Monday, May 7, 2018

#NewRelease #Reviews #5 stars LEAD ME HOME by A.L. Jackson @aljacksonauthor

Lead Me Home

A second-chance, friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance in A.L. Jackson's Fight for Me series...

"A TOP 2018 & LIFETIME ROMANCE!" ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog

SERIES: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel 

Fourteen years ago, my life changed forever.

My sister disappeared. That day I was selfish. That day I chose myself over her. And that day, I lost everything.

Including Nikki Walters.

She's the girl I’ve loved my whole life. She’s gorgeous. Caring. Every single thing I’ve ever wanted but denied myself. She was my sister’s best friend, and I destroyed any chance of keeping her.

When her safety is threatened, I have a second chance to do the right thing. But as soon as she moves in, I want her in all the wrong ways.

All it takes is a brush of her hand, and I’m losing all control.

The fire between us is only burning hotter.

But neither of us saw what was coming.

And it just might be Nikki Walters who destroys me in the end.

The highly anticipated sexy, suspenseful stand-alone second-chance romance from NYT Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson.

If you are a fan of the series, you know this story won't be pretty. Newcomers will be able to follow along but I strongly recommend starting at the beginning.

Beginnings almost always get smiles. The meet cute. Happy kids and lifelong friends. But life isn't only smiles. This story is lots of heartbreak and pain. Loss. Ollie's story has always intrigued me. He is the enigma of the group. His love clear as day but yet he refuses to acknowledge it. So lost in the past, he can't accept the present.

Lead Me Home will break your heart. It will hurt. It will claw at your subconscious. It will lead you exactly where you need to go. But sadly, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

She has spent her entire life loving him. And it's never been enough. She has never been enough...

A.L. Jackson has yet to write a book that doesn't turn me into a sloppy, tear stained mess at one point or another. It's a gift or a curse, depending on whose side you are on. The beauty of it is she makes me feel EVERY single time. She is the puppet master pulling my heart strings. And never more so than with this section. I had to share it. I still ache with the reverberating feelings shifting inside me. 

"They say heartbreak isn't physical.
I believed it was a lie.
Because I could feel it. Could feel [it]. Just as I could feel the same crack running right down the center of me. Everything adding up and becoming this weight I didn't know how to bear.
It was a rending of my chest.
A splintering of my soul."

I'm not sure how A.L. Jackson feels about compliments but her words are poetic and invoke some of the most intense reactions. And to me, that makes an incredible book. So, I tip my hat to the puppet master and bow while I await her next performance.

Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood

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I knew from the synopsis that this is going to be emotional and I wasn’t wrong it really put me threw the wringer.

Ollie and Nikki have a tortured love story I say tortured because guilt is keeping them apart and that broke my heart. Prior to Ollie’s sister disappearing they were close and friendship was changing into the possibility of young love but then everything fell apart.

This was not just an epic love story but also the story of two people finding their place in the world. Both characters grew in character and emotionally throughout the book. The author did a brilliant job of conveying Ollie’s feelings of guilt at times he made my heart hurt. 

A truly beautiful epic love. 

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Don't miss our amazing giveaway going on to celebrate the LEAD ME HOME Release!! Grand prize includes signed SHOW ME THE WAY and FOLLOW ME BACK and the entire BLEEDING STARS SERIES Paperbacks!! 

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, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, LEAD ME HOME, the third stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.

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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