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- Print Length: 411 pages
- Publisher: A.L. Jackson Books Inc. (May 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0728FSMM9
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you've been following the Bleeding Stars series, you know that Zee is kind of an enigma, the quiet one in this group of over the top rockers. He doesn't drink, he isn't a womanizer, he's the youngest but most responsible guy in the group. Taking his brother's place with the band after Mark died. For the past seven years, Zee has been the drummer for Sunder, the band his brother started with Sebastian, Lyrik and Ash when they were just teenagers. Just when the band was finally hitting it big, Mark was gone and Zee stepped up to fill his shoes, sacrificing his own dreams to fulfill his brother's and honor his legacy.
Alexis Kensington is no stranger to trying to be there for a sibling. Her "no fear, just life" philosophy oftentimes puts her in dangerous situations trying to help her twin sister. One such situation occurs when Zee stumbles upon her and he doesn't think twice about stepping between Alexis and the barrel of a gun.
After the ordeal is over, Zee can't get Alexis out of his mind. There's something about her that draws him to her. But he struggles, because she doesn't fit into his plan, into the life that he has carefully constructed, the life that even his own band members aren't aware of. There are secrets in Zee's life that only one person knows about. Anthony, the band's manager, has been the only person for the past seven years that knows what Zee has been doing, the ways he has been honoring his late brother and keeping the promises he made to Mark after he died.
Amy is a master at lyrically weaving a story so full of emotion, my heart was constantly trying to beat out of my chest. The push and pull between Zee and Alexis kept my emotions tumbling throughout the story. Zee can't let himself fall for her, there's no room in his plan for distractions, and Alexis is a definite distraction. Between the growing feelings he has for her, along with the overwhelming need to protect her, Zee doesn't know if he's coming or going half the time. Add to that the part of his life he's kept secret for so long is quickly spiraling out of control, threatening to take away the only part of his brother that he has left.
Alexis, she is the ultimate heroine. Headstrong, selfless, always striving to see the good in everyone and every situation. She's been through the wringer with her sister. Trying so hard to save someone that can't seem to shake the demons that have been plaguing them for so long. She quickly gained my admiration with the way she never gave up on Zee, no matter how much he tried to push her away. She saw something deep within her "little drummer boy", that spark of light that had been hiding in the darkness for so long, and all she wanted to do was show him that he could shine again. He could pursue his own dreams while still honoring his brother. That he was just as worthy of love as everyone else.
Alexis had a tough road to hoe with Zee, his feelings of unworthiness entrenched bone deep. All the while she is trying to draw Zee back to the light, he is trying his hardest to protect her and convince her that she can't save everyone. How fitting that these two should find their way to each other, both dealing with a sibling that has lost themselves to an addiction stronger than love or family. Where Zee couldn't save his brother, Alexis still has a shot at saving her sister and Zee will do everything he can to help her achieve that, even if he has to tell her goodbye in the end.
I was so desperate to find out if Alexis would be strong enough to pull Zee into the light and convince him that he is worthy of love and forgiveness. I love how Amy pulled the whole crew in to surround Zee and show him that he is just as worthy of having his own family as he has always told the guys that they were. He's been there through each of the band members finding their soulmates and creating their own families, now they're turning it around and fighting to convince him that it's time he lay his demons to rest and find the peace he's so desperately lacked all these years.
I'm not gonna lie, I shed a load of tears for this book! Sad ones and happy ones. My heart broke and then slowly mended, and burst with happiness in the end. The epilogue? Best ever!! So, so happy with how Zee's story turns out. It is so sad that this was the end, because I could happily read about this group of amazing guys and their women and children for years to come.
Stand was the perfect ending to this amazing series. Zee and Alexis were so great together. I felt so bad for both of them, but especially Zee. I also wanted to slap him upside the head and tell him he can't take the weight of the world on his shoulders alone. He can't save everyone. Sometimes he's got to think of himself. He has such a big heart, wanting so bad to save everyone else and taking so little for himself. He was such a mystery throughout the entire series - this man who stayed in the background, who didn't drink, didn't flirt, didn't do what rock stars do. And his story is wound up inside of every single one of the books, his part hidden like the dirty little secret he thinks it is.
But what Zee doesn't understand is that it's not all on him. That everyone makes their own choices, that sometimes the world will do things regardless of what you want. That not every falling star grants the wishes you make upon them. What Zee got was family. Unconditional support and love from this amazing cast of characters - both the Sunder men and their women and children. The love they have for each other is so strong, and it can be felt in the words in this story. I loved seeing the whole crew together, their love for each other, they way they bounce off each other they way they always have. And I loved their acceptance of Alexis into Zee's life. That they saw that she belonged there long before he did, and did something amazing to keep this man from messing up something that was so, so good.
Alexis was exactly what Zee needed. Someone who wasn't afraid to live, who didn't let her fears rule her life. She stood strong for Zee, stood by his side every time he thought he wasn't good enough. She wouldn't accept it when he told her he couldn't have her, and she kept pulling him back every time he tried to run away.
If you've read this entire series, the ending of this story will gut you. There is so much tragedy that these characters have had to deal with, and being able to see them all happy, living, thriving... It left me crying tears of happiness that these boys and their girls all got their happy endings, and tears of sadness that their stories have ended. AL Jackson has done these boys justice, and you won't want to miss this.
For the record, several times during this book, I wanted to jump in and yell at…someone. AL. Jackson writes her characters to hit you in the heart. She takes you through a journey of love, hope, personal guilt, enablement, emotional healing, and pure joy in this last Sunder story. Not to be missed.