Stand by A.L. Jackson

Stand

A Bleeding Stars Standalone Novel"PURE BEAUTY IN WORDS. Stand shatters and SINGS to the SOUL, making the heart both soar and bleed." ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes BlogZachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…I’m Zee Kennedy.Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped...

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Stand Reviews

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    The End! ☹

    The last book in the series. Zee.

    I loved it.

    It was adorable & moving & sexy & sad & suspensy & exciting & mysterious ... just beautiful.

    BUT - just like with all the books in this series, I kinda hate the writing. Not all of it, and I think it's just the author's writing style, but for me it's all written way too poetic and long. And what I really hate about the writing is the way A.L. Jackson makes the guys talk. They all leave out the

    's or the

    's or whate

    The End! ☹

    The last book in the series. Zee.

    I loved it.

    It was adorable & moving & sexy & sad & suspensy & exciting & mysterious ... just beautiful.

    BUT - just like with all the books in this series, I kinda hate the writing. Not all of it, and I think it's just the author's writing style, but for me it's all written way too poetic and long. And what I really hate about the writing is the way A.L. Jackson makes the guys talk. They all leave out the

    's or the

    's or whatever needs to be at the beginning of a sentence. And I have NO idea what that is supposed to achieve? It that supposed to sound rockstarish? It just sounds ridiculous and weird and dumb. But I guess she had her reasons for wanting to do it like that and unfortunately nobody told her not to do it ... ☹

    I still loved the book. I'm glad we got to see the whole family again.

  • Karen Mc ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

    Have you ever read a story or series that means more than you can ever pen into words? It's almost as if fate had a hand in matching you to the perfect story...YOUR perfect story or series. It's as if those words are meant for you. Every feel from every word...YOURS.

    You don’t have to look hard to see the beauty that bleeds into A.L. Jackson’s words, so wondrous...so WOW.

    Have you ever read a story or series that means more than you can ever pen into words? It's almost as if fate had a hand in matching you to the perfect story...YOUR perfect story or series. It's as if those words are meant for you. Every feel from every word...YOURS.

    You don’t have to look hard to see the beauty that bleeds into A.L. Jackson’s words, so wondrous...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.

    I don't know if I can stand right now, my body wrecked, my soul shattered, and my emotions wrung dry from a story that was both the ultimate heartbreak and the ultimate happiness.

    Knowing it's the final

    story left standing made me want to savor every word slowly.

    Knowing that this last

    story would be a soldier ready to battle with my heart, I willed myself to stay strong while reading...I FAILED as my feelings wholeheartedly took over.

    Knowing that

    is the last

    story left standing had me teary-eyed before I even began.

    I tried my hardest to savor each word but I devoured them like a hungry lion. These words were the predator and my emotions were the prey. The Prologue GRIPPED and GUTTED ME, my heart gripping every carefully-penned word. So powerful. So poignant. So EVERYTHING.

    I would try to stand or stay strong so I could swallow this soul-searing story...word to word...heart to soul.

    Eyes, already teary from mourning this last

    book, bled with more tears that gushed like a rainstorm. Zee's story BROKE ME from the Prologue alone. I was on edge where I would remain, my emotions entangled around these words, willing the tears to flow.

    After the Prologue, I had to stop reading. I had to catch my breath and reign myself for what would be a battle of emotions.

    Zachary 'Zee' Kennedy. Quiet and sweet Zee, Mr. Mystery, it's finally time for your story. Oh Drummer Boy, big, beautiful, bronze-eyed, and inked Zee. Hidden under that quiet demeanor is a damaged heart, a broken boy I wanted to save. A man who has paid what he believes to be his penance for too long. A man who has never wanted to fight...until her.

    Alexis Kensington. Beautiful, blonde, blue-eyed, and petite crosses paths with Zee, perhaps by fate. He becomes her savior but she saves him too. Two broken souls shoved together at the right time. Two beautiful hearts that need to stand.

    Happy fused with heartbreaking tears flowed fast and furiously. These words...so much MORE.

    Oh Zee! His and Alexis' words made me swoon so very hard! I LOVED THIS MAN of many layers but with a heart of gold that penetrated those layers the hardest…penetrating my heart too.

    A connection, so big as if it beckoned from above, blazes between Alexis and Zee. An aura of fire, fueled by fate, dances around them. Lighting them up. Lifting them out of the darkness…lifting me out of the darkness…if only for a little while.

    One kiss with passion and power in spades. One kiss that I felt penetrate through me too. One kiss that meant so much more.

