Series: Bleeding Stars #4
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love to Hate, Musician, New Adult, Revenge, Romance, Second Chances
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Edie Evans is gorgeous.
She’s also the definition of off-limits.
But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.
But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.
The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.
Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.
Austin Stone is dangerous.
He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.
It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.
Our desire is overpowering.
Our need unrelenting.
She is my hope.
He is my weakness.
We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.
I have read a few books by A.L. Jackson, and I always have to prepare myself before I read them. She writes books that tend to have a lot of pain in them, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I like going along for the journey the characters make to get over the trials of their lives. So when I started this book, that is exactly what I was expecting, and I was not disappointed.
So this book could be a called a second chance romance, because our main characters have more than a little bit of history together. Edie and Austin are both siblings of people in a rock band together. Which basically means when they were younger they were exposed to things they probably shouldn’t have been, for Austin that meant drugs and alcohol. And for Edie, well it meant being around people she should in no way have ever been around. Edie and Austin both carry some serious scars with them, Austin blames himself for the death of his brother, and Edie has to live with a traumatic experience that haunts her to this day. These two did not part ways on happy terms, Edie felt that Austin betrayed her trust in regards to her secrets. Both of them left there families behind (at different times) and tried to start over.
Which brings up to present time. Edie is living a life in a seaside town and has a best friend, a decent job, people she cares about, but somehow it doesn’t feel like she is really living. On paper it looks like she is, but when you really get into her head you can see how she is kind of just stuck in a place where she doesn’t let herself open up the way she should. And when she sees Austin performing on stage one night everything from before comes rushing back.
I liked these two together. They are so broken but somehow when they are together they seem to fill in the missing pieces for each other. That’s not to say that these two don’t make mistakes along the way. Austin sometimes does things that are truly for Edie, to make her life better or to keep her safe, and it doesn’t always work out the way he hopes. And Edie, she is so quick to judge Austin, she’s is always expecting him to let her down, and at the slightest inkling of something she jumps on it. There is one incident that pops to mind that I totally think she blew up over and she shouldn’t have, I get that it has to do with her past and what happened to her, but honestly Austin didn’t really do anything wrong, she was right there with him every step of the way.
But at the end of the day, I liked this book. I really was a journey of two people learning to let go of the past and forgive themselves for some of the things that happened. I also liked that them finding their own peace wasn’t completely reliant on the other person, they had to learn to stand on their own, and that was really good to see. I will definitely be reading more A.L. Jackson in the future.