Series: Bleeding Stars #3
Published by Self-Published on March 22nd 2016
A new stand-alone novel from NYT & USA Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson...
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…
WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel
This is one of those instances where the book gets better the further along you go. The problem is Where Lightning Strikes takes way too long to get to the good stuff.
Tamar and Lyrik are a volatile, damaged pair. She’s a fiery bartender, living life on the run from a dangerous past. Lyrik is a hardened, womanizing lead guitarist of a popular rock band who is coping with his own private pain. Lyrik is determined to do whatever it takes to get in Tamar’s pants, while she is insistent on keeping her distance and guarding her heart.
The more Lyrik gets Tamar to open up to him, the more closed off he is about sharing his own secrets. It’s frustrating, and Lyrik’s “all you have to do is say no” coaxing gets very repetitive. I was three quarters of the way through the book, and I had no interest in the characters or their issues, and their chemistry felt lukewarm to me.
The last quarter of the book helps save the story as we finally learn Lyrik’s secret. It’s one I didn’t see coming, and I was glued to the pages as he tries to cope with the fallout from his shocking and excruciating past. While I really enjoyed the ending, ultimately this is a case of too little, too late.