COVER RE-REVEAL & BOX SET RELEASE: The Regret Series by A.L. Jackson

The Regret series is one of those epic love stories that will never leave you and will forever affect you. Ruthlessly emotional, flawlessly written, A.L. Jackson’s books have the ability to make your heart clench repeatedly and make you FEEL so many emotions all at once. And this series just so happens to be one of My Favourites ever. Today, the covers are getting a ‘little’ revamp, designed by the super talented Regina Wamba of Mae I Design, and to celebrate this fresh new look, the entire series is now available as a bundled box set at the very limited sale price of $1.99! I cannot recommend this series highly enough. ♥

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People come into our lives. Some stay, and many go. Some build us up, while most tear us down. They become our friends, our enemies, our lovers, our tormentors.

Christian Davison came into mine, and I knew I’d never be the same.

To Elizabeth Ayers, New York City had always been a dream. She’s worked her entire young life to make it here.

Groomed to one day take over his father’s law firm, attending Columbia University was Christian Davison’s only option.

Neither wanted anything more until they sat across from each other at a café table after being paired as study partners.

Christian wants her, but Elizabeth knows better than to give into their intense attraction. Yet there is little she can do to stay away.

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There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives.

For Christian Davison, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth Ayers.

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back.

Can Elizabeth forgive someone who has committed the unforgiveable? Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

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Christian Davison’s life is complete. With a ring on Elizabeth’s finger and his daughter at his side, he’s ready to run headlong into their future.

Elizabeth Ayers never believed she would again find this kind of joy—the joy of a family and the wholeness found in the touch of the man she’s always loved.

Their love is intense and their passion only grows as they set out to rediscover each other.

But life is never easy.

Rocked by the unforeseen, Christian and Elizabeth will find themselves fighting for the one thing they hold most important—family.

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Take This Regret – Recommended Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Take This RegretAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Lost To YouAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
If Forever ComesAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback

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The Author

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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The Giveaway

To win one of the following prizes, please enter below. This contest is administered by A.L. Jackson.

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COVER REVEAL: When We Met

Four of today’s premier New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house. I give you the stunning new cover of When We Met ♥

Expected release date: 4 November 2014

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When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

Behind Her Eyes by A.L. Jackson

Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

Saving Me by Molly McAdams

On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

Fouling Out by Tiffany King

Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

Beneath Your Layers by Christina Lee

In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some “hands-on” experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…

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GIVEAWAY: Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

A.L. Jackson is a mind ninja. OK, she might not be a mind ninja as such, but she is definitely a master at making our hearts clench by consistently delivering stories that are so exquisitely moving, that each story is an unforgettable journey that makes us feel a million different emotions. Her Closer to You series and its first book in particular, Come to Me Quietly, is as stellar as all her other works and it is definitely one of My Favourite Books ever. 

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And today, Ms Jackson has generously offered three signed copies of this beautiful book to three lucky winners!

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Closer To You – Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Come to Me Quietly: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Come to Me Softly: Amazon US | B&N (1 Jul 2014)
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BIRTHDAY TEASERS: Come to Me Softly by A.L. Jackson

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There are some authors who never fail to deliver stories that are so exquisitely moving, that each story is an unforgettable journey that makes you feel a million different emotions, and A.L. Jackson is a master at making our hearts clench. I can proudly say that I have read every single book by this brilliant author, and yet I am surprised each time by the way her stories manage to captivate and overwhelm me. Ms Jackson’s new Closer to You series and its first book in particular, Come to Me Quietly, is as stellar as her other works and I cannot recommend it enough. Today, I am sharing with you a very sexy excerpt from the next book in the series, Come to Me Softly, due to be released on 1 July 2014… and while I am so in love with this excerpt, the greedy part of me can’t wait to read the previous scene!!! Read on and you’ll know what I mean… And don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of the first book in the series!! ♥

A second chance at life…

A second chance at love…

Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?

To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.

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A couple seconds later, the door swung open. A halo of light silhouetted Jared’s frame, his presence thick, overwhelming.

He stood there, gazing at me from across the room.

Under his stare, I squirmed, fisted the sheets at my sides.

Slowly he came into view as he stepped forward. He towered over me. As he approached, my eyes caressed the sharp angles of his face. My attention jumped along the deformed, warped story played out on his chest and down the deep lines cut into his rugged stomach. His hips jutted out above his tight underwear, something so tempting in the way he moved. Sinewy muscle bunched and flexed beneath the color of his strong arms, bristled in the corded strength of his powerful legs.

A tremor rolled through me.

He was indescribable. Devastating.

So hard, every inch of him, callused from the wounds that had marred his life, this terrifying beauty that held me captive, tying me somewhere to the darkest places of his soul.

But his eyes… they were soft. Bright. Filled my own darkness with light.

“Hey,” he murmured quietly as he drew near.

“Hey,” I whispered back.

He knelt at the side of my bed and leaned in to brush back the matted hair stuck to my dampened forehead. “Are you okay?” Concern tightened his brow as he searched my face. “Was I too rough?”

