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
A Stone In the Sea Book 1 – Click HERE to buy
Drowning to Breathe is the follow up to A Stone in the Sea – A Bleeding Stars novel by A.L. Jackson in which we first fell for Shea and Sebastian’s story. We were left with one doozy of a cliff hanger at the end of A Stone in the Sea which left Shea and Sebastian lost and left us reeling. Drowning to Breathe starts right back up where A Stone in the Sea left us: dangling holding on for dear life not to fall of the cliff.
“This… this was my penance. The payment for my sins. Punishment for every naïve choice I had made. For every deceit I had blindly swallowed. For every lie that had fallen from my lips. But every one of them I’d told for her. To keep her safe.”
In Book 1 you meet Martin Jennings, who is seriously a true piece of work. This man is borderline psychopath and because of him not only Sebastian’s world is turned upside down by numerous events but so is Shea’s. Neither of them fully knowing just how much their lives are wrapped around this man who I can’t call anything but monster.
Now they both are fighting together. Fighting for Kallie, themselves and for their lives. We find out just how much Jennings is capable of when secrets come out, lies exposed and truths are revealed.
“I’m sorry, “ I barely breathed. It was the truth. I was f*cking sorry. Sorry I wasn’t different. Sorry I wasn’t better. Sorry she hadn’t been more honest. Sorry our worlds have collided in a way they never should.”
Can Shea and Sebastian make it through the storm or will they be left Drowning, grasping for something to hold on to and not finding anything?
I think this book was well written, captivating and had all the feels. The book was fast paced and a whirlwind. I not only love Sebastian and Shea’s characters but also love the guys in the band. You get to know a bit more of them in this story and if you are like me will be left thinking, wow; I wonder what his story is. Well guess what? We are going to get them because Lyrik’s story is up next in Where Lightning Strikes, followed by Sebastian’s brother, Austin’s story in Through The Storm then the other guys in the band and I for one can’t wait! I give Drowning to Breathe 5 Stars!
Copy provided for honest review- Shera
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.”
everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and
a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals
the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger
brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust
settles in L.A.
lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.
bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but
she’s helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes
tangle with hers.
passion that won’t let them up for air.
Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only
one who’s hiding them.
past that costs them everything?
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.
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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