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?
I love A.L. Jackson and have immensely enjoyed all her previous books. I will admit to being more eager about this new series because of her fan involvement throughout the writing process. How can you not be excited when the author lets the fans pick the hero’s name? Between that and the synopsis, I was dying to read this story. The book begins in one of my favorite cities, Savannah, GA. Sebastian “Baz” is attempting to lie low and stay off the grid while his band’s fate hangs in the balance. He happens into the bar where Shea works and feels an instant connection to her. I’ve never been a huge fan of instant connections, I prefer a slow burn romance. However, Jackson takes their connection and slowly builds from there. She tortured me throughout the book angst and emotional turmoil as these two fight their attraction.
He was both the sun and the darkest night. A promise of heaven and the curse of hell. Funny how we always want what we shouldn’t have.
Right away, it becomes apparent both Shea and Baz are hiding dark secrets from themselves and each other. Despite having dual POVs, there are many hidden feelings and events. Some are revealed and others are still a mystery. Despite her guardedness, I felt an immediate connection to Shea. I admired her toughness but caring nature. Despite her emotional walls, she is loving to those she cares about in her life. I couldn’t help but cheer for her and want her to find some sort happiness with Baz, even if it was temporary. Most readers will fall completely in love with Sebastian Stone. He is the quintessential brooding rocker. While it did take a while, I did love him. Usually it takes me multiple books to fall for Jackson’s heroes, so this was a first for me. My heart ached for all the burdens and guilt he carries. However, when he finally begins to open up to Shea..WOW! There are some steamy, sexy scenes.
“Do you see me, Shea?”
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend to any reader than enjoys an angst filled read. There were times I was frustrated with both Shea and Baz and other times when I loved them immensely. The supporting casts is phenomenal, as well. Their interactions bring much depth and soul to the entire book. However, don’t read this book expecting a complete story. As with most of her books, this book has quite an ending; complete torture! I definitely can’t wait to see what will happen to Shea and Baz in the next installment.
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I froze when I felt the presence behind me. The song slowly blinked out, the last note lingering in the dense air, before I slowly looked over my shoulder to find Shea. Thoughtful eyes met mine in all their warmth—covering me, pulling me in, dragging me under.
“You play,” she said, a statement rather than a question.
“A little,” I said with a shrug.
She scoffed. “I would hardly classify that as a little.” She shuffled toward me, barefoot, and still wearing that robe. “You have a beautiful voice,” she whispered, and again it took on that reverent tone, like she was recognizing something inside me I didn’t see.
She ran her fingers up the back of my neck and into my hair, and I lifted my head to it and tried not to moan like a girl when she pressed her hot mouth to my Adam’s apple, kissing me there like the temptress she was.
“Such a beautiful, beautiful voice for a beautiful, beautiful man.” The words vibrated against my throat.
“Shea.” My response was hoarse, uttered toward the ceiling as she kissed up and down my throat. With her daughter’s innocent face running like a reel through my mind, I searched inside myself for some kind of resolve. For courage. For a speck of integrity. “I should go. I shouldn’t be here. I shouldn’t have stayed. Shouldn’t have come back.”
Never should have come in the first place.
“You’re exactly where I want you to be,” she coaxed against my skin.
“Shea.” It was a plea for one of us to find reason.
“Please,” she whispered, hands sinking into my shoulders.
That’s what she made me.
Groaning, I gave, because she already had me, and I swiveled a fraction, grabbed her by the hips, and pulled her onto my lap. She was quick to straddle me, a smile taking over her face as I palmed her ass, all those waves of shiny soft hair falling down around us.
“It’s hardly fair, you know,” she said.
“What’s not fair?”
“You…looking the way you do. Then you turn around and have a voice like that? Singing and playing that way?” She pulled back with a grin. “Tell me you don’t play guitar. You know what they say, a man with a guitar automatically becomes ten times sexier than any other guy in the room.”
I curbed a snort.
Didn’t I know it.
And that was exactly the shit I’d come to hate.
“Pair that with this face and this body…” she continued, purely playful.
Any other girl started talking like that and I’d have tossed her from my lap.
Instead, I kneaded my fingers deeper into the flesh of her ass, rocking her into my cock that was at the ready and begging for more.
Shivers rolled through her. “…and I would say you’re irresistible, Sebastian Stone.”
“Is that all you want me for…my body?” I teased, running my hands up her back, eliciting a pleasured whimper from her.
Fingertips played across my chest, and her expression turned vulnerable, that storm collecting speed. “Yeah. I do want this body.” Those fingers fluttered up to my jaw. “And I want this face.”
Eyes not leaving mine, she slowly leaned down and kissed me over my heart. “Most of all, I want this,” she murmured, hiding nothing, laying herself bare.
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 Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.
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. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.
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