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Drowning to Breathe

By: A.L. Jackson
Narrated by: Andi Arndt,Sebastian York
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Publisher's Summary

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about 10 miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he'd caused, not find more of it. The moment he met Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweetness and innocence something that went deeper. Darker. Their relationship was built on secrets, their love built on lies. Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.

When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending. Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he's come to love to protect Shea and his family.

©2015 A. L. Jackson Books, Inc. (P)2015 Tantor

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I Really wanted to love this book

Even with all of the mixed reviews and me not liking the 1st book, I still wanted to give this book a chance. This certainly wasn't the worst book but it wasn't one of my favorites. I struggled during some of the parts to refrain from fast forwarding because some parts would drone on and on uneccesarily. Other parts were really good and interesting. It was just a constant 'peak and valley' of a book that struggled to maintain my attention as I struggled to get through it so that I could move on to the next book in my list.

Even Sebastian Yorks' narration couldn't save this book and that's saying alot, he makes even some of the worst books better just by the sound of his voice.

Overall this isn't a terrible book by any means and if you liked the 1st book or just want to give this book a chance, absolutely take the plunge. However if you are on the fence like I was, don't waste your money or a credit on this one.

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Great sequel!

I HAD to pick this book up after the ending on book one.. RIGHT AWAY.. That ending.. wicked and heart breaking.

The first story was great, but this one.. this one by far passed it! I didn't think it would, but the more the story unfolded, the more I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

There is love and sex, which was the sweet part of the story... and then there is the rest.. There is time when my stomach twisted because of the horrible things that we were finding out and the things that were happening! This poor couple and the sweet little girl that gets caught in the middle....

I will say that the words being repeated THREE times ALL the time got to be a bit much, but I will COMPLETELY applaud the narrators for making it as bearable as possible, but it was distracting and annoying at times through both books. However, the other aspects of the book were so great I can't mark down on the rating because of it.

Again Andi Arndt and Sebastian York did a FANTASTIC job with this story and I really have gotten to the point where I will pick up almost any book they do together because they add so much to the story!

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It felt like forever for this book to come out on audio after the ending of book 1. I loved that this book picks right up where book 1 left off and we didn't have to go through all the backstory details like you usually do with series books. Baz & Shae's story wraps up perfectly. Loved everything about this book!
The narration was perfect as always with these two!

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A RIVETTING ROLLER-COASTER ROCKER ROMANCE

Before I started this second part of Sebastian and Shea's love story, I went back and listened to book 1 A Stone In The Sea again.... and I'm so so glad I did because it's been months (and lots of books) since I listened to it and I'd forgotten so much of the intricacies to the backstory in this riveting and totally addictive Duet. There is a lot of drama and angst in this second part to their sizzling romance - as well as passion, pain, heartache, tension, sex, secrets and revelations.

The handsome and sexy Rock sensation that is Sebastian (Baz) has so many toxic hang-ups, conflicts and demons rattling around in his head which build up and drives him to take action..... in the name of love and revenge. Shea, who has past and present demons of her own, has to step in to uncover the truths hidden in her past..... to save her soul-mate, to save herself and to secure a HEA future for all.

There are twists and surprises as well as a tender, obsessive and all consuming romance between two very likeable characters and the storyline has other interesting characters weaving throughout this well written love story. Dual POV's and the narrators brought the whole thing to life so each scene could be easily imagined and each character could be easily visualized as the chapters deliciously unravelled.

Worth a credit? Yes, very enjoyable, very entertaining and very creditworthy...... and you lucky listeners won't have to wait months, as so many of us did, after the torturous cliffhanger at the end of book 1. Book 3 in this series will be a standalone, will be about Lyrik (another member of Sunder) and will be added to my iPhone just as soon as it's released on Audible..... hopefully quickly followed by all the rest.

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On repeat

Loved this book however, I agree with what others wrote. The author was on repeat. It wasn't necessary for her to repeat words like she did. It became super annoying. So in order to get around the annoyance when I knew she was going to repeat those certain words I made it a game and beat the reader to it. Lol. I am truly hoping the rest of the series doesn't have the repeat words and it was just Shea's and Bas's thing.

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LOVE IT!

great series. suspence, sweet love, hit sex and a really good story. A must read, but read STONE IN THE SEA a super great 1st book

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Best of the best

This really is the best series. I have already listened to it once, this
is my second go on the entire series, and it is as wonderful as the first
time. The writing is fantastic, the narration perfect.

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Good conclusion!

