REVIEW & EXCLUSIVE EXERPT: Show Me The Way by A.L. Jackson
Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful.
The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he’ll let into his heart is his little girl. Rynna Dayne. As vulnerable as she is tempting. She ran from Gingham Lakes when she was seventeen. She swore to herself she would never return. Then her grandmother passed away and left her the deed to the diner that she once loved. When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he’s in trouble. She’s gorgeous and sweet and everything he can’t trust. Until she becomes the one thing he can’t resist. One kiss sends them tumbling toward ecstasy. But in a town this size, pasts are bound to collide. Caught in a web of lies, betrayal, and disloyalty, Rex must make a choice. Will he hide behind his walls or will he take the chance . . .
The first sexy, captivating, stand-alone novel in the brand-new FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .
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Sometimes the most beautiful and poignant books are the hardest to write reviews for. This is one of those books.
I read my first A.L Jackson book earlier this year and instantly fell in love with her style of writing. There's something so heart wrenching about the stories she writes, it feels like every single word touches my heart and soul. Every word makes me feel so much more then the one before it. I become so immersed in her words and worlds she creates that i lose all sight of the real word.
Show Me The Way was no different. Jackson had me in tears from the prologue and with every event that occurred in the book my tears turned into sobs and then all out bawling like a baby. There was some serious ugly crying going on!
Rynna was my favourite type of heroine. I've always loved a fighter, someone who fights for themselves but also fights for others. Not in the physical sense or even with words but with actions. Rynna fought for love, she fought for trust and respect and she fought for those she loved as much as love itself. I adored her from the very first few pages.
“Standing next to Rex Gunner felt nothing like being friends. It felt lie sex and need and desperate hearts. It felt like hope and healing. There was no question we’d both been hurt. Beaten down and broken in life’s own cruel ways. I wanted to reach out and discover his wounds. Maybe let him discover mine.”
And Rex stole my heart with his actions with gorgeous little 'sweet pea'. She was just too damn cute for words! I've always been a sucker for a solo dad story but I've never come across one that I have connected with as much as I did Rex and his story.
“You make me feel again, Rynna. You make me feel like every chance is one worth taking. Like you’re leading me out of the darkness that’s ruled my life. When I close my eyes, who I see is you. Show me the way, Rynna. Show me the way out of it. Fuck. Please, show me the way.”
So much of Show Me The Way needs to be experienced as you're reading the story. I think its important that you going in blind and don't read any spoilers! Its the type of story that will hit you right in the feels on each and every page and I think to truly respect how much love has gone into this story you need to experience each emotion along with the characters.
“I told you I’m not afraid. Why are you? All I’m asking is that you take a chance on me. Life’s not worth living without taking them.”
Show Me The Way had me up all night desperate to get to the end. I was lost in this story from start to finish and couldn't put it down until I'd inhaled every word. Jackson's writing calls to me and i can never put anything down that she's written until I've read every word.
I can't wait to see what's coming next on the Fight For Me Series. Ash Evans has some serious competition in these boys!
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Rex stood in the foggy pour of the moon, the striking raw beauty of him bathed in an ethereal glow. His hair whipped in the wind where he stood on the other side of the road that separated our houses. His hands were balled into fists, jaw clenched, eyes hard.
Dominant and dangerous and somehow chained by all his doubt.
Warned you being with me wouldn’t be easy. Tell me you’ll fight for me. Tell me you’ll fight for us. That you won’t give up when things get rough. Tell me you’ll stay. Tell me I should take this chance.
I inched forward. Energy lashed. Whipping and inciting.
And God, I wanted to fight. Fight him for leaving me. Fight for him because it was the last thing I’d wanted him to do. Fight for what was right. The problem was, I wasn’t certain of exactly what that was.
Rex’s nostrils flared, and he was moving across the street, his big body eating up the ground in his long, purposed strides. His hulking form climbed the steps, his shoulders wide and his presence bigger as he mounted to the last step onto my deck.
