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A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
Series: Bleeding Stars, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,429 ratings)

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From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author A.L. Jackson comes the next sexy, gripping Bleeding Stars stand-alone novel...

I'm Ash Evans.

The life of the party.

Hot. Rich. Charismatic.

A tattooed rock star with the world at my feet.

I burn through women faster than the strike of a match.

I've embraced my lifestyle and live it to the fullest.

Until the day my lifestyle caught up to me.

Willow Langston found me at my lowest.

Literally.

Facedown in a puddle of my own blood.

I owe her my life and I have three months to repay that debt.

What I never should have done was touch her. Kiss her. Take her to my bed.

Love wasn't supposed to be a part of the equation.

I gave up that nasty complication a long damned time ago.

Now I want her more than my next breath.

But she doesn't know what I know.

Do I leave to protect her? Or can I face my demons and ask her to Stay?

©2017 A.L. Jackson (P)2017 A.L. Jackson

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They Just Keep Getting Better and Better

Every time I think this series has peaked the next book comes out. If it's possible I think each book gets better than the last book in the series. I'm so hooked. Ash and Willow give all the feels -- makes you just want to take your heart out and give it to them. I like that events from the group's past are revisited from Ash's point of view and we get insight in to more of the group's past and how it affects their group dynamics presently. Kudos to A.L. Jackson for keeping the entire Sunder family engaged in each book. I'm really looking forward to Zach's story so we can find out the how's and why's of his celibacy.

Fabulous job narrating by Andi and Zachary expressing the passions and emotions of Ash and Willow to the point that you feel as if you're there experiencing all the feels too.

Absolutely worth a credit or whatever price you paid. This author with these narrators are a fantabulous buy. I have listened to over 1100 audio books and it's rare that I give 5 stars across the board but this is one of my favorite authors and favorite series with two of my favorite narrators. This is win, win, win all around!

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This Series Gets Better With Each Book!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! This book will hit every emotion you have at least twice! Its twisty, sad, sweet and sexy all in one. Willow has had a lot of loss in her life and she is just trying to go through the motions of living when Ash appears on her doorstep (almost literally). Ash is a rocker with a lot of guilt about the past who is planning to live his life in the fast lane making no real connections to anyone except the people already in his life. These two have great chemistry and they are a big ball of issues but together they might just get past them! This entire series has been great but this one is probably my favorite <3

The narration was PERFECT!!! Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber are both excellent narrators and were a great choice for this book!

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Shocking Plot Twists With Ending I Won't Forget!!


I'lll be honest, I almost didn't finish this one. For me it had a slow beginning, and I actually started, and stopped this audio several times....... but OH, BOY, OH BOY, OH BOY, I'm sooooo glad I stuck it out! The plot twists, secrets, and ending caught me by surprise....... I'm still a little shell shocked! I loooove stories with plot twists, whether they are heart-warming, gut-wrenching, or shocking, and Stay definitely delivered them all!

Kudos to the Andi, and Zachary! They delivered an outstanding performance, and I could feel all the emotions!

Once the story started moving, I loved it, and agree with all the positive reviews. Dang..... I feel I've been cheating myself....NOW I'm gonna have to listen to the other audios in the series to see if their plots are just as shocking! Credit or sale, I don't think you could go wrong with either. 4.5 Stars.

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Outstanding on Every Level

A.L. Jackson you were born to do this, I became a "audio fangirl" in early 2015 but WOAH I think each book just tugs my heart strings more and more each time... I cried several times on this one I can't wait for the next one (I assume will be for Lyric's love story).... BRAVO again!!! 👏🏾😘

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Devastatingly Amazing

I loved reading this book in print, but I am floored by how amazing it is told by Andi and Zachary. They brought these 2 beautifully broken characters to life and made me fall in love with the story all over again.

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5 stars isn't enough stars.

this my favorite story in the series. touched my heart and filled my soul full

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Love it! Great Story!!

What did you love best about Stay?

The story line, from beginning to end. Too bad the end was cut short.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Willow - for her loving heart and her wisdom.

Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Oh my gosh - YES!! I love them both, every time is see their names to a book, I know I must buy it!
Zachary voice is so sexy, perfect narrator for Ash.
Andi - is always good, especially for Willow.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was two scenes, when Willow's mom passes and Ash finally tells his story.

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A MOVING MASTERPIECE BY A TRULY GIFTED AUTHOR

A.L.Jackson has pulled out all the stops with this incredible, unforgettable and emotional love story between two damaged people who have both had their hearts broken in the past.. but in very different ways. Ms. Jackson uses words like an Artist uses paints.. and slowly, with each masterful stroke and each colorful blend, a beautiful yet tragic picture is eventually revealed.

Willow's ex really did a number on her and she's still reeling from all his manipulative, deceitful and hurtful lies.. Willow was so close to getting her heart's desire of love, a family of her own and the HEA she's dreamt of since she was a young girl. She's lost everyone once dear to her - all she's got is her business and a box full of broken promises.. but when she saves a stranger outside her Shop whose close to death she'll forever alter the course of her life.. but it won't all be good.

Ash is Sunder's happy, charismatic, easy-going manwhore and he likes it that way.. no strings, no promises and no emotional ties.. which all goes to hide his very emotional demons. But one day things go terribly wrong and Ash ends up fighting for his life.. but a beautiful brown eyed angel saves him and now he wants nothing more than to repay her in some way. However, Ash isn't prepared for the instant chemistry, attraction and strong pull he feels when he seeks his saviour out.. or the emotions she makes him feel as their relationship slowly changes from friends to lovers. They both went into the relationship knowing there was an end date - but Holy wow they weren't expecting such a powerful connection, such deep deep feelings to grow, such excruciating heartache.. and such a painful twist of Fate.

