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Book Review: Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson + Lost To You (0.5)

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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 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.

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Review

Everything in Christian Davison’s life has already been mapped out. From his studies to his future work in his father’s firm. Everything’s polished. So when his girlfriend, Elizabeth Ayers, announced that she was pregnant – he just saw his future crumbling down. He saw the baby as someone who’s in the way of him having a bright future. With that, he came to a decision and asked Elizabeth to choose between him and the baby. Who does that? Christian just did. With someone having her principles, coming to a decision for this matter was easy.

Elizabeth left Christian.

Stressed, depressed, fully betrayed and distraught about her current situation Elizabeth ended up in the hospital and seeked comfort in her friend’s arms, Matthew. While Christian is constantly being bugged by his conscience on what he just did to his girlfriend and to his baby. But still did nothing to improve his current state.

Until the night of his graduation day, a friend congratulated him on being a father. That’s when he realized that Elizabeth already gave birth to their kid. He rushed to the hospital to check on Elizabeth and saw Matthew taking care of her. Thinking what was best for her, he left the building without uttering any single word …

After five years, Christian is successful as planned and envisioned. He takes over the new branch of his father’s firm in San Diego. The city where he knew Elizabeth grew up and thinking of the chances that he might get to see her. First day of being in the city, he ran some errands and did some grocery shopping to prep his place.

That’s when our story takes an unexpected turn.

While grocery shopping, he came across a little girl with a very sweet and wide smile on her face. He was immediately captivated by her and in turn reciprocated the gesture by acknowledging the girl’s presence with a smile. But the moment their eyes met (which was freakishly just like staring at his own eyes), he knew from that moment… Father’s instinct.

What will happen now? What will he do to make everything right again with Elizabeth and most especially to his daughter whom he neglected from the beginning? Will he be able to get through Elizabeth’s skin and redeem himself? Or will the past and the what-ifs in his life just continue to hunt him?

Take This Regret is a highly emotional novel. Just the prologue alone, brought me to tears already. I’m talking about bucket of tears. A.L. Jackson truly did great with this book.

I love that it was told from both Christian and Elizabeth’s POV. We get to experience both sides of their pain. Elizabeth’s pain of being betrayed and abandoned all those years and Christian’s pain and need to be with his daughter. We read about the struggle of Christian on how he deals with everything and see the sincerity in his actions but we also have Elizabeth’s inner battle that serves as a reminder of what he did five years ago.

Heart-wrenching. 

Everything was realistic. From the flaws of the characters, the situations they were thrown in and up until the actions and decisions they made in each scene.

Then we also see from both of their perspectives the innocence of their child, Lizzie. She broke me a lot of times. That moment when she was asking if Christian was her father, I can’t even deal. Also that scene wherein, Lizzie and Christian were having dinner and Christian said “Did your mom ever talk to you about why I wasn’t with you when you were younger?” and Lizzie was just like “You didn’t want me.”

I BROKE DOWN.

Take This Regret gives us a clear picture of the repercussions one person finds after blowing up the best thing that happened to his/her life. This book also highlights the idea of second chances. But it’s not easy to heal. Time is preciously needed. 

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SYNOPSIS

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.

Lost to You and Take This Regret can be read as Stand-Alone Novels. Recommended reading order: Lost to You, Take This Regret, If Forever Comes.

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Review

I swear. I didn’t know that this was a series. (This is the reason why Take This Regret’s review is the first one to show up in this post. 😂

Lost to You takes us where Christian and Elizabeth’s relationship began. We see their friendship blossom, their undeniable chemistry, attraction to each other, experiencing heartaches and we witness them taking their relationship to the next level. Their relationship is one of the situations wherein they try to fight the connection that they know they have and just settle for friendship. But after quite some time it manages to burst out of their systems.

Same with Take This Regret, this book was also written in alternating POVs of Christian and Elizabeth. I don’t have any problem with that for I thoroughly enjoyed them voicing out their struggles of keeping their feelings to themselves. I love it when Christian’s like adoring something about Elizabeth and us, readers, can exactly feel the surge of happiness within him as he witness that particular moment. Same goes with how Elizabeth gushes about how pretty and beautiful Christian is.

This book also gave as a chance to read about the event that cemented Elizabeth’s opinion about Christian’s parents. His dad was just a total a-hole. I loathe him with a burning passion. We also see a very different version of Christian’s mom. Completely different from the one we’ve met in Take This Regret. His mom was under the claws of his father and just acts to be the perfect wife for him. Like a robot and stoic kind of person. But I’m glad how her character shifted 360° in Take This Regret. 

Lost To You is a perfect prequel novella. Read this to fully grasp and understand (complete the experience) how wonderful Elizabeth and Christian’s dynamics and relationship was before it went downhill at the beginning of Take This Regret.

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