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Review: Where Lightning Strikes (Bleeding Stars #3) by A.L. Jackson

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Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape.
For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door.
He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves.
Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King.
The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite.
But is it worth the cost of getting burned?
She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream…


My Review

“Like an aurora of dancing, captivating lights that turned out to be nothing but a black hole. Consuming life and light. Those near-black eyes caught mine, almost stopping me in my tracks as they glimmered with that same dark mischief, as if any moment he would strike. Reach out and take me in his grips. Devour and destroy and desolate.”

“There were some wounds that went too deep they could never be erased. But God, I wanted him to try. To erase some of this acute loneliness. To sate some of this inescapable attraction. All I wanted was to feel and to touch and to be touched. To love and to be loved. But I was no fool. Lyrik wasn’t going to love me. Not like I needed to be.”

“You sing my soul”-those words, that quotes defines the way that this book spoke to me. Where Lightning Strikes reached in, grabbed onto my heart and buried itself deep in my soul. It sang to me. It captivated me. It has become a part of ME. And it gave me a story that I know I will never forget. I am sitting here in complete awe of Where Lightning Strikes. I am rather speechless at this moment. So, if this review doesn’t make a lot of sense, I apologize in advance.

Where Lighting Strikes is told from dual points of view and is the third book in the Bleeding Stars series. And I have to tell you, it has totally blown me away. The feelings, the emotions that I experienced in this book; I have not felt in a long time. From the moment I picked up this book, I was sucked into Lyrik and Tamar’s story. I was completely consumed by these two. Their connection. Their attraction. Their push and pull. All of that, impossible to ignore. These two characters both beautiful, broken and raw. They were so real. Their emotions so palpable, I felt like I could reach out and touch them.

Tamar’s story….My heart broke so much for her. Her story is intense. Your heart will ache for all that she endured and when you know what she went through, you will understand why she is the way she that she is. Why she guards her heart. Lyrik was everything that she wanted, but was afraid to need. He was her perfect match, she just didn’t realize it yet. And Lyrik….He was so beautifully broken. He hid himself away from everyone, and when he gave you a piece of him, you knew you had to pay attention. There was so much more to him than what meets the eye. And if I wasn’t sold on him before, reading these lines: “You were right…everything you said. I’m rotten to the core. And fuck…know I should stay away…tried all fucking day. Told myself again and again to leave you alone. To let you be. And here I am. I told you last night…I can’t stop thinking about you. Can’t stop wanting you. And I can’t stop thinking that maybe you might need me just as bad as I need you.”, I was hooked. Hooked on this broken man and filled with hope that maybe, just maybe he’d be able to find his HEA.

Where Lightning Strikes is so beautifully written. With lines like these: “I wanted to crawl inside him. To discover every secret.”  & “Sometimes fear shouts so loudly it drowns out everything else.”, it was impossible to not want to know more. I was found myself hanging on every word, highlighting so many phrases. This story spoke to my heart in some many ways, it’s impossible for me to put all my feelings into words. This story reminded me so much as to why I love AL Jackson’s writing. Her stories fill me with so many emotions and feelings. God, the feels. There was soooo many feels. And I loved every moment of it. I loved every single heartbreaking, angst filled, rip you heart out and destroy you moment. I loved it because I have trust. Trust that AL Jackson will take me on a journey that I won’t forget. Trust that yes, she’s going to rip my heart out, but at the end of the day, she will always make things right. And this book does not disappoint.

Where Lightning Strikes gave me everything and more. It left me speechless and in awe over the beauty that I read.  AL Jackson fans, this is a must read. I highly recommend checking this book out.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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