Release Blitz: Come To Me Softly by AL Jackson

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Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Quietly comes
a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.

 

A second chance at life…
A second chance at love…

  Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed? To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.

REVIEW:
**spoiler free review**
An extraordinary follow up to Come to Me Quietly, A.L. Jackson captures the essence of real characters in love, committed to each other as they struggle to deal with a past that still haunts them and threatens their future.

AL Jackson has a way of building her prose with a poetic feel to it. Her descriptions are rich, velvety, and sensual the melt your insides. Her novels are descriptive art. Her books are never a wham-bam, hers are tantric with a slow build. When you reach the pinnacle, all the pieces lock into place to create a beautiful mosaic of emotions.

Aly and Jared are perfection. You never lose your connection to these two characters. They invade your heart and never let go. They are so real, with edge and grit, yet the story allows them to occupy an area of hope and faith in what is possible through their commitment. These characters don’t disappoint, providing likeability with realistic insecurities and flaws.

This story is told in alternating points of view, but to me, it really felt like Jared’s story. He had so much internal conflict that needed to be resolved, and it is all handled and concluded perfectly. Aly has a few of her own loose ends to tie up, and Jared supports her unequivocally. All and all, Jared and Aly’s commitment to each other is….sigh.. It makes you believe the good in humanity. This story has all of those characteristics of an uplifting, hopeful love story. Not overly emotional just for the sake of beating up your heart, every feeling and emotion is organic to the characters and their personal struggles and journey.

I’m a bit of a greedy reader and would have liked to see certain scenes played out. Maybe we can beg for some deleted scenes? I can’t get enough of these two, what can I say? I was really surprised at the direction the story took. However as it unfolded, I was like, Ahhh.. Yep, this is the route that it needed to take. Jared wants to give his family everything, including the while picket fence. But what do we know about white picket fences and appearances? They aren’t always all they seem.

This book wraps up their story, however I’m curious and hopeful to see if we get brief glimpses of them in the next book that will be about Aly’s brother, Christopher. Settle in, enjoy, and get the Kleenex ready for some touching dialogue, and introspective thoughts from these characters. This is a love story that battles all and conquers all. Get ready to watch these two fight for their family.

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Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside. Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain. Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own. Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate. Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.

AboutTheAuthor

AL Jackson New Author PicA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, and Come to Me Quietly. She 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 children. Look for Come to Me Softly and When We Met: Behind Her Eyes coming soon.

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Review: Double Full (A Nice Guys Novel #1) by Kindle Alexander

Colt Michaels is the star football player for the University of Texas, about to be drafted into the NFL.  He has a secret, one that when he acts on it not only changes his life, it defines it.  After allowing his secret to come to light with the one person he has wanted since he laid eyes on them, he feels that his life will now be complete.  When people around him interfere it costs him not only the one person he has ever loved but almost his career as well.

Jace Montgomery was a male cheerleader for the University of Texas and has opened up the largest cheerleading gym in the world.  One hot encounter in the locker room changed him, he finally thought he would have his happiness only to be broken hearted when the one person who he thought loved him turned his back on him.  He escapes to the one place he found happiness all those years ago, but what will happen when the person who still holds his heart shows up at the door?

Colt knew that if it came out that he was gay it could ruin his football career.  He wasn’t ready to be open about his sexuality because at that time it wasn’t as open and accepted as it is now.  He was the happiest when he was with Jace, and what happened to make him walk away absolutely broke my heart.  He lost not only the one person he loved but a piece if his soul as well.  He begins a downward spiral that almost costs him his career in the NFL.  I loved it when Colt finally decided to follow his heart, give a big fuck you to those who thought they controlled him and went after Jace to make things right.  I wish I could have kicked the shit out of everyone who kept him from Jace myself cause they deserved that and so much more.

Jace wasn’t ever ashamed of who he was.  He was open about his sexuality from the start.  He couldn’t believe that Colt actually wanted him.  He thought he might be having a prank pulled on him.  The connection they share is more intense than he ever imagined.  When Colt pushed him away, he didn’t understand what had caused the sudden change and it broke his heart.  When Jace goes back to the place that held the happiest times with Colt I hoped that he could heal from the pain from the past.  He knows that he needs to protect his heart again from Colt, and when he learns of the circumstances behind Colt’s retreat last time it still is hard on him to know that Colt is not going to take off again.  He couldn’t survive it.