Softly, I shook my head, unable to look away from this gorgeous man. “No, not at all.” I trailed my trembling fingers down his face. “You don’t need to worry about me so much.”

“How can I not? I just want to take care of you.”

I jumped when he placed the warm, damp cloth between my thighs, then hummed when he gently massaged it over me, deliberate, soft, because taking care of me was exactly what he was doing.

Complete acceptance nodded my head. “I know that.”

He finished cleaning me and tossed the washcloth into the hamper. Slowly, he crawled into bed. Rolling onto his side, he pulled me to him. “Come here.”

I snuggled into the security of his chest, and he drew the covers over us, wrapping me in the safety of his arms.

Warmth spread over me, contenting every fiber in my being. I buried my face in his chest, brushed my lips across the rose, breathed him in.

Jared exhaled as he pulled me closer. And I could feel the shift. Tension clotted the already heavy air. He gathered my hand and wove our fingers together. He held it tight between us. In the dim light, his blue eyes met mine, wholly tender, yet fierce and severe.

“I need you to understand something, Aly. You don’t ever have to worry about me stepping out on you.” He squeezed my hand tighter. “I can promise you that.”

For a flash, he averted his gaze, before he leveled the force of it back on me. Vestiges of shame swam in the depths. “But I think you already know I left a whole mess of that behind me in Jersey.”

Jealousy bit at my consciousness, and I squeezed my eyes shut as if I could block it out. I didn’t want to be that girl, the one who let things that could not be controlled affect her life. The one who allowed bygones rule. The one who let insecurities invade, fester, and destroy. But I had to be honest and admit it hurt. Thinking of him with other girls the way he’d been with me left something inside me uncovered, abraded and raw.

Tonight had only proven that.

It had revealed a weakness in me.

Because I’d only ever belonged to him.

I knew it was foolish. Wrong. But I couldn’t help the way I felt.

He jerked at my hand, demanding my attention. My eyes flashed open. “Four years were spent that way. There were a lot of them, and I can’t promise you something like happened tonight won’t ever happen again.” He blinked like it caused him physical pain. “Seeing your face tonight, how much it hurt you to see me with her…God, that killed me, Aly. I don’t ever want to see you hurting that way. If I could go back and change it, you know I would, but I can’t.  But you need to know none of them ever meant anything.”

He edged back, released my fingers, and pressed my palm to his chest right over my eyes marking his skin. “You did this, Aly. You made me feel…really feel. None of them did that. Not one. I told you once I used girls just as shamelessly as Christopher did. But I’m not using you. You have to know that.”

Discomfort needled through my senses and embarrassment rushed to my face. But I refused to look away from him. I chewed at the inside of my cheek, searching for the courage to speak. “I do know that, but the thought of you with someone else, touching them the way you touch me…” My voice dropped. “I only want you to belong to me.”

Like a testimony, my naked body burned against his, the way I’d given myself to him.

Only him.

Jared pulled back so he could see my face better. Knowing laughter seeped quietly from his mouth, and he softly ran his fingers through my hair. “I’ve only belonged to one person, Aly, and that’s you.” His mouth was suddenly at my ear. “And believe me, I’ve never touched anyone the way I touch you.”

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Closer To You – Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Come to Me Quietly: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Come to Me Softly: Amazon US | B&N (1 Jul 2014)
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The Author

AL Jackson_pic_croppedA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

Connect with Amy: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
The Giveaway

To win a signed copy of Come To Me Quietly, please enter below. By entering, you are accepting the following Giveaway Conditions. This contest is open internationally.

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BOOK REVIEW: Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

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Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…

Just when she opens her heart to her friend Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

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“Nothing was ever right. But being without her just felt wrong.”

There are some authors who consistently deliver stories that are so exquisitely moving, that diving once again into one of their books is an emotional high like no other for me, and A.L. Jackson is one such author. No one has made my heart clench, shatter, hurt, made me ugly-cry as she has done time after time, and yet I am never quite prepared for the unpredictable journey she ends up taking me on. After having read every single book by this author, I knew this story would be outstanding, but I had no idea it would be so up my alley that I would end up reading it in one sitting, utterly captivated by the characters, the fairytale romance, the depth of emotion that is present in every single word. Ms Jackson has gifted us with another true gem of a book, one that will get so deep under your skin, you’ll never want it to end.

“Beneath the anger, I recognized the boy I’d known so long ago. I was pretty sure it was Jared who didn’t know himself.”

This is the story about a troubled young man who comes back to his home town after six long years of absence, drawn to the place where his life irrevocably changed, but also terrified of confronting the old demons that have kept him away. Jared is a broken man, trapped by guilt and self-hatred for one tragic event that changed the course of his life and the life of all his loved ones. He has convinced himself that he destroys everything he touches and anyone he allows himself to love, believing that the burden of his past sins is the very reason he is not entitled to find happiness. Jared is volatile, inherently destructive, but his heart aches for what he has lost and for the happy boy he once used to be.

“I’d known him my entire life. I found him in almost every memory I had.”

