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Stay

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by C.C. Jackson, Shannon Hicks (Editor)
 

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Callie is shocked when she is ripped from her home in the middle of the night. She is taken to a city that she never knew existed only to find that she has a strange connection to her sexy captor. To top it all off, he tries to convince her that she is not even human. She learns that she is actually a fairy. Not just any fairy, but a fairy who has been destined to

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Callie is shocked when she is ripped from her home in the middle of the night. She is taken to a city that she never knew existed only to find that she has a strange connection to her sexy captor. To top it all off, he tries to convince her that she is not even human. She learns that she is actually a fairy. Not just any fairy, but a fairy who has been destined to become queen of the fairies.
The only problem is that the current queen is a cruel tyrant and Callie will have to fight for the title that she was meant for. She is not completely convinced that this is a life that she wants to live. She would love nothing more than to go back to being the normal human girl that she always thought that she was.
When tragedy strikes, Callie finds that she no longer knows who she can trust. She must learn to survive on her own in a harsh underground world.
She finds herself dealing with the struggles of life and love for the first time. Two gorgeous guys, a bunch of new friends, and a whole new world. Will it be more than she can bear?

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Jennifer Gwendoline
Stay is a wonderful paranormal romance. It is fast paced and intriguing and totally absorbing. I really felt like I was there inside the book. It is full of suspense and danger and of course a little bit of romance.

The characters are brilliant, especially the protagonist, Callie. I loved the fact that she is just a normal girl who is thrust into the world of the paranormal and she struggles to accept who she really is: a faerie princess and her rightful place is on the throne as the fa

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ISBN-13:
9780615456683
Publisher:
C.C. Jackson
Publication date:
03/25/2011
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

C.C. Jackson was born in raised in a small town just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to southern Louisiana fifteen years ago with her husband. She has raised three beautiful boys who think that it is hilarious that their mom is writing books about fairies.
C.C. attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Delta College of Arts and Technology. She is passionate about writing and literature and is the author of Stay, a paranormal romance novel for young adults.

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Stay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 144 reviews.
Kelly_BTCBlog 10 months ago
An exceptionally phenomenal and heartrending must read! Stay is a gripping and compelling story about two damage souls, finding that all-consuming connection and acceptance together. The raw emotions and powerful dialogue made this book one of the best books I have ever read. This story has an undefinable pull, immersing you into every aspect of the book. From the very beginning, I was captivated. The character dynamic was utterly intriguing; the more I read, the more I wanted to truly know these characters. It felt like I had my own exclusive access into their thoughts and hearts. But I still had so many questions continuously running through my mind. The heart can be just as unyielding as it is accepting. The difficulties displayed in the story, with welcoming honest and pure feelings, settled a deep ache within me. How something that feels so right and perfect, can induce reactions that are completely different; knowing that simply loving someone isn't enough to erase the pain and torment of one's past. Stay is moving, enchanting, sexy, and deeply emotional. If I could rate this book 10 stars, I wouldn't hesitate to do so. A.L. Jackson thoroughly wows her readers with this riveting and passionate love story!
Anonymous 10 months ago
4.5 Stars After four stunningingly beautiful rock star books in the Bleeding Stars series, can A.L Jackson continue to bring all the heart, raw emotion, and captivating charm that we have experienced with each previous Sunder boy? If you have read a single A.L. Jackson book or know anything about this author then you know, without a doubt, that she most certainly can. And does! Stay is heartbreaking and heartwrenching, heartwarming and heartening. Stay is fun and amusing, sweet and mesmerizing, and oh, so very sexy. Stay will have your pulse racing in more ways than one and running the entire gamut of emotions all while loving every single second. Now, I like my heroines sassy and bold, but something about the pure sweetness of Willow, her shyness, her innocence, and the way she comes alive with the love of a strong man as well as the confidence she gains in the light of that love really sucked me in, captivated me, and kept me coming back for more and more. All in the hopes that this woman would finally get all of the wonderful things she truly deserves as well as embrace the ability to share all of the strength and confidence she actually already possesses, just rarely shows the world. Ash is all the playful diversion, all the alluring sultriness, and foul-mouthed bad boy we have come to know and love thus far. What we soon find out though, is that he is also a secretive man with a broken past who uses sex and humor to numb the pain. When these two worlds collide, you won't be able to look away from the chemistry, the undeniable connection, and the resounding emotion that looms with each and every interaction. You are sure to be floored once you realize that these two hurting individuals who couldn't seem to be more opposite have so much more in common then you could ever imagine. While I truly loved Willow and Ash's story, the twist was just a little too on the farfetched side for me. I refuse to give anything away so please excuse the extreme vagueness, but I feel the need to explain my not quite perfect rating for a story that had real potential to be my favorite Sunder story yet. I would have really loved a bit more believable way for the situation to be possible instead of being completely unrelated in any way which just so happened to have taken place in very different times and places, with one in a million chances of the twist being true, and with no inkling as to what the surprise is then or now after it is far too late. Not only is Ash and Willow's story gripping and heartfelt, but I absolutely adored the intricate way all of the missing pieces from all of the previous Bleeding Stars stories are connected in Stay to give one clear picture of a catastrophic time for all the members of the band all revolving around Ash. All of our questions are finally answered, all the pieces are finally in place, everything circles back to that one time and it is both clever and fascinating. Stay is yet another beautiful, wondrous masterpiece by the Queen of powerful, poetic prose. With every emotion you could hope to feel, and even a few you'd probably prefer not to, this might just be the most emotional book of the series yet packaged in a sweet and healing enchanting love story.
