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Review Tour: Stay (Bleeding Hearts #5) by A.L. Jackson

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A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

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“Stay is a power, heart-wrenching story that will consume you heart and soul, leaving you utterly breathless days after the last page is read.” – Kelly Elliott New York Times bestselling author

Synopsis:

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next sexy, gripping Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…

I’m Ash Evans.
The life of the party.
Hot. Rich. Charismatic.
A tattooed rock star with the world at my feet.
I burn through women faster than the strike of a match.
I’ve embraced my lifestyle and live it to the fullest.
Until the day my lifestyle caught up to me.

Willow Langston found me at my lowest.
Literally.
Facedown in a puddle of my own blood.

I owe her my life and I have three months to repay that debt.
What I never should have done was touch her. Kiss her. Take her to my bed.

Love wasn’t supposed to be a part of the equation.
I gave up that nasty complication a long damned time ago.
Now I want her more than my next breath.
But she doesn’t know what I know.

Do I leave to protect her? Or can I face my demons and ask her to Stay?


My Review

“He was playing it gritty and raw. Like a tortured, perfect plea. It slammed against me with a direct shock to every single one of my senses. All of it was wrapped up in the man at the center of the stage. A spotlight. A beacon. Sensuous and alive. Standing up there, I saw a man consumed by the secrets he held in the recesses of his mind. Gone to a depth he’d only barely let me glimpse. But I knew it was there. Hidden beneath his own intimidating exterior was something dark and shadowy and pained all mixed up with a goodness I thought maybe he didn’t even know himself. He sang the song as if it might be his last. With everything.”

“Love is never cut and dry. It’s messy. Confusing. Sometimes it’s ugly and sometimes it’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen.” “But no matter how much it might hurt, it can never change the fact that it’s real. It’s worth fighting for. And the real kind of love will always come back to you.”

“Chasing dreams always came with a risk. Dreams that scattered and blew and so often seemed out of reach. But eventually, those dreams? They settled and took root.They found the one place they were meant to Stay.”

Just when I think I can’t possibly get swept more away or fall deeper in love with a story, A.L. Jackson has got to prove me wrong. It’s not secret that I am a huge fan of this author’s writing and that I love the Bleeding Hearts Series, but I got to tell you, with each book I read, I become totally consumed. I get lost in the lyrical writing and in the characters stories. A.L. Jackson gives you broken and lost characters that you can not help but fall in love with. She makes you root for those characters despite all of their faults and delivers a truly unforgettable love story.

Stay is told from dual points of view and is the fifth book in the Bleeding Hearts Series. Even though this book is the fifth in its series, it can be read as stand-alone novel. That being said, for full enjoyment, I do recommend reading all of the books in this series. Anyways, Stay follows the story of Ash and Willow. Ash has always been known as the life of the party: sexy, tattooed, rock star…total ladies man. He could have anything and anyone that he wants. But, even those who have it all, have demons that plague him. And his biggest rule is that he never wants to fall in love. However, when Willow enters his life, she is going to challenge him in ways he never expected. She finds him at one of his worst moments. She shows him that there is good in this world and that even someone with demons like his, deserves to find love. The road to hea for these two is not an easy one. There will be lots of obstacles, challenges and twists along the way. But, if anyone two people can get past it all and fight for what they want, it’s going to be Ash and Willow.

There is so much I want to say about Stay, but I honestly feel that this is a story that needs to be experienced. Stay is a story that you just need to allow yourself to get lost in and consumed by the beautiful story this author has to tell. What I can tell you is to be prepared. You emotions are about to be taken on one heck of a ride. There will be lots of ups and downs. Happy moments. Sad moments. Moments that just tug at your heart and make you ache for our characters. There will be moments that will just make your heart swoon and fall head over heels. And then there will be twists that will shock you and test our characters to the very core. But, I promise you, the journey will be so worth it in the end. A.L. Jackson does not disappoint and once again delivers a special and unforgettable love story.

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

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