From NYT & USA Today bestselling 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.
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What others are saying
“Meaningful. Mesmerizing. Magnificent…5 but should be 10 beautiful, broken, brilliant, and imperfectly perfect stars .” Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog
“A beautifully written story about broken hearts and unshakable longing, about second chances and third chances and a whispered hope for a happily ever after. Intensely felt on every level, Edie and Austin’s story will own you.” Vilma, Vilma’s Book Blog
“Beautiful. Sexy. Dripping with tenderness. I felt the emotion in this story all the way to my toes.” Mia Sheridan, NYT Bestselling Author
“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.” Molly McAdams, NYT Bestselling Author
4TLOReading 5 Star Reviews
What Donna Says
WAIT sang to my soul with utter perfection.
Austin has become one of my new favourite leading men.
Whenever Amy puts pen to paper she writes from the heart and you can feel every ounce of emotion flowing of the page with every written word.
This book was no exception, I knew the fact it was about Austin, the broken young boy from Baz and Shea’s story, would be heartfelt and I guessed right that it would be difficult in places, because of his broken past. What we received was beautiful, every emotion was touched, it was a roller coaster of a ride over and over again.
Austin, was full of angst and tortured himself over the death of his twin brother that he left the Sunder house 3 years before. He is still a broken man and feels that being close to the sea is is repentance and punishment whilst being close to his brother. He is singing and playing as it is when he feels free.
Fate has a funny way of showing a path we need to take to heal and for Austin it brings Edie back into his life, 4 years since they broke each other’s hearts.
Edie has been running from a broken past and a broken heart, one which was shattered by the man that is now in front of her, but is he the only one that can fix her and vice a versa.
2nd chances don’t come along that often, and this isn’t a straight forward light and airy one, this is full of dark and angst that could crack at the lightest of touches, but is what the other needs.
The supporting cast is amazing, and we even get to see the Sunder family, who I love and this book can proudly sit amongst them.
This is what Amy is so very brilliant at and why I will never tire of reading her words or her books and am in awe as to how they just keep getting better and better.
Thank you Amy for Austin and Edies Story
Now I’m ready for Stay and Ash !!
5 Firelight stars ⭐️
What Lou Says
OH MY WORD!! What an absolutely AMAZING story… I have just finished and feel like I have a huge hangover, so much so I’m not sure I’m ready to write a full proper review, but at the same time just need to get everything out of my system now! This story is BEAUTIFUL!
A.L. Jackson’s writing just keeps getting better and better EVERY . SINGLE. TIME! I honestly don’t know of another author that writes with such emotion and such beautifully descriptive words throughout the whole book. She immerses you in the story and before you realise it you are simply lost within those pages, the time stops and life around you seems to cease. I have just devoured the last 50% of this book, but didn’t even notice the percentage going up on my kindle, I was so totally transfixed and before I knew it I hit the ‘epilogue’ and Austin and Edie’s beautiful story was over.
Austin and Edie and fantastic characters. Austin is Edie’s “beautiful boy”. He is “Beautiful. Devastating. Captivating.” And Edie is the beautiful blonde created just for Austin.
Not even close.
She was fucking gorgeous.
It was like the girl had been created just for me. A replica of my every fantasy. But it was the inside that left me a jumbled mess.
The gracious and the good.
The girl was the only one who had shed a light strong enough to pull me from the dark. The one who held the power to call me from the blackened waters where my lungs were filled. At the cusp of succumbing.
Right where I belonged.
But that girl…that girl had given me air.”
Dare I say it?….. I actually think Austin and Edie are my new favourites! Austin has stolen my heart and has firmly found a place within me. He has always intrigued me. I have always been looking forward to reading more about him and reading his version of events and the dark secrets he’s been harbouring, so it’s wonderful to finally go on this journey with him and Edie. This story pulled at my heart strings, there were elements of the story where I could relate to the characters, and even the parts that I couldn’t I still found myself sympathising, understanding and struggling right alongside them. The depth of these characters are wonderful, with so much about Austin we didn’t know we were really able to discover his pain, the darkness and the loss within him. We also discovered a lot about Edie, with her own past, her hurt, her pain and her suffering.