SueMtz 10 months ago
I knew Ash's story was going to be a roller-coaster ride and A.L. Jackson did not disappoint. Having met Ash earlier in the series I knew that the easy-going, charasmatic, life-of-the-party, doesn't-take-anything-too-serious persona was all due to the dark pain he was trying to cover-up. And wow! My heart goes out to Ash. As for the Willow, she hasn't have an easy life. Yet, she isn't a poor dimsel in distress that needs saving but someone who takes what comes and fights with all her might to move on and comes out stronger. She's passionate and works hard for what she needs. I could not put this book down. I needed my heart to feel every emotion: The chemistry. The pain. The struggle. The love. Break me apart and put me back together. After I finished the book, I was speechless. The story STAY-ed with me. I had to figure out my emotions. You just have to read this book to know what I mean. And it's awesome when a book makes you feel something you need to analyze because it's something new that needs to be question. A.L. Jackson is a gifted writer. She is able to get the reader to feel. Every. Single. Word. A.L. Jackson has mastered writing love stories that are raw, heartfelt, angst, gut-wrenching and poetic. This beautiful love story is a MUST read!!! You can enjoy this book even if you haven't read any from the series.
Tatia 10 months ago
6 stars A.L. Jackson doesn't just write books. No, her stories read more like poetry. The way she creates these works of art is unbeknownst to me. She is the master at creating a story that you find yourself so completely lost in that before you know it you're reaching the end, reaching out to grab hold of it in hopes of it never ending. Unfortunately, you know what they say. All good things must come to an end. The way that Ash and Willow are portrayed in these pages is astounding. Normally when reading, you know the characters are different, but many times feel as though they're one in the same sometimes. That is not the case here. You can feel how different they are. Willow is more reserved, more on the thoughtful side. She tends to view everything in a doubtful way, not because she's a negative person but because she's been through too much and hurt one too many times. There isn't anything left inside of her to shred, so she has to hold on to what she can while trying to rebuild herself. Ash on the other hand has no regard for rules or boundaries. His exuberant personality doesn't allow for it. He's used to jumping in without any thought to what the consequences might be. So when he finds himself smitten with the girl with the chocolate, soulful eyes, he also finds a bit of a challenge, one he doesn't mind pretending for. The pain, sorrow, grief, heartbreak; it's palpable, a tangible object you can physically grasp ahold of. These two have suffered so much anguish throughout their short lives. It's one of the reasons Ash is the way he is. Willow, she tries her best to crawl up out of it, but at some point it overtakes everything, not leaving you with room for anything else. I'm wrecked by this story. It worked its way into my heart and it isn't letting go. I don't know how I'm supposed to move on. Maybe that's the point. Maybe I'm not supposed to move on from Ash and Willow. I could never have imagined a more perfect book. It's one of those that sticks with you, doesn't leave room for anything else. Ash tends to steer more towards the dramatics. He's captivated me and taken my world by storm. I know it's early on. It's still January of the new year, but I have no concerns about stating this fact. STAY is and will continue to be my favorite read of 2017.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Ash and Willow's story is one you don't want to miss! I fell head over heels for Ash.
