Series: Take This Regret, #0.5
Author: A. L. Jackson
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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, the prequel to the bestselling romance, Take This Regret. A New Adult novella, recommended for readers 17+. It’s unnecessary to have read Take This Regret to enjoy Lost to You.
A.L. Jackson can’t really do any wrong in my eyes. I adored her Closer to You series, so I just had to pick this one up by her as well. And I’m so happy I did. I enjoyed this novella because it starts this series up so well. Introduces the characters, gives a great look into their personalities, their situation, and it starts off their story quite nicely.
Though you don’t have to read this one first, I’m glad I did. It gave great insight into both characters, so that allowed me to really understand them when I picked up Take This Regret. It allowed me to have a better understanding of Christian and Elizabeth.
It only took a couple of seconds for me to understand why his presence had seemed to fill up the entire room, why he seemed to stop time when he walked through the door. The guy was completely full of himself.
I adore both Christian and Elizabeth. They really do connect and though they come from two different worlds, I loved seeing them meeting, fight their attraction, and then fall in love.
Christian has been bred to follow in his father’s footsteps. He’s rich, cocky, and used to getting his way. But underneath that all he is just trying to find who he is and he really does have a big heart. He is just torn between doing what his father—who is an arrogant ass—and what he wants. I loved getting inside his head and getting his background because it helped me so much when I picked up Take This Regret. I just simply enjoyed his character.
Elizabeth is used to working hard to get what she wants. She doesn’t come from money and she knows how to work hard; she’s the complete opposite of Christian. I liked the contrast between her and Christian. Elizabeth is a smart girl, shy and very level headed. I enjoyed that about her. But what I liked most was that she saw through Christian’s cocky attitude, she knew who he was even when he didn’t. She really turns his world upside down. And I loved that.
Elizabeth and Christian connect right off, but Elizabeth didn’t want to be a game for him. So she fights him off. I enjoyed watching that, and how they eventually became friends to something more. I really felt their connection and their attraction.
My reaction to her had been just has strong as when I walked through the door today. Girls didn't do this to me. And she'd managed it twice. Sitting across from her now, I knew I had to have her.
This was a fast read, and Jackson did an amazing job summing up the few months of Christian and Elizabeth. She hit all the important events, so even though the book moved fast, it didn’t feel rushed. The plot built at a nice pace and I never got lost in the story.
Lost to You was a wonderful start to a series I know I'm going to devour. The characters, their love, and the building of the story were fantastic. This novella has really set up the world of this series and the characters with their intense emotions and an attraction that just couldn't be denied.