    Zee and Alexis' connection and chemistry were combustible, a force of fate. I could not help but smile a grin filled with hope as I was sucked into a wave of passion, one of soulmates, one of love powerful as those flames that ignite between them.

    There is so much beauty in these words, as if sent from above, where I saw these beautiful stars in the sky while reading.

    It's time for Zee to fight. Fight for Alexis. Fight for him. Fight for his life. Stand for love. Stand for LIFE.

    When you read a story that cuts through you like a knife, gripping you, gutting you, rendering you raw...bare...breathless, you can't help but feel every word as if each were a slice to your heart and a song to your soul.

    No author makes me unequivocally feel every word I'm reading like A.L. Jackson. No words are a trifecta of power, passion, and poignance like hers. A.L. Jackson writes from the heart and you can tell her heart is poured into every beautiful and brilliant word. Her heartfelt writing hit my heart hard like a hurricane in every single story of this

    series.

    Meaningful. Mesmerizing. Magnificent.

    Sunder started with Baz in a

    , a storm of emotions that like the second book in this duet, left me

    .

    struck my heart hard, Lyric's story stealing my soul that bled all the angst.

    What I was most anxious for was Baz's little brother, Austin's story, my favorite second-chance type of romance, which became my favorite

    book and was well worth the

    .

    struck me by surprise, my emotions entangled so deeply that I wanted nothing more than to stay in Ash's story.

    , the last Sunder story about the mysterious and sweet Zee, stood tall on its own, a story of sun and storms that was the most bittersweet as it's where the

    shine for the final time.

    I'm standing tall and proud, giving the biggest applause to Sunder, a band in a book that is so raw and real to me.

    There has never been a series that has meant more than this one. Sunder has been my life for years, so unequivocally entangled around every part of me, and I'm sad that it's time to say: The End.

    Curtains down. Exit stage. The Sunder show is over for good.

    I am seriously mourning the end of the

    books, this ALL-STAR series, one that has now risen to my

    How can it not with words that make me feel the whole time reading?!?

    should be renamed Bleeding Hearts because, with every book, my heart bled harder.

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    A MUST-READ ROMANCE!!!

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  • A.L. Jackson

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    I froze, awareness shivering through the air, ch

    STAND IS LIVE!!! FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

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    I froze, awareness shivering through the air, chills prickling across my flesh.

    Sucking in a breath, I peeked over my shoulder. My heart trembled and shook.

    Staring back at me were brilliant brown eyes that raged and stormed and promised they were getting ready to wreak a new kind of havoc on my life.

    On the opposite side of the street, he pushed from the wall where he’d been watching. He didn’t hesitate. He came straight for me. His gaze only broke from mine to dart back and forth at the small street before he began to cross it in long, purposed strides.

    A frenzy lit. A quiver of attraction that rocked and provoked.

    I was fixed to the spot, gaze enraptured as I watched the intricate ink dance and play over the corded muscles that bunched and flexed in his thick arms. So much strength in his body and so much beauty in his being.

    I swore he stole the air when he stopped two feet away. Hands fisted, he glowered over me.

    I stumbled my way through the choppy words. “What…what are you doing here?”

    His were hard. “Think I could ask you the same question.”

    I shook myself out of the stupor. “Are you following me?”

    It came off as an accusation that was somehow half-pleased and half-offended.

    Standing in front of me was a man who was little more than a stranger, who had been tracking me, and I couldn’t stop the excitement that thrilled in my bones. I couldn’t stop the comfort that washed through me at his concern.

    But I knew it was even more than that.

    Over the last three weeks, I’d spent too much time wondering if I’d ever see this beautiful boy again.

    “Maybe.” Frustration laced his tone. At him or me, I couldn’t tell.

    I blinked at him, tongue-tied, my confusion and surprise tumbling out. “That’s just…weird.”

    God. I was brilliant.

    But what was I supposed to say? This boy caught me unaware at every turn, always at the advantage.

    He almost laughed, this sound that was exasperated and filled with disbelief. “Weird?”

    I bit at my lip, fighting a smile that really shouldn’t have been there. But he was here, again finding me when I felt helpless and vulnerable.

    I nodded emphatically, clutching the lightness that whispered through the air. “That’s right. Weird.”

    With his index finger, he scratched at the back of his head. He chuckled low, this sound that rumbled through my senses and warmed my belly. “I’m sure there are plenty of other things we could call this other than weird, don’t you think? This is just…”

    I frowned when he trailed off and took a step in his direction. “What?”

