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Take This Regret

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Author: Amy Lichtenhan

Published: April 5th 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing LLC (first published July 27th 2011)

Format: Paperback , 2nd Edition , 298 pages

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Language: English


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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 the 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?

30 review for Take This Regret

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars! This book... THIS BOOK pulled such strong emotions out of me. It broke my heart, I fell in love with the hero (who I didn’t think I would like in the first chapter) and I’m not sure I’ve ever been so frustrated with a heroine in my life... The first half of this book was a solid 5 star read for me, and it has so much potential to stay that way. I was in love with this book. Unfortunately the actions of a certain character made it difficult for me to stay in love with it. Rewind five 4 stars! This book... THIS BOOK pulled such strong emotions out of me. It broke my heart, I fell in love with the hero (who I didn’t think I would like in the first chapter) and I’m not sure I’ve ever been so frustrated with a heroine in my life... The first half of this book was a solid 5 star read for me, and it has so much potential to stay that way. I was in love with this book. Unfortunately the actions of a certain character made it difficult for me to stay in love with it. Rewind five years: Christian Davidson is a man with a plan. He’s got a girl he loves, they’re both almost done with college and preparing for law school. Life is pretty much perfect. Until his girlfriend drops the bomb on him. She’s pregnant. Christian has a callous, if not normal reaction. He doesn’t want the baby, but he still wants Elizabeth. Elizabeth can’t handle that. They part ways. Almost as soon as it happens, Christian knows it was a mistake. As time passes, he realizes it was the worst mistake he’s ever made. So many times over the past five years he’s wanted to find Elizabeth and his child. He knows he doesn’t deserve them, but he wants them. Then fate steps in After moving cross country for a job that happens to be in Elizabeth’s home town, he spots a little girl in a store. Who looks just like him. Christian is able to get to know his daughter, Lizzie, slowly. He is in love straight away and consumed with regret. “What do you want, Christian?” 
“I want my family.” 
Even though Elizabeth irked me from the beginning with her actions and attitude towards Christian, I sympathized. She’s been through a lot the last 5 years and had no help from him. I can’t imagine how that feels. I know she loves her daughter and wants to protect her. As the story goes on, Christian steps it up. In a big way. There is no denying his devotion for his daughter. Even those on the outside who don’t like him (some of her friends and family) recognize it. It’s also fairly obvious he still has feelings for Elizabeth. Christian will do anything to get his family back. To keep his daughter in his life. He’s missed so much already, he doesn’t want to miss another moment. Things between Elizabeth and Christian develop slowly. And she fights it every step of the way. Like I said earlier, the first half of this book, near perfect for me. 50-75%, I’m a little aggravated, but it’s still great. That last 25%... there is this part that upset me so much, my husband asked me if I was going to ‘rage quit’ my book. I wanted to throw my kindle. I sent my friends angry texts and VM’s. This heroine infuriated me like no other. I haven’t been this upset with a fictional character in the longest time- especially one I’m supposed to like. And this is why (some spoilers, read at your own risk)(view spoiler)[At first I understood Elizabeth’s hesitancy to let Christian back into her and Lizzi’s life. At times, I didn’t agree with her, but I got it. I sympathized. But after ALL my boy did to prove himself, the hell he’s been through recently, and she does him that way? No, just HELL TO THE NO. You guys slept together. We all knew it was coming. He still loves you. You love him deep down. He treats your daughter like a princess and loves her more than life. So what do you do after you sleep with him? You freak out (which happens) and... AND not only do you kick him out of your house, but you keep him from your daughter, essentially cutting him out of her life too. And you can tell that poor baby girl is devastated. YOU did that. YOU devastated your child. I can’t even. CAN NOT EVEN describe how mad I am at Elizabeth. What Christian did when he was young was terrible. But he owned it. He repented for it. And he more than made up for it. How long are you going to make him pay? And if it was just him, I might not be as upset. But dude, you destroyed your kid. I can’t deal with that.... (hide spoiler)] . So in the end, as much as I adored my Christian and his relationship with Lizzie, I couldn’t even get all that excited for the HEA. I was too upset still. The writing in this book is fantastic. It has a hero you will fall head over heels in love with. I know so many friends who adore this book and don’t have such major issues with the heroine. It’s just something that rubbed me the wrong way. I might eventually go back and do prequel novella/second book, but I think I need some time to cool off before then. I’m still so upset with Elizabeth I can’t see myself enjoying them this minute. **I also want to say 'thanks' to my bestie for challenging me to read this... although I'm seriously thinking I've done something to piss you off for you to put me through this... ;)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    1 1/2 to 2 stars It's a shame that the last book I'm reviewing for 2011 is a book I would not recommend.    This story is melodrama and redundancy at its best! To say I did not enjoy this book would be an understatement. The hero begins as a selfish, irresponsible coward who redeems himself and becomes an admirable and somewhat endearing character. The heroine, however, does the complete opposite. She starts out as a sympathetic, endearing, and admirable character who evolves into a heroine that is 1 1/2 to 2 stars It's a shame that the last book I'm reviewing for 2011 is a book I would not recommend.    This story is melodrama and redundancy at its best! To say I did not enjoy this book would be an understatement. The hero begins as a selfish, irresponsible coward who redeems himself and becomes an admirable and somewhat endearing character. The heroine, however, does the complete opposite. She starts out as a sympathetic, endearing, and admirable character who evolves into a heroine that is self-consumed, difficult, and shrewish. She is one of the worst, if not the worst, heroines I've read to date. Her lack of accountability (for some reason she's under the impression it's the hero's responsibility to make sure she doesn't have sex with him), selfishness, and complete disregard for her daughter's emotional well-being made her pathetic, spiteful, and unsympathetic. The ending became anticlimactic because I stopped rooting for this couple. I know many readers loved this book but I was not one of them. I was left feeling frustrated, annoyed, and disappointed. Because of that, I cannot recommend this book.    

