Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Drowning To Breathe by A.L. Jackson

Drowning to Breathe
A Bleeding Stars Novel, Book 2

The danger in pretending is it becoming real...
Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about ten miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he’d caused.
Not find more of it.
    The moment he saw Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweet and innocence to something that went deeper.
Their relationship was built on secrets; their love built on lies.
Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.
When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending.
Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he’s come to love to protect Shea and his family.
Two pasts intertwined.
Two lives bound.
Will their demons drown them or will Shea and Sebastian finally learn to breathe?

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Drowning to Breathe is the second book in the Bleeding Stars Series by A.L Jackson, a sequel I was patiently waiting for after the cliff hanger ending that concluded book 1 A Stone in the Sea. A.L. Jackson did not disappoint with the continuation of Sebastian and Shea's story, and I literally devoured this book once it appeared on my kindle! A story filled with heartache, longer, love, truth and discovery, it is told in a way that only this author can achieve, pulling one layer away at a time until I became teary eyed and was left yearning for more from this amazing couple. I CANNOT wait for the next book in this amazing series Where Lightning Strikes! This book was a 5 star read for me and I highly recommend this series to everyone, I promise that you will not be disappointed.

The reader was assaulted with more emotions than expected at the end of A Stone in the Sea, with just when Sebastian and Shea's relationship seems to be on firmer ground, the unthinkable happens, the father of her adorable little girl Kallie, rips her from her arms and her home, all due to his connection to Sebastian and the band. It is at that point that it seems things may be rocky again for this amazing couple, as the secrets that Shea has fought hard to keep will surely come tumbling to the forefront, in a way that will either bind her together in her relationship or tear them apart before they really even begin to love each other.

Drowning to Breathe starts off exactly where A Stone in the Sea ends, with Sebastian asking the unthinkable, who is Shea, and how on earth is she connected to the one man that he despises more than life itself, Martin Jennings. Sebastian wants to fiercely protect Shea and Kallie, bringing her back home to her mother where she belongs, back home to him as his life has changed dramatically since these two girls have entered his life unexpectedly, but he doesn't believe it possible. Sebastian wonders if all of this is a ploy by Jennings to stick it to him even more, provoke him for everything going on between them. Constantly questioning if he is doing the right thing by standing up for Shea and being the rock that she needs during this tragic time, he wonders if his love is enough, if he is enough for them, good enough to be in their lives despite his past.

As the story unfolds, the reader falls more in love with Sebastian and Shea, along with the band and her friends who are more like the family you always wanted but didn't always have. The way in which this unlikely group rallies around each other in times of need is astounding and will have you shedding a tear for the unconditional love they have for each other no matter what the situation. I refuse to give away too many details surrounding this amazing book because you need to experience it yourself to appreciate every word that this incredible author has written.

Drowning To Breathe was the 2nd book in the Bleeding Stars series and the conclusion of Baz and Shea's incredible journey. I anticipated this release for quite some time and was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. It was definitely and rocky journey for these two and they don't go down without a fight. I would give this book a 4 stars and would most definitely recommend to others. This is not a standalone so you do need to read A Stone In The Sea first. 

I will not give a way much with this review but I will tell you A.L. Jackson is brilliant and her writing skills are of the charts! This book had a little of everything you would want in a story. The sexy scenes were smokin' hot and panty melting! There is not one book by this author that I woudn't read because she has not once disappointed me yet. 

I look forward to much more from this author in the future starting with more in this series.. this may have been Baz and Shea's ending but we have a whole rock band of Sunder to explore! Coming up: Where Lightning Strikes (Lyrik's story), Through The Storm (Austin's story), Embers and Ash (Ash's story), and finally Whispers In Winter (Zee's story). 

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.
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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A Bleeding Stars Novel Book 1

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 gray 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?

My heart slammed around in my chest and my sight narrowed on one singular goal.
It felt like a lifetime to get to her house, and there was nothing stopping me now. Unlocking her front door, I charged up the stairs. I didn’t pause at her bedroom door. I threw it open. I needed to get to her.
With her back to me, Shea was curled around a pillow on the center of her bed. She startled with the sudden intrusion and jerked up to sitting. Caramel eyes blinked at me through the dim light, confusion and hurt and sorrow.
Motionless, I stood in the doorway as the silence hovered over all our uncertainties.
On all the questions.
But Shea was right.
None of that mattered.
And this was enough.
“Shea.” My voice broke on her name.
I took a step inside and latched the door shut behind me.
Shea’s chin quivered, and she lifted it because I knew this girl wanted to be brave. I knew she was playing through a million scenarios. Mentally going through all the ways I was going to let her go. How I was going to let her down. I knew the words she expected to spill from my mouth because for too long I’d been a coward and a fool, thinking sacrifice was the only way to make this right.
Because every time I turned around, I lost someone I loved.
Not this time.
I swallowed hard. “You want to know what I see when I look at you?”
When the intensity in my voice hit her, Shea choked out a tiny sob.
I took one step closer as I began to speak. “I see someone who’s so fucking sweet and kind that every time I look at her it just about knocks me from my feet, because I’ve had so much bad in my life I don’t know how to stand in her presence. I see someone who I know I don’t deserve, so every time I turn around, I’m runnin’ scared because I’m terrified of ruining everything she is.”
Slowly, I approached her, and she watched me in the shadows. Her hands trembled in her lap as I neared.
“I see someone who deserves the greatest kind of joy.”
Another step closer, and Shea crept toward the side of the bed. She drew a single leg up to her chest. Clinging to it as if it could protect her from any more pain. Everything she felt and wanted and feared was exposed in the expression on her face.
I stopped at the edge of the bed and dropped to my knees.
A small cry escaped her mouth.
Reaching out, I gripped her face in my hands, my fingers burrowing in soft, soft hair.
“I see someone, who even though there’s not a chance in this world I could ever be good enough to have her…good enough to hold her…that’s all I want to do. I see someone I want to protect and love and fight for.”
Tears streamed down her cheeks. She edged even closer and let her legs slip over the side.
I settled myself between her knees and met the storm in her eyes.
“I see beauty and light.”
Those eyes flashed, and emotion crushed my ribs. This girl had me twisted up in every way possible.
Shea gasped when I grabbed her by the waist and pulled her to me. I shifted so I sat on the floor with my back propped against the bed.
Shea was straddling my lap.
Warmth enveloped me. Her heart was pounding, all tucked up against me, right where she belonged.
Her skin felt so soft. Mine lit on fire.
She searched my face and I kept on.
“I see the most fucking gorgeous girl I’ve ever had the pleasure to lay my eyes on.” My voice dropped as I leaned up so I could brush my mouth across her ear. “The pleasure to touch.”
A shiver rolled through her, and I gathered one of her hands between us, threading our fingers. I studied them as I struggled to form the words.
I lifted my gaze and spoke with the most honesty I’d ever allowed myself.

“When I look at you, I see a future I never thought existed, Shea.”

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