Monday, May 7, 2018

Book Tour for Lead Me Home by A.L. Jackson (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Two people with a tragic connection find it too hard to remain just friends in this romance of second chances.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Lead Me Home by A.L. Jackson, along with my impressions of this sensual and suspenseful tale.  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 a Kindle Fire 8, copies of the first two books in this series, along with a set of the books in the Bleeding Stars series too!

Fourteen years ago, my life changed forever.
My sister disappeared. That day I was selfish. That day I chose myself over her. And that day, I lost everything.
Including Nikki Walters.
She's the girl I’ve loved my whole life. She’s gorgeous. Caring. Every single thing I’ve ever wanted but denied myself. She was my sister’s best friend, and I destroyed any chance of keeping her.
When her safety is threatened, I have a second chance to do the right thing. But as soon as she moves in, I want her in all the wrong ways.
All it takes is a brush of her hand, and I’m losing all control.
The fire between us is only burning hotter.
But neither of us saw what was coming.
And it just might be Nikki Walters who destroys me in the end.



Once upon a time the bond between Nikki and Ollie seemed unbreakable.  As children their friendship, along with his sister, was all that mattered to the three of them.  Just as Ollie and Nikki started becoming more though tragedy struck and tore them apart.  The feelings they once had haven’t gone away completely which has made theirs a heartbreaking story from the very start.  Neither of them can give the other up completely, but being around each other is too painful, which keeps them in an endless loop that broke my heart.  When danger comes calling for Nikki though, Ollie will be forced into choosing the past or a future with the one person who’s always been there beside him.

Ollie was a loving and protective brother who took his job of caring for his sister very seriously.  As children he, she, and Nikki became The Three Musketeers with an undying bond.  As teens he found his friendship with Nikki becoming something more, but before it could flourish completely they lost the other part of their connection with the death of his sister.  His guilt, his inability to protect, had him closing off his heart.  He closed himself off from Nikki too at a time when they could’ve leaned on each other.  Flash forward years later and they’re stuck in a rut of being just friends.  She’s an undeniable temptation that he gave into once but won’t let happen again as he doesn’t think he’s deserving of happiness.  From the moment readers first met Ollie we knew his story was going to be heartwrenching.  The glimpses we’ve seen of him show a man with a big heart which makes his guilt understandable, but no less tear-inducing. He’s a big man but gentle and the feelings Nikki inspires in him leave him conflicted as he really does want what she’s least in those quiet, introspective moments.  Along with moments of sweetness comes moments of him flexing his alpha muscles when Nikki ends up in danger and that’s when I was cheering the most.  I loved their interactions, the bond that we saw played out in flashbacks. I loved his broody side and the moments of joy Nikki brought out in him.  He’s a drool-worthy hero who’s always been a part of the group of friends who star in this book series but he’s never been fully a part of things. He’s been on the sidelines watching, but with this book Nikki brings him out of the darkness in a romance full of heart and soul.

Nikki’s always given the impression of being a carefree party girl.  She’s bold, feisty, and good at finding HEA for her friends.  When it comes to herself though, her love life is at a standstill as the one man she wants is stuck in the past.  With the death of her childhood friend, the love that just started to bloom between her and Ollie died too.  She’s tried to find another to take his place, but she knows he’s the one for her.  Longing glances and sexual tension soon evolve into more once Nikki’s life gets put in danger.  Their close quarters has her pushing him like never before, stirring up the past in hopes of making a future. Nikki’s an immensely likable heroine, always there for her friends.  She’s fun-loving but strong-willed.  She puts herself on the line in hopes of empowering other women, to keep them safe as she couldn’t keep her childhood friend safe. In many ways she’s suffering just as much as Ollie.  Despite everything she’s always wanted him, but she’s not settling for the crumbs she’s gotten from him since that long ago time of happiness.  I applauded her standing up for herself and her desires in their emotional journey towards HEA.

Ms. Jackson saved the best for last with this romance of second chances.  Ollie and Nikki are an enthralling couple with a connection that pulled at my heartstrings as their grief and loss ultimately brought them back together.  It was a rocky journey though with a bit of danger and suspense, along with actions from Ollie that frustrated me while bringing a tear to my eye.  It’s an epic romance, one that pulls readers in from the very first book to this last one. It’s one that I highly recommend as the author has crafted a story that’s sweet, sexy, and sentimental.  Just when these characters, and their situation, broke my heart this author put it back together again.  In a series of books where each installment stands strongly on their own it ultimately becomes an unforgettable saga as you follow each character’s journey from a defining moment of tragedy to HEA.

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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