Wait

A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel
Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
Series: Bleeding Stars, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,622 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a NYT and USA Today best-selling author comes a new Bleeding Stars stand-alone novel

She is his strength, and he is her weakness. And this time he won't let her go.

Edie Evans is gorgeous.

Sexy.

Kind.

She's also the definition of off-limits.

But that didn't stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.

But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.

The night I sent her running, I thought I'd never see her again.

Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

Austin Stone is dangerous.

Alluring.

Tempting.

He broke my heart, and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.

It's been years since I've seen him, and now I can't do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.

Our desire is overpowering.

Our need unrelenting.

She is my hope.

He is my weakness.

We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.

©2016 A.L. Jackson (P)2016 A.L. Jackson

Critic Reviews

"5 but should be 10 beautiful, broken, brilliant, and imperfectly perfect stars." ( Bookalicious Babes Blog)
"6 Stars! Wait is equally devastating and beautiful! A.L. Jackson has a way of pouring words onto a page that makes you crave every piece of a story, even after the words have ended." (Molly McAdams, NYT best-selling author)

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Beautiful story. You need the "backstory" first, everything falls into place.

A.L. Jackson is so good at combining Love, Heartbreak, Mistakes, and Resolution. This book gives you all of that. But, you need (in my opinion), to know the history of the band "Sunder" in order for this story to flow and fall into place. I've listened to all of the books that came before this one. I loved this!

Edie has secrets that cause her to pull away from her family and the "boy" she loves... Austin.

Austin has demons, he is stuck in the mire of a heartbreaking tragedy which causes him to pull away from everything he knows and loves. Edie and Austin are brought back together, as adults, and struggle to come to terms with their past.

I'm being vague because I don't want to give the story away. I was moved to tears a couple of times... this isn't your run of the mill love story, and again, I think it's important to know the history of the band Sunder in order for this book to make sense.

The narrators are perfect. Two of my favorite narrators and they do a fantastic job! I always look for more books read by either Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt. Stellar performances!

I'm surprised by the negative reviews... possibly those reviews are from people who don't know the back stories of some important characters that are in this story.

I'm very happy with my purchase and will look forward to more books by A.L. Jackson. Love Live Loved this book!

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THIS IS NO ORDINARY SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE

I know I need to find words to describe this listen but words like fantastic, brilliant, well written, hypnotic, heartbreakingly beautiful and riveting just aren't enough and won't begin to cover the emotional journey that Edie and Austin travelled before they got their wonderful HEA ending.

The story is told in the present but also their broken pasts are slowly unearthed with thought provoking Chapters revealing what haunts Edie and Austin and what drama tore these two devoted friends apart for 4 long and lonely years. It must have been Fate that put them in the same place at the same time... but it would be up to them to seek forgiveness, to forgive, to trust and to let love back into their lives. However, the past, together with the shocking secrets that had been so tightly kept, were going to resurface again, be revealed and someone was going to make the same devastating mistake all over again.

A.L. Jackson has such a way with words that her Chapters are deep, emotional, poetic, heartfelt, raw, painful, beautiful, haunting and very moving works of art. I've loved this series so far... but this fourth book took my breath away because Edie and Austin's stories were so well described, tragic, intense, sweet and moving. My heart broke time and time again for these two damaged soul mates as they struggled to find themselves from the wreckage of their lives... and to help each other heal and become whole again.

Worth a credit? A story where I craved every Chapter and every word, dual POV's and some great narration which brought this book, and it's characters, to life and made this, for me, a 10 star listen.... so, YES very creditworthy. If you're a romance lover then let A.L. Jackson sweep you off your feet with this moving and very powerful story of broken characters, broken promises, broken hearts, love.... and the beauty of second chances.

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Emotionally Packed, Gripping and Poetic!

Wow! A.L. Jackson skillfully writes a beautiful story about two damaged souls. The plot was well thought out and written, and keeps the listener in suspense, while the scenes alternate between the present and past. It's been years since Edie and Austin have seen each other. They both ran from their past for different reasons. Their reunion is rocky, but as they start to rekindle the flame, we are taken back to their past through a series of flashbacks. When their darkest moments are revealed, it will break your heart, but by the end, their love will piece it back together.

Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber's performance was OUTSTANDING! They did a great job on all the different characters, and emotions.