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    6 stars!! "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." ~Christian WOW!! This is an achingly beautiful, heart wrenching book about a second chance at love and with an wonderfully sweet HEA that tugged at ALL my heart strings!! The level of emotion it pulled out of me right from the beginning was so strong and intense! I read m 6 stars!! "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." ~Christian WOW!! This is an achingly beautiful, heart wrenching book about a second chance at love and with an wonderfully sweet HEA that tugged at ALL my heart strings!! The level of emotion it pulled out of me right from the beginning was so strong and intense! I read most of it either with a huge lump in my throat or in tears (most often happy tears since the point of this book is about healing). Just the way it is written makes you feel everything that they are going through in a very realistic way. Puts you right there with the characters. Five years ago, when Elizabeth told Christian that she was pregnant with his child, he made her choose between him or the baby. He had a plan for his life, and that plan does not have room for a child. But in the face of his betrayal and despite being cut from his life, Elizabeth struggles to provide the best life she can for their daughter. And for this whole time, Christian lives on regretting his decision. In the present day, he finds himself in a supermarket, staring into the eyes of a little girl that he just knows is his daughter and every bit of regret that he spent the last five years trying to push away come crashing to the surface and he realizes that he will do everything in his power to win his family back. He finds himself drawn to his little black-haired, blue eyed daughter, to the love he feels for her mother, his achingly deep regret at how he treated and abandoned her when she needed him most and he knows, in every fiber of his being, that he will do everything in his power to make things right. The story is told in alternating perspectives between Christian and Elizabeth, which is vital to this story, because otherwise Christian would just come off as a really big jerk. But being able to see into his mind allows the reader to understand the damage done to him in his past that made him make the mistakes he did and show how he comes to the realization that he needs to make things right. It also shows us the healing process that Elizabeth goes through learning again to trust the man who, though she still loves him, betrayed and abandoned her and broke her heart. I loved seeing all the effort Christian into fixing his relationship with the love of his life and with his daughter - it brought me to tears so many times!! I loved how grateful and respectful he was for every inch Elizabeth gave him. How much he treasured every moment spent with his daughter. How patiently he waited for Elizabeth to learn to trust him again. And how he did everything in his power to win back her heart, earn back her trust, and put his family back together. This book was basically all about the healing process that Christian, Elizabeth, and their daughter Lizzie go through. About "...love as intense as the one we shared, one that had not dimmed through years of betrayal but had only grown..." The story is fully relationship and family-centric. There is no bad guy, no evil ex's, no external drama or anything to deter from the characters' journey. It was an absolutely beautiful MUST read that is definitely going on my favorites shelf! **EDIT: I wish I had a longer, more in depth review for this book, but I wrote it before starting the blog so its not as detailed as some of my other ones so I just wanted to take a moment and tell you that this is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!!!!!! Like seriously, few books have reached in to my heart as deeply as this one did. I highly highly recommend it! Here's how I picture Christian and Elizabeth: For more of my reviews, come visit my book blog at: http://aestasbookblog.com/ Or come join my FB group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aestas-...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ailyne