This has got to be the best story in the Bleeding Stars series so far - Ms. Jackson has written something spectacular, something riveting, something unforgettable.. and something that pulled out so so many feels. From anxious anticipation as the characters grew close, through their breathtaking sexual relationship that should've fizzled, to the debilitating heartbreaking history that made Ash erect some very high walls, then came the tears and fears of the gut-wrenching twist - ending with the beautiful HEA that they both truly deserved. Great characters, character growth, awesome dual POV storyline, sex, romance, a sexy drool-worthy damaged hero and two wonderful narrators who breathed air into this vivid detailed story and brought it all to life.

Worth a credit? YES, it was far more than I'd ever ever hoped for.. and this is why A.L. Jackson is an auto-download Author for me.

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Weak characters and weak plot

Ash and Willow are amongst the worst Romance couples. They're not good together and they're honestly pretty sad characters by themselves. Ash is arrogant - to the point where it's overdone and unnecessary. Willow is supposed to be seen as quiet, but strong. She certainly has the quiet part down, but I didn't see a single moment where she could have been considered strong, either mentally or physically. She's a weak-willed person. She fails to keep to her own standards and morals. She's only really 'unique' because she doesn't throw herself at Ash like other women, which if you compare her to Romance heroines in general, she's not unique in this aspect. Additionally, the backstory that links Ash and Willow together is so horribly done. It felt like a cop-out of a backstory. It made no sense and just made it even more confusing that somehow Willow still gets together with Ash in the end.

It also doesn't help that the writing of this book was very strange. There's an overuse of short sentences and both Ash and Willow talk the same way.

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Just too melodramatic

Their "deep" thoughts and constant angst was just too annoying this storyline has gotten worse with each story. It's almost like the author thinks that if they are angst filled enough their story line doesn't really matter. I love andi arndt but even she couldn't make these drippy people likeable.

If your ex ran off with your life savings wouldn't you get angry and pursue charges with the police or would you cripple yourself with self doubt and blame and basically let your dream job collapse due to no money? Yeah self doubt and irritating pity parties ftw!

He gets beat up by the boyfriend of a one night stand and she saves him by finding him and calling for help. He pays her back by offering her a job and then immediately hitting on her.

Honestly I didn't even care if they got together

Looking to get my credit back in this one

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-17

Must read/listen

I have listened to the whole series and have loved the characters the story line is good if a little predictable but still has some good teistz in it to keo you wanting to know how it ends.
I liked getting to know Ash as he is portrayed as coming across very differently in the other books as this book was all about gwtting to knoq the real Him it waa really good to see him in a different light.
this book is easy listening but has you wanting to kow how it is going to end . just when you think it cant get any worse for ash and willow the world tilts and another twist comes in their pligjt .good listen .
well delibered i really like Andi Arnt And Zachary Webber as narrators they bring the charavters to life brilliantly. cant waitvto read the next installment.

Tracey Hemmings

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  • L Hayes
  • 06-22-19

Another Winner From A. L. Jackson

Another fantastic read from A. L. Jackson. Beautifully written in a way that just grips you and draws you into the heart of the story.
I couldn't stop listening to this and didn’t want it to end.
Brilliantly narrated too. I would definitely recommend this book.
I want to write so muchmore in this review, but wont. Read the book and follow this 'dream' of a story.

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  • Liaxx
  • 11-14-18

Loved it!

I listened to this in a single sitting! I was hooked by the excellent narration - love Zachary Webber's voice . Normally I buy audio books that I have already read, but not this one. Great story with a couple of twists to hold your interest. Not rocket science, but perfect for what it is.

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  • lucy timbrell
  • 04-05-18

I love the characters in this series

The bleeding stars series gripped me from the beginning but I have to say Ash and Willows story was my favourite, told by Andi and Zachary made it all the better.

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  • Mrs D Rowland
  • 06-30-17

Awesome read

Another awesome chapter of this amazing series would highly recommend this series and the author

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 03-21-17

Heart wrenchingly beautiful

I truly love this series !! Fabulous writing plus outstanding narrator performances put it above most others. The story of Ash was heartbreaking, uplifting, emotional and gripping... he found his soulmate though he was convinced he didn't deserve her. 5stars again 😀

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  • Samantha
  • 05-25-17

Box of Tissues

Oh my goodness
I loved it
What a tear jerker
Such a good story
Thank you

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  • karen grave
  • 04-27-19

ms jacckson tricked me

i thought id be seeing a lot more, and laughter in the book but she's surprised me by showing the quiet private side of Ash. however it was a great story so cleverly put together it did go on for a little bit longer than I think it should have. there seem to be a lot more sex scenes in this story but that stands to reason as we are talking of Ash the last sex scene I think I was a bit dicey in regards to Ashes integrity however I guess that's up to Willow to forgive. so now I'm coming to the end of the series and all I have left is z. looking forward to his story and will continue to read A L Jackson's books again oh and as for the narrator's oh my lord Andy and Zach just delightful big sigh dot-dot-dot big sigh

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  • Terry Currie
  • 06-06-19

A Little Too Much "Spirit"

I found this story far too over done and not a patch on the "Fight For Me" series by A. L. Jackson. There was way too much crushing and wrenching of spirits and full of over dramatisations in general. Unfortunately Andi Arndt's Narration sounded like she was drugged or something. I'm normally a big fan of Andi Arnt's but... I don't know... maybe she was trying something new.

Won't be listening to others in this series but really want more like "Fight For Me". will look into other A.L. Jackson hoping to find another gem.

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