When Jared left his old life behind, he never realised he would also change one little girl’s life forever. The younger sister of Jared’s best friend, and a permanent fixture in his childhood, Aly had nursed a crush on him from the moment her young heart learned how to love, a crush which eventually evolved into such deep emotions that made her heart freeze in time from the moment he suddenly departed from their lives. Jared’s return is equally confusing as it is exhilarating for young Aly, his renewed presence in her daily life awakening every crevice of the heart she had been saving for him.

“I can’t remember a day in my life when I didn’t love you.”

What starts as a friendship born out of a shared past and endless happy memories together, slowly grows into a secret romance where they bare their souls to each other, find comfort and peace in each other’s arms, but cannot see their future further than the next day.

“I’d glide along the banks of his sadness, dipping my toes to test the water but without ever diving into the torrent where I knew Jared continued to drown.”

Jared fights his feelings for Aly at every turn, believing that depriving himself of happiness is his penance for his past wrongs, but once his heart stops listening to his irrational mind, their love takes flight and he is unable to stay away from her. But six years of self-flagellation and seeing no purpose in the life he gets to live have made Jared a man incapable of embracing happiness, and soon his destructive tendencies bleed into the only thing he has ever truly cherished in his life.

“… her soul burned so bright she couldn’t see the blackness in mine.”

The delicious agony of every mouth-watering scene between these two characters is addictive, making this one of the most real yet fairytale-like romances I have had the pleasure of reading. The development of these characters is flawlessly thorough, their every facet embedding them deeper and deeper into our hearts. I am a sucker for enduring romances, for love stories that weather time and distance, and the story of Aly and Jared will forever hold a special place in my heart. But their story is not over – it might not have ended on a cliffhanger, but it most definitely continues in an upcoming instalment. And I simply cannot wait for it!

“Hearts have a way of finding their way home.”

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Closer To You – Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Come to Me Quietly: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Come to Me Softly: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback (1 Jul 2014)
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The Author

AL Jackson_pic_croppedA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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The Giveaway

To win one the following prizes, please enter below. This contest is administered by A.L. Jackson.

Grand Prize: A.L. Jackson Complete Signed Paperback Collection (all six titles) + Come To Me Quietly Poster and swag

Second Prize: Come To Me Quietly Collection, which includes a signed copy of Come To Me Quietly, a Come To Me Quietly poster, keychain, and custom bookmark

Third Prize: A.L. Jackson Fun Pack stuffed full of A.L. Jackson book swag

Fourth Prize: Audiobook Gift Set from Audible.com of The Regret Series (Lost To You, Take This Regret & If Forever Comes)

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COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Come to Me Softly by A.L. Jackson

From the amazing author who gave us the emotionally charged Take This Regret, If Forever Comes and When We Collide, all favourite books of mine, we are getting a brand new series packed with all the emotion we’ve come to expect from her novels, but a whole lot sexier too!!! While we anxiosuly wait for the first instalment, Come to Me Quietly, on 7 Jan 2014, I have the great pleasure of showing you the beautiful new cover and excerpt from the second book in the series, Come to Me Softly, as well as a fabulous giveaway. So, browse all the way to the bottom and make sure you enter to win one of the signed book bundles! Also, join the Cover Release Party on Facebook between 8am and 6pm EST today only, where A.L. will be hanging out talking books, boys, and giving away a ton of special prizes! ♥

Expected release date: 1 July 2014

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A second chance at life…

A second chance at love…

Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?

To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.

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I gasped when strong. arms wrapped around me from behind. Then I melted when he buried his face in my neck. Jared spun me around and pressed me up against the cool metal of my car door. His hands were on my face, in my hair, slipping down my sides before he brought them back up to force me to look at him. “Thank you.” Desperation poured from him, his hold increasing as he stared down at the shock I felt lining my face. “Thank you for fucking believing in me, Aly. For getting me.”

Fear lashed across his face. Or maybe it was remorse. He swallowed hard, his voice hardened with strain. “I’m scared to think of where I’d be right now without you.”

That fear that had flashed on his face coiled in my stomach. Because I didn’t know where he’d been. Had no idea where the last three months had taken him. How far. How low.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to know.

“You’re here with me now.” I had to believe that was all that mattered.

He grimaced. Gripping my face, he leaned down and kissed me, hard and demanding. There was no soft affection, none of the playfulness from upstairs. This was a seal. A branding. He jerked back. A storm raged in the blue of his eyes. “Don’t think I can’t see all those questions burning in your mind, Aly. And I may not have all the answers right now, but we are going to figure this out. Do you understand me? I promise you that.”

And I saw it all there, the torment that plagued Jared, this beautiful man who had lost his way, the one desperate to find his way home.

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Closer To You – Reading Order and Pre-order Links
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Come to Me Quietly: Amazon US | B&N (7 Jan 2014)
Come to Me Softly: Amazon US (1 Jul 2014)
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The Author

AL Jackson_pic_croppedA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

Connect with Amy: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
The Giveaway

To win one of these amazing signed book bundles, please enter below. This contest is administered by A.L. Jackson and it is open internationally.

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BOOK REVIEW: If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson

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Christian Davison’s life is complete. With a ring on Elizabeth’s finger and his daughter at his side, he’s ready to run headlong into their future.