    I want to start off by saying that this review is completely biased...it is solely based on my personal experience and therefore my emotional status, I mean absolutely no disrespect towards the author or anyone who enjoyed this book...I debated with myself over whether I would write this review or not, but I have to because this story hit me hard...it got personal. This is not was good reviewers do. Good reviewers take the entire book into consideration. Good reviewers analyze the writing, t I want to start off by saying that this review is completely biased...it is solely based on my personal experience and therefore my emotional status, I mean absolutely no disrespect towards the author or anyone who enjoyed this book...I debated with myself over whether I would write this review or not, but I have to because this story hit me hard...it got personal. This is not was good reviewers do. Good reviewers take the entire book into consideration. Good reviewers analyze the writing, the plot, the character development. Good reviewers take in the entire book. I got past the first three pages and had already developed an extreme hate for this book. Guess I am not a good reviewer...at least not today. Take This Regret is the story of Elizabeth and Christian. Elizabeth gets knocked up by Christian, Christian decided he doesn't want the baby because fatherhood would get in the way of his career plans so he gives Elizabeth an ultimatum: him or the baby. Six years later and Christian is a lawyer, Elizabeth has her life together, their daughter is 5 years old...Christian has never seen her, talked to her, asked about her but somehow he gets a surge of fatherly instinct that makes him want to barge into his daughter's life. Like I said before, this book got personal, but then again, good writing and story-telling is meant to get deep inside your skin and make you feel something...anything...everything and nothing at the same time. AL Jackson...mission accomplished. Lets get the technical out of the way. The writing was good, I will give it that. The characters were well thought-out and while, their personality was very one dimensional they were realistic in some cases while completely unrealistic the next. The concept of book is relatable as you can tell by how it affected me, and it has a naturalistic validity that few books have. Ok. Now I have to breathe. Please understand that I wish I was ok with this book. I wish it didn't make me mad. I wish it didn't upset me the way it did. I wish I didn't want to tear my e-reader apart. But wishing never gets anyone very far. I hated this book. I hated it right down to every word, every sentence, every period. I hated it to its core. Maybe because my fatherly issues are ones that Dr.Phil would love to have an entire series of shows over, or because I am the typical emotional brat that girls like me tend to be; whatever the cause...I just know that I regret even opening this book. I despised Christian. I did not feel sorry for him. Even when he expressed his sorrow, his longing for his daughter, his love for Elizabeth...I despised him. I despised Elizabeth more. I wanted to smack her face off when she said she still loved Christian. I hated how unstable she was around this man who decided it would be a good idea to walk into a 5 year-old's life out of the blue as if he was the fucking ice-cream man. You see, unlike Elizabeth I never got past his abandonment. It's weird, I know because these are fictional characters, but god be damned...I wished I had magical word rearranging powers so I could re-write the story and make Elizabeth not be with Christian. The author does write Christian as someone who deserves a second chance, someone who feels like shit after abandoning his child, someone who is gorgeous and successful, but empty and full of regret. He should feel like the vermin of the Earth...he should feel guilty...he should. But I don't believe in second chances. I don't believe I should receive them...I don't believe I should give them. Harsh, I know, but that is how I view the world...and this book just made me crawl back into that deep place where I am incapable of forgiving...as if it were something to be earned..it isn't I know, but I also know this is one of the things that I will never get past. I tried to handle Elizabeth's weak knees, her swooning over Christian but the entire time I was thinking "You stupid bitch"...I couldn't shake that thought. When it comes to the way the plot progressed, I found it to be quite realistic. Of course Christian had a right to see his daughter....legally at least...and yes I understood why the author wrote Lizzie and Chrsitian's interactions the way she did. I get it, but I don't like it...and I guess that is part of my big issue with this book. Since this book is not real life, and the characters are fake...it can be said that Christian was genuinely sorry for leaving his child...because the author wrote it that way so it must be so...but as a reader I linked it to the physical world...in which people leave...and should not be allowed back in. So..good job AL Jackson...you are one of now three authors who has been able to dig deep into my soul..you have talent I must say...but for now I'll suck it up and just take this regret.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

    5 soul touching stars!! This is a story about Elizabeth who was madly in love with her boyfriend Christian. They were soo happy in love until Elizabeth tells Christain that she is pregnant. They are both in college to become lawyers and Christian tells Elizabeth that he doesn't want a baby... That its either him or the baby... Elizabeth chooses to keep the baby and walks away from Christian... The love of her life... The only man she would ever love.. 5 years later.. Christian is a successful lawy 5 soul touching stars!! This is a story about Elizabeth who was madly in love with her boyfriend Christian. They were soo happy in love until Elizabeth tells Christain that she is pregnant. They are both in college to become lawyers and Christian tells Elizabeth that he doesn't want a baby... That its either him or the baby... Elizabeth chooses to keep the baby and walks away from Christian... The love of her life... The only man she would ever love.. 5 years later.. Christian is a successful lawyer, working his dream job, he should be happy but he isn't... Because something is missing, Elizabeth and his child his missing, a child he has never met.. From the moment Chrisitian sees a little girl in a store.. He falls in love with her.. His never met this child before but the child is a taken by him as he is by her... He follows them around the store and outside, unable to look away... The little girl waves at him... This is when Chrisitian decides to look for Elizabeth and his child... Ther center of Elizabeth's life is her daughter Lizzie.. She gave up everything in her life for her little girl.. Christian walks back in into their lives.. Elizabeth is angry, hurt, broken... She wants nothing to do with him. She wants to keep him away from their daughter. Afraid he will hurt her child and leave again. We see the book written from Elizabeth's POV and then from Christians POV... This is wonderful as we feel and get a glimpse into what both are feeling. For months Christian spends time with Lizzie who loves her father unconditionally and slowly Christian tries to show Elizabeth that he is sorry.. He knows what he did was wrong and will spend the rest of his life try to make it up. Elizabeth wants to try and forgive him but she cannot bring herself to forget the pain he caused her. How she struggled without him. I must admit as much as I want to hate him for what he did I CAN'T!! He tries sooo hard to make up for what he did! “How could I relax when I had to welcome Christian into my home, the one who had wounded me deeper than anyone, the one who haunted my days and held me in my dreams?” -Elizabeth “What do you want, Christian?” What did I want? To make her smile, to wipe away her tears, to hold her. To be a father, a real father, not one in title, but on who’d earned that right. I wanted to stay. “I want my family,” I forced through the lump in my throat.” -Christian We go through the indecisiveness of Elizabeth... But I don't really blame her. For what she went through, she is allowed to feel that way. “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.”-Chrisitan After a sad beautiful story of regret, love and forgiveness... Elizabeth lets Christian back into her heart. “Maybe now I really understood why Elizabeth had run from me all of these months, why she would never allow herself to believe. A love as intense as the one we shared, one that had not dimmed through years of betrayal but had only grown, was terrifying. We had the power to destroy, to devastate and ruin, to lay the other to waste. But I wasn’t running.” -Christian It's Ironic that the one person that broke you has the ability to fix you again!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4 EMOTIONAL STARS "My soul mourned for what it had lost, for every day I had lived without them, for every moment wasted, for time that could not be reclaimed." Christian and Elizabeth were in love and they were going to attend law school together and then they planning to get married and live happily...That was until Elizabeth dropped the bomb that she is pregnant.Christian refused the idea to be a father and mess up his future plan. He made Elizabeth choose between him and their unborn child a 4 EMOTIONAL STARS "My soul mourned for what it had lost, for every day I had lived without them, for every moment wasted, for time that could not be reclaimed." Christian and Elizabeth were in love and they were going to attend law school together and then they planning to get married and live happily...That was until Elizabeth dropped the bomb that she is pregnant.Christian refused the idea to be a father and mess up his future plan. He made Elizabeth choose between him and their unborn child and she chose to be a single mother... Christian has made the biggest mistake of his life... Now 5 years later Christian finds himself living in San Diego, opening a branch of his father’s law firm, which happens to be where Elizabeth grew up. They haven’t spoken since the day she left. .Fate gives him a look at what exactly he’s been missing out on all these years...but Elizabeth just can't forgive what Christian did, shut her and their unborn baby out of his life. .. Life is full of regrets... Can Christian manage to prove that he change and want his family back? What will it take for Elizabeth to forgive Christian? Would she be able to forgive,trust and love him again? "The only power I had was in today, and I was determined to live every day for Lizzie and Elizabeth. Even if Elizabeth never forgave me, I would live for her." As the book goes on we learn what both characters have to deal with in order to work together.. Wow!Such a wonderful story!The situations, the emotions all felt so real!!This book is about regret.. This book make me think about life in general and how one decision can alter your entire life!!I love this book and their characters.I like the man Christian turned out to be.He know he make a huge mistake and he was prepared to do whatever it takes to make it right. “No longer would I live in regret, striving to make up for what I’d done. I’d live for the day, each one set out and purposed to be the best father and husband I could be. And no matter what life brought our way, I would never walk away." And then there is Elizabeth.Whether you agree or not with her decisions you understand them! Ms. Jackson did such a fabulous job with the characters!You can connect and really feel for them! Such a lovely story! It's worth the reading!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    KatieV

