February 27, 2015

A Stone in the Sea by AL Jackson ~ BLOG TOUR & REVIEW


A Stone in the Sea -- Feb 23



He wanted nothing at all…

Until he found she had everything to give…

Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.

Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.

When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she's helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.

They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won’t let them up for air.

Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.

Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?


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Review By: Gina 

This book started off a little slow for me. It took me a few chapters to really get into it. Sebastian and Shea seemed so mysterious and I kept wanting more. The further I read, I kept getting little tid bits here and there about there lives. That kept me interested chapter after chapter, but seemed like a slow progression to the big climax.
I really loved Sebastian Stone! He has a lot to deal with in his life, but yet he seems to be the glue that holds everyone together. I love the way he interacted with Kallie. A guy interacting with a child, instantly makes him 10x more attractive!

We are left with a lot of unanswered questions, mostly about Shea's life, at the end of the book and have to wait for the second book to find out what happens. 

4 Stars 

Review by: Tatia

When I first started A Stone in the Sea, I was in a funk. I can't tell you why because I don't even know the reason. I wasn't even sure I was going to be able to finish it. I just could not get in to it. This had nothing to do with this book itself, it was just my mood at the time. So I read a little each day, even if it was just a chapter or two. At about 60% in, I was sitting in my chair reading...and reading...and reading. I couldn't put it down. Before I knew it, I turned the last page with a gasp leaving my mouth. The story totally grasped ahold of me, fixing whatever it was that had broken.
Reading anything by AL Jackson, I know that I'm going to love it. She has a way with telling stories that makes you feel it deep down inside. You feel this connection to the characters that makes you helpless to do anything but fall in love with them.
The story of Baz and Shea, they are both so broken but in very different ways. They have so much to fight for that the possibility of letting someone else in, of getting distracted, seems impossible. It doesn't seem worth the risk, not until these two strangers set eyes on each other one night in a crowded bar.
This book completely wrecked me. It's such an assault on your emotions that I didn't know whether to smile or cry. What they have could be great, but they both have to be willing to let go for just a second and give it a chance, to be all in and really work for it. Just when things get good, another obstacle is thrown at them that could completely destroy them and all that could be.
This is a story of forgiveness, of finding love, of healing, and loss. It's one that you won't want to put down or soon forget. It's one that will have you begging for the next book so you can get answers to the questions that you will certainly have. ALJackson has reminded me why I love to read, to get lost to the characters, in a story that completely consumes you.
                                               
5 Stars 









Author Bio

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

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. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.


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Excerpt 

With a smile, I turned around, then froze when my sight registered the obscured figure leaning against the wall. A strangled gasp caught in my throat, and my heart took off at a sprint, blood pounding hard in my ears.
Pushing from the wall, he stepped from the shadows, his hands again stuffed deep in his pockets.
My heart rate only increased, the energy radiating from him almost as strong as the disappointment he’d left me with when he’d gone.
I pressed my hand to my chest to try to still the panic thundering against my ribs. “You scared me.”
“I’m sorry.” The words were soft. “That’s the last thing I want to do.”
But he did. I was scared of what he was capable of doing to me, the way I knew he held the power to trounce all over this hammering heart, to hold it in his hand and crush it into a million unrecognizable pieces.
“What are you doing here?” I asked on a shaky breath.
He looked to the sky and exhaled heavily, before he leveled his gaze back on me. “The same thing I’m doing every night, Shea. Thinking about you and wondering why the hell I can’t stop.”
My stomach flipped, and I gulped for air.
“What do you want from me?”
He laughed, lifted his elbows out to his sides in a helpless gesture without pulling his hands free. “Dinner?”
Nonsensical laughter shot from me. “At three in the morning?”
“Breakfast?” he amended, a coy smile pulling at his full, crooked lips.
Tingles spread across my skin, and I ran my hands up my bare arms. “I already told you I don’t have time for distractions.”
“Come on, Shea. It’s just food. Go out with me. Just tonight.”
Somehow I knew it was a lie, even though he wanted to believe it was true.
Nervously, I glanced to the back door all the while being inexplicably drawn to this man I didn’t even know. I knew I should make a break for it, run for the safety of my little world and give him no opportunity to rip it apart.
“I am hungry,” I found myself saying. After a long night of work, it was true. But it had nothing to do with the reason I was giving in.
Because I just wanted to…
I shook my head.
That was it. I just wanted. I wanted to be in his space. I wanted to understand why he had this pull on me. I wanted him.
Even though I’d never allow myself to have him.


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