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Take This Regret | [A. L. Jackson]

Take This Regret

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 A.L. Jackson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    KatieV NC, United States 10-24-14
    KatieV NC, United States 10-24-14 Member Since 2013

    KatieV

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    "Manufactured melodrama overload/pathetic hero"

    I am truly not one of those people who gets a kick out of not liking what everyone else likes. If it's something I enjoy, I don't care how popular it is. I'll jump on the bandwagon and wave my flag like the village idiot. Heck, I love the most crazy, wth-just-happened Harlequins I can find. Literary snob, I am not.

    That being said. I hated this. And, oh the reasons why...

    1) It was ALL about the kid. Not what I call a romance. Don't get me wrong, the kid was cute. The kid was the most likeable character in the book, in fact.

    2) Manufactured melodrama overload and a hero that is pathetic.

    3) Not only first person, but rotating first person. We'd see things through the h's eyes in first person and then see the exact same things through the H's eyes in first person. Double wammy! Obviously that's YMMV. I've seen first person done well, but it rarely works for me.

    My take

    Christian kicks Elizabeth out when he finds out she's pregnant and doesn't see her or the kid until the child is almost 5-years-old.

    Wouldn't it have been just as dramatic and more forgivable to make the time period shorter. 2 years maybe? IMHO, the author wrote things to be as melodramatic as possible without having a way out that made sense for the characters (or anyone on this planet).

    Why so long? Does that even make sense if he misses them so badly? Is that even forgivable? This lady needed to read more Harlequins. If you're going to go this far over the top, go all the way. Make it practically campy in it's OTT drama. Dude should have been a giant dick THEN just as he was going to find his love and newborn infant, he gets hit by a car and spends 5 years with amnesia all while having mysterious dreams of a blond woman and child that would cause him to wake in a sweat and make mysterious sketches. Meanwhile the blow to the head made him a finance genius and he becomes the most powerful tycoon on the planet. Then when he finds the heroine and his child, he goes all megalomaniac alpha and takes over with fake threats of taking the child, etc etc.

    This hero was such a weenie. He had no good excuse. His dad was a pushy, arrogant bastard - cry me a friggin river.

    Basically the H/h could have been together earlier (per the "H") if Elizabeth had made the first move. Because that makes sense after someone kicks you to the curb while pregnant. Just go chase him down, girl!

    :-/ I feel like I need a gif here.

    Apparently Christian was emo-boy sleep-with-anything-in-a-skirt-because-I-FEEL-so-much for almost six years while waiting for her to sue him for child support, or call, or something to open the lines of communication. He only finds them by a fluke.

    I know some of the alpha heroes we read about would drive us INSANE in real life, but jeez this dude was so far down the Greek alphabet we may have to invent a new letter.

    The author wrote herself into a hole then used Elizabeth's breakdown as a way out. A way for Christian to look like the better person (didn't work for me) and put them on more even footing I suppose, before the HEA. Because, no matter how nice Christian was to the little girl, it was damn impossible to explain those 5+ years, so she had to make Elizabeth look like a head case who made bad decisions too.

    Puke. Need another gif here...

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    Ann 08-15-14
    Ann 08-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Really good!"
    Any additional comments?

    Very realistic situation that I can totally see happening. I'm surprised there are not more versions of this subject--a young self-centered guy leaves his girlfriend pregnant only to grow- up and finally realize what a huge mistake he's made. This was a great story, I would highly recommend it!
    The only thing that bugged me was AGAIN the author choose to have them not tell each other things that most normal people would and some of the things were a little unrealistic. (SPOILER COMING) If you know anything about little kids you know that while the little girl might be a bit down when the mom won't let her see her Dad, but she wouldn't stop eating and stare at the walls for days.....little kids aren't built that way. They don't have the ability to think about things the way we do and they have no attention span, so they forget quickly.

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    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO, United States 02-11-14
    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Love a good NA/YA and romance.. Run Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss book blog!!

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    "PERFECT! Heartbreaking Awesome!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook from the author, and I'm glad I did. This was the second book of AL Jackson that I read, and I'll tell you she didn't disappoint with book 1 of this series. Take This Regret audiobook was a very pleasant listen-this was the first time I listened to Andi Arndt narrate and she did a good job- she has a very unique voice that is soft but not annoying and its got a soft tone- she gave you all the emotion both Elizabeth and Christian felt.