    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 cha 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. ETA 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 whle 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...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    4.5 Stars! Take This Regret is a beautiful, eloquently written, tender story about love lost and love redeemed. The story opens in the midst of a heartbreaking betrayal; We are introduced to Elizabeth and Christian and their all-consuming love for one another, only to abruptly have that love come crashing down before our eyes. Yep, Christian commits a monster of a betrayal; one that seems unforgivable even of the most forgiving... This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by this 4.5 Stars! Take This Regret is a beautiful, eloquently written, tender story about love lost and love redeemed. The story opens in the midst of a heartbreaking betrayal; We are introduced to Elizabeth and Christian and their all-consuming love for one another, only to abruptly have that love come crashing down before our eyes. Yep, Christian commits a monster of a betrayal; one that seems unforgivable even of the most forgiving... This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by this author, and I could not have been more satisfied. The story moves at a slow and steady pace, which is fitting for what it entails; true forgiveness and the renewal of broken trust take time. The alternating POV's were perfect for getting to know both main characters on a more intimate level. Christian suffers in silence, seething with palpable regret for dismissing the life he should have been living. When he is faced with a second chance, he vows to do everything in his power to make things right again... I was initially unsure if Christian's character could or would adequately redeem himself after so selfishly abandoning his family. As the story jumps five years ahead, we meet Lizzie...Christian's and Elizabeth's five year old daughter...and this is where the book grabbed a hold of me, wrestled endlessly with my emotions, broke my heart, and then, ever so gently, began to mend it. I love the fact that their daughter Lizzie was continuously present throughout this book allowing the pain and point of view of a five year old to shine through. The love Elizabeth had for her daughter and the way she took on the difficult role of a single parent was inspiring. Christian's determination and kindness amazed me and softened my heart into a complete, hopeful pile of mush. Although the majority of this story held a melancholy tone, its messages of hope, forgiveness, redemption, and second chances were immeasurably uplifting. Delicate, yet powerful read! Book Stats: ▪ Genre/Category: Romance ▪ Steam Caliber: Moderate/sexy ▪ Romance: Intense. Broken but beautiful. ▪ Characters: Damaged. Lovable. Well executed. ▪ Plot: Second chance love story. ▪ Writing: Vivid, expressive, and engaging. ▪ POV: 1st Person: Alternating dual perspectives. ▪ Cliffhanger: None ▪ Next Installment: Follow up

