When I started this blog, I wanted to be true to myself with what I wrote and how I ranked books. One thing I had promised myself is that I would reserve 5-star ratings for those books that, I felt, truly deserved it.
When I say that Kiss The Stars may be one of the best books I have ever read, I mean it. It’s one of those books that makes your heart hurt. From the first few paragraphs, you feel that tightness in your gut that continues to wrench with every word because you feel it ALL – anger, pain, frustration, guilt, love, happiness, joy – and it doesn’t relent until you read the last few words. And even then, it make take you a few days to TRULY recover.
I have been an avid reader of A.L. Jackson and have fallen in love with all of her stories, but something about Mia and Lief’s journey is so profound that it makes this story stand out among a crowd of “greats”.
Mia is a young mother of two kids and the sister of one of the world’s biggest rockstars. After a horrifying experience and another terrifying encounter, she decides to uproot her kids and stay with her brother in Savannah, GA while the craziness calms down in LA.
Lief was sent running from his old life after tragedy struck his family. Despite his need to lie-low, he’s drawn to music and joins a local bad in Charlotte.
Mia: I loved Mia so much. She’d been through some pretty terrible situations and was still able to keep herself together to take care of her family. Even after everything that happened, I loved that she didn’t shy away from her feelings. When she started to feel for Lief, she wasn’t running away from feeling, she ran TO him to feel again.
But sometimes experiencing the pain was better than feeling nothing at all.
Lief: So much pent up grief, self-hate and resentment! Lief cannot let the past go (rightfully) and all of that baggage he carried vibrated off of him so much so that you could feel it, taste it. He was punishing himself for sins he hadn’t committed but was quasi-involved in causing.
‘I want to know all of you. I want your hurt and your fears and your sorrows. I want your beauty and your songs and your mind. You’re wrong when you say it’s my beauty reflected back at me when I look at you. Not when you’re the epitome of it. I feel it, Lief. I see it’
Let’s Talk About (the) Sex, Baby!
Mia said it herself in the book, that when these two would come together it would be like FIRE & GASOLINE. And HALLELU, was it ever.
From their first kiss to their first scene, each one left me sweating and literally PANTING for more. I think good scenes are made when you are genuinely invested in both characters and they are encased in an amazing story. Kiss The Stars had everything my perverted mind wanted.
He dragged me to the very edge of the table, so close that my bottom was barely hanging on, and his hands clenched down on the site of my neck when he edged back to position the head of his cock between my trembling thighs. He barely pressed in an inch. I thought I might pass out right then.
When I have a physical book, I don’t like distorting it with pen marks or highlighter marks, so to draw my attention back to pieces of writing that draw me in, I dog-ear the bottom corner of that page. So after looking at this book upon finishing it, the entire book might as well be dog-eared.
Jackson’s ability to write words that completely emerse you in the feeling – pain, guilt, happiness, joy, seduction – is masterful. You not only feel like you can relate to the feelings of the characters but you’re VESTED in their success and their happiness. Each word is carefully throughout and beautifully written in a way that no other artist / author can truly master.
Her ability to includes poetry and imagery into a story that has you on the edge of your seat is what makes her one of the most unique writers in contemporary romance.