Elizabeth Ayers never believed she would again find this kind of joy—the joy of a family and the wholeness found in the touch of the man she’s always loved.

Their love is intense and their passion only grows as they set out to rediscover each other.

But life is never easy.

Rocked by the unforeseen, Christian and Elizabeth will find themselves fighting for the one thing they hold most important—family.

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“People don’t always get to love like this, Elizabeth. Not the way we do.”

Once in a blue moon you come across a book that simply stuns you and marks you so deeply with its story, that you never quite stop thinking about it, often finding your way back to it as a way of seeking solace in a fantasy that never gets old or stops affecting you. The beautiful tale of Elizabeth and Christian is the story I escape to when I want to feel a whole spectrum of emotions and to remind myself how powerful a great book can truly be. I never thought anything could match the intensity of Take This Regret or its impact on me as a reader, but this very moving sequel not only matches it in intensity, it exceeds it and adds a whole new emotional layer to an already beloved storyline. This book crushed me, destroyed me, took my breath away by striking at the very core of everything I am as a woman, and then filled me with such overwhelming hope that there is indeed light at the end of every tunnel, as dark and as long as that tunnel may be.

“Ten years, Christian, and it’s still the same. You consume me… You still manage to make my stomach feel like it’s bottoming out and my heart beat like it might pound right out of my chest… You make me ache.”

We watched them become best friends and fall in love in Lost to You, we saw them make life-changing mistakes, part ways, meet again and painfully rebuild what they should have never lost in Take This Regret, and now we finally get to see their future once the curtain closes on their happily-ever-after and life happens. Christian and Elizabeth have been through more sorrow than any couple should ever be faced with, old regrets and painful memories constantly looming over them and making them appreciate every bit of happiness that comes their way. They’ve loved each other for most of their adult lives and their bond is indestructible, their deep devotion to one another a constant reminder of what they almost lost forever.

“I love you, Christian. Always. There is nothing that could make me stop loving you. Nothing that could make me stop needing you. You are my start and you are my finish, the one who’s going to be there for everything in between.”

But when the worst kind of tragedy strikes, this young couple is left adrift in a sea of pain and sadness, unable to grasp onto any sliver of hope. We are told their story by following two parallel timelines, one in the past and one in the present, their joining point being the devastating event they are forced to overcome. One moment, we see them as two people in love, a young couple basking in the happiness of what they have finally created, desperately in love with each other and committed to giving their daughter the family they all longed for. And then the next, we see them in the aftermath of their loss, as two people stranded and crippled by their pain, having turned away from each other and from their future together.

“He was a reminder of everything that should be and what I couldn’t have. A symbol of what I had lost.”

Elizabeth’s pain is possibly the most true-to-life emotion I have ever lived through in a book. It is all-consuming, heart-breaking, stifling in its magnitude. The pages are heavy with her sadness, making us feel every nuance of her crippling despair. Nothing is forced, her recovery from an utterly broken woman who is unable to give any of herself to the man she loves, to one who learns to fight for her life again is meticulously timed and we are there for the entire journey.

“Christian’s presence slipped just under the surface of my skin. And it hurt and it longed, whispered a call I didn’t think I’d ever be able to heed. Because that whisper burned, the memory of that beautiful man ingrained so deeply in my spirit that it now felt like a burden.”

We also hear Christian’s voice and experience his emotions as well, but his desperation mainly stems from losing the love of his life and not knowing how to take her pain away. His fight is two-fold – he fights for his own sanity and he fights for the family he is unwilling to give up on. Christian’s love for Elizabeth is the only bright light during their turmoil, giving us hope that they could overcome all.

“I loved her. Loved her with everything, with my life, with my soul.”

There are truly no words that could do justice to an incredible book such as this one. From beginning to end, I felt like my emotions were not my own – they belonged to the characters, they belonged to the storyline, they belonged to that special place that Christian and Elizabeth hold in my heart and I kept hoping with all my being that they would find again the happiness they so deserved. Like with all Ms Jackson’s books, by the time I reached the last page, I felt like I had just run a marathon. She seems to get me every single time and, quite frankly, I think I’m becoming afraid of her.

This is a stellar conclusion to an unforgettable love story, one that will forever be my emotional pot of gold.

“How had we pushed each other away when we needed each other most?”

5stars

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The Author

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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To win one of the following prizes, please enter below.

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COVER REVEAL & EXCERPT: Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

Another emotion-packed novel from the skilful hands of the author who gave us Take This Regret and When We Collide, both favourite books of mine, … I give you the truly stunning new cover and excerpt from Come to Me Quietly

Expected release date: 7 January 2014

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Jared

What the hell was I doing?

Everything about this situation was wrong. Aly kneeling in front of me. Touching me. She was close, too close. I could taste her breath, and I kept catching hints of that fucking delicious coconut body wash I’d used last night. Somehow it smelled a thousand times better on her.

These urges constantly hit me, and I couldn’t help imagining what it’d be like to bury my nose in the haven behind her ear, to press my mouth at her jaw, to tangle my hands in her hair. Against my better judgment, which could so easily be called into question, anyway, I gave in. Took a little.

