Virtual Book Tour: Take This Regret by AL Jackson
I'm thrilled to be participating in this tour! I've got an excerpt, review and Giveaway! Be sure to enter below for a chance to win one eCopy of this beautiful, heartfelt novel. Also a big thanks to Reading Addiction Blog Tours for letting me join in this wonderful tour. I would also like to thank Ms. Jackson for an eARC of this really amazing story.
Book Review: Take This Regret by AL Jackson
First sentence: "Christian, let go." Elizabeth struggled to untangle
herself from the arms wrapped around her waist."
Synopsis: "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 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."
My take: I honestly did not know what to expect when I agreed to join this tour and read the book. I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. I laughed, I cried and everything in between. Some might call the book predictable with what happens, but that's okay by me. I mean don't you know when you get on a roller coaster at Six Flags that you're going to go up and down some big hills, around a few sharp turns and maybe even go upside down before the ride comes to a complete stop? It doesn't keep you from riding the ride! I enjoyed Ms. Jackson's writing and fell in love with Christian -- in spite of him sharing his name with another popular book right now. If you love contemporary romance, I highly recommend this book. Please see below for an excerpt!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*
"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."
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