Where Lightning Strikes
Book 3, A Bleeding Stars Novel - A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel
A. L. Jackson
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“An intense, intoxicating, and incredible story of epic love… You. Are. Owned. By. This. Story.” K. Mcvino, Bookalicious Book Blog
A new stand-alone novel from NYT & USA Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson...
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…
WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel
"Crackling with emotion and sizzling with passion, the tale of Lyric and Tamar is so electric, it will leave you happily satisfied, but still begging for more.” NYT Bestselling Author M. Leighton
“I fear I do not have enough stars to offer to a magnificent story such as this one, because even my highest rating would not do this book justice.” Natasha is a Book Junkie
“This story will strike your mind and body like lightning zipping through the sky while a rain storm patters on your heart. I would give this book a huge 5 stars and highly recommend to others.” Smokin’ Hot Reads
Where Lightning Strikes
I loved this! Where Lightning Strikes consumed me! Couldn't put it down! Such a beautiful journey of love. Tamar and Lyrik's story is just riveting. I feel like I personally know each character she writes! I can't wait for the next book to come out. A.L. Jackson is an amazing author.
Love love love
Wow,what a story! I didn't see any of that coming! I cried, I laughed and I loved!
When it comes to Lyrik West, I’m not only in lust with him, I’m head over heels in love!!
Hiding behind a carefully constructed façade, Tamar King has been running from a past that continues to haunt her. Shielded by tattoos, Tamar masks what she fears the world might see. Fear and shame propel her to reinvent herself--to project a hardened exterior that’s all strength and sass. But underneath Tamar’s tough bravado, lies a broken girl and the remnants of her shattered soul. And despite her best efforts to conceal it, there is ONE MAN who sees past it all…
Lyrik West is the epitome of the “bad boy” rock star. With his cocky grin and tattooed body, he is sexy as sin and just as lethal. He is unabashedly notorious for his playboy ways, often draped in multiple women. As part of the successful rock band, Sunder, Lyrik West could have any woman he wants. And the woman that Lyrik wants, is Tamar King—a spirited redhead who refuses to give him the time of day. Ironic? Absolutely. Because the one woman that Lyrik desperately craves, is the only woman that he cannot have.
Despite Tamar’s words to the contrary, or how many times she pushes Lyrik away, their attraction is undeniable--their connection, palpable. With each heated encounter, I could feel the pull; taste the draw. Their desire scorches up the pages, sizzling with intensity. And though passionate in his unyielding attempt to seduce the feisty Tamar, Lyrik’s behavior is often less than stellar. With hurtful words and spiteful actions, he only forces her further from his grasp.
Looking at Lyrik from a distance, all you’re likely to see is the intensity that he projects. But look a little closer—delve a little deeper—and you might just catch a glimpse of a little something more. Guarded and always ready to strike, Lyrik harbors secrets of his own. Pain and guilt are his armor; regret, his personal cross to bare. Yet, beneath it all, a tender soul exits. Lyrik closes himself off from love, but Tamar sees him for the man he truly is… a man who cares too much, but claims to never care at all.
Unequivocally, the smoldering passion between Lyrik and Tamar is scorching. But beyond the physical, Lyrik and Tamar are just two kindred spirits that have separately lost their way. To safeguard their hearts against further pain, they’ve carefully constructed walls against the demons of their pasts. Penetrating those walls is not an easy task. Yet, with Tamar, somehow Lyrik manages to do just that. Slowly, he chips away at the wall surrounding her guarded heart, and with each successful crack, he slips seamlessly inside.
Exposed and vulnerable, Tamar entrusts Lyrik with the details of her past and reveals her hidden shame. Surprising them both, Lyrik bucks against his instincts and doesn’t turn to run. Instead, he pulls Tamar in closer. He tries to erase the ugly—to make her feel protected and safe. He gives her back control; allows her a voice; listens. He showcases her strength and declares her brave. He hands her back her life. And, in turn, Tamar offers up the same to him. Only Lyrik’s wall is higher; stronger. She can’t climb over it, and he refuses to let her in. So, Tamar settles for the only thing that Lyrik is willing to give—a short-term relationship that exists on borrowed time.
While the reader is privy to Tamar’s secrets early on, Lyrik’s past is not so readily revealed. Despite some cleverly executed clues along the way, for a good portion of this book, Lyrik’s past remains a mystery. As his story gradually unfolds, and the truth behind his sorrow is revealed, Lyrik’s anguish practically drips from each and every page. It literally broke my heart!! As horrific as Tamar’s past is, Lyrik’s past is just as tragic. In a lot of ways, Lyrik is even more broken than Tamar—perhaps, more broken than even he’d care to admit. Tamar’s nightmare is one NOT of her own making, but Lyrik’s pain stems from a series of poor choices. And by owning his actions, Lyrik is prepared to live a lifetime suffering with the devastating consequences.
In all honesty, Lyrik & Tamar’s story is not at all what I had expected—it is SO MUCH MORE!! Together and alone, Lyrik and Tamar’s journey led them on a path that forced them each to confront their tortured pasts. In order to move forward, healing needed to take place. And in order for that to happen, old wounds needed to be addressed. Literally on the edge of my seat, I devoured every word, desperate for the answers that were denied to me early on. And when those answers finally came, I felt the enormity of its impact. Just like Lyrik, I was gutted; ripped apart; broken... until I was pieced back together and once again made whole.
“Where Lightning Strikes” is the third novel in AL Jackson’s Bleeding Star series. Although this is a stand-alone novel, I would highly encourage those of you who are new to this series to start from the very beginning. The first two books, “A Stone in the Sea” and “Drowning to Breathe,” are simply amazing! And establishing a prior connection with all the key players in Lyrik and Tamar’s life will, no doubt, enhance your overall enjoyment of this third installment to the series.
For those of you who are already intimately acquainted with this series, you will be delighted to learn that cameo appearances by many of your favorite characters are sprinkled throughout this book. In particular, I enjoyed the antics of the irresistibly delightful Ash. I can’t wait to discover what AL Jackson has in store for this charismatic hottie later on down the road!
With each new book she writes, AL Jackson continues to raise the bar. “Where Lightning Strikes” is no exception. While the poetry of her words never fail to enthrall me, the ease with which she draws out intense emotion truly astounds me. She reaches in deep, grabs ahold of your soul, and refuses to let go. There is a beat and flow to all of her stories that true AL Jackson fans have come to love and appreciate. Throw a great story into the mix, and magic simply happens.