I was always so good at taking.

The strand of hair I tugged between my fingers was soft, like silk against my callused skin. The action should’ve been innocent enough. I remembered doing it often when we were children, just a small act of affection to let her know it was okay she was there. There was never anything more to it than that.

But I knew better now, knew it would stir the need I’d felt in the pit of my stomach since I found her backed against that wall last night, since she’d driven me half-mad in her kitchen this morning, since I’d stumbled into her apartment like the piece of trash I was tonight. Somehow she still found me worthy, kneeling in front of me as if I deserved even a scrap of the attention she gave me now.

With her head down, she attended to the wounds on my other hand. I allowed my gaze to fall, to trace the face I wanted to trace with my hands.

I didn’t think I’d ever felt intrigued by a girl before the way I was now, had never wanted to crawl inside someone’s mind to dig through her thoughts, to find out who she was. Why she was. Aly’s green eyes were both fierce and soft, her touch both intent and gentle. She was kind, yet she didn’t hesitate to call me out on my shit. She made me itch and squirm, made me want to run and want to stay.

She began taping up my second hand, forging this little truce between us, steadily sucking me deeper into a place I knew I shouldn’t go.

But I couldn’t stop it.

There was something about being alone with her in the seclusion of this apartment that I liked, like maybe we were sharing some kind of secret that no one else could touch.

A distorted sense of security.

For just a little while, I wanted to drift in the delusion.

I watched her as she worked. Every couple of seconds, she glanced up at me with those eyes that seemed to know more than they should.

Aly shifted closer. I attempted to scoot back without her noticing, but she tugged on my hand. “Would you hold still? You’re worse than a two-year-old,” she said.

Was she oblivious of what she was doing to me? Every time she moved, her chest brushed against my knees, and damn, if it wasn’t the greatest temptation I’d ever had to endure. Did she know how badly I wanted to touch her? To take a little more? Maybe take it all? My thoughts raced ahead, and I wondered what she’d do if I edged off the couch and laid her back on the floor. Would she stop me? Or would she allow me to feed off her compassion and goodness? Would she let me wreck her? Destroy her? Because that was the only thing I knew how to do.

I sucked in a breath and held it. No fucking way was I going there. Not with her, even if she was the only girl who’d ever made me feel like I had to have her. The first who’d ever made me want. That in itself was a pretty damned good reason to stay away from her.

That and the fact that she was Aly.

My Aly.

She sat back on her haunches. Her smile was soft when she looked up at me. “See? That wasn’t so bad, was it?”

“Thank you,” I said honestly, because it’d been a long time since anyone had taken care of me. It hurt to think of the last time someone had.

“You’re welcome.” Her voice was quiet, and she sat there, just staring at me, a lot like we had last night, although now things seemed completely different.

“You’d better get some rest. It’s really late,” I said. I’d lain flat out on the hard ground for hours while I let myself sober up to the point where I could at least get myself back to the apartment, and I hadn’t come crawling up the stairs until three in the morning.

“Yeah, you’d better, too.” She sounded a little disappointed.

Her delicate hands pressed into the couch on the outside of my legs as she helped herself to stand. This time her hair did brush against my chest. We both froze with the contact, and she looked down at me, her face three inches from mine. She hovered there, her eyes searching.

Motherfucking trigger.

I wet my lips and found my voice, although it was heavy with strain. “Please go to your room, Aly.”

Blinking, she nodded before she pushed herself the rest of the way up. She paused at her door, whispered, “Good night,” and then disappeared inside her bedroom.

And I couldn’t wait for forever to begin.

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Lost to You and When We Collide comes a new adult novel of one woman’s obsession: a man who’s as passionate as he is elusive—and as tempting as he is trouble.…

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…

Just when she opens her heart to her friend Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

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AL Jackson_pic_croppedA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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The Giveaway

1st prize: $50 Amazon gift card

2nd prize: print ARC copy of Come To Me Quietly (will be sent to winner when ready)

3rd prize: signed paperback copies of PulledTake This RegretWhen We Collide, and Lost to You

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COVER REVEAL & EXCERPT: If Forever Comes by A.L. Jackson

One of My Favourite Books ever ever ever is the genuinely emotional and flawlessly written Take This Regret by the talented A.L. Jackson. It is one of those books that moves you so deeply, makes you feel so many emotions all at once, and it is one of those books that you will forever hold dear in your heart. Trust me, read it, I am not making this up. So, imagine my delight when I found out earlier this year that a sequel was in the works!!! Today, I have the great honour of presenting to you the cover and excerpt from If Forever Comes…

Expected release date: 12 September 2013

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I stood in the hush of the darkened room, the long drapes pushed to the side as I leaned with one hand pressed to the wall just at the side of the window. I stared out, watching as winter pressed down on the city. Snowflakes fluttered toward the ground as they were set free from the inky sky. Through the haze, lights glimmered, and far below, the city was still alive even though night had grown late.

My past seemed to echo from the streets, the memories so thick they almost seemed alive.

I looked over my shoulder and let my eyes wander over the one who inhabited them all.

