Alexis and Zee connect in ‘Stand’ by AL Jackson excerpt

STAND

A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

Coming May 22nd

“Stand is a lyrical dream of power and strength that will steal your mind, body and soul…A mind blowing 10 stars!!!” Queen Zany Book Blog

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next seductive, unforgettable Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…
Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…
I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.
No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.
For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.
Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.
Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.
She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.
Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…

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 Excerpt
My hands lingered on the keys, and she reached out and set her hand on top of mine.
Warmth and light.
It invaded my senses. Clouded my judgment.
My hand flipped over, palm up, and she threaded her fingers through mine. Her head angled, so soft, this girl so fucking good.
“What is it you want, Zee? What is it you can’t have?
You.

Flames leapt into that space between us. Alive and dancing and inciting.

A siren’s call.
My tongue darted out to wet my lips, and I was shaking as I lifted our entwined hands. I brushed my knuckles along the silky flesh of her cheek. I swore I saw the trail of pink it left behind, the simplest touch affecting this girl.
She released a shuddered breath. It mingled with mine.
Our mouths were close—too close—and our noses just touched as we hovered in that space.
“I want things that will only ruin me, Alexis. But you…you make me want to wish for them anyway. Make me believe there’s a chance that maybe they could belong to me.”
Tension tethered us, this rigid band that had me rocking in indecision, every second getting closer and closer as I fought the foolish ideas that tried to take root.
Giving in would only destroy me. But none of that seemed to matter when I leaned in and brushed my lips at the corner of her mouth.
Her fucking delicious mouth.
Because fuck. I just needed a taste. Something to take with me. Something to tuck away, even when doing it felt like some kind of brutal tease.
Alexis gasped at the contact. I edged back the barest fraction, and she was panting these tiny breaths.
Breaths I was breathing.
Her eyes locked on mine. Hungry and pleading. Brimming with belief and hope.
I ran my thumb over the corner of her mouth where my lips had just been. “You are so beautiful. I’ve never met a girl quite like you.”
Something so genuine took hold of her expression. “I hardly know you…and somehow you make me feel like I am. Like when you look at me…you see the person I always hoped I’d become.”
Everything stilled at her words.
At her confession.
Because that’s what I wanted.
For this amazing girl to know the way I saw her. That in her space, I felt something different from all the bullshit I’d dealt with for all my life.
I felt like someone different. Someone better. Like the person I’d once hoped I’d become. I clutched her stunning face in my hands, searching for resolve. For that dedication that right then somehow felt out of reach.
“Zee,” she whispered.
That was all it took for that band to snap.
My hands drove into her hair. And my mouth? My mouth was devouring hers.
Frenzied in its demand. Pleading the same way as her eyes had been pleading with me. Saying all the things I couldn’t ever say.
Our tongues tangled, and my spirit coiled. Heat spread in a flashfire of need. Lust rose in the knitted air, like this intangible greed we both were grappling for, searching for the fastest way to get to the peak.
Our hands searched and clawed and explored. We were a mess of limbs as we struggled to get
closer to each other where we sat side by side on the bench.

“Zachary…Zachary,” she whimpered, grasping me by the back of the head. She crawled forward so she could straddle me.
Motherfuck.
My hands sank into her hips, and she edged up and pressed those gorgeous tits against the wild beat thundering in my chest. A groan rumbled out from somewhere in my soul. She felt so perfect. So good.
I wanted to touch her. Explore her. Claim her.
My dick raged against its confines, all that delicious heat at the apex of her thighs grinding against my jean-covered cock.
It’d been too long. Too damned long. I was going out of my mind.

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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 installment STAND, coming Spring 2017.
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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‘Until Sage’ by Aurora Rose Reynolds is now available

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Sage Mayson had Kimberly Cullen once, and the memory of that brief encounter has tortured him since the moment he pushed her away. He should have followed his gut, but he didn’t, and now he’s left watching the woman he wants more than anything from afar.

Kimberly vowed to protect her heart from Sage, but when her sister is murdered and her world starts to fall apart, he’s the one person she finds herself leaning on.

Getting a second chance is something Sage knows is rare. He’s not going to squander the one he’s been given, and he won’t take no for an answer when it comes to making Kim his.

But what Sage doesn’t know is Kim has a secret that could leave them both devastated and heartbroken.

 

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“He apologized. Don’t you think you should do the polite thing and at least hear him out?”
“I don’t know.”
“You don’t know, or you’re just too scared to find out what will happen if you do?”
“Do we have to do this right now?” I sigh, and he tosses his arm around my shoulders and pulls me into his side.
“We’ve been doing this for months now. I’ve seen the way you look at him when you think no one will notice, and I see the way he looks at you, not giving a fuck if everyone sees. Even when he thought you and I were a thing, he still made it perfectly clear to those who were watching that if by some chance he got a shot, you would be his.”
“I really think you are reading way too much into this.”
“Am I?”