    Elizabeth and Christian were loves- college loves. Elizabeth gets pregnant and Christian who is the son of a powerful attorney decides that he didn't want a child so soon in his life- therefore Elizabeth is on her own. Flash forward 5-6 years- and we have a perfect story. I'm not hear summerize what the book is about, I'm hear to tell you how I felt. How the audiobook was.. Not tell you recap of the book- you need to read it.

    Elizabeth a strong single mom- and even thou she made me mad at some points during the story, she still put her child first- at all cause. She was determined to keep her safe.

    Christian- well he was an ass.. right from the beginning- but you get to know who he is, and proves to Elizabeth that he made a mistake. You finally love him towards the end, and wonder if this happened in real life, would you be so understanding?.. I'm not sure if I would have been so understanding, but time heals, and second chances happen.

    This audiobook, grasps your attention quickly, well at least did for me. Andi has a great tone, constant flow, and is a season narrator.

    Over all, great HEA book- if you reading it on paper its a quick read- but on audio its about 9 hours and 25 minutes-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancy Key West, FL, United States 07-12-13
    nancy Key West, FL, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    ":)"
    Would you listen to Take This Regret again? Why?

    Yes, I liked the story.


    What other book might you compare Take This Regret to and why?

    Nameless by Claire Kent, it has the same premise...more or less.


    What three words best describe Andi Arndt’s performance?

    Sweet, Cute and Subtle


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DK 12-05-14
    DK 12-05-14 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "Take This Regret-More Young Adult Sweet Not Erotic"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    My initial thoughts on this book was that it was very nice, sweet romance with very little drama and no erotic scenes. Before writing this review, I reading other reviews (mistake, I'll not make again) that left me with a different perspective.

    The book beginning was intense and heart wrenching. The middle went from a couple eyeball roll scenes to a predictable and boring journey.I believe this could have easily been a solid 4* book had A.L. Jackson invested a bit more intensity and realism.

    There was little resistance from Elizabeth to Christian after he left her when she became pregnant. Perhaps if the heroine were stronger...if I say more I'll spoil, and I don't want to give anything away.

    I enjoyed this book as it was feel good and tugged at the heart a bit (even my cold, black heart.) It is more Chic Lit after the first few chapters. Take this Regret is the 1st in at least a 4 book series. Currently only 0.5, 1 & 4 are available here at Audible.

    As with a lot of the [new to me random authors] books I pick up, this was a promotion/sale purchase. I don't 'regret' it (ha ha) and if 2 became available I might give it a go. But I have A LOT more to get through before I go looking for more books.

    Purchase Worthy: Not unless on sale
    Credit Worthy: Not to me
    NOTE: Some strong language

    Publisher's Summary

    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.

    ©2012 A.L. Jackson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 09-06-14
    Amanda 09-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just a bit disappointing..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I really wanted to like this book, but, good grief, the characters just made it really hard.


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. L. Jackson again?

    I highly doubt it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several comments that the events of this book were highly unbelievable. While these are not untrue, the outlandishness of this book didn't really bother me too much. That being said, many other things did.

    The characters in this book are just cardboard cutouts of people. I felt no attachment to any one of them. Their interactions were weird and stilted. Things that should have gotten them upset, they brushed off, while things that they should have just let go, they allowed to become huge deals. The final issue between the lead couple is resolved too quickly after being made into a gigantic problem for too long.

    Nothing really happens in this book. I'm assuming it's supposed to be character-driven rather than event-driven, and that's fine. But the characters are just so damn boring that I couldn't really find myself caring.

    Usually Andi Arndt is one of my more preferred narrators, but if I hear her whisper into a mic one more time, I'm going to scream.

    In my opinion, you can skip this book unless you really like dramas centered around fixing broken families.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Datagirl75@gmail Antioch, TN, United States 08-17-14
    Datagirl75@gmail Antioch, TN, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2011

    LaToya P.

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    "Long and drawn out. Save your $$$"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you have nothing else better to do then maybe. There are a couple cute parts but overall I would say this book is a pass.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Made it more realistic.... Spoiler alert.... The fact that he stays away got 5 years then suddenly moves to the same city where his daughter moved and just happens to run into her is too much of a coincidence. Then they fall magically in love after the way Christian had treated Elizabeth. Also, who names their daughter their name? Come on! More than a bit was lacking from the story and the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Could you see Take This Regret being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No it's not worth it


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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