Elizabeth lay facing me, twisted just to the side, her blonde hair spread out over the pillow where she rested her head. Her chest lifted and fell in a slow cadence, her soft breaths released into the air.

The deepest kind of devotion quickened my heart and pumped fiercely through my veins.

Sometimes it was hard to believe we’d come this far, that this beautiful girl lying across the room from me had been strong enough to forgive me for the greatest mistake I’d ever made, that she was good enough to look past my failure, and that she had the capacity to lie there now, lost in sleep, free of fear and full of love.

A wistful smile tugged at my mouth as my gaze traveled over her perfect body. She wore a short nightgown, the creamy material bunched up over her hip, the length of her legs fully exposed. One arm was draped over her head, and the other was stretched across the sheets in the spot where I had held her in my arms as she’d fallen asleep.

Emotion squeezed my lungs, knocked at my ribs, just as strong as the desire that lifted in a crushing swell before it settled as a subdued ache in the pit of my stomach.

Elizabeth would never stop stealing my breath.

Only because she possessed my soul.

As if she felt the intensity of my stare, she stirred. Those brown eyes blinked open as she adjusted to the dimness in the room. A soft, sleepy smile crept to her lips when she found me watching her in the shadows. She ran her hand over the sheets on my side of the bed. “What are you doing way over there when you’re supposed to be in bed with me?” she whispered.

“Just thinking.”

She lifted up onto her elbow. “And what are you thinking about?”

My mouth tipped up in a slow grin as I made my way over to her. She rolled onto her back just as I crawled over her, bracing myself on my hands and knees.

“Thinking about you. What else would I be thinking about?” I trailed the back of my index finger down her cheek and along the underside of her jaw. At her chin, I twisted my hand to drag my fingers all the way down her neck to the cleft between her breasts.

A soft breath parted her lips.

“You consume me, Elizabeth,” I said. “Every second.”

Trembling, she reached up to cup my jaw. “Always.”

That word shot straight through me, her touch a firestorm that singed me from the inside out.

And she had it right. I wanted her. Always.

I pressed my hands into the bed on either side of her head, dipped to caress her mouth with mine in the same second her fingers wove through my hair. I could feel her heart hammering, pounding just as hard as mine, this thrum of need spinning through us with the slightest touch.

It’d always been that way.

Always.

I rocked and Elizabeth moaned, our bodies pitching and lifting and seeking, the soft skin of her inner thighs like strokes of fire as they brushed against mine. Our tongues caressed and every last inch of my body hardened.

God, there was nothing in this world that felt so good.

I pulled back, one hand gripping the fabric at her hip as I searched her face.

“Elizabeth, I don’t want to wait. I know that’s what we planned, but being here, in this city, it just makes me think of all the time I wasted, and I don’t want to waste any more.”

Shock rolled through her, and brown eyes snapped up to lock on mine. “What do you mean?”

“All of it, Elizabeth… waiting to get married… waiting to add to our family. I want it all… and now… because I want it with you.”

“Christian—”

“Don’t say anything now. I just want you to think about it.”

She grabbed my face. “I don’t need to think about it. I’m ready for this. Ready for us to move on.”

Relief and joy escaped me in a throaty groan. It was all I wanted, to spend my life with her, to spend it with our daughter, to live for my family, to watch grow.

“Oh my God, Elizabeth.” I dropped to my elbows, brought us closer, our kiss frenzied between our words.

“Christian.”

“I love you so much… so much.”

I sucked at her bottom lip, kiss her at the edge of her perfect mouth, dropped to feast along the line of her jaw.

My nose got lost behind her ear, in her hair, in the softness of her skin.

I burned.

Elizabeth arched, silently begged.

I rose to one elbow and grabbed her left hand, kissed the ring she allowed me to place on her finger. “Forever,” I promised against it.

Her heart thudded a little more. “Forever,” she said.

And I couldn’t wait for forever to begin.

Christian Davison’s life is complete. With a ring on Elizabeth’s finger and his daughter at his side, he’s ready to run headlong into their future.

Elizabeth Ayers never believed she would again find this kind of joy – the joy of a family and the wholeness found in the touch of the man she’s always loved.

Their love is intense and their passion only grows as they set out to rediscover each other.

But life is never easy.

Rocked by the unforeseen, Christian and Elizabeth will find themselves fighting for the one thing they hold most important – family.

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The Author

AL Jackson_pic_croppedA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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One winner gets an A.L. Jackson Grand Prize comprising of a Come To Me Quietly Poster, If Forever Comes Keychain, and signed copies of Pulled, Take This Regret, When We Collide, and Lost to You. Five second place winners choose an A.L. Jackson eBook of their choice. This contest is administered by A.L. Jackson.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Come To Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

CTMQ.quote2Two of my favourite books ever written, Take This Regret and When We Collide were penned by a very talented author whose stories never fail to take me on a heart-wrenching journey. This amazing writer is A.L. Jackson. Today, A.L. is not only sharing some incredible news with us, she is also giving us a sneak peek at one of her upcoming books, Come To Me Quietly, coming to us in early 2014. Without further ado, I give the word to the woman of the hour…

Hi Everyone! I’m so very excited to have the opportunity to give you a first peek at Come To Me Quietly, the first in my upcoming series, Closer.

