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Stand: A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel Paperback – May 8, 2017
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Stand is Zee's book in the bleeding stars series. Can be read as a stand alone but this series all the characters are interconnected. Zee is the drummer of Sunder, always felt like he was just on the edge of belonging. Always felt like he have to take care of everyone and keep secrets hidden from Hus family/ band. All seemed fine till he stumbled across a girl who needed help. As soon as he saw her he felt a need to protect also tight away.
Alexis just couldn't say no when her twin called needing help. This time she's fearing for her life and her sister doesn't help. When a stranger steps in and saves her , she feels safe for the first time ever. She can't get him out of her mind.
Two stars bleeding in this world and collide and find their mate. Zee and Alexis have a battle to fight to get to where their heart's and souls know they belong. Zee will have to decide if he is willing to put it all out in the open for what his heart is finally singing for again...finally hearing it's harmony! Can they get past the secrets and heartache??
A. L Jackson as usual writes a fantastic story and closes out this series beautifully. This will have you feeling all the feels!!
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.
This story took its own twists and turns and can be read as complete standalone, but it also closes off the rest of the questions from the rest of the series. There isn't anything she left open, and she closed it beautifully. The writing was beautiful and descriptive, and you will seriously feel like you are there in the story with them.
This is hands down my favorite book in the series. Zee's story is such a beautiful disaster that ends better than you can imagine. Thanks Amy for your story!!
He saves Alexis, who is everything he needs but believes he can't have. She's his perfect match. Their connection is amazing. Throw in a crazy ex, a sister on the skids, all the Sunder family, a kid, along with lots of Zachary Kennedy's backstory and you have one hell of a novel. I sobbed several times reading Stand. I cried at the end knowing this is it.
I'm so sad this is the last of the Sunder guys and last of the Bleeding Stars series. I've loved each book. Thank you Amy Jackson for a wonderful series that I know I will read again!!