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roksana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. O Gosh! I am having a mental breakdown... so much anger and emotions were sucked out of me and for me to really be a satisfying read there need to be a balance of good and bad and in this case the bad was heavier than the good part! THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE BUT A TRAGIC STORY OF A MAN WHO ABANDONED HIS OWN CHILD FOR HIS OWN SELFISH REASONS! This story is of a child not to be wanted and a man who did not want to face his own mistakes, who did nothing and could have done nothing still, just because he O Gosh! I am having a mental breakdown... so much anger and emotions were sucked out of me and for me to really be a satisfying read there need to be a balance of good and bad and in this case the bad was heavier than the good part! THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE BUT A TRAGIC STORY OF A MAN WHO ABANDONED HIS OWN CHILD FOR HIS OWN SELFISH REASONS! This story is of a child not to be wanted and a man who did not want to face his own mistakes, who did nothing and could have done nothing still, just because he was moved to work by his father' law-firm to the town where heroine and his child happens to live near by, he only then considered pursuing them again! Christian: I could not warm up to him, even though the author was trying to make him redeemable. I felt his effort to change was forced... the attempt was not by any means sincere and emphatic and the author did not succeed in convincing me THAT CHRISTIAN REALLY WORKED HARD TO FIX HIS MISTAKES AND REUNITE WITH HIS CHILD AND A LOVE OF HIS LIFE ELISABETH! When he found out she was pregnant he wanted her to have an abortion or she must choose between him or to keep the baby, but without him... so how come he loved her then, if he even did not try to find a way and still support her...is that what they saying love is for good and bad????? Elisabeth decided to keep the baby and I respect her, but guess what he did???? whilst she was pregnant he did nothing...apart from drinking and sleeping with other women and that was like A SLAP ON MY FACE!!! Were was his love for her????? in between another women's legs???? She was pregnant and sick and he was having a good time!!! During the party someone has told him he's a father, so he went to the hospital and saw Elisabeth on the bed sleeping and her best friend touching her cheek and he made his own assumptions that she will be loved and take care of so he does not need to be there... HOW STUPID IS THAT! IF HE WAS A REAL MAN HE WOULD FIGHT FOR HER! He even did not wanted to see his new born baby! Then during those five years he still slept with women... yeah, he loved her but did nothing to find them and his pathetic excuses for not wanting to intrude in their life.. for goodness sake he's the father of his child... by delaying the reunion he is hurting his own flesh and blood by denying his daughter her own father! He did nothing to support them financially another pathetic excuse.. yeah "if she wanted his help she could always find him on the internet and call his number" WHAT A JOKE!!! Then when he saw his daughter he ever so suddenly felt in love with her and again it felt like fake.. it was forced... and not realistic to love her so much after seeing her one time???? There needs to be a bond between the child and a father to create such strong profound feelings and it needs time for this to grow... so I was not convinced on that account. Then he threatened her with the court if she did not cooperate and she nearly got a break down by his threats and then he asked her why she was so angry with her???? Then again when he bought his daughter an expensive doll for her birthday he rolled his eyes at the price... BUT EXCUSE ME!!! HE PAID NO MAINTENANCE WHAT SO EVER NOT EVEN A PENNY, GOT HIS PRECIOUS LAW DEGREE,LIVED IN LUXURY AT HIS OWN CHILD EXPENSES AND HE'S NOT HAPPY HOW MUCH MONEY HE NEED TO SPEND ON HIS DAUGHTER??? HE SHOULD SET UP A TRUST FOR HIS CHILD EVEN IF HE DECIDED NOT TO PARTICIPATE AS A FATHER ROLE HE COULD SIMPLY PASS HIS TRUST TO Elisabeth, but he did nothing of the sort, so for me its too little too late. The only positive side of this story is Elisabeth... she worked very hard to create stabilization for her daughter and even managed to get her own degree. She loved her daughter and did not trust Christian when he suddenly appeared out of the blue demanding impossible after how he throws her out of his life. Then there was her friend who stood by her even after when her daughter was 5 years old, he still was a very present figure in their life's and she should stick with him and not with Christian. I wish I could have a friend like Scott. It is common in our days for people to expect someone else is going to clean up their mess, simply because they forgot to put a condom or did nothing to protect themselves during sex and far too many children are becoming a victim of it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Catarina

    5 Regretful Stars Christian made Elizabeth choose between him or their unborn child when he found out she was pregnant. He regretted it almost immediately, but it was too late. Now, 5 years later, making the only woman he ever loved leave him to raise their child is the biggest regret of his life. But life get them both once more in his path and this time he will do anything to keep him in his life. This time, he is not willing to lose his family once more. This seems a simple love story: Guy 5 Regretful Stars Christian made Elizabeth choose between him or their unborn child when he found out she was pregnant. He regretted it almost immediately, but it was too late. Now, 5 years later, making the only woman he ever loved leave him to raise their child is the biggest regret of his life. But life get them both once more in his path and this time he will do anything to keep him in his life. This time, he is not willing to lose his family once more. This seems a simple love story: Guy and girl fall in love, she gets pregnant, he gets scared, she leaves him, he come back for both of them a few years later, tears happen, romantic things follow and Tcharaan!: HEA. Well, expect that is not. This is not a simple love story, this is a complex, gut-wrenching and beautiful one. You do not get a HEA that easily. I hated Christian in the beginning, I hated Elizabeth near the end but ended up loving them both. And little Lizzie, she is SO CUTE!! I feel like somebody should probably kick me for postponing the reading of this book for so long. Boy, was I missing! I really can’t wait to start the next one! ;)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annie Brewer

