Thursday, March 24, 2016

Where Lightning Strikes
by AL Jackson
I LOVE AL Jackson so I was so happy when I was asked to review this one.  It is a Bleeding Stars novel, but it can be read as a stand alone.  
Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape.

For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door.

He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves.

Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King.

The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite.

But is it worth the cost of getting burned?

She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream
We met both of these characters in the previous books, but we didn't learn much about them.  Lyrik is beautiful bad boy with a troubled past.  It takes most of the book to uncover all of it.  And Tamar is a sexy strong girl who is also hiding a troubled past.  She uses makeup and clothes to hide who she really is, she even goes by a different name. 
 As both stories unfold we start to understand the dynamic.  I was so impressed with Tamar.  She was amazing and strong.  And when Lyrik finally pulled his head out, I was so happy.  There was a brief time where I wanted to punch him however.  
These two were angst, and love all combined.  When they collided, it was very dramatic.  I love this authors writing and how she brings her characters around.  There is a time when I was so angry, but I totally understood these two.  Such a great book!!!
This book is available now and I highly recommend it!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Redemptive (book 2 in the Combative trilogy)
by Jay Mclean
I have been looking forward to this book for quite awhile, the ending of Combative is a killer!! 
It's said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die.
It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.
Clearly, mine was not.
The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.
The blast of the gun as it went off.
The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.
And then darkness.
This replayed over and over.
When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,
hear, were those few seconds.
Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.
Gunshot, breath, darkness.
This book is very different from the first.  I would almost call this one a prequel.  This is what happened to Bailey/Madison before we met her in Combative.  There is no Ky in this book, which was a little sad.  But, we do get to know and love Nate DeLuca, who I hated in Combative.  I also did not realize this book was part of a trilogy so I was hoping it would all be tied up at the end of this book, but I realized about halfway through there was no way it could be.  We get a ton of insight into Bailey and how she became involved with Nate.  I loved seeing the relationship progress between them, there were so many twists and turns.  I honestly have no idea where this next book is going to go, but I can't wait to find out!!
Combative and Redemptive are both available now, but both are cliffhangers, so beware!!!  Combative is currently on sale for $.99.  This is a great series and I cannot wait for the conclusion.