Holy freaking shit!  This book has some very hot scenes between Colton and Jace.  From their first encounter up until the last they burnt up my kindle.  This book is more than a M/M book about a relationship between a football player and a cheerleader.  It is a book that doesn’t hide the trials that happen in relationships, especially in ones where other people bash or just do not understand that when two people love each other it does not matter what their sexual preference is.   I have always been a fan of M/M romance and Kindle Alexander has enhanced my love for this genre with Double Full. This is the first book of the Nice Guys Novel series and I am anxiously awaiting the next book to come out.   

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Double-Full-Nice-Kindle-Alexander-ebook/dp/B00FPRACEC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386041694&sr=1-1&keywords=double+full

 

Review: Gnomeless by Jennifer Zane

Gnomeless is the second installment of Jennifer Zane’s Gnome series. Veronica is a plumber who also works at Goldilocks, an adult toy store. The love of her life from high school just came back to town. She still has feelings for him and he does for her as well. While she’s reconnecting with her love from high school, a stalker appears on her doorstep. A helpless, accident-prone stalker! 
Jennifer Zane has wonderful characters who you instantly love. Especially Goldie (the owner of Goldilocks). This is a quick read with a pretty straight forward romance.  I found myself laughing out loud at the antics they found themselves in. Ms. Zane paints a wonderful picture of small town life.

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Lily of the Springs by Carole Bellacera

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The hardest reviews to write are for the books that hit me the deepest, the ones I love the most. Let me tell you, this review took me weeks to write! I couldn’t get my thoughts together on it or decide which part to review. This definitely was the hardest review to wrote to date. So here goes….

“I knew my marriage was in trouble the night my husband brought home a streetwalker to teach me how to satisfy him.”

Once I read that line, I was hooked. Just by that one line, I knew I was going to be on a rough and stormy ride of emotions that would pull me in opposite directions the entire time. And I was right. Those words hit me with such force I swear I could hear and feel what the heroine felt.

It also happens to be the first line in the book.

Lily of the Springs isn’t my typical read. I usually read heavy romance books. Occasionally I’ll branch out to other genres, but any book I read must keep me enthralled in order for me to keep reading it…making me forget all those steamy love scenes I so very much look forward to. And this book did. I could not put it down! I loved every minute of it and if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. This is one of those books that captured my heart and will never let go…and I don’t want it to. I simply loved it and didn’t want it to end. Just thinking about this book brings a bittersweet smile to my face.

Carole Bellacera takes the reader back in time as the story takes place over the course of three decades- the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. The story starts off in Kentucky and travels through the mid-west as the story unfolds. The story follows Lily as she searches for independence and love- not only from her husband but from herself as well. All the while Carole does an excellent job of describing the settings as the story develops. She pulls the reader back in time. I felt as if I lived through that time period. While there were a few words that I had never heard before, I found her overall choice of words to be right on point.

Lily falls in love with her high school sweetheart and plans to get married. The young couple was very much in love. They agreed to give themselves to each other until one night Lily’s boyfriend didn’t want to wait anymore. So he sought out someone else, devastating Lily. After finding out what happened, a heartbroken Lily turned to a childhood friend. It’s been years since she’s spoken with him…after all, she was not allowed to speak with him. He’s the one friend from long ago who she connected with during her childhood years in Kentucky, Jake.

Jake is the stereotypical white trash boy of the town. The kind of bad boy you want your daughter to stay away from. He comes from a bitter family. He’s learned from watching the actions of his abusive father. He does what he wants when he wants. It’s his way or the highway. When he sees Lily walking down the street, he wants her. Which isn’t a problem for him since Lily goes willingly and openly into his arms. One night of passion turns into a secret romantic relationship that grows hot and sexy, until shocking news sets their fate in motion…news that Lily thought Jake would be happy with but clearly wasn’t.

What Jake attempted nearly gave me a panic attack. I really believed Jake would have been happy with the news, but he wasn’t. In a way I was glad he didn’t accept the news with happiness. It would have been too easy….

