Review: ‘Drowning to Breathe’ by AL Jackson has Shea dealing with the demons of her past

Format: e-book, paper back 

Format read: e-book on Kindle Unlimited 

Series: book 2 of Bleeding Stars series

Rating: 18+ for sexual content, drug references, language

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Holy rock star! That is what Sebastian is. He is all protective alpha male that makes you fall more in love with him (if that’s even possible). He is not only trying to prevent anything from happening to Shea, but that absolutely nothing comes close to happening to Kallie. 

This book focuses more on Shea’s past and some things are a little hard to read. Especially the scenes with her mother (who I absolutely hate despite the fact she tries to redeem herself) and the scenes with Martin. You probably can figure out how Kallie was conceived but to read it and then read the after effects is not something I was prepared for. It’s a big twist and it may be hard for some people to read (though it flirts more on the PG-13 side).

The love scenes with Sebastian and Shea are beyond steamy. They step it up a notch and take it to a whole new level. Especially after their 4 weeks apart and their reunion short after. The passion between Baz and Shea goes beyond just feelings and words. It lives deep inside of them and you can feel it in the way that they talk to one another and the way they treat one another.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but there was one chapter I didn’t care for. I didn’t care for the chapter with Baz’s birthday because it felt a little too reckless for me and the scene where they decide not to use protection felt one-sided and not really a mutual decision. It made me look at Baz in a new light.

The story wraps up Sebastian’s and Shea’s story, so no cliffhanger. It does hint at the next book in the series so you can figure out who the next couple is going to be. 

Rating: B


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.

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