Thursday, March 24, 2016

Amie's Review of Where Lightning Strikes by A.L. Jackson ~ BLOG TOUR ~ GIVEAWAY ~

A Bleeding Stars Novel Book 3
By: AL Jackson
Release Day March 22


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…

WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel 


My smile faded when I looked back again to where he lingered near the door. My head drifted to the side to take him in as his expression shifted through a thousand emotions.
Regret. Sorrow. Lust.
And a longing that nearly brought me to my knees.
Desire trembled through my body.
I wanted to crawl inside him.
To discover every secret.
Even though I got the crushing feeling knowing him would be the end of me.
Cautiously, he edged forward.
The air filled up with him. So thick I wasn’t sure I could breathe.
Gently he wound his fingers through my hair. Not so gently he tugged my head back and pinned me with that stare. Slowly he dipped down, my stomach in a thousand blissful knots as he left a dizzying trail of kisses down my neck.
Soft, silken lips.
Little flicks of tongue.
Tingles spread in a wildfire of sensation.
Then his voice was at my ear. Whispering belief. “Blue.”
Blue. Blue. Blue.
She was so scared and unsure and innocently brave. Because she wanted all the things I’d learned the hard way the world didn’t have to give. But she wanted me to fight for them anyway.
Callused fingertips trailed down my sides, and I trembled when they edged under the hem of my shirt. Skin to skin.
“Is this okay?” he asked, his voice like gravel.
My answer scraped from my throat. “Yes.”
Lyrik pulled my tee over my head, slow but sure.
A cool rush of air sent a rush of chills skating free across the flames. My chest heaved as Lyrik stared down at me in my jeans and bra. Eating me up with that irresistible intensity.
I knew my eyes were wild as I looked up at him. My pulse hammered and my spirit thrashed.
“Blue,” he murmured again as he went down onto his knees. He peeked up at me every few seconds as he worked the bandage free from my side. My belly shook as he peeled the bandage away and exposed the statement that had been etched into my side over my ribs, from my hip bone to just under my arm pit on the left side. And I knew the area needed to be cleaned. But somehow right then, I didn’t care.
I just wanted him to see.
The four simple letters were written in a big, scrolling font, and swirls and flowers extended from the first and last letters.
Lightly, he drummed his fingertips over the design, not quite touching the raw skin.
His unyielding gaze latched onto mine. “I think you already have.”


It has been almost 4 years since someone told me to read Pulled & When We Collide - I was hooked on AL Jackson after that.  Once I started blogging of course I fell behind with all my faves but here I am BACK !! It felt so good to read this story and I just felt so happy to be reading this author again , it has been a couple years since I last read her and I really need to catch up with all her series !!

Lyrik and Tamar/Red both come from troubled pasts and really have never gotten over their pasts they just hide the guilt and pain. They have known of each other for a year or so but now with the band back in Georgia Lyrik is finding his desires for Red to be out of control and like nothing he has ever felt before. Their sexual tension is off the charts , their connection is beautiful but their pasts and issues with trust and love will plague them long enough to possibly ruin their futures. Since I have not read the 1st two books it was nice to get to know the band and get a feel for their friendships and how they came together. I loved Lyrik and Kallie - OMG so sweet , and his sisters kid too. Lyrik may seem like a cold hearted snake BUT the love for his family and the determination to keep certain promises really make him such a vulnerable and amazing man. Tamar finds herself opening up to Lyrik more easily than she expected and without the same cooperation from him. This is hard for her and for the readers since we also NEED to know what the heck went on in his past to prevent him from giving his heart to Tamar. Things may spiral out of control but it gives them both the chance to face their pasts and better themselves. Maybe once that happens they can find their ways back to each other ?? If anything I prayed they would heal - when we finally got Lyrik's story I was floored. Seeing how far he came by the end of the book was amazing and I just loved him so much more. Some of the things he did just blew me away. He had so many layers !! The cake , the crafts and OMG the teddy bears... Really it was touching. Looking forward to more and planning to read S & S's story soon.


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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