“You made your bed, now you have to sleep in it,” is what Lily’s mother told her. And she does, trying to make the best of her marriage to an alcoholic and abusive husband. Jake was abusive on all levels- physically, emotionally and verbally, and Lily took it all. Yet she forgave him many times for his actions. Lily loved Jake and did whatever he needed, being a dutiful wife for many long years. I truly believe Jake loved Lily at times. I think you would too if you read it even though he was abusive. I know it doesn’t make sense but you have to read it to understand.

Unfortunately, Lily doesn’t get much in return in the form of a loving and caring husband. Instead of flowers and chocolates, she gets fists flying into her head and verbal degradations spewing from Jake’s lips. He oftentimes would embarrass her, sometimes in situations with other women who he obviously lusted for. It’s not what she thought her marriage would be. She often wondered what marriage would have been like if she married her high school sweetheart instead….

Even though there were years of deceit and abuse, there were good times too for Jake and Lily. I found myself rooting for Jake plenty of times, thinking he’d really changed. There were times when Jake would really impress me. But the straw that broke the camel’s back was a long time coming. Lily finally snapped. She lasted way longer than I would have, but it was different during those times so I understood why she did. I was in a state of shock when I found out what Jake did. I mean…I expected some form of it but I didn’t want to accept it. Carole Bellacera kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time so when I found out what Jake did, I was like, oh hell no!

This review could go on and on but I’m going to stop now. There is so much that happens that I don’t want to give it away. There were so many turn of events in this book…never a dull moment….I can assure you that!

I feel like this book is somewhat personal to the author….it’s just a feeling I have. I could be wrong but I don’t think I am. Every once in a while I’ll read a book where I get this feeling, like it’s reaching out to me, letting me know these are real words form a real person. A fictional story yet underneath the lining is the true life of a real person. I strongly believe there is truth in this story somewhere for the author.

This story does have a happily ever after, in case you’re wondering. Yes romantically….and in other ways too. Lily was pushed down so many times but she never gave up. She was fighter, a soldier. She did what she had to do and in the end it paid off for her. Its funny how things come full circle… you get what you deserve in the end. I have always believed in karma and this novel just goes to show that it.

Lily of the Springs is the kind of book I love the most. The one I look for and have the hardest time finding. The kind that really get down in the bones, take root and never let go.

Every once in a while, a song will play that makes me think of a book. This time it was Carrie Underwood’s, So Small. I have played that song so many times since reading this book. Perfect.

Pulled by A.L. Jackson

5 Stars!
Make sure you have plenty of boxes of tissues available when you read this book. Pulled is a very emotional, heart wrenching read.  It is a story about mistakes, heart break, soul mates, healing, forgiveness, and true love.  You are drawn in from the first few chapters.  Melanie is a trophy wife who is emotionally abused by her successful husband.  From the start you know she misses the love of her life, Daniel, and that a tragedy happened that had separated them nine years before.  Daniel, is a doctor who is in practice with his father, who is also broken emotionally  from the pain he feels from missing Melanie.  He tries to temporarily forget but can’t, he only wants his girl back and nothing and no one else can ever replace her in his heart.  He has made mistakes, one big one that will play a major role in their lives and could heal or hurt their relationship.
I love a book where I can actually feel the emotions the author is trying to portray, and have a connection to the characters from the start.  I was pulled, no pun intended, immediately into Melanie’s pain and heartbreak.  You know something bad happened that broke her and her heart but not what and for me I just wanted to somehow reach into the book and hold her and tell her that it will be okay.  You want to reach out and smack Nicholas, her abusive husband for the way he treats and talks to her.  You feel the same sense of loss when you are reading Daniel’s point of view.  When by fate they find each other again when Melanie’s husband is trying to get the contract to build Daniel’s new building you already start routing for them to begin to heal, but it is never that easy.  Enter Vanessa, she is pregnant with Daniel’s child after trying to trap him into a relationship that he doesn’t want, she is like a bad rash that just doesn’t go away.  She refuses to take the hint that Daniel doesn’t want anything to do with her and really doesn’t want the baby either.
The struggles that Melanie and Daniel go through, not just to be together but to heal, is heart wrenching because you learn how strong their relationship was from the moment they first met and you know that they are soul mates in the truest meaning of those words.  They have this connection that can not be described, they are pulled to each other by a force stronger than can be explained in words.   The heartbreak that they go through, and when you find out what that was, you are in awe that they are even functioning especially apart when they needed to be together.  You can begin to feel the healing of their hearts and souls from the moment they reconnect and promise their love to each other once again.  Forgiveness plays a huge role in the healing and reconnecting of their hearts and souls.  When Melanie suffers the last time at the hands of Nicholas, you think it can’t get any worse for their relationship, that is, until Vanessa gives birth to her and Daniel’s son.  The events that happen after that are the final steps in the healing of their wounds, the ones that were obvious to the world and the ones that they held deep inside.  This story was a true happily ever after but only after heart break and pain.

