September 16, 2015

Drowning to Breathe by AL Jackson ~ REVIEW TOUR

Release Date: Sept 15
The danger in pretending is it becoming real...
Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about ten miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he’d caused.
Not find more of it.
    The moment he saw Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweet and innocence to something that went deeper.
Their relationship was built on secrets; their love built on lies.
Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.
When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending.
Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he’s come to love to protect Shea and his family.
Two pasts intertwined.
Two lives bound.
Will their demons drown them or will Shea and Sebastian finally learn to breathe?

Drowning to Breathe
A Bleeding Stars Novel, Book 2

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Review by: Tatia 

Before now, I had a hard time choosing which book by A.L. Jackson I loved the most, but after finishing Shea and Sebastian's story, there is no doubt that Drowning to Breathe is my favorite. A story of taking a risk on a love so strong that nothing can break it. No matter what obstacles are thrown your way or what secrets from the past come back to haunt you, it's a love strong enough to withstand the roughest storm. That's what Shea and Baz have along with a curly, blonde haired little girl that has Baz wrapped around her finger.
We pick up right where we ended in A Stone in the Sea, where we found out about Kallie's dad and what a bastard he really is. From the very beginning to the end, the emotions are just overflowing. You can't help but to hope for the best from an absolutely dire situation. Being tethered to each other, you feel the strength of the bond that Shea and Baz have, the one that no matter what is going on, nothing could cut through it. That's what helps them battle it all.
I did not want this story to end. This is a timeless love, one that I could read about forever. I haven't been huge on the rockstar stories lately, but Baz is one that I would read about constantly. He blows all the others out of the water! Not only did I love Baz, but everyone else that made up the family that is Sunder as well. They all made the story that much better.

5 Stars 

Review by: Cristina 

The continuation story of lead man and guitarist from Sunder, Sebastian Stone and single mother, Shea Bentley started off with a bang that entailed an ugly and scared feeling that hit deep in my gut leading to my first set of tears. Believe me when I say my anxiety did not just stop there. The secrets, the lies, and true reality of the situations come into fruition in the ★★★★★ 5 stars read! 

“Life with you is good, Sebastian. As long as we make it that way. I don’t care what lies they tell or what they believe. Just as long as it means I get to spend my life with you.” 

Regardless of the intense challenges that they face…whether it be someone who is determined to take them down, the times of being apart, and/or the risks they are taking to keep their relationship on the down low or finally in the public eye one thing is for certain their love was fiercely strong for one another. The repeated question that comes to play is whether they are willing to sacrifice everything to be together and at what cost? 

“One look and I forget who I am. Once touch and I’m gone. You are my everything.”

Gosh darn it! The author utterly gutted me so many times during Sebastian and Shea’s story! She freaking torn me into shreds and slowly pieced it back together; however, there were times when I felt those pieces were about to be put together to actually not join back. Their story was an ugly mess of mental emotions but physically they had a passionate connection rooted in their souls. The poignant feels, the angst, and the love were seriously affecting my heart. To top it off having a child mixed in the drama filled story involved a fear for the girl where any parent would stop, fight, and protect. 

Find love and bring it here.

This was not just another rock star love story. It was surprisingly so much more than expected that I highly recommend the Bleeding Stars series! Get to meet them and fall in love in A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1) and drop deeper in this second book Drowning to Breathe (Bleeding Stars #2). It is worth the roller coaster twists and turns PLUS the round and round, the ups and downs ride of a ferris wheel!

5 Stars 

Author Bio
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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A Bleeding Stars Novel Book 1

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?


My heart slammed around in my chest and my sight narrowed on one singular goal.
It felt like a lifetime to get to her house, and there was nothing stopping me now. Unlocking her front door, I charged up the stairs. I didn’t pause at her bedroom door. I threw it open. I needed to get to her.
With her back to me, Shea was curled around a pillow on the center of her bed. She startled with the sudden intrusion and jerked up to sitting. Caramel eyes blinked at me through the dim light, confusion and hurt and sorrow.
Motionless, I stood in the doorway as the silence hovered over all our uncertainties.
On all the questions.
But Shea was right.
None of that mattered.
And this was enough.
“Shea.” My voice broke on her name.
I took a step inside and latched the door shut behind me.
Shea’s chin quivered, and she lifted it because I knew this girl wanted to be brave. I knew she was playing through a million scenarios. Mentally going through all the ways I was going to let her go. How I was going to let her down. I knew the words she expected to spill from my mouth because for too long I’d been a coward and a fool, thinking sacrifice was the only way to make this right.
Because every time I turned around, I lost someone I loved.
Not this time.
I swallowed hard. “You want to know what I see when I look at you?”
When the intensity in my voice hit her, Shea choked out a tiny sob.
I took one step closer as I began to speak. “I see someone who’s so fucking sweet and kind that every time I look at her it just about knocks me from my feet, because I’ve had so much bad in my life I don’t know how to stand in her presence. I see someone who I know I don’t deserve, so every time I turn around, I’m runnin’ scared because I’m terrified of ruining everything she is.”
Slowly, I approached her, and she watched me in the shadows. Her hands trembled in her lap as I neared.
“I see someone who deserves the greatest kind of joy.”
Another step closer, and Shea crept toward the side of the bed. She drew a single leg up to her chest. Clinging to it as if it could protect her from any more pain. Everything she felt and wanted and feared was exposed in the expression on her face.
I stopped at the edge of the bed and dropped to my knees.
A small cry escaped her mouth.
Reaching out, I gripped her face in my hands, my fingers burrowing in soft, soft hair.
“I see someone, who even though there’s not a chance in this world I could ever be good enough to have her…good enough to hold her…that’s all I want to do. I see someone I want to protect and love and fight for.”
Tears streamed down her cheeks. She edged even closer and let her legs slip over the side.
I settled myself between her knees and met the storm in her eyes.
“I see beauty and light.”
Those eyes flashed, and emotion crushed my ribs. This girl had me twisted up in every way possible.
Shea gasped when I grabbed her by the waist and pulled her to me. I shifted so I sat on the floor with my back propped against the bed.
Shea was straddling my lap.
Warmth enveloped me. Her heart was pounding, all tucked up against me, right where she belonged.
Her skin felt so soft. Mine lit on fire.
She searched my face and I kept on.
“I see the most fucking gorgeous girl I’ve ever had the pleasure to lay my eyes on.” My voice dropped as I leaned up so I could brush my mouth across her ear. “The pleasure to touch.”
A shiver rolled through her, and I gathered one of her hands between us, threading our fingers. I studied them as I struggled to form the words.
I lifted my gaze and spoke with the most honesty I’d ever allowed myself.
“When I look at you, I see a future I never thought existed, Shea.”


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