This was a very sweet conclusion to this romance. And I enjoyed the romantic aspects of the book a lot! Even the long epilogue was a really nice glimpse of happiness after they had struggled so much!
However for such a long book, the plot and dramatic climax fell super short. The characters especially Baz made some really dumb decisions essentially and the key to resolving everything ostensibly came out of no where. Yes, everything was wrapped up and resolved very tidily- too tidily. It was a bit hard to believe or swallow after ALL THAT ANGST and DRAMA. But nevertheless it ended on a satisfying note and I’m willing to give a decent rating because the romance was soooo good and sweet and I liked the book in spite of the various flaws.

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Great finish

Everything all tied up. never wanted a villain to fall so hard in my life. Epic fall. I'm happy.

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Wow

Well I was hooked the first book! So beautifully written. I totally loved this book.

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  • Jo&Isalovebooks
  • 04-24-17

AN EPIC FINALE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY

Where does Drowning to Breathe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Is way up there with my top reads/audios. Sebastian York and Andi Arndt outdid themselves in this story, there were so many emotional parts but not once they faltered.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved this story. This is the concluding part to A Stone in the Sea which tells the story of Sebastian Stone, lead singer of Rock band Sunder and Southern belle, Shea Bentley.
In the first book we were taken on a journey through their relationship and the trials and tribulations of making it work. Sebastian has had a rough time growing up, adapting becoming a super star, loosing family and friends and never in his wildest dreams expected to meet someone who could truly SEE HIM for the beautiful, strong and loving man he was. At the end of the first book we were torn seeing them being ripped from someone who they both love by a mutual enemy just when they were ready to embark on their happily ever after, the realisation of not knowing much about each other and secrets coming to the surface threatens to tear them apart.
This book starts just were the first book ended and we are once again submerged on a passionate tale of love, loss, forgiveness and fighting for happiness.
The passion between them ignites the pages of this book, love between Shea and Sebastian has no parallel and together they must once again face the horror of loosing everything which is so close to their reach. The need to protect each other transcends all boundaries and Sebastian will stop at nothing until he sees his family free of all danger.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

LOVED the whole book but if I was to pick one scene or one chapter will be VEGAS! It was almost an hour long chapter but it had so much joy and every moment spent together between the leads was an added bonus to witness.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

GOD so many, Shea's daughter and her need for a family, the natural and immediate love love she has for Sebastian. Sebastian suffering with the horrific events which involved the loss of his best friend, and ultimately seeing his brother moving on.

Any additional comments?

Once again Amy has left me speechless with her beautiful and masterful writing. Her words are so full of soul and emotion. This story was pure perfection and I am sadden to have finished it but ready to embark in a new journey with a new boy from Sunder. The Bleeding Stars series have now been added to my favourite reads of all time and I will cherish them in my heart forever.

5 ROCKING STARS. Jo&Isalovebooks Blog

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  • Mrs D Rowland
  • 09-29-16

Awesome read

Wow another great instalment of this series, loved the storyline and the characters. Looking forward to the next book. Would highly recommend this author

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  • CB
  • 08-23-22

Superb

The story is impressive and magnificent, as are the narrators.
Well written, emotional and the best part is that we can feel deep the emotion through the narrators.

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  • 07-20-21

Loved it

This author gets better with every book the characters and narration were excellent once again I would highly recommend this series

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  • Patricia
  • 04-17-16

Brilliant

This book and its predecessor are brilliant. Love both voices. Sad when it was over. Great story.

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  • haley
  • 12-23-15

disappointed

loved loved 1st book been waiting for 2nd book for ages...this book is a disappointment never known a book to yaba yaba so much pointless useless chatter pointless information I was forced to.forward alot of this book to get to the action a big let down naraters saved this book to be honest any other narater.and it would have been.removed.. such a shame.nothing like book 1 what happend? maybe a different wrighter... style of book 1 and 2 are world's apart...Sorry I could not rant how great this book is like I did with.book 1.

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  • 03-18-21

fantastic

loved the story and more important the readers were easy to listen too. Their voices were mellow and sexy

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  • 04-22-19

beautiful beautiful beautiful

didn't expect the ending to come out from where it did but it answered the questions that were hanging.
Julian is still a mystery but I expect that'll be in Austin's story.
Andi and Sebastian ..... oh my lorry my wordy the most perfect duo. his voice was perfectly Sebastian stone. they both know how to deliver and they always do!!!!

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  • Stef kowalski
  • 08-14-16

Drowning to breathe

Oh my go please please please stop the repeating yourself three times at times in this story it seemed like this was used just because you wanted to mess with the readers minds. I found myself rolling my eyes toward chapter 13 and looking for other forms of entertainment.