Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson

Title: Take This Regret
Series: Take This Regret #1 
Author: A.L. Jackson
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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?
My Review:

Oh, this book broke my heart! But I loved every second of it! 

Going into this one I did know, to an extent, what to expect. However, I really wasn’t ready for the emotional toll this book would bring. Even though it made my heart break and caused me to cry, I so enjoyed Take This Regret.

Elizabeth and Christian have been together for nearly five years now, and a lot has happened since the novella, Lost to You. However, something happens that ends up tearing them apart. This event turns both of their worlds upside down; both end up feeling lost and alone. 
"I studied my feet, counted my steps, and tried not to think of Christian and his pain that echoed through my house, called to me, almost cause me to cave. It was pointless. He pursued me in my thoughts and dreams ..."
Christian really disappointed me at the beginning of the book. I just couldn’t believe he would hurt Elizabeth in the way he did. But I also had to keep in mind his situation and the pressures that are on him.  As I mentioned in my review of the novella, he has been bred to follow in his father’s footsteps. A lot is placed on his shoulders. Though he has grown, he is still an arrogant individual.  Now, though he disappointed me in the beginning, I have to say his transformation and growth was amazing. By the end of the book I can fully say I loved his character and am so proud of him. When Elizabeth leaves, that really changes his view and his beliefs. Though it takes him a few years, he finally sets out to do what is right. And watching him work so hard and to come to understand his decisions, though not all right, made me really love Christian.

Elizabeth thought she could really count on Christian, but when a certain situation arises, she ends up alone. This left her scared and unable to really trust others. It hurt my heart seeing the once strong, carefree Elizabeth the way she was five years later.  She’s still strong and that does come through. Though at points I did want to shake Elizabeth, I so admire her strength to do what she did. And when she finally allows Christian back into her heart, it made me very proud of her as well. 

The chemistry between these two characters is amazing. I can feel their connection. And, yes, they really do have quite a bumpy history and an uncertain road ahead, but they really do belong together. I also loved watching them grow and right the wrongs of their pasts.  I think Jackson did a great job showing that some people are worth taking a risk for. 
“She was mine, had always been, and I'd always been hers. Despite what I'd done, the wounds I'd inflicted, she had always been mine.... our hearts had been tied, our bond one that neither of us could ever escape.” 
The book moved at a nice pace, though there were a few slow moments. The building of the story and the transformation of the characters kept me enthralled. And though not all of Christian’s actions set well with me, I’m very glad he was able to prove that he is a wonderful character.

I so enjoyed Elizabeth and Christian's story. Take This Regret is a very emotional book, one that really pulled at my heartstrings, yet I couldn't get enough of it. Other than the, at times, slow pacing I thoroughly enjoyed this one.


  1. Great review, Magen. I haven't read Christian and Elizabeth's story but I definitely want to. So... I'm adding this one to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing!

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. The cover is so beautiful. So glad you enjoyed it, Magen. Great review as always!

  3. Sounds super emotional and like something that I could get into

  4. I am dying to get started on this series! It sounds incredible and with you really enjoying them I know I will too. Amazing review.

  5. You've already had me wanting to start this series, and it's on my wishlist but gahhhhh... I really NEED to start it soon! You got me with the heartbreak -- I'm so in the mood for a story like this right now! I want to curl up with it and have ALL THE FEELS. Those quotes are amazing! Gorgeous review, lovely! xoxo

  6. Oooh... I am curious as to what happened between Christian and Elizabeth, and how he got out of the hole he dug for himself. I need to get onto this series! Greta review girl!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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