    Helplessly, he looked back at me. “I can’t do this, Alexis. I’ve got a sh*t show getting ready to blow up in my life, and the only thing I can think about right now is you. Can’t go to sleep at night because I’m terrified you might be sneaking off and doing something that’s going to land you in trouble again. That I might not be there to save you next time. And when I do finally nod off? I wake up in the morning panicked, praying you’re okay and having no way to make sure.”

    His tongue darted out to wet his lips. My gaze followed, entranced by the thick bob of his throat as he swallowed.

    “I don’t have the first clue what you’ve done to me, but I’m not sure I can handle whatever it is I’m feeling.”

    COPYRIGHT 2017 A.L. JACKSON BOOKS INC.

  • Brigid Brown

    Stand is the final book of the Bleeding Stars series and it was A-MAZ-ING!!!! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

    This is the story of Zee, the drummer for Sunder, and Alexis, the girl who crosses paths with Zee one fateful night. Their story is both heartbreaking and breathtaking. Their connection immediate, their chemistry hot AF. As I have read each book of this series, I didn't think AL Jackson could top the previous book, but once again she has proven me wrong and out done herself, I

    Stand is the final book of the Bleeding Stars series and it was A-MAZ-ING!!!! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

    This is the story of Zee, the drummer for Sunder, and Alexis, the girl who crosses paths with Zee one fateful night. Their story is both heartbreaking and breathtaking. Their connection immediate, their chemistry hot AF. As I have read each book of this series, I didn't think AL Jackson could top the previous book, but once again she has proven me wrong and out done herself, I was an emotional mess when I finished this book....a day later and I still have all the feels! To me that is the sign of a brilliantly written book.

    It was bittersweet knowing that this was the last book of the series but she did Sunder and her fans justice.....it was absolute perfection!! I highly recommend this book!!!

  • Paige

    4.5 "Starshine" Stars

    I can't believe this is the end of the Sunder boys. I'm so ridiculously happy and so sad at the same time because one of my favorite series has come to a conclusion. But in her beautiful, lyrical fashion, AL Jackson ended this series with an emotional bang in Zee and Alexis and brought it full circle in the most heartfelt way possible.

    Zee has been the quiet and steady member of the band since his brother died. From the start he's been the one trying to keep the band togethe

    4.5 "Starshine" Stars

    I can't believe this is the end of the Sunder boys. I'm so ridiculously happy and so sad at the same time because one of my favorite series has come to a conclusion. But in her beautiful, lyrical fashion, AL Jackson ended this series with an emotional bang in Zee and Alexis and brought it full circle in the most heartfelt way possible.

    Zee has been the quiet and steady member of the band since his brother died. From the start he's been the one trying to keep the band together and happy. As he's watched all this band brother's find the loves of their lives, he happily stood on the sidelines glad that they're finally succeeding and healthy. But there is more to Zee and as his story played out, it becomes clear that Zee is just as troubled as his band mates, he's just living a secret life so as not to upset the balance.

    Ever since he was a young boy, Zee idolized his brother. But when the worst happened, Zee believes he became the catalyst for it all and bears the responsibility of seeing his brother's dream a reality. But when he meets Alexis, everything he promised himself gets sidetracked because there is an undeniable connection formed and he seems unable to let it go. Even as he tries. He knows he can't be what he wants to be with Alexis but he is unable to let her go causing all his plan to spin out of control until he has no option but reveal the secrets he's carried for seven years.

    I knew Zee's story was going to be emotional but I always forget just how well Ms. Jackson writes emotions because they were spilling off the page making my heart beat out of my chest. I've loved Zee from the start but he really came into his own in the story and even if some of his decisions wouldn't be ones I would have made, I understand his dilemma and only wanted the best for him. And that was Alexis. She was the perfect match for Zee. She was strong and yet not overpowering. Her patience and steadfast loyalty made her exactly what Zee (and the rest of the Sunder family) needed.

    This series will go down as one of my favorite rock star romances. I loved each installment. I loved how each story built on the last. And I love how each man of Sunder loves. I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

    ARC provided for honest review.

  • Katy Loves Romance ❤️

    This book is beautiful, I was mesmerised by it all from get go and it's the kind of read for me where I just needed the time to savour the words. I'm not too sure how to review this epic conclusion to the bleeding stars series but I'm going to try my best, but apologies if I don't make a great amount of sense.

    This story is about two souls that truly need to believe

    This book is beautiful, I was mesmerised by it all from get go and it's the kind of read for me where I just needed the time to savour the words. I'm not too sure how to review this epic conclusion to the bleeding stars series but I'm going to try my best, but apologies if I don't make a great amount of sense.