    God dammit this book tore my heart out....broke me to pieces and yet I still loved every minute of ut. I seem to be reading the best books lately....the ones that leave me numb and in tears of sadness, joy, and despair. This book was amazing but it opened old wounds so deep I felt like I was reliving a part of my past I try to forget. I can't think straight to for coherent thoughts long enough for a review right now. ~Full review coming soon~ Okay, since I read this book a couple of days ago it's God dammit this book tore my heart out....broke me to pieces and yet I still loved every minute of ut. I seem to be reading the best books lately....the ones that leave me numb and in tears of sadness, joy, and despair. This book was amazing but it opened old wounds so deep I felt like I was reliving a part of my past I try to forget. I can't think straight to for coherent thoughts long enough for a review right now. ~Full review coming soon~ Okay, since I read this book a couple of days ago it's time to post my review before I forget anything. It seems lately I have been reading nothing but contemporary romances that tear your heart out and make you wish you were dead. Well, maybe not that drastic but close enough. This book not only rip my heart out, it made me relive some of my past experiences which only made me more emotional. I gotta say, I love this cover! So pretty and the little girl is just adorable. It goes well with the story. Take This Regret is about a young college couple in New York who are finishing Law school and have their future looking bright and sunny, at some point wanting to settle down and get married and whatnot once their careers are in place. But everything changes the day Elizabeth tells Christian she's pregnant. And he's not ready. He gives her an ultimatum...."Me or the baby", selfish right? Well, she leaves him. And he's left to wallow in his regret and self pity because even though he wasn't ready to be a father, he never thought the day would come when he had to move on without the love of his life. He loved Elizabeth with all his heart, but somewhere along the way, he loses sight of what is more important....money or love. But he is finishing school to one day manage his father's law firm in New York. And that begins the day of his regret and a life of emptiness and grief. Elizabeth is left alone to deal with her pregnancy and the grief and pain she goes through from the loss of her one and only Christian is so raw and unbearable, it puts her in the hospital. Thank goodness her long time friend Matthew is there to help her and take care of her, something that Christian should have done in the first place. But as you read more, you understand as well. So as she has her beautiful baby girl, she prepares for a life on her own. About 5 years later, Christian is finished with college and is the head of his father's law firm in San Diego. Although it's what he's always worked toward, but something is missing. He's not as happy as he thought he would be. He has lived his years without Elizabeth in a fog, just working and sleeping and going through life not caring about anything.....until the day he sees his little girl at the grocery store and his whole life is altered.... Elizabeth eventually moves back to her hometown of San Diego, California and works as a banker, to provide for Lizzy. She's unhappy, but there's nothing she can do. She has to do what is best for her sweet little girl. Christian left and is never coming back. He took a piece of her heart and crushed it and now she's left trying to pick up the pieces. She soon builds a wall where her emotions are closed off and no one can enter. As far as she's concerned, Christian is dead to her. And all men are scum. Thankfully she has her cousin and best friend Matthew to help her through it. But one day, out of the blue...Christian is on her doorstep and back in their lives. He is determined to win her back and become the father and man he should have been all along. But can she just forget that he just pushed her away at the moment she needed him most? Ahhhh, I gotta say I knew this book was going to be a sob fest but damn, I wasn't expecting to be crying my eyes out every chapter. First of all, I loved this story. It was captivating from the first page. Amy did so well developing the plot and making it flow throughout the whole book. It was a fast paced read and I was turning the pages so quickly. It never bored me or made me want to put it down. I seriously wanted to be inside this book and live and a part of me felt like I was. I could feel everything they felt. I laughed, I cried, I cursed, I smiled and of course every scene with little Lizzy was absolutely wonderful! She was an adorable little girl and she reminded me of my daughters, very bright and inquisitive. One part that totally broke my heart was when Lizzy asked about her dad and why she doesn't have one but everyone else does. Oh my God, I lost it at that moment. I know what Elizabeth must have felt because I am in a similar situation. Its so hard to explain to your kids why their dad is not with them and especially when its the father's fault and when they're the assholes. Although Christian deals with his wrong doings and you really feel heartbroken for him. He is determined to do whatever it takes to prove to Elizabeth that he's a changed man. I loved this book so much! I really felt connected to both Christian and Elizabeth and I loved the fact that it was in alternating perspectives. I was able to experience how both of them were feeling during every scene and some parts I was ecstatic and jumping for joy and then some I was in full on sobs. I loved both of them and rooted for their love to mend and for them to heal as they rehash the past and go through so many obstacles and put their family back together. It was beautiful, captivating, heartbreaking, powerful and so many other things. This book moved me and made me feel that love can conquer all. It gave me hope and broke my heart at the same time. Christian went through alot of grief with other things as well. He faced a family death and it was so heartwrenching, even though that person was one I despised and was the reason Christian had betrayed his family. But the pain and turmoil that he faced is what made me cry for him. I ached when he ached. I cried when he cried. It was as if I was there with him, going through the same thing. Because in reality, I did go through the same thing. I can relate to him in alot of ways. He deals with guilt, regret, despair and I went through all of those things in my life as well. I think that's why I connected with him so well on a personal level. I loved the man he became. One of my favorite things I loved was the relationship between Christian and Lizzy. It was on instinct that when they met, they were in love. He knew she was his daughter without saying a word to her, even from afar. And she knew he was her daddy. They were instantly drawn to each other, it was mesmerizing. I couldn't help but grin. Their relationship was so sweet and enchanting and I couldn't get enough of it. Christian was absolutely the most wonderful father to her. He cherished her and spent as much time with her as he could. He always called her at the same time every night to ask about her day. They had picnics, date nights, walks on the beach or at the park. His time with her was never anything more than important to him. He was the ultimate daddy and it made him more appealing in Elizabeth's eyes. Eventually she saw how much he cared for her and she couldn't help but fall in love with him all over again. But with the protective wall that she built made it hard for her to trust him again with her heart. It made her more weary of his intentions and even though the readers knew they were always good and he was sincere about his feelings and actions, she had to protect herself from the man that broke her to pieces. God, I can go on and on about how much I loved this book. And clearly, it's obvious how much it effected me. I loved Amy's writing. Its so poetic and flowed smoothly. I wanted more by the end. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters. I spent my nights crying and laughing and wishing they were real and I wasn't ready to let go of them. Amy did an amazing job on the resolutions. I loved Christian's mother and my heart broke for her and all she went through. She was a wonderful woman and it showed how great her relationship and the closeness that she and Christian shared. I loved it! Also, I loved Natalie and Matthew. They were such a big support for Elizabeth and a great influence too. And Natalie's feelings toward Christian early on in the story made me feel like not everyone will be against him. She gave him hope and the mutual respect between them was great! I loved that Amy had everything resolved toward the end and not early on. It really showed the trials and hardships they had to face and deal with before they could begin to repair what was broken. BUT I have to say THANK YOU AMY FOR THE HOT HOT HOT scenes in there. My oh my, it was wonderful!! It made me love Christian that much more cause he was YUMMY!! I wanted him to myself. LOL All in all, this was a fantastic story with alot of twists but an unforgettable ending! I can't wait to read more and more from this terrific, awesome author!!! I recommend this book to everyone that has ever lost hope, faith or that just wants to believe in second chances and love. It will make you happy, sad, excited, angry, surprised and just totally in love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    I find this book is boring and repetitive. So much repetitive. And with miss jackson signature ballad writing, it makes it too long and boring. The story needs to develop more. There is no depth in the story but a lot of angst over nothing. I wish elizabeth has more chance to grow on her character. In short, this book is boring. 2 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anja