I had to stop reading this from time to time because I would get so emotional and start crying.  I literally was pulled, again no pun intended, into this book and felt like I was there.  It brought up feelings and memories from my past that were painful that I thought were long buried.  I strongly believe in soul mates and fate playing a role when we find our one true love, the one person who completes not just our hearts but our souls as well.  I also believe that there is a connection like Melanie and Daniel had, when you find your other half, and when you find that connection, there are not words to describe the feelings you have.  This is how a great love story is written, life is not all hearts and flowers, but it is also tragedy and hurt but it is also healing and forgiveness.  I will defiantly be putting this book on my reread list and will be recommending this to my friends to read.

Pulled by A.L. Jackson

To sum it up: For nine years, Melanie and Daniel drift through life, unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their hearts. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side. Now, when their lives intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago.

But will the power that drew them together, be enough to heal the wounds from their past? And do they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to tear them apart? Pulled is a story of attraction and separation. Of destiny and duty. And of a love so strong, it refuses to die…

Ehhhh.

That one word pretty much sums up the entire book for me, unfortunately. The story just really didn’t do anything for me- yes, the two main characters had a connection. And yes, fate brought both of them together again. But I just felt nothing while reading this, and no real connection with the characters.

One thing I wasn’t a fan of, was the constant flashbacks during the first half of the book. The story was consistently flashing from past to present over and over and over again. It became entirely too repetitive for my taste. Also, the whole “soul mate” aspect isn’t typically something that I like involved in my romance novels.

I decided to take the short and sweet route when it came to writing this review- I really wanted to love this book; truly I did. But it just didn’t grab me. The “pull” that drew Melanie and Daniel together was almost unbelievable- being able to sense when the other was near, or being able to send mental messages, was just a tad bit too corny for me. The book was pretty descriptive at times, and several scenes were drawn out a bit too far with unimportant details, for my taste- in other words… the novel could have been a lot shorter than it was. You know it’s a bad sign, when you’re day-dreaming about reading something else, in the middle of reading your current book.

I can understand where others are coming from, when they say that they felt completely connected and captivated with the story-line and characters, but I just never found myself aching for more. Overall, Pulled just never did end up pulling me in

Pulled by A.L. Jackson

5 Stars

Wow. I think my heart can finally beat on its own again. What an emotionally intense and addictive story….and I loved every minute of it! THIS is what I look for in a romance book and yet it’s so hard for me to find.

Nine years earlier, Melanie relocated to a new town with her father. She met Erin who introduced her to her brother, Daniel. They started dating immediately. They were inseparable and fell madly and wholly in love.  Their love instantly captivated me. It was a love so strong, it not only enveloped everyone around them, but me as a reader. I swear I could feel the love…a love that seemed to be too good to be true. Even an unexpected pregnancy, which I thought would change everything, did not distract the two from their initial feelings. It was all going as planned until one tragic agonizing night when the force that kept them together was torn away. 


Fast forward nine years later and Melanie is now in a loveless marriage to a man named Nicolas. Melanie finds herself playing the role of a trophy wife to a man who only cares about himself. Nicolas is too caught up in a battle with his ego to notice how distant his wife has become. He’s abusive and demanding and expects Melanie to be a pawn in his game of success. Oh how the unexpected can change our lives like an unpredictable tornado can violently rip through a town in minutes, leaving that town as serine as it found it, yet with a new identity.

