Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson

A Stone in the Sea ~
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?

5 Stormy Stars

“I don’t remember how to breathe without you”

A Stone in the Sea is the first book in the Bleeding Stars series.

This is not my first book by A.L. Jackson, but this is my first audio listen and it was FANTASTIC!
A Stone in the Sea was dramatic, emotional, and descriptive. I felt it all. I felt ripped, raw and I was ready for the next ride.

Sebastian is the lead singer for Sunder.  After some negative publicity, he’s taking the calm route and he goes to Savannah, Georgia until all the chaos dies down. He also is trying to figure out what he’s doing with this life.

Shea is a waitress and she notices Sebastian in her section. He’s nothing like the guys she’s use to. He’s all rocker, tattooed and very stormy.  She’s crazy intrigued, but right now she doesn’t have the time for distractions. She has more important things in her life. She doesn’t need a relationship.
“Every instinct told me I needed to run, that there was something about this beautiful stranger I couldn’t resist”

The beginning is very simple, but the book is so complex.  So many things will be revealed throughout the read and it will leave you panting for more, shocked and gripping the pages.  I couldn’t get enough. I loved the little secrets here and there. It just adds so much drama, tension and it really shifted the book many times. It also flowed really well.

I love Shea. I love that she’s strong, self-less and she doesn’t really want anything to do with Sebastian, but he has such a presence, it’s hard not to get to know him. She warns Sebastian many times she doesn’t date, but Sebastian continues to pursue her and I love it.

“The only promise he’d ever made me was the one that he was going to break me”

“And each time, he slipped a little deeper into my bones”

Sebastian isn’t super famous, but he’s famous in the rocker world. Shea doesn’t know who he is and it’s so cute how she doesn’t treat him like a love-sick fan.

 I love Sebastian. I love that he’s so tortured. I loved that he had to escape his LA life and he’s trying to redeem himself from past actions. I love how his past is such a mystery and as I read, I’m slowly uncovering it. And it’s not all at the end! I loved that Jackson keeps me questioning throughout the read on what will happen next.

Shea has her secrets too.  There’s a reason why she doesn’t do relationships and why she is a waitress in a bar. It’s not the big plot to the book, but I like that part of the book. I loved that part actually and it will make your heart break more for Shea.

“I wanted to escape into her layers, to skim along the surface, and get lost in the beauty. To feel the shyness. To sink beneath, deeper into that pent-up confusion and dark”

“I guess when you loved someone, you were willing to accept all the pieces and factors and fragments that made them up, the sum of those adding up to the whole, and you were left with no choice but to wholly accept the total of that creation.”

I love Jackson. I love her books, I love her stories. I love what she makes me feel. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her!

Audio Questions

What made the experience of listening to A Stone in the Sea the most enjoyable?
The narrators and overall storyline made my listening experience most enjoyable. Narrators can make and break a book and these definitely made it.  I loved that the storyline was multilayered.  There was not a single tone to the read. I was pushed and pulled throughout and I loved it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Stone in the Sea?
Throughout the book more of the character’s pasts are revealed and I really enjoyed reading those parts. I felt like it added a lot of depth to the story. I felt like I was connecting more with the characters and I was really seeing it from their POV.   A.L. Jackson really builds up her characters. They were 100% developed with issues and complexes.

Which character – as performed by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York – was your favorite?
This isn’t my first book narrated by Sebastian York. I have a tiny crush on this narrator. He’s voice is very deep and very seductive. He reads so well and really captures the character. I felt Sebastian the character. I felt the intensity and raw emotions. I’m a huge fan and I will listen to anything he narrates.

This is my first book narrated by Andi Arndt and I love her! I love her Southern twang. She completely took on the Heroine’s character.  Andi’s voice is feminine, yet sweet. I loved that she could go from Southern to non-southern, it felt very smooth and it completely flowed. I’m a fan.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I felt an array of emotions. All good and all pleasurable. I felt the character’s heartache, pain and even their passion. I even cried! There are some good scenes and it will make you feel.
An audio copy was kindly provided


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 Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, Come to Me Quietly, and Come to Me Softly.
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.

Other A.L. Jackson's Books
Come to Me Softly 5 Star Review - HERE

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