Review

I have read every single one of Reynolds books and there have been times when I didn’t think that I would like it, but then I find myself rereading them and falling for them.

This book, though, I may have a hard time doing that.

I really wanted to like it but I just couldn’t fall for the characters like I did in the other books. Sage is that alpha male bossy man that we know from the Mayson men, but for some reason I was just put off with the way he did. It’s confusing, I know, but I think it seemed more controlling then bossy. And the character Kim felt very weak to me, giving into Sage’s demands without a fight. At least with the other females they challenged the men so it was more entertaining for them to go back and forth.

Another thing that I love but missed in this book is the love scenes. Reynolds can writes some love scenes that have the pages scorching up, but this book was lacking. There were maybe a handful scenes (unlike the closer to ten or so that she usually has) and they didn’t really start until about 70% of the way through the book.

I did like that we got to see more of the other characters in this book (like Sage’s cousins and parents) and also Kim’s parents. We got to see the background of how she got to her parents and I liked the importance and difference that Sage and Kim had with their adoptions. It shows that there are two sides of story and can show how bad things can be.

After reading this, you are going to think that I hated it. I didn’t. But will I reread it? Probably not. The story that took place was in fast-forward mode and never really developed and the characters felt very flat that I don’t see myself reading it again.

Rating: C+


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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.

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‘Chasing Logan’ by Tracy Lorraine has a musician trying to figure out where he fits in the world

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His voice is hypnotising,

His body mesmerising,

Shame about his attitude.

Cole thought going on tour with the UK’s most up and coming singer songwriter was going to be wild. Little did he know that the gossip about Chase’s lifestyle of partying and girls was far from the truth. He’s a moody musician with one hell of a sexy body but his personality and attitude leaves a lot to be desired.

Cole can’t understand why despite not really liking Chase he feels so drawn to him from the second their eyes connect.

Everyone thinks they know Chase, his face is plastered all over the internet and magazines but he’s hiding something, keeping secrets to protect himself as well as the ones he loves but by doing that he’s making himself miserable.

To the outside world it seems that Chase has everything he could ever dream of but what he really wants is right in front of him. Will he be strong enough to allow himself to have it and let the world know who he really is?

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Tracy Lorraine is a M/F and M/M contemporary romance author. Tracy has just turned thirty and lives in a cute Cotswold village in England with her husband, baby girl and lovable but slightly crazy dog. Having always been a bookaholic with her head stuck in her Kindle Tracy decided to try her hand at a story idea she dreamt up and hasn’t looked back since. Chasing Logan is Tracy’s sixth book with many more in the making.

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‘Hundreds’ by Pepper Winters dives deeper into Elder’s past

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Hundreds, Book Three in the Dollar Series by Pepper Winters, is available now!!

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Hundreds by Pepper Winters
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

“Elder is the most dangerous man I’ve met. Not because he can hurt me but because he has the power to steal my heart.”

Pimlico used silence as her ultimate shield. But then she was stolen by a thief who became her master and almost-friend. Life will never be innocent again, but perhaps the crimes Elder wants to teach her will keep her nightmares at bay.

Elder thought he could take what he wanted and sell Pim once he was through. However, that was before she did the impossible and stole his last thread of affection.

Now, they have a choice—give in to fate’s odd chemistry or forever remain strangers.

Pim wants Elder’s secrets. Elder wants Pim’s past. To earn such gifts, tasks must be completed, and Pim must do what Elder says—become like him, become a thief—only then will she have the money to buy her freedom.

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Review

If you have read Pepper Winters books before then you know that she writes gritty, erotic novels. She dabbles in the psyche of her characters and show the intricate workings of the human brain.

That is what this story is. It’s a battle between Pim and Elder as they try and overcome the demons of their past and find solace in the present and the future.

Elder comes off as a tragic hero. He comes in and saves Pim from the man who bought her and abused her for years. It’s hard not to like him, even when he’s been a jerk. There are times that, like Pim, you don’t like him, but he holds the key to freeing Pim from her mind. We see his past and how he got to where he is today. And let me tell you, after finding out the truth there wasn’t much that he could do that would make me completely hate him.

Pim certainly comes into her own in this book. She learns confidence, her voice, and that there is life outside of the one that she’s known for the last few years. She knows that Elder is a bad man (she’s lived it and seen it) but she also knows that he may be the only one that can help her get her life back, even if he uses unconventional ways. There were times that I was rooting for her and then there were times that I was like ‘oh my God you need to leave this jerk-off’.

Unlike the first two books that had a lot of things and moving pieces, this one does draw out a bit more. It offers more details for both characters (especially Elder). He is no longer the mysterious man that he was in the first two books and I liked that. But it took some force to actually get through the books because usually there is a scene or two that have passion erupting and love scenes ensuing, but this one didn’t have that many.

There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end (but not as big as the one from the last book). While there wasn’t a lot of action in this story but it does allow you to get to know Elder some more. I am excited to where Pepper Winters takes us next.


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Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

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