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REVIEW: STAY BY A.L. JACKSON!

Title: Stay
Series: A Bleeding Hearts Standalone
Author: A.L. Jackson
Release Date: January 23, 2016
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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?
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Stay is an unexpected love story between two people who are lost, a story of fate stepping in forcing together two untethered souls blowing in the wind. Willow Langston saves broken things. Finds them, sees the possibilities behind their bruises, fixes them up. She heals their cracks and dents and brings them back to life even when it's difficult to see the possibility what's beneath their flaws. Ash Evans is the life of the party. Reckless. Brazen. He hides his pain behind jokes and laughter, silly grins and blatant flirtation. Disguises his insecurities behind music and false bravado. Ironically, both of them need to be saved from themselves and don't even know it. And they could probably save each other if they can just get out of their own way. 

Stay is a romance on a time limit. It begins by accident, but evolves into an agreement between two people who are all wrong for each other, broken in the places that make it so they won't ever fit together the way two people should. Both in agreement that anything real between them is impossible, they agree to pretend, to give each other what they can, take from each other what they want knowing the clock is ticking. But as in these cases where A.L. Jackson is concerned, things get messy, feelings get tangled, and a romance neither Ash or Willow predicted is born. 

Stay is a story that sneaks up on you. I wasn't quite sure what I was feeling as I read and then BOOM, I was sucker-punched. I mistakenly thought this was going to evolve just like every other romance where two people agree not to fall in love but then lines get blurred, feelings get involved. I would've been fine with that because, truth be told, there's really nothing more intoxicating than reluctant lovers succumbing to what's between them. I like a slow burn. I like the push and pull. I like the pain, the secrets, the journey that has to be navigated to get to that place. A.L Jackson seems to know what I like because she delivered exactly that. But then this story took a darker, emotionally exhausting turn that I should've expected but didn't! This story went to a place so much deeper than anything I saw coming. Stay takes a turn in a direction I immediately rebelled against in my mind. I actually hated where it went which is probably why I ended up really liking this book. It's bittersweet and frustrating and I wished with everything in me that it wasn't so. I was gutted right along with these characters. Heartbroken. Angry. Tormented. Stay got under my skin and I both loved and hated all the reasons why in equal measure. 

Stay remains consistent with the other books in the Bleeding Stars series. Pain. Heartbreak. Tragedy. Steam. An epic romance that vies with the others that came before it for the sexiest, most addictive, most heartfelt. It's all here. Sunder has been through so much as a band, each member enduring their own share of tragedy and loss and strife. So one by one, watching them each get what they deserve is so satisfying. Your heart will burst for each one of these guys, but they'll crack and break and bleed first. And Ash and Willow, together, will cut you deep. With Stay, Jackson pulls you back in to this circle, grips you with undeniable romance and excruciating pain before sending you off with a satisfying conclusion that'll stay with you long after the last page.

Jessica's Rating:



A.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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