Book Tour + Review: Where Lightning Strikes by A.L. Jackson


A Bleeding Stars Novel Book 3

By: AL Jackson

Release Day March 22


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…

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For one night, I wanted it. I wanted her secrets. I wanted to sink my fingers in and take for myself. She was the exact kind of contradiction I craved. 

The push and pull. 

But this time the pull was too great to ignore. 

I traced my thumbs along the delicate slope of her neck. Dragged them across the soft, soft skin. Her pulse was racing with a violent beat. I forced her to look at me while my entire body ran hot.

“Tell me what you want, Red.” It slipped out in a rough murmur. 

In the distance, thunder rolled. Those blue eyes flashed. Flashed with courage and fear. 

Something about it made me shake. 

Almost defiantly, she lifted her chin, and she reached up with her small hands and grasped me around the wrists. 

“I want you to kiss me.” 


Leave it to Red to ask for the thing I didn’t want to give. Memories cut a path of panic through my consciousness. Reminding me of what I’d done. Of why I could never get too close. 

Of where my loyalty truly lay. 

Clenching my jaw, I gripped her tighter. My heart was giving its all to reject this. Screaming at me to wise up and to do it fast. To turn my back and walk away. No doubt, my feet had officially crossed into the forbidden zone. Out of bounds. 

Red was trying to take me places I didn’t want to go. 

On the inside, I struggled like a goddamned madman. Torn between lashing out like I’d done the last time she’d been tempting me with the need to sink inside her, to discover the countless secrets she had lying underneath, and gathering her up and letting her in on all of mine. 

I was at an all-out war with my instincts. The f*cked-up thing was I didn’t even know what those were anymore. 

Not when it came to her. 

Wavering, I rocked forward in indecision then rocked back. Getting closer to those full red lips with each pass. 

Her attention flitted over my face. They jumped from my eyes to my mouth and back again. 

She fisted my suit jacket.

“What do you want?” she demanded, turning the question on me. Her voice was a brazen, needy mix of the siren who had no issue with putting me in my place and the soft vulnerability that kept seeping through. 

My tongue darted out and swept across my bottom lip.

Dying for a taste. 

“F*ck it.”

Figured she was going to kill me, anyway.


**Received ARC in exchange for an honest review**

"Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes?"

We met Tamar and Lyrik in A Stone in the Sea. This book is their story. The moment Tamar met Lyrik she started acting differently. In the previous books we got to see Tamar as a tough girl who didn't need anything or anyone, especially from guys. Lyrik had been trying to get with her for about a year but was unsuccessful. In the last couple of years Tamar has build a wall around her and nobody has been able to break down those walls.

"He stood out like a fiery bold of electricity. A streak of light and a blanket of dark. So destructive and compelling it was impossible to look away, the boy posed to strike and set you aflame."

However Tamar is intrigued by Lyrik but knows he his bad news. But like many girls there is a time where you can't continue to resist the bad boy. The first quarter of the book there was a lot of hostility between the two. Tamar kept pushing him but at the same time she is jealous and can't stop thinking about him. The moment the two come together is both heartbreaking and beautiful. Both are haunted by their pasts and are struggling to move on from it. 

"Loving someone was like volunteering for heartache and sorrow and a lifetime of bullshit."

Lyrik broke my heart a couple of times in this book. He said and did things that were difficult to read. My heart went out to Tamar during these scenes. It was obvious something happened to him, he was still stuck in the past and couldn't move on. He mentioned a couple of times that his heart wasn't his to give. I was really curious what happened to him. We get a couple of small peeks when he is talking to Zee, Ash and Baz, but nothing major. We finally see what happened in one flashback. I did not see it coming. I really felt bad for him and finally understood his behavior. There were also a couple of times he was the perfect guy who was able to bring Tamar out of lonely world she was stuck in. They still have to face their pasts if they want to move on...

"You are everything I never expected. Never anticipated. Everything I never knew I'd need."

I adored the epilogue!! I also loved being reunited with the gang. I really missed Baz, Shea and Kallie. The same goes for Zee and Ash. Ash had me cracking up so many times in this book. He is such an outgoing guy. Zee is the more responsible one. I can't wait to read their stories. Super excited that we get Austin's story first though. I wonder what he has been up to since the last time we saw him. 

"That girl was a bundle of fireworks, and I was certain we'd go boom."

AL Jackson did an amazing job with this book. It is very poetic and I adore her writing. She is one of the few authors whose books I automatically one-click. I have read all her books and will continue to do so in the future. 

"Dark and light. Corrupt and pure."

"Wild, wicked Red and sweet, beautiful Blue."

"Temptation. That's what you are. An angel wrapped up in a demon's body. Heaven and hell. A gift and my greatest demise." 

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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