The first sexy, captivating, stand-alone novel in the brand-new FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . . SHOW ME THE WAY is LIVE!
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 . . .
This is the first standalone in A.L. Jackson’s new Fight for Me Series, and what a great beginning! Show Me the Way is an emotional story of being broken, overcoming pain and regret, and taking chances to move on to find love and happiness. It is angsty, suspenseful, and a beautifully written romance!
Rynna and Rex were both very passionate and complex characters with many dimensions stemming from their troubled pasts. I admired Rynna’s determination to move forward, carry on her grandmother’s legacy, and not be ruled by her fear anymore. Initially, I really didn’t like Rex at all and couldn’t imagine him as a love interest for Rynna. I understood her feelings toward his sweet relationship with his adorable daughter, Sweet Pea Frankie Leigh, but he was so rude to her that I couldn’t really see her strong desire to be with him past that. However, as more of his past was revealed, I was blown away at all he had been through. My heart totally went out to Rex, and as I saw a different side to him, I really admired his strength. I knew he was an awesome daddy, but I loved seeing that he also came to be an incredibly gentle and loving man with Rynna as well.
Rynna’s relationship with her grandmother, Corinne, and her reminiscence of her childhood with her triggered a lot of emotions in me. When you are young, you don’t always realize how meaningful moments and family relationships can be until all you have left are memories. As the story wove through the past and present, Rynna’s nostalgia of growing up in her grandmother’s home, the smells of baking with her, and being at the diner brought back memories of my own past. Although Rynna was filled with sadness and regret for not appreciating those times spent with her grandmother more, she came to realize the impact of them and what an amazing role model her grandmother was for her growing up. Corinne was strong, loved fiercely and unconditionally, and never judged Rynna for her decisions, always believing in her until the very end. She left lasting footprints for Rynna to follow to become an amazing woman herself. As I reflected back on my relationship with my own grandmother, I can only hope that someday I will be able to do the same for my grandchildren.
‘All moments matter. We just rarely know how important they are until the chance to act on them has already passed.’
This really is a beautifully written story! There is always so much feeling in A.L. Jackson’s writing, and I find comfort in her eloquent words. It is told from both Rynna and Rex’s point of views, and since I have come to notice it in all of her stories, I have to mention that I feel she does a great job with her male dialogue. It’s a bit choppier and more direct, which I feel really conveys the male point of view very realistically. I also really enjoyed the brotherly relationships that Rex had with his friends, Ollie and Kale, and I am looking forward to knowing their stories next in Follow Me Back and Lead Me Home!
As this story unfolded, piece by piece, Jackson had me simmering with anticipation with the conclusion – what a suspenseful and sweet ending! This is a very enjoyable read, and I highly recommend checking it out!
*** 4.5 Stars for Me! ***
*** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review ***
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Meet the Author:
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, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Be sure to check out her newest series, Fight for Me. The first novel, SHOW ME THE WAY, is out now.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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