NOW LIVE!! Show Me the Way by AL Jackson ~ Sarah A’s Review

The first sexy, captivating, stand-alone novel in the brand-new FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author 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 . . .

 

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Show Me the Way was a mixed bag, for me.  There were moments that were wonderful and deeply moving, but there were also things I really struggled with.  It took some time for me to become truly invested in Rex and Rynna’s story and a big part of the credit for my concern for them is due to Frankie.  Who doesn’t love a spitfire of a little girl?

It took me a minute to connect with these characters.  They both played everything so close to the vest, in terms of their pasts and the parts of them that had been damaged, that it was hard to understand exactly what their motivations were for their actions.  Once they finally started to peel back the layers and expose themselves to one another I found them both much more relatable and likable.  The one character who was immediately lovable was Frankie Leigh, that girl was something else and seeing her find her joy and a whole family was worth any of the other things that happened in the book.

The plot of this book was many-faceted and beautifully layered.  There were some things that were predictable, but the way they were uncovered was interesting.  I loved all of the scenes with little Frankie Leigh, she just stole every inch of the spotlight when she was included.  It was obvious from nearly the beginning the three of them were something amazing and whole when they were all together.

My wish for this book was that there weren’t so many dropped pronouns.  I know this is a signature move for AL Jackson, almost all her heroes drop pronouns, but I feel like it’s becoming overdone.  I’ve never spoken to anyone who drops pronouns as often as these characters do, so to have every male character do it feels strange.

I usually love AL Jackson’s writing, and for the most part, I feel the same about the writing in Show Me the Way.  Rynna’s chapters, in particular, were spectacular.  Rex’s chapters were a harder pill for me to swallow.  While they were very much in AL Jackson’s style for male voice, it’s starting to feel like all those male voices are carbon copies of each other.

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. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, SHOW ME THE WAY, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.

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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