From a NYT and USA Today best-selling 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.
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.
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.
©2016 A.L. Jackson (P)2016 A.L. Jackson
"5 but should be 10 beautiful, broken, brilliant, and imperfectly perfect stars." (Bookalicious Babes Blog)
"6 Stars! Wait is equally devastating and beautiful! A.L. Jackson has a way of pouring words onto a page that makes you crave every piece of a story, even after the words have ended." (Molly McAdams, NYT best-selling author)
Austin's story is full of heartbreak but strength I loved it !! The characters and storyline as expected for this excellent series. Waiting baited breath for the next instalment😀
"THIS IS NO ORDINARY SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE"
I know I need to find words to describe this listen but words like fantastic, brilliant, well written, hypnotic, heartbreakingly beautiful and riveting just aren't enough and won't begin to cover the emotional journey that Edie and Austin travelled before they got their wonderful HEA ending.
The story is told in the present but also their broken pasts are slowly unearthed with thought provoking Chapters revealing what haunts Edie and Austin and what drama tore these two devoted friends apart for 4 long and lonely years. It must have been Fate that put them in the same place at the same time... but it would be up to them to seek forgiveness, to forgive, to trust and to let love back into their lives. However, the past, together with the shocking secrets that had been so tightly kept, were going to resurface again, be revealed and someone was going to make the same devastating mistake all over again.
A.L. Jackson has such a way with words that her Chapters are deep, emotional, poetic, heartfelt, raw, painful, beautiful, haunting and very moving works of art. I've loved this series so far... but this fourth book took my breath away because Edie and Austin's stories were so well described, tragic, intense, sweet and moving. My heart broke time and time again for these two damaged soul mates as they struggled to find themselves from the wreckage of their lives... and to help each other heal and become whole again.
Worth a credit? A story where I craved every Chapter and every word, dual POV's and some great narration which brought this book, and it's characters, to life and made this, for me, a 10 star listen.... so, YES very creditworthy. If you're a romance lover then let A.L. Jackson sweep you off your feet with this moving and very powerful story of broken characters, broken promises, broken hearts, love.... and the beauty of second chances.
"Emotionally Packed, Gripping and Poetic!"
Wow! A.L. Jackson skillfully writes a beautiful story about two damaged souls. The plot was well thought out and written, and keeps the listener in suspense, while the scenes alternate between the present and past. It's been years since Edie and Austin have seen each other. They both ran from their past for different reasons. Their reunion is rocky, but as they start to rekindle the flame, we are taken back to their past through a series of flashbacks. When their darkest moments are revealed, it will break your heart, but by the end, their love will piece it back together.
Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber's performance was OUTSTANDING! They did a great job on all the different characters, and emotions.
Between the beautiful poetic heart breaking romance, and flawless narration, there's no mystery why this audio is currently a best seller on Audible. Well worth a credit, but I took advantage of my KU and added whispersync.
"Not so stand alone"
I bought the book cause it piqued my interest and it did mention it was a stand alone book. Well it's not so stand alone. It's so vague and the characters are so melodramatic it's hard to continue. There's so dialogue to the reader what the characters are referring to and I feel there is a fantasy sci fi element but I'm not sure and after 7 or so chapters I give up. There had got go be fill ins for readers who haven't read the other series books if you're going to label this a stand alone book. From what I've read Austin was mentioned in other books so a way of summarizing his story previously mentioned would have been helpful. But the characters are very melodramatic that I can't continue. If the plot was a little more revealing of try but the combo or vagueness and melodramatics are giving me plenty of reason to not finish.
"Series just gets better with every book!"
Another great book in this series!!! AL Jackson is an amazing author, she tells us such great stories and this one is at the top of the list for me! I loved the story line, the characters, the drama and the romance! This book has it all! Austin & Edie are so completely broken, I loved that they find a way with each other. Both of their stories are so heartbreaking and now I completely understand why they are both such damaged people. I started this book out thinking about Austin and his past with drugs so I was expecting a completely different plot and I have to say this one blew me away. The epilogue...oh the epilogue... Yep I may have cried a little because it was beautiful. I can't wait for the next Sunder Boy <3
The narration was great!! Zachary Webber & Andi Arndt were perfect for these characters, they
"Did my eyes roll back into the right position yet?"
I loved the narrators both, I am not sure about the author.
Where to start, the repetitions in this book are out of this world. How often can one say "this beautiful boy" or how often can someone "bite their bottom lip" or "lick their bottom lip" and the list goes on and on and on. Without all of the repetitions this would have been a short story for crying out loud.
The chemistry between the two is really good and I think the author caught that aspect of the book perfectly, but other than that there is no way on God's green earth these people exist and aren't locked up in some mental facility due to all of the angst they are dealing with. Also a 27 year old calling himself old or to call 21 year old children adults is just a joke. If there hadn't been the aspect of sex, this would have been a teenage angst ridden YA novel. I am not sure I will be reading any more by this author. I am glad I only paid $1.99 for this.
"Beautiful story. You need the "backstory" first, everything falls into place."
A.L. Jackson is so good at combining Love, Heartbreak, Mistakes, and Resolution. This book gives you all of that. But, you need (in my opinion), to know the history of the band "Sunder" in order for this story to flow and fall into place. I've listened to all of the books that came before this one. I loved this!
Edie has secrets that cause her to pull away from her family and the "boy" she loves... Austin.
Austin has demons, he is stuck in the mire of a heartbreaking tragedy which causes him to pull away from everything he knows and loves. Edie and Austin are brought back together, as adults, and struggle to come to terms with their past.
I'm being vague because I don't want to give the story away. I was moved to tears a couple of times... this isn't your run of the mill love story, and again, I think it's important to know the history of the band Sunder in order for this book to make sense.
The narrators are perfect. Two of my favorite narrators and they do a fantastic job! I always look for more books read by either Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt. Stellar performances!
I'm surprised by the negative reviews... possibly those reviews are from people who don't know the back stories of some important characters that are in this story.
I'm very happy with my purchase and will look forward to more books by A.L. Jackson. Love Live Loved this book!
I love every book that AL Jackson writes and this book in the Sunder rock group series was really entertaining. This is the story of Austin and Edie (who is Ash & Bas sister). It really is a testament to love overcoming the past and it's obstacles, which often appear more complex than they really are. The narration was just excellent as Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt are two of the best narrators in the business!
"Need to be in the right mood for it"
Depressing, very much so. It was a good book and definitely gripped me but there were some things that should have been done differently. You only get little bits of information for about the first half of the book but you get the full extent of their emotional reactions to them from the beginning so there is a disconnect for the reader. Hard to understand or empathize with what the characters are enduring without understanding enough of the tragedies.
Otherwise it was good and worth the credit. Just be prepared going in that it's kind of a downer.
"Really like these books but..."
I really wish there wasn't so much drag time with these stories. I enjoy this series but I feel like with each one there are moments that go on and on and I want to yell..."get to the freaking point!" which is such a disappointment because the stories are beautiful. Thankfully the narrators are amazing which helps during these moments, but if I were reading them, I'd probably be skimming a lot :(
"Truly great second chance romance"
This book contains truly life alternating events for both lead characters. Hard events that bring them together. You can't help but fall in love with both of them. I did start to tire of the emotional descriptions that come before and after most all major events. One or 2 sentences on how they feel would be good however at times it did get to be a bit much. I think Jackson was trying to illustrate how both main character do have contradictions in their personalities. Regardless of that, it was a truly rewarding read even though it touches on those hard events. I encourage you to buy.
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