Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book Tour for Follow Me Back by A.L. Jackson (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Readers will be put through the emotional wringer with this tale of a mother’s love as a woman finds her own love just as she undertakes the fight of her life.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Follow Me Back by A.L. Jackson, along with getting my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this third installment in the Fight For Me series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win Kindle Fire HD 8, signed copies of the previous two installments in this series, and a $25 Amazon GC too!

My loves - I am so beyond thrilled to finally get to share Kale and Hope's story with you in FOLLOW ME BACK! Writing this book was a labor of love, and after everything, I think it might be my favorite book I've ever written. It's super sexy and swoony, sad and sweet, and just filled my heart up so full there is no chance I will ever forget the way these characters made me feel. I hope you fall in love with them the same way I did!
xoxo - Amy

Kale Bryant. Arrogant. Gorgeous. Commanding.
This ER doctor is married to his job. His only vice is one-night stands and short-lived flings. He learned a long time ago loving someone isn’t worth the risk.
Harley Hope Masterson. Beautiful. Brave. Sweet.
The owner of a small coffee shop knows what it’s like to struggle. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, she’s threatened with losing everything.
When Kale accepts a new position down the street from Hope’s shop, he begins to question every wall he’s built around his heart.
He wants her in a way he hasn’t wanted anyone.
One touch is fire.
One kiss, and he’s spinning out of control.
But taking her won’t come without consequences.
Hope is in for the fight of her life. One neither of them saw coming.
Now Kale must decide if loving her is worth risking it all.
She will fight with everything she has.
But sometimes even hope needs a hero...



From the moment the first page is turned readers will find themselves on an emotional roller coaster ride as a strong-willed mother, in the fight of her life to save her son, thinks of herself for once and gives into the charming and sexy attentions of a man carrying his own demons.  Moments of being a mother are balanced with moments of being a woman as a complicated relationship turns three people into a family in a story teeming with sensuality, tears, and gut-wrenching emotions.

Hope’s a woman who would do anything for her child.  From the moment Evan was born with a heart defect she did everything to breathe life into him.  With a husband who turned his back on his ailing child, it was her who gave him the tools to communicate despite his deafness.  She was her son’s champion and it’s her love that’s kept his heart beating through the years.  She sacrificed much for him, done things that put them in danger from the husband she’s trying to walk away from and left her shouldering the burdens alone.  She made Evan the focus of her life to the exclusion of her finding someone to love her for just being her.  Taking a chance on Kale though gave her someone to share the ups and downs with and gave her the chance to be carefree as he wrapped her up in his sensual haze.  Hope’s a strong-willed and admirable heroine whose faith keeps her going despite the threats from her husband and Evan’s precarious health.  She’s a bit closed-off at the start but being with Kale brings out a bolder woman, a woman who finally goes after the man who tempted her for far too long.  She’s the epitome of a “mama bear” as she protects her son with ferocity which had me cheering.  Her strength was empowering but it was immensely satisfying to see her find someone to support her for a change in a romance that was sweet and sexy.

Kale Bryant is the kind of doctor who gives his all to his patients, sacrifices his life for the job which leaves him little time for other commitments.  The loss of his one true love also has him turning away from commitment as his guilt over his part in her death haunts him still.  Her loss also fueled his desire to work with young cardiac patients which puts him in close contact with the young woman he’s been trying to win over.  Kale was drawn to Hope the moment he laid eyes on her, sensed her pain and loneliness, and longs to be her hero. Through sweet words and deeds he makes a place for himself in her and Evan’s lives in a relationship that brought a smile to my face.  Kale proves himself early on as a man happy to commit and the three of them became a picture perfect family until one moment changed everything.  It was a frustrating event and I wanted to smack Kale for it.  Until then, I’d fallen for the man myself!  The fall-out from the event was heartbreaking, requiring a few tissues along the way for readers, but ultimately leading to a hard-fought HEA.  The cheer-worthy HEA humanized Kale, showing him to be imperfect after all the heroic and romantic deeds he did early on, and I liked him all the more for his realism.

This was a quick read full of heart and soul.  Hope’s the kind of mother you wish for every child as she fought for him at every turn.  She protected him but made sure he lived life to the fullest.  Being with Kale showed her in a different light as she became a woman in their time together through numerous scorching encounters and sensual talks.  Kale’s a sexy hero, an imperfect one too, who found out that playing hero is harder than it looks.  The glue that held them together was the sweet and endearing Evan, a child with a heart defect and deafness that was realistically depicted.  I don’t normally care for kids in romances but he utterly charmed me.  He was young but wise beyond his years for all the issues he endured.  Ms. Jackson seamlessly incorporated his deafness into the story, made his interactions with others feel natural, and as a disabled person myself I greatly appreciated her effort.  There was so much to like about this story, so much that captivated me, which is why the storyline involving Hope’s ex felt especially jarring.  Her ex was stereotypically villainous in a storyline that was soap opera-ish and I cringed whenever he came on the scene. Despite this small issue I thoroughly enjoyed the group of characters inhabiting this story.  Kale and his friends are like a family, supporting each other unconditionally, and I’ve enjoyed watching all of them find their HEAs while greatly anticipating the gentle giant Ollie being the next to fall.  Hope’s obligations and Kale’s fears over the past may have caused a few roadblocks along the way but through heartbreak and joy readers finally reached an ultimately immensely satisfying HEA in a story that I recommend wholeheartedly.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, FOLLOW ME BACK, the second stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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