cpcmom 10 months ago
My mind is blown. This book by A. L. Jackson made me gasp and clinch my teeth waiting on the next thing to happen. Ash and Willow's story was an emotional roller coaster. Ash was a rocker who lived life on the edge and drown himself in women. Willow she was a free spirited girl who believed dreams and wishes came true. She had a rough life, she lost everyone who was important to her. Ash wouldn't let anyone get close to him because he lost his last love. It's funny how things in life work out. This book is a perfect example of how things could play out. Another amazing book by A. L. Jackson.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A great afternoon read... love all this author writes
Heike4569 10 months ago
Stay by A.L.Jackson Bleeding Stars Series #5 I love Ash, he is fun and his interaction with Zee is great. Deep down Ash is a sad soul who needs to be rescued.... will he rescue willow or will she rescue him? A real kind of love...... Loved this book, I tried to throttle Ash and Willow, I swooned with them and I laughed. I have MS myself..... I felt bad for Willows mum ❤❤ Can't wait for Zee's story! I recommend this book to everybody
Mjones74 10 months ago
I have had the Bleeding Stars series on my TBR for some time and am happy to say that I now understand why so many readers are in love with these stories about these fascinating rockers known as the group Sunder....because Stay gripped my heart with the sexy, always looking for easy Ash Evans and the sweet Willow Langston who shows him that he deserves more in life than just easy!! This standalone story is full of emotion that is so beautifully written that it just bleeds from every page right into your heart. Ash is a bad boy rocker that thinks his tragic past is only to be blamed on himself which leaves him undeserving of the type of love he sees his band mates sharing with their families. Willow is a sweet beautiful country girl who has experienced lots of loss and been stripped of love & trust but still believes in fairytales and true love. These two heartbroken characters are brought together in what you know has to be fate but can they see what is real through all the pretending, can they forgive past tragedy, and finally let love take root in their hearts???? I loved this book and will very soon be going back to read the rest of the series because I'm now desperate to know the stories of the other sexy rocker band members!!!
Stacyotr 10 months ago
This book absolutely took my heart. The men of Sunder are larger than life and each has a past that will break you and none more than Ash. This beautiful man uses his womanizing, humor and personality to forget his painful past and it frequently gets him into trouble. After nearly getting himself killed fate brought Willow into his life when she found him nearly dead in front of her store. Ash couldn't get this beautiful woman out of his head which led him back to her after he recovered. Their story absolutely melted me. You are going to "feel" so much when you read this book. The pain, the passion, the love and loss are almost palpable. This book is heartbreakingly beautiful but will leave you fulfilled in the end. I have to say this is my favorite of the Bleeding Stars novels so far. Beyond 5 stars!!
NPButterfly 10 months ago
After reading Wait I thought we had seen the most devastating storyline. I was wrong. Ash and Willow’s story is the most gut wrenching, beautiful, devastating story in the series. It tugged at my heart strings and gave me goose bumps. This is a story that will “Stay” with me for a long time. “Do you feel that? Everything simmering around us? Threatening to boil over? A flame just waitin’ for a match?” Ash is the funny guy. The manwhore of the group. What lies beneath is so much more than what is on the surface. He is my favorite Hero in this series. His story, his demeanor, the way he is with Willow captured my heart. This storyline came from left field. I didn’t expect the course it took and was devastated when it twisted. My heart sank into my stomach. I was afraid I wouldn’t recover from this one. Once again A.L. Jackson had me so enthralled with the characters she writes and the story she tells that I didn’t realize I had literally read this book straight through. One sitting folks. Eight hours of not wanting it to end, but needing to know how it ended. Ash and Willow will forever be ingrained in my heart. #AshEvansIsMine
queenzany 10 months ago
“Stay is undeniably heart stopping, breathtaking and poignant story! That will steal your soul like a thief in the night!” You will be driven into a dramatically yet, blissful and hypnotic loving rapture that will rock you to your primal core! Every word swirls with elegant romantic poetic nuance weaving and etching itself into your soul as these pages will resonate and endure with you forever! There comes a time, when you finally find it--yes you find that that one special book! You, know that kind of experience you have been looking for! These bound of pages will splinter your run-of-the-mill exceptions! These pages of romance pages bring you, to your breaking point –where there seems to have a no return, as you are set you off kilter that rattles your mind, body and soul. Then you will be left speechless and in tears—that will hold you prisoner! Keeps you captive as it creates a down cast shadow, where you find yourself buzzing! Like starving yourself of oxygen to your brain, for some sense of normalcy. That is Stay !! A.L. out did herself by bringing Ash’s story to life. I often think of her books as earth sharing. Yes in every sense of the word! She brings you to your knees as her beautifully poetic written pages unfold before you. But, it is her personal film-like visions that are intertwined in her stories that bring her visions alive. Plus if you haven't read the other books in the series. Do so ASAP! “The Bleeding Stones Series is a breathtakingly modern day, Gone with the Wind series! With a devastatingly beautiful Rocker twist!”
