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Review and Excerpt Tour: Wait (Bleeding Stars #4) by A.L. Jackson

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ALJackson-WaitBookCover5x8_BW_HIGHFrom NYT & USA Today bestselling author comes a new Bleeding Stars stand-alone novel…

She is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.

Edie Evans is gorgeous.

Sexy.

Kind.
She’s also the definition of off-limits.

But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.

But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.

The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.

Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

Austin Stone is dangerous.

Alluring.

Tempting.

He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.

It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.

Our desire is overpowering.
Our need unrelenting.

She is my hope.
He is my weakness.

We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.

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My Review

“Desperate to run. Desperate to hide. Because I didn’t know how to face this. All the memories we’ve made. The hurt he inflicted. The hope he crushed. The love that had never dimmed. It all stared back at me now, held in the depths of those tumultuous eyes that always saw far too much.”

“Hope sparked in that dark, dark place. That place that only her light could reach. There were so many mistakes I’d made that I could never redeem. But maybe…just maybe…this one I could vindicate.”

“Do you feel that, Edie Evans?” “What?” “Me”

How does she do it? I really don’t know or understand how she can manage to just slay me every time. I know I’ve said it time and time again, but each time A.L. Jackson writes a book, she manages to blow me away. Every. Single. Time. Each time, I set the bar high, she blows my expectations out of the water. When I pick up an AL Jackson story, it’s like falling in love for the first time. It’s heart-pounding. It’s all-consuming and before I know it, the story has become a part of my heart and soul and I’ll never be able to forget it…..

Wait is the fourth book in the Bleeding Stars Series, but can be read as a stand-alone. This book is well written and utterly captivating. The writing is so lyrical and completely spellbinding. From the moment you pick up this book, you are swept away and lost in the story that AL Jackson has created. Before you know it, you will have devoured the entire book and will be taken on the most incredible and emotional journey.

Told from dual points of view, Wait follows the story of Edie and Austin. Edie and Austin’s story is not an easy one. It is heartbreaking and intense. From the moment you meet these two, you know right away that there is something deep here, something so intense, it will have you begging to know more. Edie and Austin shared a past and haunting history. I was so curious and desperate to know what came between these two; what could have possibly torn them apart. You see Edie and Austin shared an intense connection. A chemistry that time and history couldn’t deny. It was fate that brought these two back together and all you could do was just sit back, enjoy the ride and pray for the best.

When you meet Edie and Austin, it’s almost impossible to not fall in love and connect with them. They are both so lost and damaged. Their hearts have been broken by their pasts. For so long, the two of them have always taken the easy way out and ran from their problems, but when fate brought these two back together, it was like they were given a second chance. A chance to face their problems, to face their past, and finally give into the passion and love that they’ve always shared. My heart went out to Edie. I was devastated by what she had experienced and how it shaped her life. I wanted so badly for her to find some happiness. And Austin….Gosh….He was so perfect for Edie. You could tell that he loved her deeply and fiercely. He wasn’t in any way perfect and had demons of his own that haunted him. He was going to mess up and make mistakes and I think that’s what I loved most about him; he wasn’t perfect.

There are so many other things that I could tell you about this book, but I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to spoil the beauty of this book. What I can tell you is that I loved it. I thought Edie and Austin’s story was beautiful and intense. It was heartbreaking and angst filled. It had romance and some seriously steamy moments. There were secrets and lies and unexpected twists. Edie and Austin’s story ripped my heart out, only to put it back together again. AL Jackson has once again taken me on an emotional journey that I will never forget. She puts so much heart and so much soul into her stories. Her writing and characters have consumed my heart and obliterated any expectations that I had…..I definitely recommend checking this book out.

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

EXCERPT

“Shit,” I hissed, bracing myself against the spray of the icy shards pelting from the shower head.

I sucked in a breath, released it between clenched teeth, and forced myself fully under it.

Head dropped and chest heaving as rivers of ice-cold water slicked down my shoulders and back.

But it did nothing to lessen the need. Gave me no sanity or pacification.

Because all I could think about was the girl on the other side of the door.

My girl.

In my bed.

Wearing just her panties and my shirt.
An angel I wanted to dirty.

I always had.

Love was messy like that.

All of my restraint scattered. I gripped my cock. Squeezed the base. My mouth dropped open at the pressure of my hand against my rigid length.

A fool thinking it might be enough.

Shit.

God, I was a bastard, but there was nothing I could do before I was giving in, leaning forward and bracketing my forearm above my head to hold my weight.

Water pounded down on my head and back while I pounded my fist against my dick.

Trying to keep silent when all I wanted was to moan, teeth digging into my bottom lip as I pictured the girl spread out for me.

My breaths were coming short.
Panted and hard.

I gave into imagining the sounds she would make when I finally got to bury myself in her body.

A soft, soft gasp.

I slowed, trying to convince myself that throaty sound was all in my mind.

Just another part of this fantasy.

Until I heard the small thump against the wall.

Shit.

I mashed my eyes closed, like it might hide me.

Conceal the depravity of my actions after I’d just been comforting her hours before.

Heart thrashing, I turned and moved far enough to peek out the small section where the fabric shower curtain hadn’t been drawn fully closed.

It was just a little sliver that left me exposed.
But it was enough. When I peered out, I was looking right at my girl pressed up against the wall.

She stared right back at me.

And I wanted to be horrified, my mind scrambling to conjure every weak apology I could summon. Ready to fucking grovel to keep her from turning and running once again.

Because that’s exactly what I expected her to do.

But her expression…her expression clutched me in the center of the chest and sent what little brain function I had left stampeding south.

Red, lush lips were parted, her hand pressed to her hollow of her throat, pupils dilated so big that her hooded, cerulean eyes appeared black. Needy breaths were coming at me from that sweet mouth like a goddamned freight train.

Desire swelled in the confines of the too-tight room.

Alive.

She pressed deeper into the wall as if it might support her weakened knees. Head rocked back. Thighs squeezing together.

Motherfuck.

My hand shot to the shower wall to steady myself. “Warning you, Edie, you need to get out of here. Right now.”

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aljacksonphotoA.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 installments, WAIT and STAY, coming in 2016.
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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