September 13, 2015

::*::Blog Tour & Review::*:: Drowning to Breathe by A.L. Jackson

The danger in pretending is it becoming real...

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about ten miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he’d caused.
Not find more of it.
    The moment he saw Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweet and innocence to something that went deeper.
Their relationship was built on secrets; their love built on lies.
Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.
When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending.
Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he’s come to love to protect Shea and his family.

Two pasts intertwined.
Two lives bound.

Will their demons drown them or will Shea and Sebastian finally learn to breathe?

Drowning to Breathe
A Bleeding Stars Novel, Book 2

My brow pinched, because this fucking hurt. Hurt that Shea had been resisting confiding in me because of who I was. A fucking loose cannon. Someone prone to violence. And there it was, right beneath the surface, fire flaming and licking and begging for release. 
My voice was tight. “Made you a promise I’d protect you, Shea. Live for you. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. You and Kallie? You’re my life. My everything. And I will do anything…give up anything…to make sure you two are together. I won’t let him win.” 
She brushed the back of her hand over the wetness on her cheeks. “He will do anything to break us apart…to separate us. He knows we’re weaker alone. All his words about taking us down at the same time?” 
Her head shook with bitterness and hate, something so foreign on my girl’s face, but I saw it there—the atrocities he’d committed—the things she still kept inside. 
The scars she wore on her heart while I wore mine on my skin. 
“It’s a tactic. A ploy. He thinks he can fill us with threats. Convince our subconscious into believing together we’re easy targets. But, no.” Her eyes drew together as she refuted the idea, as she spilled her own belief. “He’s a coward. A coward. Someone who allows others to carry out his crimes and then lords it over them as if he is the one exerting control.”
That brave chin quivered. “I gave him my submission for so long, and I refuse to ever be that girl again. I was her, Sebastian. I was weak.”
Strength filled the profession. “But I’m not weak anymore. And I’m even stronger with you by my side.” 
“Promise me you won’t let him provoke you, Sebastian. He knows exactly how to ruin people. He finds their weaknesses. He knows Kallie is mine. And he knows the two of us are yours.” 
I swallowed hard. “I promise, baby.” 
I promise. 


First of all, if you are reading this review and have not read A Stone in the Sea, you should turn right around and go pick that up right now!  Drowning to Breathe is the second book and the ending to Sebastian and Shea's story, so make sure you read it after A Stone in the Sea.

Drowning to Breathe packs so many feelings from earth shattering heartbreak to ultimate joy, which we have all come to expect from any of Amy's books.  So that should definitely not come as a surprise to anyone. :) 

In A Stone in the Sea we met Sebastian, the lead singer of Sunder, and Shea, the woman he becomes captivated with, and can not seem to stay away from or keep his mind off of while he and his band are on a little bit of a "break"  in Georgia.  We see the two fight the forces between them and ultimately at the end of A Stone in the Sea, we see Sebastian and Shea come together.  Both realizing that they can not fight the chemistry that draws them together.  Tragedy strikes and we are left with not knowing how things are going to work out, or even if they will.

Drowning to Breathe picks up right where A Stone in the Sea ends, Shea and Sebastian going through unspeakable amounts of heart ache;  trying to wade through tragedy and all of the forces coming at them to keep them a part.  Both Sebastian and Shea have to decide whether their love is worth the risk, knowing that they would not be able to go on with out the other in their lives.

I felt every heart wrenching scene in this book.  I had tears multiple times, and actually had to set down my kindle to come back a little while later.  You will feel all of Sebastian and Shea's highest highs, and their lowest lows, and that my friend is the mark of an excellent storyteller.  I love how Amy is able to pick us up and set us down in the story, as if we were part of it watching things unfold.
When I got finished with A Stone in the Sea, I was waiting on baited breath until we could get Drowning to Breathe and the conclusion to Shea and Sebastian's story did NOT disappoint.

This series is a definite read NOW series.  It is one of my top reads for the year, so go ahead and get started!

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?

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.

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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