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Lisa04 10 months ago
First order of business: Don't be put off by this being book #5 of this series. This was the first of the series I have read, and I had no issues following the story. Now that we have THAT out of the way... I really loved this book. Willow and Ash were both solid leads, and together, they were a wonderful couple. The attraction between the two of them was palpable, which made their story believable and a joy to read. Willow Langston is fighting to stay afloat following the betrayal of her ex-fiancee. And let me tell you, this was one of the absolute douchiest exes I have ever read. This guy, total scum of the earth. Actually, that might be too nice of a description for him. Anywho, he doesn't even deserve to breathe the same air as Willow, because he's a horrible, terrible, rotten, no good douchecanoe, and she is this sweet, strong, honest, hardworking girl. While leaving her store one night, she finds a man, beaten, broken, and barely alive outside on the sidewalk. Left there to die by his attackers, she calls 9-1-1 and stays by his side until help arrives. He survives (thank goodness), and when he is out of the hospital and on the mend, stops by to thank Willow, in hopes of offering her something that would reflect his gratitude. But, what do you give someone for saving your life? Ash Evans is a bad boy rockstar that perpetually finds himself on the wrong side of trouble. His latest hook-up has resulted in his brutal attack, ambushed and beaten down by 4 men and 1 steel pipe. Looking to show thanks to the owner of the deep chocolate brown eyes that saved his life, he walks into Willow's store, promising to give her anything she wants as thanks. Little does he know what that offer will yield. Secrets. Lies. Douchy exes. Loss. Lust. Desire. Truths. Love. This book has it all. Join Willow and Ash on their journey through it all, while chasing both their fears and dreams. Beautifully written, Stay will break you down and build you back up again, one piece at a time.
CarolN27 10 months ago
A.L. Jackson’s storytelling is pure poetry. Her writing is filled with colors and sounds that lift from the pages of her books. You get lost in the magic of her writing and undoubtedly, you know you are reading an A.L. Jackson book. Stay is full of passion, hopes and dreams waiting to be found. Willow and Ash meet under powerful circumstances. They have undeniable chemistry, flirtatious banter and the innocence of love. These characters are reflective and intuitive, compassionate and reflective. All of their push and pull moments put you in a dream like state, clouding and warming your senses. I wish I could read this book for the first time all over again. It was breathtaking. Stay takes you on a journey of emotions ranging from laughter, heartache, repentance, and forgiveness. You feel it all. Stay is A.L. Jackson at her finest hour.
Angie_H80 10 months ago
If I could give this story 10 stars I would. I absolutely fell in love with Ash, and Willow was such a sweet soul, how could you not wish happiness for her?!?! This story had every single feel possible, but what got me most was the absolute devastation when Willow was forced to see what demons Ash was trying to keep her away from. I was bawling, ugly crying, all by myself, in my living room, at like 100am!! I cannot express enough how much this book got to me on every emotional level. Such an amazing story. A.L. Jackson is a fairly new author to me, and after this story, I will be buying every single title I can find!!!
jamie_allisread 10 months ago
Never underestimate AL Jackson's writing. Because when your think she can't top the previous book you will be wrong. Her lyrical writing just does something to my soul. Just like a lullaby calms a baby, Amy's brand of writing does the same to me. This book is everything. In fact the whole series is everything. Each boy unique and their girls even more so. I was completely sucked in from the beginning and didn't stop until the very last page. I sat there thinking. This can't be it. I need more. I fell in love with Ash in the other books but in Stay, he showed me why. And Willow, so strong, even when she could have broken multiple times. She is one of my very favorite AL Jackson Characters. I urge you to read this book. This series of you haven't. I'm sure you will fall under Sunder's spell as well. Bravo. This book is deserving of so many more stars than 5. Amy knocked it out of the park with this one.