I received some really incredible news that I want to share with you all – Come To Me Quietly will be published with New American Library/Penguin as part of a two-book deal and should come out no later than early 2014 – just a little bit longer than first anticipated, but I do hope it will be worth the wait. This will be the first time any of my books have been widely distributed in print to bookstores, and I can’t wait for the chance for more readers to have access to Come To Me Quietly.

AND the good news is since Come To Me Quietly will be pushed back, you all are going to get more of Christian Davidson sooner rather than later. Christian and Elizabeth’s story from Lost to You and Take This Regret will be coming late summer.

But first let’s take a closer look at my latest working manuscript, Come To Me Quietly. I can’t even wait to get Jared and Aleena into your hands. Jared Holt has absolutely taken over my heart and mind, and I hope you fall in love with him just as hard as I have. Come To Me Quietly will be packed with all the emotion you’ve come to expect from my novels, but it’s also a whole lot sexier and much Closer. So here you go – the complete synopsis for Come To Me Quietly…

Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.

Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.

Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.

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The Teaser

CTMQ.quote3Dashed lines blur until they become a solid line. My bones vibrate from the thousands of miles I’ve spent straddling this leather seat, the muscles in my right arm screaming from the hours my hand has been locked on the throttle.

But I don’t stop. I can’t, and I don’t know why. Something in my gut spurs me forward. I plough ahead.

Hot air blasts my face and my hair thrashes in uncontrolled chaos.

I bite back a bitter laugh.

Uncontrolled chaos. That’s exactly how they described me.

The desert sky goes on forever, an ocean of the deepest blue. The city rises like a beacon in the distance. Because I am drawn.

What am I doing?

There is nothing here for me. I know it. I’ve already destroyed it all. I destroy everything I touch.

Still I can do nothing but press on.

The Author

ALJacksonSmallPhotoA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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BOOK REVIEW: When We Collide by A.L. Jackson

whenwecollide_newWilliam has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.

Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.

When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again.

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have.

Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before. But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

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“William. My secret, my heart. The beautiful man I’d lain with for hours under the stars, our lives poured out in a torrent of stories and words. The way he held me while I shared the ones that hurt me the most. How he touched me, the way he made me feel incredibly safe. How that hold had escalated from safety to ecstasy as the soft pads of his fingers would dance across my lips when he locked himself to me, the perfect weight of his body, the expression on his face when he came. The heartbreak in his eyes when I told him goodbye.”

There are some love stories that will take you on such intensely emotional journeys, shake you to the very core of your being, make you scream, cry, curse, throw things against walls, but also fill you with more hope than you ever thought possible – THIS is one of those books. William and Maggie are going to become two names you might forget one day but you will never forget their story. You will never forget how much it hurt to ‘live’ their life with them, how much emotion you invested in their happiness and how cruel you learned life could be to those who least deserve it.

William has been raised in a loving and supportive household, his family ties being the pillar or everything he is, everything he knows and everything he holds dear. One night while sitting around a bonfire with some friends, he sees Maggie and he is inexplicably drawn to her. Everything about her mesmerizes him – her every shy movement, her every reluctant word, her every timid glance directed his way – their connection is irreversibly forged that night. But Maggie is a troubled young woman. Her fragility comes from never having known what being loved felt like. Her history of domestic abuse has marked her deeply, scarred her self-confidence and made her see herself as unworthy of love. Damaged. Tainted. When she meets William she has already allowed the next abusive man into her life. William is like a bright light at the end of a dark and scary tunnel but Maggie is uncertain of whether she can take the necessary steps to reach that light. What first begins as a friendship, gently develops into an over-consuming bond.

“William had been the only one who had ever cared enough to really see me.”

For the first time, Maggie learns what it feels like to be loved, cherished, protected. William’s love is the first beacon in her young life and it fills her with something she’s never dared to feel – hope. But for Maggie it is easier to accept and expect the cruelty coming from a man’s violent hand than the devotion and kindness that Williams offers her. Eventually some demons are hard to fight and the young lovers are torn apart, taken from each other by such unspeakable evil, breaking their hearts and forcing them to spend the next six years living far from each other. Their lives resume like nothing ever happened between them but neither of them are able to forget what they had.

“I’d buried it all in a place just under the surface where the memories of her touch ran rampant in my fantasies, freed only in the lonely moments of the night.”

Six years later, Williams returns to his home town, disillusioned with life, relationships, himself, but desperate to see again the girl that forever stole his heart. Unfortunately, life for Maggie has only become worse, making William realize that some decisions made in the heat of the moment can carry cruel repercussions. The more he learns about her current life, the more he hates himself for leaving her, making this a story of not just second chances but also about seizing life when it matters the most so that every waking moment is not spent in regret and what-ifs.

“I knew she was broken, knew no matter where she ended up in life, her past would always be there to haunt her, knew she had so much to overcome. But I also knew, underneath it all, she was strong. I saw it in her eyes and felt it in her spirit. I knew she was kind and good, knew she was beautiful. And I knew I was never going to stop loving her.”

