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(Bleeding Stars #5)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  5,774 ratings  ·  790 reviews
"I grow to love the boys who make up Sunder and the women they love more and more with each member's personal story. But I have a special place in my heart for Ash and Willow and simply devoured this book and was left with a happy smile on my face and a sigh in my heart. AL Jackson at her swoony, sexy best." Mia Sheridan, NYT Bestselling Author

"Captivating. Sexy. And in t
Published January 23rd 2017 by A.L. Jackson Books
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Karen Mc
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rocker-romance

"You see the beauty in the old. The beauty in the bad. The beauty that's hidden in all things. It's always here, we just have to look hard enough for it."

You don’t have to look hard to see the beauty that bleeds into A.L. Jackson’s words, so wondrous and so WOW. Every word that this author writes is full of feels. Every word is mesmerizing and meaningful. Every word means everything. Every word IS EVERYTHING. Stay is the newest roller coaster of a rock star romance from A.L. Jackson’
A.L. Jackson
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: one-of-mine
It's always such a crazy thing to sit afterward and ponder my books. Stay was a labor of love. It started in two different directions that weren't speaking to me, until Ash & Willow's story finally become clear in my mind. The moment it was, it flowed from me in a way that held my heart with each word. I can only hope their story grips you and touches you the way it's touched me. It was such a blessing bringing this story to life. ...more
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts
STAY marks my first AL Jackson reading experience and the fifth story in the Bleeding Stars series written in such a manner that it can be totally enjoyed as a STANDALONE romance. Equally the many fans of this series will appreciate revisiting a cast of characters they have previously met and loved.

The story centres on tattooed rock star Ash and Willow, the girl who literally saves him in the opening chapters ensuring STAY gained my immediate engagement with the characters. I warmed to them and
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
This book by far was my favorite in the series, so far. I fell in love, hard, with Ash Evans and Willow Langston ❤️

These rock stars keep melting my heart into a puddle of goo. Ash was a lovable, kind, sweet, always so positive in all the previous books in this series. This book, we got the real deal. The rock star you just can not fall in love with. He was everything, he took care of those he loved, he looked out for everyone, he strived to never hurt those he cared about. He carried demons fr
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
4 "Please Stay" Stars
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This is a story of two broken souls. One happy go lucky, one introverted, both living but not really living. When these two meet, it's as if the universe finally aligns. But while one thinks of the possibilities, the other doesn't believe himself worthy. Angsty, Angsty, Angsty!!!

This is an emotional read. Willow Langston is beautiful, sweet and broken. Her life hasn't turned out like she expected. She has loss, heartache and is fixing to lose her business. Ash Evans is a
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5 Peaches Stars*****

"Never mistake broken for weak."
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I haven't read an AL Jackson book for along time, and so kind of forgot the magic she brings to her words and stories.. although this took a chapter or two to get into it once I was hooked that was it. I stayed up until after 2am to finish it.. which basically means I loved... LOL

Ok so what's it about?
Ash is part of a worldwide known band but he's also the easy one, the joker of sorts. He's full of life, full of fun and goes after easy ti
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Stay by AL Jackson is a literary composition that beautifully blends raw emotions, love, and second chances in a visceral and poetic manner. There is no question in doubt that Jackson has a way with words. It seems she has this ethereal way of tugging and pulling those heartstrings as her words bleeds into our hearts, mind and soul.

Jackson knew the lyrics to our heart when it came to mending the broken pieces as she brought forth two br
Pam Nelson
5 Stay Stars - ❤ Audible Review HERE

This book guys I am telling you is utterly phenomenal this story is going to blow you away. If you thought Wait was a good story this book is just as amazing.

So many feels so much heart break, so much regret and loss and sorrow. But yet there is so so much hope and happiness you wouldn't think so but it’s true.

Willow is one heck of a strong female you don’t see it right away, she will unfold and show herself to you bit by bit. And you will fall in love with
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**


"We bled with the stars. Where they streaked and wept across the endless sky. Infinite. Burning bright right before they quickly burned out. Ashes."