Meanwhile, Daniel did not have the bitter-sweet luxury of finding a new mate after the unthinkable tragedy. When Melanie and Daniel parted ways, Daniel became an empty shell floating through life. He did what he was supposed to but never fully recovered from losing his one and only love. Even with them being separated for nine long years, he was never able to give his heart to anyone else. Right before an important dinner meeting, Daniel finds out about some unexpected and unwanted news that will change his life once again. To top it off, he runs into Melanie at the dinner with her husband, who he hasn’t seen in nine years. What a way to twist the knife that was placed in his heart nine years earlier.

Joining Nicolas and Melanie at the dinner meeting is also Shawn and his wife Katie. Shawn and Katie are wonderful supportive friends that came as a surprise. At the dinner, you can feel the electricity developing between Daniel and Melanie once again. Nicolas knows something is up with Melanie, so she’ll have to pay for it later. But when Melanie and Daniel are finally brought together after all those long and hard years, it was one of the most beautiful passionate moments I’ve ever read.


Nicholas is just what I love in a character. Yes, he was abusive and demeaning, but he brought more drama and tension to the story line. I also loved that Katie was there through thick and thin for Melanie no matter what. Melanie and Daniel have almost a love at first site relationship, which is not my normal thing. I usually tend to stay away from those kind of reads, but the author made it work so well weaving their past and present story together. Right before Melanie and Daniel were about announce her pregnancy to her father, something traumatic happens that nearly brought me to my knees. The pain and agony they were both experiencing was so strong I could taste it. Life at times can be hard and unfair….and it was so unfair in this moment. That’s what I love about this author. She has a way of bringing the emotions and surroundings of the characters and story to the surface, as if you’re really there going through it yourself. Her books are so deeply moving, you’ll feel it down to the marrow in your bones.

I think there’s something captivating about this author’s writing. I truly loved every minute of this book. My heart was pulled and torn in opposite directions the entire time. I wanted so much for these two characters yet they both lost so much in the blink of an eye. It was agony to read- but in a good way, if that makes sense. I love heart-wrenching, emotionally engaging, angst-filled romance stories with characters I can understand and relate to on some level. And that’s exactly what I got. Pulled is such a vastly different story then Take the Regret, which is also by this author. I can’t even begin to say which one is my favorite except that I loved them both in different ways. But I think Pulled may have won by a few inches. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in the future. 


Favorite lines of mine:

He stood above me, his body trembling. “This is forever.”

When I look back now, though, I would never change it. There had always been a reason, and I would never regret where the path had led. Here, loved by this man, his body burning into mine, our spirits consumed by a fire that could never be quelled. Here, where out son slept peacefully in the room across the hall. Here, where we were home. Here, where we were pulled.

I woke every morning with my heart laid bare, wounds torn open, fresh pain oozing from every pore in my body.

I squeezed my eyes, willing them shut a moment longer, unable to tell what was worse-reliving the nightmare every night or waking to the life I didn’t want to live.

The energy that bound our souls together was suffocating, her fire roaring through my veins.
“Melanie, you feel so good.”

Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr

Amazon link- Angel’s Peak

This is my first novel by Robyn Carr, and also the 10th in the series. It is completely out of the norm for me to read out of order. In fact, I preach quite often how important it is to read the books in order. With that being said, I just could not help myself when I saw the theme for this book, which happens to be a favorite of mine-rekindled love.

I was immediately hooked on Robyn Carr’s writing. She definitely has a way with words and I can see why so many people like her Virgin River series. She finds a way to make the story feel real, as if you’ve known these people your whole life. She brought real life situations to fictional Virgin River. For instance, divorce doesn’t happened often in books and if it does, it isn’t spoken of all that much. At least not of what I read, but I could be wrong. Aiden, one of the brothers, went through a divorce (probably in one of the books I missed), and it was spoken of. I liked that. Not the divorce, of course, the real life issue there. It made me want to know more about Aiden and find out what happened. I also met a woman named Ellie, who had an extremely hard life. She grew up dirt poor and having to struggle to make ends meet at a very young age. She was also known as the town drunk before getting her act together. I’m guessing that happened in the prior books as well. Then there was Art. An adult with a learning disability that the family calls one of their own. I have never read that ever in a book before and I really enjoyed it. It’s a look into the life of how people with a disability view things. It was very interesting. I came to enjoy Art a lot and looked forward to seeing him on the pages. He wasn’t there too much, but enough for him to attach himself to me. I nearly broke down into tears at the end when something near tragic happens to him.