    ...simply BEAUTIFUL!!! ...simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    They say cowards run in the face of danger or pain. I supposed that’s what I was, what I’d become, too fearful to love, too fearful to be loved, too afraid to live— so I ran. This is one of those books that I can see people having a lot of mixed feelings about. The reason I think that is because I had a lot of mixed feelings. It’s been weeks and I’m still not exactly sure. There were moments that made me so angry with the characters that I wanted to stop reading. Then there were moments when They say cowards run in the face of danger or pain. I supposed that’s what I was, what I’d become, too fearful to love, too fearful to be loved, too afraid to live— so I ran. This is one of those books that I can see people having a lot of mixed feelings about. The reason I think that is because I had a lot of mixed feelings. It’s been weeks and I’m still not exactly sure. There were moments that made me so angry with the characters that I wanted to stop reading. Then there were moments when I completely loved it. Elizabeth and Christian were the perfect couple for four years. Committed, intensely in love, and on track to achieve their college and professional goals. Everything changes in a split second when Elizabeth tells Christian she is pregnant and he gives her an ultimatum. The baby or him. (← See, angry moment.) Fast forward five years later and a chance encounter has Christian face to face with the family he left behind. All this time he has regretted his decision but deluded himself into thinking Elizabeth and his child deserve better and are happy without him. Now that he has seen his child, he is hell bent on being a part of their lives again and righting his wrong. I’d thought I’d understood, but I’d had no idea. The truth was, I never would. I wasn’t there and I would never really know. And there was nothing I could do to earn that time back. Even if Elizabeth forgave me, I didn’t think I could ever forgive myself. As a protective mother and the woman who had her heart shattered, Elizabeth is definitely resistant (to say the least) to Christian. He does not have it easy (nor should he) and he has to prove himself. Once I would have trusted him with my life, but now I knew better. I’d never allow my daughter or myself to be put in the position for Christian to freely dispose of us again. What made me want to read this after I got started was wondering if and how Christian would prove himself. I HATED him in the beginning. An ultimatum like the one he gave Elizabeth is cowardly and just downright cruel. It would be bad enough to do that to anyone, but someone you have been with for FOUR years, someone you are committed to, plan to marry? I just don’t get it. Even by the end, that’s something I never understood. I won’t ever get his reasoning, I just won’t. So you probably think I hated him the whole time, right? Well, no, I didn’t. I actually started to root for him in a weird way. I was always on Elizabeth’s side, even when she was being stubborn, emotional, and challenging. Because she was being that way. There was one part that bothered me with her(view spoiler)[ when she blames Christian when they do finally have sex (as if she’s not a grown woman), pushes him away, keeps him away from their daughter to the point that the kid isn’t eating. It was a little too much for me. (hide spoiler)] ., even though I think she’s entitled to her moment of stupid after everything she went through. This is an emotional read that chronicles their journey through regret, forgiveness, redemption, and love. It’s told in dual pov, so you get a very honest account from both Elizabeth and Christian. It’s very well written and I thought the character development was well done. Even though it was a bit slow moving at times, I was genuinely interested the whole time. I didn’t reach that level of emotion that I was hoping for, but it kept me wondering exactly things would play out. Although, I am content with where it ended, I will definitely be reading the continuation of their story in If Forever Comes. We had the power to destroy, to devastate and ruin, to lay the other to waste. See more reviews at ->No BS Book Reviews Follow on-> Facebook