I have been following this author and reading her books since the beginning of 2013. She is one of the few authors whose books I automatically one-click without even reading the blurb, which is a huge deal for me. AL Jackson writes like a poet, and her words feel magical to me. It always make
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Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing


The complexity and layers of this book, of these characters, and of the author’s words make this book so much more than just a romance. It is beautiful. It is raw. It is poignant. The complexity and layers of each character and storyline is unparalleled and exactly what I have come to expect from A.L. Jackson’s Bleeding Stars series.

These characters, particularly Willow and Ash, stole my heart, but what really draws the reader in is the dichotom
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OM-Freaking-G! Just finished this masterpiece and I have no words. A.L. Jackson did not give us a fair warning … this story just completely slayed me. I am emotionally spent but in a good way. You know what? I love every hero in this Bleeding Stars series and I hate to pick, but I am going to say that Ash is my FAVORITE … for now anyways because there is one final left …. Zee in Stand!!!! AHHH!

“Chasing dreams always came with a risk.
Dreams that scattered and blew and so often seemed out of reac
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

“Sometimes our greatest gifts are found in our darkest hour.”

So we have to admit this book is our first in this series, gasp! Something which is in dire need of rectifying. We were told Stay can be read as a standalone and yes we agree, however we did feel like we were missing out on Sunder’s backstory and the bond between the lads. That’s not saying we didn’t enjoy it, we did, in fact we loved this story, we just think we would have had a more complete connection and understanding
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-2017
Stay (Bleeding Stars #5) by AL Jackson
4 stars!!!

“Don’t ever mistake broken for weak.”

As AL Jackson slowly takes us through the life and love stories of the men in Sunder, finally, it is Ash’s turn. So far in this series, Ash has always come across as the joker, the man who doesn’t take anything seriously and who is living the dream, a true rock star by trade and actions. But there is a lot more to Ash than the cocky, rock star persona he portrays.

“I make magic, baby. And you’
Rachel K
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it more but the book let me down in two areas - both of which will more than likely not be a big deal for other readers.

First person POV is not my preferred narrative but have learnt to deal with it seeing as a lot of books have been written that way. And one of the big reasons for me not really liking it is because often, the hero and heroine's voice sound really similar. Like in this one. No way a rock star who lives and parties hard talks all flowery and shit. It didn't work
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a full dose of melancholic. So many repeating words. It is beautiful word. I like it. But I wish the story can be more developed. More angst. The characters develop fine. I like Ash. The broken man with his guilt was attacked in front of Willow's store. Willow a sweet, naive and full of hope girl helps him. Of course Ash falls in love with Willow. He wants Willow to live her life in full colour, flying to the moon and have self respect.

And Willow, with Ash by her side, she soars. T
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
Holy Twist Batman!! I did not see that coming. Ash and Willow’s story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride of epic proportions. It’s a classic tale of opposites attract. The sweet country girl who saves a bad boy rocker. As with previous novels by A. L. Jackson, I adored the writing and emotional punch of the story.

Here’s the breakdown:
Ash has a painful past. Because of that, he refuses to fall in love and instead becomes the good time guy of the group. After being viciously attacked by
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
Stay is the fifth book in the Bleeding Stars’ Series that focuses on the band Sunder and their bassist, Ash. Now I am a stickler for reading order. I have not yet read the prior four books in this series. I love this author, and all I can really say is that I always thought that first book was PNR. Silly, but I thought it when I first saw the cover and never really thought about it again after that. But I was given a chance to read Stay, and knowing now that it was definitely not PNR, I figured, ...more
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

I loved it!
So adorable & moving & sexy & sad... just beautiful.

BUT - just like with all the books in this series, I kinda hate the writing. Not all of it, well, some parts are a bit too poetic and long, but what I really hate is the way Al Jackson makes the guys talk. They all leave out the I's or the THE's at the beginning of a sentence. And I have NO idea what that is supposed to achieve? It just sounds ridiculous and cheap and weird. But I guess the author had her reasons for wanting to do it
Beneath The Covers Blog
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, kelly, 2017-reads
An exceptionally phenomenal and heartrending must read!

Stay is a gripping and compelling story about two damage souls, finding that all-consuming connection and acceptance together. The raw emotions and powerful dialogue made this book one of the best books I have ever read.