Between the beautiful poetic heart breaking romance, and flawless narration, there's no mystery why this audio is currently a best seller on Audible. Well worth a credit, but I took advantage of my KU and added whispersync.

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Series just gets better with every book!

Another great book in this series!!! AL Jackson is an amazing author, she tells us such great stories and this one is at the top of the list for me! I loved the story line, the characters, the drama and the romance! This book has it all! Austin & Edie are so completely broken, I loved that they find a way with each other. Both of their stories are so heartbreaking and now I completely understand why they are both such damaged people. I started this book out thinking about Austin and his past with drugs so I was expecting a completely different plot and I have to say this one blew me away. The epilogue...oh the epilogue... Yep I may have cried a little because it was beautiful. I can't wait for the next Sunder Boy <3

The narration was great!! Zachary Webber & Andi Arndt were perfect for these characters, they

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This was my least favorite in the series so far.

The writing is well done. it's just a slog through way too much emotional angst to get to a real story. The first 3 chapters plus the last 5 were the best of the story. The middle of the story needed more supporting character development in order to make it interesting. The series as a whole depends way too much on the pasts of the main characters and way too little on their present. It would also be nice to draw in the rest of the band as group interacting throughout the story. The compelling element to read a series is too remain connected to the overall story of the group while getting the deeper stories of its individual members. Don't get me wrong, there is enough here to motivate me to finish the series, just not enough to read her next one. As for the narrators, I have listened to many stories with these two and they are great my reason for the 4 rating is because of the mispronunciations they drive me a little crazy.

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The angst got in the way of the story

I wanted to learn Austin’s story and how it fit in with the other narratives in this series and that’s the reason I ploughed through way more angst than was necessary. Well written, well performed angst I must add but too often repeated, distracting and disrupting the flow of the story. I’ll be reading the rest of the series though. I really like all the characters and all their flaws.

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Could have been great

Extremely overwritten but had good bones and could have been really good. I found myself getting frustrated with repetitive dialog..oh that boy, oh that girl...how many times did the reader need to hear it? It was almost like romantic "whining."

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Not normally critical

The narrators were excellent. The story was so predictable and it felt like it has been written over and over before.

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potential...but sappy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Listened in fast forward. interesting enough I wanted to know what happened but too wordy and sappy so couldn't stand normal speed

What was most disappointing about A.L. Jackson’s story?

trying to project emotions I guess and this boy....this broken boy...sounded childish

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was excellent. Most likely what kept me with the story.

Could you see Wait being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

naa

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Ugh

They were both such whiners. Both Edie and Austin were so full of angst that I was ready to give up on them after the first few chapters. And the descriptions ruins were so over-the-too. This was my first book by A.L. Jackson and most likely will be my last. Extremely wordy and completely annoying. Only reason I finished it was because I had already paid for it.

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  • Bel New
  • 09-16-16

Amazing

This series is really wonderful. I dread reaching the end of each story & can't wait for the next

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  • cilla
  • 04-29-20

Like it

I really like this book and it is a great series But WHY OH WHY OH WHY ? Does Austin call BAZ BOZ ???

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  • hadziah
  • 03-10-17

Page turner!

loved it! kept wanting to read more, to know more abt the characters, to cry with them & feel their grief & enjoy their journey to love

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 01-02-17

The book I was waiting for

Austin's story is full of heartbreak but strength I loved it !! The characters and storyline as expected for this excellent series. Waiting baited breath for the next instalment😀

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-20

series must read

loving this series just another captivating story I couldn't stop listening to. narrators perfect as always.

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  • Jasmin Frahm
  • 12-15-19

liked the whole series

every book is basically a very similar story and same writing style but i liked to listen to the whole series anyway.

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  • karen grave
  • 04-26-19

back to wonderful descriptive writing

I knew this listen was going to be soul tearing and deep. it lived up to my thoughts precisely. wonderful storyline and It caught me up. the hero was so broken I was wondering how he was going to rise.....should have know...always a good heroine. look g forward to how Ms Jackson is gong to tackle ash's story as her writi g is I tense and moving and she has portrayed Ash as the clown of the bunch. I hope she pulls it off showng us another side to her style . narrators....looooooooove Andi and Zach. as much as i love Andi and Sebastian. thank goodness Zach was the male voice that took over.