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.
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.
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...
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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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-
Yes, I liked the story.
Nameless by Claire Kent, it has the same premise...more or less.
Sweet, Cute and Subtle
The story started off good, but then it dwindled off and it was so slow moving! it should have ended way before it did!
The characters were very immature, and it put off the whole flow of the story!
Omg this was a great book. Couldn't put it down. One of my favorites. Reminds me so much of my life that it brought tears to my eyes. Great Job A.L. Jackson! Keep them coming!!!!
The story did keep me interested and the narrator is great. I was in love with Christian half way through the book. I did not like Elizabeth, she was so crazy. I also thought it was weird that she named her daughter Elizabeth. It seems like the whole story did not even need to happen, but the main characters were such cowards. It was hard to believe that anyone would behave that way. Overall the book was entertaining; however, I have no desire to listen to the conclusion. It is too sappy.
I enjoyed this story but the heroine wallowing in her past pain made it difficult to truly enjoy the story. The narrator did a good job with the somber tone of the characters. I saw this as a second chance and also a story about growing from bad choices. The theme of redeeming oneself was appealing to me so I will continue with series.
I liked this book. Loved the Narrator. She made this listen so much better. I give this book 4 stars only because it was a bit too drawn out at times. The story was so emotional and a very good listen, but it was frustrating at times and you just wanted Elizabeth and Christian's relationship to move along. This author's writing was a bit too deep at times and it was distracting from the story. I recommend this book and I found myself caught up and wanted to get back to it as much as possible to finish it.
I really enjoyed the 1st book (the college years) and was happy to continue reading this couples story. I enjoyed the characters and I like the author's writing style.
However, in this book they had very little romance and spent the entire book experiencing reasons to not get together. Even though I liked both characters, I honestly was ready for them to just admit to much hurt and mistrust was between them and realize they should both move on. I wanted more of their romantic relationship and less of their relationship angst.
After reading and enjoying the first book so much, I actually bought the next two and now I am dreading reading the last one for fear it will be more reasons to just say goodbye.
I liked the narrator's female voice but her male voice needs to sound more masculine.
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