AmyBosica 10 months ago
Just when I think I can’t possibly get swept more away or fall deeper in love with a story, A.L. Jackson has got to prove me wrong. It’s not secret that I am a huge fan of this author’s writing and that I love the Bleeding Hearts Series, but I got to tell you, with each book I read, I become totally consumed. I get lost in the lyrical writing and in the characters stories. A.L. Jackson gives you broken and lost characters that you can not help but fall in love with. She makes you root for those characters despite all of their faults and delivers a truly unforgettable love story. Stay is told from dual points of view and is the fifth book in the Bleeding Hearts Series. Even though this book is the fifth in its series, it can be read as stand-alone novel. That being said, for full enjoyment, I do recommend reading all of the books in this series. Anyways, Stay follows the story of Ash and Willow. Ash has always been known as the life of the party: sexy, tattooed, rock star…total ladies man. He could have anything and anyone that he wants. But, even those who have it all, have demons that plague him. And his biggest rule is that he never wants to fall in love. However, when Willow enters his life, she is going to challenge him in ways he never expected. She finds him at one of his worst moments. She shows him that there is good in this world and that even someone with demons like his, deserves to find love. The road to hea for these two is not an easy one. There will be lots of obstacles, challenges and twists along the way. But, if anyone two people can get past it all and fight for what they want, it’s going to be Ash and Willow. There is so much I want to say about Stay, but I honestly feel that this is a story that needs to be experienced. Stay is a story that you just need to allow yourself to get lost in and consumed by the beautiful story this author has to tell. What I can tell you is to be prepared. You emotions are about to be taken on one heck of a ride. There will be lots of ups and downs. Happy moments. Sad moments. Moments that just tug at your heart and make you ache for our characters. There will be moments that will just make your heart swoon and fall head over heels. And then there will be twists that will shock you and test our characters to the very core. But, I promise you, the journey will be so worth it in the end. A.L. Jackson does not disappoint and once again delivers a special and unforgettable love story.
Sugarhoney1964 10 months ago
The love that has been written in the story of Ash and Willow is astounding. Once I started I could not stop. I highly recommend this beautiful book by A.L. Jackson
momof3infl 10 months ago
Stay gutted me, in the most gripping and powerful way. A.L. Jackson has created a world that you can't get enough of with the band Sunder. They are all interconnected standalones, and with each book, I find a new favorite couple. Ash and Willow are no exception. Ash has always been a good-time only guy with the ladies, and one night that catches up with him. Willow comes along and literally saves him, I had tears by the first chapter. These two have an epic chemistry, but will their pasts keep them from a future? I adore seeing the other band members, and where life has taken them. It's an emotional journey that you won't want to put down. Stay is an intense and steamy story that's breathtaking in the writing. Don't miss this fantastic book!
BetweentheSheets-Reviews 10 months ago
"Never mistake broken for weak." I will never ever forget that line. This book was so beautifully written I couldn't put it down. Stay was only my 2nd AL Jackson book and it blew me away. The bad boy rocker Ash and the good girl Willow complimented each other so flawlessly I was absolutely consumed while reading their story. The twists and turns kept me engaged and surprised at every turn. Ms Jackson just moved up to an auto buy for me!
TMax71 10 months ago
5 'PEACHES' STARS!!!! This series was highly recommended by a friend late last year and so grateful I listened to her. I spent a week reading the first 4 books and have been patiently waiting for Ash Evan's story. His character sparked my interest from book one, so lets say this girl was a little excited for his book. But WOW... I was not expecting how spectacular their story would be. The way the authors writes is so lyrical, her words just flow of the page and always has me hooked from page one. She invokes so many emotions in the way she weaves her narrative. Ash & Willow's story is of a second chance at love romance. They are two broken souls with both equally dark and tragic pasts who do not feel love is for them anymore. Their love story is raw, heartbreaking, and sexy. Loved watching their journey blossom, there are highs and lows and some surprising twists. Their story really resonated with me even though I read this book weeks ago, I'm still thinking about it. I'm looking forward to the audible version, so I can experience their adventure all over again. I loved all the books in the Bleeding Stars series but this is by far my favorite.
Brandy84 10 months ago
Favorite Read of 2017 A.L. Jackson just continues to amaze me with her writing. Stay was by far my favorite of the Bleeding Stars series. I think that everyone should read this book and every book in this series. I wish that I could give a higher rating, but sadly 5 stars is the highest. I totally recommend this book and series. This was my first series of A.L. Jackson's and I totally fell more and more in love with each book. You cannot go wrong with starting with this series if A.L. Jackson is new to you. I highly recommend this read! It is powerful, emotional and very well written...I loved it to pieces!