This story has an undefinable pull, immersing you into every aspect of the book. From the very beginning, I was captivated. The character dynamic was utterly intriguing; the more I read, the more I wanted to truly know these
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A.L.Jackson has done it again. Not sure how she continues to rip me to shreds and then build me back up, but the woman has done it once again! This story pulled me in, held me hostage, gave me hope, broke my heart, twisted everything all up, and did it over and over again. She is a masterful storyteller with vivid imagery and poetic words that bleed the intensity of the feelings and the story and their perfect use ties it all back together with the the theme of the book.

Ash Evans has always seem
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Pretend with me… Pretend that you're mine and I'm yours.”

It is always with immense excitement that I return to A.L. Jackson’s writing, her impassioned, expressive style forever leaving me more than a little in awe of her extraordinary talent, and time and time again, she proves to me why she remains one of my most respected authors. Utterly seductive and ever-evolving, her prose enthrals the reader with its hypnotic tempo, but it is the electrifying depth of emotion behind her every
Jacqueline♡ beautyliterate
4/5 stars

Video Review:

Found myself really enjoying learning more about these characters and their pasts.
Can't wait to continue on with this series I SO need to read the other three I haven't read!
If you've been looking for an NA companion series definitely check this out!!

*Was sent this in exchange for an honest review*
Wow! A.L. Jackson wrote one powerful book! Brilliant! S**t, I didn't see that coming. And, nothing speaks of romance more than a hotter than HOT Rock God, and that's exactly what Sunder's bass player Ash Evans is. He's cocky, the life of the party, and oh so gorgeous! Tattoos. Muscles. And, that glorious hair and eyes with that playful smirk that just gives Willow the chills. She saves his life one night, and he's in debt forever. Willow, though, has not the best life. She lost her sister and he ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Love is never cut and dry. It's messy. Confusing. Sometimes it's ugly and sometimes it's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen." "But no matter how much it might hurt, it can never change the fact that it's real. It's worth fighting for. And the real kind of love will always come back to you."

"Chasing dreams always came with a risk. Dreams that scattered and blew and so often seemed out of reach. But eventually, those dreams? They settled and took root.They found the one place they were mea
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 amazing stars!

“Love is always, always for the brave.”
Two lost souls meet during an unfortunate incident. Ash thought Willow saved his life but as they both begin to dig deeper they find that they just may be saving each other. Willow had been through some very traumatic events in her life and Ash had completely shut down ever being good enough for love. The two decide to pretend to be what the other needed but when the smoke cleared; would they find they were exactly where they needed to be?
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017

**4.5 Stars**

‘We bled with the stars. Where they streaked and wept across the endless sky. Infinite. Burning bright right before they quickly burned out. Ashes.’

So we have to admit this book is our first in this series, gasp! Something which is in dire need of rectifying. We were told Stay can be read as a standalone and yes we agree, however we did feel like we were missing out on Sunder’s backstory and the bond between the lads. That’s not saying we didn’t enjoy it, we did, in fact we loved th
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Arc provided in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Willow and Ash; I loved their personalities and how they balanced each other. I sometimes felt that the lyrical writing distracted from their story. I also guessed the big secret early and felt it was revealed too late with too little discussion. I was very satisfied with the ending.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Even wild souls need a place to rest.”

4.5 stars!

Ever since I started my journey with the boys of rock band, Sunder, I have been eagerly awaiting Ash’s book, and OMG it was worth the wait! Gorgeously emotional, heartachingly romantic, and beautifully written, this book sucked me in from start to finish and I absolutely loved it!

Ash Evans is the fun-loving party boy of Sunder. The prankster who always has a joke, the one who always has a willing woman hanging off his arm, and the one who does
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it

First person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone.

What I liked: Two characters who helped each other stop blaming themselves for the horrible things that happened in their past, a somewhat wayward hero who found his calm in the herione, good supporting characters, steam factor was halfway decent.
What I didn't: SO. MUCH. EMOTION. And typically, that's a good thing... you know, you want the heart to be in a romance, but the things these two characters said to one another... it didn't feel ge
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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART, and FALLING STARS novels. Grab her latest stand-alone, FALLING INTO YOU, free with Kind

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