In a flash, he was on me. My back was pressed against the wall of my house, the heat of his strong body lighting me up like a furnace. He wound a big hand in my hair, tugging, forcing me to look up at him.
The accusation was gravel, and I sucked in a staggered breath. It only drew him deeper, his presence sinking in, taking hold. Everything swelled just as the pain of his rejection went rushing through my veins. A raging river that threatened to drown.
“You can’t do this to me,” I whimpered. For a beat, I struggled, fighting him, attempting to push him away as my attention darted across the street to his sleeping house.
Jealousy boiled beneath the surface of my skin. Wicked, spiteful flames. A pool of sickness churned in my belly, all mixed up with the need he instantly incited in my body. “You can’t do this to me,” I begged this time, feeling everything crack.
“You already did it,” he grated. His nose brushed mine when he said it, his hot hand on my cheek, his eyes so terrifyingly sincere. “Told you, you were gonna ruin me. You ruined me, Rynna. Can’t fucking close my eyes without seeing you. Can’t sleep without dreaming of you. Can’t take a fucking step without wanting to run right back to you.”
I squeezed my eyes closed. As if that might stand the chance of putting a barrier between us. I only felt him more, the wild beat of his heart and the flush of his skin and the maddening gaze of the scruff on his chin.
He was everywhere.
“I’m in love with you,” he said.
I’m in love with you.
Those words spun around me like a tease. Prodding and pulling.
My eyes fluttered open.
“Rex.” I grasped him by the wrists, clinging to him. A tear streaked free. He wiped it away with his thumb.
“Don’t cry, baby. Fuck, please don’t cry.”
My lip trembled. “I missed you.”
He pulled me closer. “Didn’t know I could miss someone the way I’ve been missing you. Didn’t know how bad I could hurt inside until you weren’t there anymore.”
And then he was kissing me. It was a frenzy. That desperation when finding something that’d been lost. The promise that you’d never again let it go.
His mouth consumed mine.
Taking what was his.
It was dizzying.
The severity of him. It was all spurred by the significance of finally finding what was right. The moment when you finally scaled the obstacles standing in your way, and you found the perfection waiting on the other side.
He kept muttering, “Little Thief, Little Thief,” as he spun us, pinning me against my door. I fumbled to get to the knob. It knocked open and we stumbled into the welcoming dimness of the living room.
We were frantic as we tore at each other’s clothes.
Lips parting, chests heaving, slamming right back together as we shed the barriers between us.
“Where’s Frankie?” I managed to mumble, fingers in his shoulders as he was peeling off my underwear.
He smiled. I could feel it. The smiled he smiled as he was still kissing me. This awe that pierced me through. A perfect, painless stake that embedded itself in my spirit. “Spending the night at my mom’s. She hasn’t stopped talking about you. Asking for you.”
“I miss her.” It was a confession of my soul. And I was suddenly clinging to him, my arms around his neck, my face pressed to his pulse point that thrummed beneath his jaw. “I missed you both so much. I didn’t know a love like this existed until I met the two of you.”
He swept me off my feet, carried me to my couch, and laid me across it. He crawled over me, hovering, caging me in. His face in shadows, his gorgeous body rimmed in light. “Never even knew a love like this existed. You stole all my rationale and gave me a reason. I love you, Rynna. Love you in a way that terrifies me. But still, I’m not scared anymore. Not of us. Not of this.”
I smiled up at him, my fingertips tracking down the side of his cheek and brushing across his full, full lips. He nipped at my fingers, and I bit back a smile, my eyes full of wonder as I gazed up at the man who’d changed everything. “Take me.”
Rex climbed between my thighs, only to freeze when his phone buzzed from the pocket of his jeans he’d discarded on the floor.
Apologetically, he shot me a grin. “I’d better get that.”
“Yeah,” I said with a soft smile.
He dug it out and answered.
My heart fell straight to the floor when I heard the screaming on the other side.
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Meet The Author: A.L. Jackson
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, as well as
the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installment STAND, coming Spring 2017.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping
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