Blog Tour for Drowning to Breathe by A.L. Jackson

The danger in pretending is it becoming real...
Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about ten miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he’d caused.
Not find more of it.
    The moment he saw Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweet and innocence to something that went deeper.
Their relationship was built on secrets; their love built on lies.
Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.
When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending.
Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he’s come to love to protect Shea and his family.
Two pasts intertwined.
Two lives bound. 
Will their demons drown them or will Shea and Sebastian finally learn to breathe?

Drowning to Breathe
A Bleeding Stars Novel, Book 2

My brow pinched, because this fucking hurt. Hurt that Shea had been resisting confiding in me because of who I was. A fucking loose cannon. Someone prone to violence. And there it was, right beneath the surface, fire flaming and licking and begging for release. 
My voice was tight. “Made you a promise I’d protect you, Shea. Live for you. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. You and Kallie? You’re my life. My everything. And I will do anything…give up anything…to make sure you two are together. I won’t let him win.” 
She brushed the back of her hand over the wetness on her cheeks. “He will do anything to break us apart…to separate us. He knows we’re weaker alone. All his words about taking us down at the same time?” 
Her head shook with bitterness and hate, something so foreign on my girl’s face, but I saw it there—the atrocities he’d committed—the things she still kept inside. 
The scars she wore on her heart while I wore mine on my skin. 
“It’s a tactic. A ploy. He thinks he can fill us with threats. Convince our subconscious into believing together we’re easy targets. But, no.” Her eyes drew together as she refuted the idea, as she spilled her own belief. “He’s a coward. A coward. Someone who allows others to carry out his crimes and then lords it over them as if he is the one exerting control.”
That brave chin quivered. “I gave him my submission for so long, and I refuse to ever be that girl again. I was her, Sebastian. I was weak.”
Strength filled the profession. “But I’m not weak anymore. And I’m even stronger with you by my side.” 
“Promise me you won’t let him provoke you, Sebastian. He knows exactly how to ruin people. He finds their weaknesses. He knows Kallie is mine. And he knows the two of us are yours.” 
I swallowed hard. “I promise, baby.” 
I promise. 

My 4 Star Review

Everyone knows I don't do the mushy or sweet romance, but when it comes to A.L. Jackson, I will always read her stories, no matter what they are. She is one of those authors who has such a way with words you find yourself in love and in awe of her writing. You can't help but to want to devour everything she writes.

This story is more that what I expected, although I wasn't totally sure what to expect. I just know that I got more that what I could have anticiapated. This series is one of those series where you feel just about everything the characters are going through. Their stories and personalities are not over-exaggerated. They are totally real and relatable.

Shea is one of those characters that I really didn't care for, but I could find myself feeling sorry for her. There were moments where I thought she was being over dramatic, but then the more I thought about the situation, I could admit that I would probably react in a similar manner. Truthfully, I went back and forth on my feelings for her. By the end of this book I can say that I did like her. My heart wept for her. She has been dealt a bad hand in life (at the expense of others) and is continuing to be forced to live with the pain of her past mingling with her present... and possibly her future.

Sebastian is one of those characters that you can't help but to smile over. Sure, we already knew he was a character to swoon over. He is bark with some bite. Bite where it really matters. This story just adds to this persona. He will do anything for those he loves. Even if it means that he faces his past and puts his own livlihood in jeopardy. How could one not love a character with so much conviction and love for those around him?

I loved the development in this book. It picks up from A Ston in the Sea with Shae and Sebastian... so many things in their lives have tied them together without them even knowing it. Things that could both destroy them separatly and together. There is so much possible destruction, they need to make some of the hardest decisions of their lives in order for anyone to come out on top. With both of them struggling to keep their relationship together but facing their demons of the past at the same time can prove to be something that may not be possible.
If you have read A Ston in the Sea, then you already know that this book is one you need to read. If you haven't started this series, you are missing out on so much greatness. And yes, you need to read A Stone in the Sea first. This is a series and needs to be read in order.

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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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