Review: A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson

He wanted nothing at all…

Until he found she had everything to give…

Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.

Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.

When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she's helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.

They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won't let them up for air.

Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.

Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?

On its own, I liked the premise of this story. The bad boy rocker falling for the sweet and innocent girl. But the reality was a bit different than expected. I believe it was mostly the writing style that made this one a difficult read for me. There is a lot of description of situations and feelings, without really mentioning what has happened or what those feelings are. Therefor this made a slow read for me, and it was difficult to really get into the story. If it's unclear to what is going on, that makes it harder for me to connect with the characters.

Also it felt that the way this was written, was done on purpose to create more mystery and drama. Seems though I like my drama a bit more upfront. How everything here was shrouded in mystery, also didn't feel necessary to me. If they would just say there thoughts out loud, a lot of misery could have been spared.

So while the story wasn't bad, the way it was executed just wasn't for me. I had trouble really getting into the story, some parts were really long-winded or there was a lot of, for me, unnecessary repetition. The fact that the book ends with a cliffhanger was a bit overkill for me. I just wanted their story to be done, so reading the second book isn't going to happen.

2.5 stars

The Author
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, Come to Me Quietly, and Come to Me Softly.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

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