I enjoy this book for the most part. The problem I have with it is that the story lost it’s focus from Sean and Francine, who are suppose to be the main characters. The first half of the book was great! It was all Sean, Francine and Rosie trying to work things out after Sean just found out about his daughter. There was a small side story involving Luke and Shelby that wasn’t too much just yet. Then Ellie and Noah appeared, and further down the road George and Maureen appeared as well. There were just too many romances going on in one book. I truly felt George and Maureen’s relationship was pushed. I found myself skimming through the book once I hit about 80% and couldn’t wait for it to be over. I was upset at that point. I was enjoying this book very much until all these characters and their stories were brought on to the pages.

My biggest concern was that I was going to be lost with this story since it is the tenth book in the series. I am happy to say that this can be read as a stand alone book. I find myself extremely eager to read this series from the beginning. I know I am going to fall in love with this small town like everyone else has. The way the author describes this town makes me want to pack up my family and move there.

Take This Regret by Amy Lichtenhan

5 Stars
Amazon link- Take This Regret

Absolutely amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

There have been a number of break out authors this year, and Amy is one of them. In my opinion, I feel that Amy Lichtenhan is the female version of Nicholas Sparks. Whenever I pick up a book by Sparks, I am immediately sucked into his world as if I’m really there living it; it’s very realistic. And that’s how I feel about Amy’s book. I was instantly hooked from the beginning. I started this book at 10pm last night and didn’t stop reading until I finished the entire book, which was at 2 in the morning, with blurry eyes no less. But I didn’t care, I was determined to finish it. I was too involved in this story to put it down. Why is it that I love the tear-out-your-heart kind of novels the most? Maybe because I am able to feel so many emotions going through me while reading them? Maybe because it makes it feel so real…oh, I don’t know. I felt love, hatred, joy, sadness, pain, betrayal, contentment and so many more. This is truly a great read and I am so glad my friend, Katya, recommended it to me. I know this author also has another novel out called Pulled, and I can not wait to get my hands on it. I just know it’s going to be amazing.

Take This Regret is about a young college couple madly in love. With plans in place to go to law school together, an unexpected surprise forces each of them to make a decision that could alter their plans. Since Elizabeth wants to be a child advocate, she already knows her answer and she expects the same from the man she is in love with.  She expects him to be there and work things out…together. Well, they both were in for a rude awakening when Christian forces Elizabeth to chose between him and the baby. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would come to this. But oftentimes decisions are made with regrets soon to follow.

Having been a young mother myself, I instantly felt the connection with Elizabeth. I knew my decision instantly, just like Elizabeth did when she found out; I was going to have a baby and my life was going to change irrevocably. I was 18 when my first son was born, whereas Elizabeth was about 20 or 21. It’s a struggle beyond what most can imagine: to support and love your child, while taking care of your youthful self.  I lost a lot of friends along the way, but the most important ones stood by my side, just like Matthew did for Elizabeth. You make the sacrifices necessary in order to be there for your baby, even if it means a change of plans.  Elizabeth was unable to go to law school, just like I wasn’t able to go to college. The thought of having to put my baby in daycare was unacceptable, just like it was for Elizabeth. You will find ways to make it work. I was lucky enough to have my love stand by my side, whereas Elizabeth was without her love for five years. I think this novel is somewhat personal for the author. She was able to evoke so much out of me (and fellow readers) and I feel as though she had to have lived it to understand so much. Maybe I’m wrong…I don’t know. Raising a child so young was the most difficult thing in all of my life, but I wouldn’t change it if I could. Things work out the way they are supposed to, just like they did for Elizabeth and Christian….even though it took 5 years for them to realize it.

I just want to thank Katya for telling me about this author. I loved it so much and if you hadn’t told me about it I may have never found it. xoxox