NHesse 10 months ago
Stay is a beautiful, breathtaking love story that left me breathless and in complete awe!!! I was captivated from the very first page in this emotional, spellbinding romance and I didn’t it want to end. AL Jackson once again excelled at what she does – writing beautiful masterpieces! Stay is the 5th book in the Bleeding Stars series and is about Ash Evans – the notorious “wild spirit” of the band Sunder. Ash is ultra-charismatic, stunning, incredibly sexy, generous, perceptive, kind, and fiercely loyal (just to name a few). I knew this man had a heart of gold underneath his happy, care-free persona; I just didn’t expect to fall head over heels for him. Ash stole my heart from Lyrik and I never saw him coming!!! He was full of surprises; I mean the layers to this man were endless. I love the ‘real’ Ash Evans! In Stay, we’re introduced to Willow Langston. Willow is sweet, gorgeous, generous, intuitive, fierce, and loyal. She’s the perfect combination of strong and sweet. I adored and really resonated with her; she’s my favorite heroine in the Bleeding Stars Series. Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole group; it’s just Ash and Willow – they stole my heart and soul!! The storyline is so beautifully written and the inspirational quotes will stay with me forever! From their very first encounter they were drawn to each other. They tried to hide their attraction and inevitably they were powerless to resist that magnetic pull. Ash certainly met his match in Willow. Their banter was so witty and they sparred so well with each other. They just had an ease with one another. I could feel every emotion they experienced -- the butterfly moments, the heart-breaking moments, those moments that melted my heart and those that stole my breath. The intimate scenes were passionate, incredibly sexy, and filled with such raw emotion! I just loved watching these two step outside their walls of protection and really allow themselves to live again. Seeing those walls crumble as they fell in love – that was breathtaking! And Ash… that man fell hard for Willow! Seeing them break free of the prison of their pasts and live again made my heart soar. Two broken souls who saved each other and found their happily ever after!! I adored the scenes with the guys; this band of brothers who are always supportive and always loyal. Those family moments with the guys, their wives and children were so heart-warming and a pure joy to read. They always make me laugh and smile. I adored how Amy wove these scenes throughout the book. I loved how she weaves the different characters’ stories and interconnected them together. Seeing all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place is absolutely magical! This story was powerful, captivating, inspiring, sexy, very romantic and filled with so much raw emotion! The ending was beautifully written and had me in tears; it was absolutely stunning and left me breathless!!! Stay forever left a mark on my heart and soul!!! I loved this story and would give 10 stars if they’d allow. Stay is my favorite book in the Bleeding Stars series so far and I’m excited for Zee’s story in Stand!!! I voluntarily read a copy of this book and am leaving an honest review. I definitely recommend reading this book as well as the first 4 books in the Bleeding Stars series!
rachelperlaki 10 months ago
5 Breathtaking stars! “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.” From the moment that Willow and Ash locked eyes, they both knew that neither of them would be the same again. Two lost souls meet after an fateful event. Ash believes that Willow has saved his life, but as the story continues and secrets are shared, they realize that maybe they are saving eachother. After suffering some trauma of her own, Willow spends her time hiding and unsure of the people around her. Enter the beautiful stranger, and her world is turned upside down. Feeling things she never thought she could feel again, Willow has to face her demons and be brave in order to get what she really wants. Ash Evans. I love this man. Dealing with his own tragedy, Ash has completely shut down, and believes that he isn't good enough for love. He believes that he is tainted and selfish, and that someone like Willow deserves so much more. “Even wild souls need a place to rest.” Willow and Ash strike a deal. They pretend to be just what the other person needs. They find solace and comfort in one another, but they refuse to acknowledge the undeniable chemistry that sparks like wildfire between them. Will the two of them realize how special they each are, or will their demons and insecurities ultimately be their downfall? “When we're done? I want to have given you something rather than have taken from you. I want you to be ready to face this world, take it in the palm of your hands, and demand all that you deserve.” The twists and the element of suspense in this book had my stomach in knots. AL Jackson is a genius when it comes to emotionally charged writing, and Stay is no exception. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I felt things all the way to my bones. This is a beautiful story about two beautiful shattered souls who have to find themselves before they ultimately find one another and begin to live again.