William’s feelings of guilt are palpable, their taste bitter in our mouths, their heaviness hard to absorb. His love for Maggie is noble and pure but it takes the entire book to redeem him in our eyes for the decisions he made as a young man. His journey of redemption is one that he travels bravely and with strength of character. Maggie, on the other hand, is the ultimate victim in this story as life has rarely shown her any kindness. Her sadness and pain are so deeply ingrained into her, compartmentalizing her mind, making it capable of shutting down when pain, sadness, humiliation, helplessness become unbearable. She drifts through life like a ghost, constantly overwhelmed by the demons that are gently crushing her beautiful spirit into oblivion. It is difficult to imagine going through what she lived through every single day of her life and not shattering like a glass. But not Maggie. She might appear fragile and weak but her strength and resilience shine through her. We can’t judge any of the decisions that she makes at any point in her life because when one is dealt such a bad hand, one is allowed to deal with it all the best they know how and even make mistakes in the process. Every decision she has ever made has been motivated only by selflessness and total regard for the wellbeing of the ones she loved. She is a heroine you will welcome into your heart, never resent for her actions and only respect her even more for them.

“I’d been building up to this, searching for the courage to find my voice, for the place inside me that knew it was okay to ask for what I wanted.”

I guarantee you will find this book to be tempestuous, brutal, grueling, impossible to take at times, but it will also warm your heart, leave you happy in the end and hopefully just a little bit more grateful for the positives in your own life. This is the second novel by A.L. Jackson that I have read and I am ready to build this woman a shrine. Right after she pays for my therapy sessions.

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BOOK REVIEW: Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson

akethisregret_newThere are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives.  For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth.

Christian Davison has a plan for his life. He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm.  Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life.

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgivable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate.  Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

They say everyone deserves a second chance.

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“How could you?
Did you think of me? Did you think of our child?
Why didn’t you love me enough?
Did you even love me at all?
Why now, after so many years?”

I don’t know what it is about this story that affected me so deeply but I was one hot mess by the end of it. I did not allow myself to eat, drink or sleep until I finished it and regained some sort of control over my emotions. This is the story of one man’s attempt to correct a terrible mistake that he made in his past. And this is the story of the two people that suffered the most because of his mistake.

Christian and Elizabeth were a devoted couple in college with grand plans for their future, but they were nothing alike. While Elizabeth was studying to become a family lawyer with a focus on children’s rights, Christian dreamed of joining his father’s law firm and achieving the kind of success that is measured by the number of zeros after the dollar sign. Two very different people who challenged each other, made each other question what they believed in and who made each other better people. However, their views ultimately differed at the most important point in their relationship – should they keep the baby that Elizabeth was carrying? Elizabeth never even considered giving the baby up, she believed that they could work it out as long as they loved each other. Christian did not agree – he saw the baby as a complication that would jeopardize everything he had planned for his future. An ugly ultimatum later and their lives change irrevocably.

Five years of guilt, regret and self-hatred have now made Christian a different person. He deeply regrets his actions and the way he treated Elizabeth but the moment she stepped out of his life she never returned. He never had the courage to make it right when he could have and then he no longer knew where she lived.

One day, in a supermarket, Christian runs into a little girls who appears “familiar” to him from the moment he locks eyes with her. He is mesmerized by her and she appears to be just as unexplainably drawn to him as he is to her. She smiles at him and he immediately recognises her as his child. He then becomes determined to win his family back and fill the agonizing hole in his heart. He muscles his way back into their lives and discovers that he not only desperately wants to be a father to Lizzie, but he also never stopped loving her mother.

At this point this book could have become a predictable version of the events where mummy and daddy meet again after five years of separation, all is immediately forgotten, they never stopped loving each other and they all immediately become one happy little family. But this book is much more real than that. There is no such happy reunion. The pain and sadness caused by what Christian did to Elizabeth and his own self-flagellation make this story as raw and as real as it could possibly be. Elizabeth pain is almost tangible. Five years of hardship and pain have made her a broken young woman who is now scared to love or accept love in return. She has made Lizzie the centre of her life, she is a devoted and loving mother to her daughter and she is willing to do anything to shelter her from the heartbreak of losing someone you love. Christian storms into their life unannounced and unwelcome. She questions his motives but, above all, she questions his ability to never abandon his daughter again. What follows is a truly heart-wrenching and super-emotional story of forgiveness, redemption and second chances.

These characters dig themselves so deeply into your heart that you are feeling everything they are feeling. Such overwhelming sadness, such a great story, such an insight into the human condition. This story touched me in such a way that I managed to immerse myself into these characters completely. I really REALLY wanted to hate Christian, I wanted to make him the ‘bad guy’ but he broke his own heart just as much as he broke Elizabeth’s. Ultimately, you can’t help but admire a man who owns up to his mistakes and then does everything humanly possible to make it right.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an emotional chip. You might need to service it afterwards though.

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Take This Regret – Recommended Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Take This RegretAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Lost To YouAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
If Forever ComesAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback

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The Author

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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