    This story is about two souls that truly need to believe in themselves. Believe that they can live and love. But it's also about healing and second chances of sorts.

    Alexis and beautiful magnetic Zee meet in a path of uncertainty, zee protects her from the wrath of a man no woman should be close to. And there in Zee becomes her protector but also her friend. As time goes on though everything unravels and you get to see who the real Zachary Kennedy is. See into his past I loved reading the past chapters as you see into his mind back then, which was great as it gives you a full picture of EVERYTHING. Then as time goes on the attraction they just can't seem to walk from.

    I just savoured the words. They just flowed and AL Jackson bravo I just am all tongue tied here, but your words are just music to my ears.

    Overall is the perfect conclusion to this series, it's all wrapped up nicely but it's also put together in a way that I am all teary eyed over the love and bond they all share. You just can't not be emotional over it all. Zee especially is a truly beautiful character inside and out, he is giving, selfless and 100% protective and loving to the people he cares about. Its raw emotion and

    Highly recommended..

  • Michelle

    by A.L. Jackson is a breathtaking symphony of visceral words and raw emotions. Jackson has readers like myself going down the proverbial rabbit hole where we must surrender to the onslaught of beauty, understanding, pain, love, and the union of two souls destined to have their lives intertwined.

    by A.L. Jackson is a breathtaking symphony of visceral words and raw emotions. Jackson has readers like myself going down the proverbial rabbit hole where we must surrender to the onslaught of beauty, understanding, pain, love, and the union of two souls destined to have their lives intertwined.

    is a bittersweet read since the journey of these beloved characters comes to an end. And what a journey it has been. I think it was fitting that Jackson concluded this series with Zee Kennedy’s story since this book packed that emotional punch to leave you yearning for more.

    Timing. They say everything has it’s time and place. So what if you were meant to meet someone at a specific moment and time? Would you consider that fate or coincidence? For Alexis Kensington, the moment Zee Kennedy entered her world, it changed her. Not only was he the stranger that saved her but he was someone who will forever be etched in her mind, heart, and soul. It was as if the stars aligned and called Zee and Alexis together. Two jagged pieces who completed one another in order to make whole.

    As perfectly constructed layers of this book are slowly exposed and unraveled, readers begins to see the truth. The light. The reasoning behind everything. The secrets of Zee Kennedy. As Zee and Alexis begins to surrender to their feelings for one another, what happens when their worlds collide in a dangerously fashion. Can Alexis be the light for Zee?

    While

    is a romance novel, I found it to be somewhat a cathartic story in a sense. It allowed you to surrender your feelings and vulnerability with these characters as they go through their own personal journey of healing, forgiveness and love. I will say it again, A.L. Jackson is a master of words. Her words are like lyrical poetry that sings to you and captures the depths of your soul. So if you are looking for a book that will sing beauty, honesty, and love then I highly recommend you to read

  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    The beauty of AL Jackson’s words shone through this highly emotional and passionate romance which had our hearts breaking and our eyes welling up throughout. The writing was flawless and we felt every single word. Stand is the last book in the Bleeding Stars series and can be read as a standalone. This is a series that has stolen our book reading hearts.

    The beauty of AL Jackson’s words shone through this highly emotional and passionate romance which had our hearts breaking and our eyes welling up throughout. The writing was flawless and we felt every single word. Stand is the last book in the Bleeding Stars series and can be read as a standalone. This is a series that has stolen our book reading hearts.

    This is Zee’s – the drummer boy of Sunder- story and wow has this man had a tragic past, a past he’s still living with heavy guilt, responsibility and paying an unrealistic debt to his brother. His heart is huge and pure despite having suffered tremendously. AL Jackson sure put us through it with his story, she made our hearts break into pieces. We fell in utter love with Zee and he held our hearts from page one till the last. A quiet stillness of a man with a storm brewing inside. A gentle giant living the consequences of his past. Living someone else’s life out of responsibility giving up on all personal dreams and hope.

    Sometimes we meet our soul mate when we least expect it. Alexis is a beautiful young woman who fights to live and grabs life by the hands. She’s suffering under the life of her twin sister’s demise into a life of violence, despair and harrowing distress. Finding herself in a dire situation which could have disturbing consequences, she’s saved by Zee who happens upon her and an immediate bond is formed. What comes from this fateful night is a road fraught with personal battles and open wounds. It’s captivatingly sad yet hopeful too insofar that love is persevering if you place your trust and faith in it.


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