My rating: 5 of 5 stars
OM-Freaking-G! Just finished this masterpiece and I have no words. A.L. Jackson did not give us a fair warning … this story just completely slayed me. I am emotionally spent but in a good way. You know what? I love every hero in this Bleeding Stars series and I hate to pick, but I am going to say that Ash is my FAVORITE … for now anyways because there is one final left …. Zee in Stand!!!! AHHH!
“Chasing dreams always came with a risk.
Dreams that scattered and blew and so often seemed out of reach.
But eventually, those dreams?
They settled and took root.
They found the one place they were meant to Stay.”
I can’t say enough about this author’s writing. It’s a whole unique experience for me. I feel like I am reading a poem except everything makes sense and I can actually understand the entire poem. I felt peaceful and content – It is truly captivating and beautiful the whole way.
I really love Ash. On the outside, Ash is happy-go-lucky, the star of the party. He does not do relationships or commitment but rather is a hit it and quit it kind of guy. But deep down, Ash is a complicated man, a tortured soul with a huge heart. He made too many mistakes in his life such that he thinks he is not good enough for anyone. Ash blames himself and carries a chip on his shoulders, believing he does not deserve to be happy. I had a hunch that his dark past had something to do with Willow but I did not expect their life to collide in such a painful way. I adore Willow – she is beautiful and sweet… the girl next door. She just got out of a bad relationship. Willow is struggling to keep her store afloat and take care of her sick mother. The last thing she needs is to tangle up with a rock star. Life has a way of surprising you when you are least expecting it though. Willow found Ash beaten and left to die outside her store. The brief moment their eyes met it was like magic and their lives forever intertwined. Is it a coincidence or fate? What will happen when Ash’s secrets are revealed. Will she stay? Will Ash and Willow find it in their hearts to forgive each other?
“Love is never cut and dry. It’s messy. Confusing. Sometimes it’s ugly and sometimes it’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen.”
Goodness! My heart hurts for both Ash and Willow. Ash was in pain – he wants so much to be a good guy, to love fully, to deserve love and happiness, but he is simply incapable of believing in himself. Willow loses everyone she ever loved and is fearful of being lonely. A wise guy told her once not to ever settle and Willow intends to do just that. She will not settle with Ash if he cannot give her 110% no matter how much it hurts her. Their relationship is a roller coaster ride of emotions but I truly believe that the best kind of love is the hardest. Stay is heart-breakingly beautiful – sweet, sexy, flirty, but also angsty and heart wrenching, so I would get some tissues ready. I have to say this book has the sweetest and the best ending ever. Uber swoony, romantic, just PERFECT!!!
“Love is always, always for the brave.”
If you are new to A.L. Jackson which I highly doubt it – this is the one to read.