is a pretty good word to describe the blossoming romance between these two!

Both Baz and Shea were excellently characterized and I actually loved Shea way more than any other female protagonist that A.L. Jackson has written before.  Mostly because - at least for this first book - she isn't as 'perfect' as the girls in the Closer to You series.  I found this a huge pro for this series.  Though to be fair, it wasn't until nearly the end you realize exactly how flawed she was.  In the only other series I read of A.L. Jackson's, it was always the men screwing up the perfect happily ever after.  This book is more evened out in the protagonists screw ups.

Fair warning though, this novel ends in a cliffhanger AND the second book isn't out yet!  You are also left with a lot of questions and confusion about what happened before Shea and Baz met and why they have these issues to their relationship.  The author does an amazing job foreshadowing upcoming revelations to keep us hooked throughout the whole story, and of course, only a few are answered by the end of this book.

Shea and Baz's story is supposed to conclude in the next Bleeding Stars novel, Drowning to Breathe, coming Summer 2015!


(from author's website)

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, Come to Me Quietly, and Come to Me Softly.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

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