“Sometimes the greatest beauty is in the darkest storms.”
And there really have been some very dark storms in both Edie and Austin’s lives. In this book we learn more about each of them individually and also about them as friends and the impact they each have (and have had previously) on each other’s lives. The relationship between Edie and Austin is simply stunning – I cannot say it enough times, it is beautiful. But it is also heart-breaking and heart-wrenching at times with some difficult moments for both of them. The two characters are each other’s strength, but they are also each other’s biggest weakness.
I’m not even going to go into any big details of the story as there is no way you’ll want to risk anything about this book being spoilt. But let me say, this story is a masterpiece! An absolutely magnificent creation about a broken boy and a broken girl, looking for a way to fix themselves and each other. This story will sing to you, reach for you, grab you, throw you around a bit, make you feel like you are drowning, before spitting you out and putting you back together again piece by piece. I had ALL of the feels reading this book, I felt the emotion, I cried, but I also smiled too and it absolutely OWNED me from the very first page right through to the very last word! It is EVERYTHING, a stunning love story of EPIC proportions.
You do not want to miss this outstanding addition to the Bleeding Stars series, and experience even more from the wonderful Sunder family!
*****5+ beautiful ‘Firelight’ Stars *****
“Shit,” I hissed, bracing myself against the spray of the icy shards pelting from the shower head.
I sucked in a breath, released it between clenched teeth, and forced myself fully under it.
Head dropped and chest heaving as rivers of ice-cold water slicked down my shoulders and back.
But it did nothing to lessen the need. Gave me no sanity or pacification.
Because all I could think about was the girl on the other side of the door.
In my bed.
Wearing just her panties and my shirt.
An angel I wanted to dirty.
I always had.
Love was messy like that.
All of my restraint scattered. I gripped my cock. Squeezed the base. My mouth dropped open at the pressure of my hand against my rigid length.
A fool thinking it might be enough.
God, I was a bastard, but there was nothing I could do before I was giving in, leaning forward and bracketing my forearm above my head to hold my weight.
Water pounded down on my head and back while I pounded my fist against my dick.
Trying to keep silent when all I wanted was to moan, teeth digging into my bottom lip as I pictured the girl spread out for me.
My breaths were coming short.
Panted and hard.
I gave into imagining the sounds she would make when I finally got to bury myself in her body.
A soft, soft gasp.
I slowed, trying to convince myself that throaty sound was all in my mind.
Just another part of this fantasy.
Until I heard the small thump against the wall.
I mashed my eyes closed, like it might hide me.
Conceal the depravity of my actions after I’d just been comforting her hours before.
Heart thrashing, I turned and moved far enough to peek out the small section where the fabric shower curtain hadn’t been drawn fully closed.
It was just a little sliver that left me exposed.
But it was enough. When I peered out, I was looking right at my girl pressed up against the wall.
She stared right back at me.
And I wanted to be horrified, my mind scrambling to conjure every weak apology I could summon. Ready to fucking grovel to keep her from turning and running once again.
Because that’s exactly what I expected her to do.
But her expression…her expression clutched me in the center of the chest and sent what little brain function I had left stampeding south.
Red, lush lips were parted, her hand pressed to her hollow of her throat, pupils dilated so big that her hooded, cerulean eyes appeared black. Needy breaths were coming at me from that sweet mouth like a goddamned freight train.
Desire swelled in the confines of the too-tight room.
She pressed deeper into the wall as if it might support her weakened knees. Head rocked back. Thighs squeezing together.
My hand shot to the shower wall to steady myself. “Warning you, Edie, you need to get out of here. Right now.”
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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