Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review♥Excerpt♥Giveaway: Take This Regret by A. L. Jackson

Contemporary Romance
Title: Take This Regret
Author: A. L. Jackson
Date to be Published: 4/5/12
Publisher: Sapphire Publishing

There 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 unforgiveable 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.

I am not the one that read a lot of contemporary romance books in my life but I thought I gave this book a chance. When I read the synopsis, I just felt this book was going to be realistic and emotional. It really brings up a theme that will never disappear, redemption. I felt for the characters, Elizabeth and Christian. Each of them have their reasons to act their ways. I always have a heart for second chances. Like in The Kite Runner, I always knew I had to forgive Amir. Like Amir, Christian had that effect on me. Elizabeth's actions are reasonable too. I felt the characters were well developed. Lizzie, Elizabeth and Christian's daughter, was adorable and mature at the same time. I really enjoyed reading about her.

Plot-wise, the book was very predictable. The book is written in alternating POVs. Some parts were told in both views, meaning that the same events were written in Elizabeth and Christian's views. This meant repetition, which I am not a fan of. The book was very descriptive emotion-wise (which I knew) but it was a little overdone to me since I am the type of people who likes to read emotional fluff. I mean if you are into the emotional stuff, then definitely think this book as a plus.

Overall, this book was okay. I mean for a contemporary romance book, it was good.

Two hours later, Christian sat at his desk studying for his politics midterm, all the while listening intently for the sound of footsteps outside his door he felt certain he would hear. He trained his attention on the heavy textbook in front of him, trying to ignore the growing anxiety he felt each time he picked up his cell phone to check if he’d missed any messages.
None came.
It was well after midnight when he crawled into bed, convinced she just needed some time to realize he was right. He had to be right. He wouldn’t allow himself to think otherwise, so every time that wave of guilt came, he pushed it aside.
He envisioned her awake, just as he was, tossing uncomfortably in her small bed that rested in the far corner of her studio apartment and slowly coming to terms with what she needed to do.
But when he dragged his unrested body from his bed the next morning, his phone was still devoid of messages.
He had been cruel—he knew it. He could only hope he hadn’t pushed her too far, but that she would somehow understand he was just trying to protect their future.
Christian ate a bowl of cold cereal and then forced himself into the steam of his shower, desperate to find anything to chase away his fatigue. He found his head in a cloud, both from lack of sleep and from the scenarios running through his mind, ones including a life without Elizabeth.
What if she never came back?
Could he really give her up?
As he rubbed the soapy washcloth over his body, he tried to picture an existence without her. A life void of the perfect pitch of her voice, the way it rang out when she laughed. A life in which he didn’t touch the softness of her skin or have the right to pull her body against his. A life without a child crying out from the next room as he tried unsuccessfully to study for the bar.
Groaning, he shook his head and forced it all away, telling himself it would not come to that.
He was certain when he saw her in class today, she would take her normal seat beside him in the lecture hall, lean in, and whisper in his ear that he was right.
But when her seat remained vacant, his unease grew, gnawing at his stomach. The moment the professor dismissed class, Christian raced from the room and to the café where Elizabeth and he studied every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. He frantically scanned the room, finding several mildly familiar faces but not the one he wanted to see.
By the time he reached her apartment complex, he was panting, both from exertion from the mile he had run and the constriction fear had placed on his heart. He pounded on the door, giving her no time to answer before he yelled, “Elizabeth!” There was no sound from the other side, no rustling of curtains or faint shuffling of feet. Even then, he wasn’t satisfied. Fumbling with his keys, he found his spare and pushed it into the lock.
The door opened to the quietness, the small studio comfortably cluttered as always. The only thing that seemed amiss was the blankets from her normally neat bed were strewn on the floor. Christian crossed the space to the only separate room. The door to the bathroom rested ajar, that room as empty as the first.
Christian pressed his back against the wall and took a deep breath. He wasn’t prepared for this. He’d never thought it would go this far.
Reluctantly, he forced himself out of the apartment, shutting and locking the door behind him before he left, hating the voice inside his head that kept telling him this was for the best.

A.L. Jackson 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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  1. The cover of this book is great and the synopsis has me intrigued. I usually want to give people a second chance. The excerpt is very enticing and it makes me want to know more about the characters. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your review.


  2. I'm in for contemporary romance and this one sounds good! Hope I'm lucky enough to win this

  3. While my current reading passion is more on the paranormal bandwagon, sometimes you just want to sit down with some contemporary romance. Thank you for sharing today and for this lovely giveaway opportunity.


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