A Stone in the Sea by A. L. Jackson
I hate writing bad reviews so even though I am going to give my honest opinion and try to be constructive, I am also going to look at the positives. I really struggled with this book.
As the lead singer of Sunder, I come with a reputation. A bad one. I’m no stranger to trouble. It follows me wherever I go. So, I should have known Shea Bentley would be a problem. But this sexy Southern girl is all I can see. Now, we’re both drowning in a sea of desire, sinking hopelessly into a world of lust. But she has an inescapable past. One that might destroy both of us . . . A Stone in the Sea, book one of Sebastian and Shea’s epic duet, and the beginning of the unforgettable, bestselling rock star series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson.
2 / 5
This is my lowest rating to date and I did think long and hard before I wrote this but I have to be honest.
A stone in the Sea is the first of a six part series. This is the love story of Sebastian and Shea. They both have hidden pasts which are inevitably going to catch up with them. They're lost but they see something in each other and they fall hard and fast for one another. I adore a good love story and in theory this does tick the box.
The repeated words and phrases, which are littered throughout the book, ruined it for me. I can understand why an author would want to use this tactic occasionally to create a sense of intensity or to convey feelings but unfortunately Jackson went overboard. The repetition is used every few pages and all it does is detract from the story. I can't fathom how the overuse of the words added any benefit at all. In parts, it didn't even make sense. I really wanted to overlook this and I tried to skip out those parts but I still found them immensely frustrating. I found myself scanning sections and then missing some out completely.
I finished the book but I didn't enjoy it. The style of writing completely ruined it for me. There was so much potential here. I liked the concept but not the execution. Jackson created some great characters and I can imagine they develop in the series but I couldn't put myself through another one if the style remains the same as this one. The book ended on a cliffhanger and there was a twist which I didn't see coming. There is a part of me that wants to find out what happens but not enough to download the next book.
If you can overlook the over used sentences or if you even like them, then this may be the book for you.