  15. 4 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    4.5 tear-inducing stars!! Have you ever done something that you regretted that you wish you could do over? This book is about that. It's about doing something totally hurtful to another person, regretting it and getting a second chance to atone for it. I loved this story. It's full of flawed but believable characters that really, really got to me. This is the story of Christian and Elizabeth. Two very flawed characters that at one point or another disappointed me with their actions. There were pa 4.5 tear-inducing stars!! Have you ever done something that you regretted that you wish you could do over? This book is about that. It's about doing something totally hurtful to another person, regretting it and getting a second chance to atone for it. I loved this story. It's full of flawed but believable characters that really, really got to me. This is the story of Christian and Elizabeth. Two very flawed characters that at one point or another disappointed me with their actions. There were parts that were difficult to read especially the first part when Elizabeth learned she was pregnant and Christian made her choose between him or the baby. And then knowing that she had a very difficult pregnancy and then couldn't graduate because of it. Boy, my heart broke for her. I wanted Adam to suffer for what he did. At first I thought he got off easy but then I realized that he suffered too. He lived every single day of his life in regret for what he did. It was sort of ironic because ins spite of being the person his father wants him to be, he never got his approval. He did everything for his father but got nothing in return. On the other hand, I loved how Elizabeth tried to build a life for her daughter. But as a reader, you can still sense the lingering bitterness there. It's something that she hasn't let go and it became more evident when Christian showed up and wanted to be a part of their lives. Her own bitterness drove her to make that stupid decision that affected her daughter. I was so disappointed in her. She made her daughter go through the same pain she went through when Christian left her and all because she couldn't trust him again. While I understood her feelings, it was idiotic of her to put her child through that emotional pain. That part was very difficult to read. It took her one week to get over "feelings" and for that one week, her child suffered because she won't let her see Christian again. She was so afraid that Christian will leave them again like he did the first time, so she pushed him away. Great job! In spite of that huge hiccup with Elizabeth, I still enjoyed this book. It totally engaged both my mind and my emotions. Both characters did redeem themselves at the end. You can really feel Christian's remorse over his decision and his attempt for reconciliation. As for Elizabeth, I did like her at the beginning and then hated her towards the end but ended up embracing her as a character. Overall, an enjoyable read from A.L. Jackson. There is no cliffhanger here but Christian and Elizabeth's story continues in the next book, which I'm definitely looking forward to reading. :D

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Wow. I'm left wondering what to say. Such an amazing beautiful story of love, regret and forgiveness. The love and bond between Christian and Lizzie was so beautiful and heart warming that it touched my soul. The trust and love that Lizzie so freely offers her father is beautiful and such a gift that Christian truly and desperately needed. Christian finally learns the true meaning of love in it's purest form, thanks to his daughter, and what love can be like with/for his family. Never have I read Wow. I'm left wondering what to say. Such an amazing beautiful story of love, regret and forgiveness. The love and bond between Christian and Lizzie was so beautiful and heart warming that it touched my soul. The trust and love that Lizzie so freely offers her father is beautiful and such a gift that Christian truly and desperately needed. Christian finally learns the true meaning of love in it's purest form, thanks to his daughter, and what love can be like with/for his family. Never have I read a story where my eyes were watery the entire book. This book took us on a journey of love, betrayal, anger, regret, learning to trust again, forgiveness and finally brought us full circle to love again. Come follow Christian's journey as he seeks out love, happiness, and to repair his relationships with his family who gave him life and the one he gave up. You won't regret reading this book. Just be prepared to have lots of tissues on hand if you are prone to crying over a book. This book is heavy on the heart but so worth the read. It was beautifully written. I'm not sure I will ever be the same again after reading this...this will still be with your heart long after turning the last page.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    Elizabeth and her boyfriend Christian are very happy and in love. Then, Elizabeth gets pregnant. They are both in college and they will become lawyers so Christian doesn't want the child but Elizabeth wants to keep it. Christian asks her to make a choice, either him or the baby and she chooses the baby. 5 years apart. Then, he comes back to their lives, full of regrets. I don't know who I am more angry with... Elizabeth or Christian, or both? I guess, both!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5+Stars!!!!! What did I think? Wow...What a really emotionally satisfying story about love, commitment, priorities and forgiveness. As human beings we make mistakes...at the time we might not think it will ruin our lives. How do we fix it? How do we rectify errors in how we have lived our life? How do we begin to ask forgiveness for turning away from the most precious part of our life? The people we love? In Take This Regret a man does just that. He chooses a career path and the expectation of a f 5+Stars!!!!! What did I think? Wow...What a really emotionally satisfying story about love, commitment, priorities and forgiveness. As human beings we make mistakes...at the time we might not think it will ruin our lives. How do we fix it? How do we rectify errors in how we have lived our life? How do we begin to ask forgiveness for turning away from the most precious part of our life? The people we love? In Take This Regret a man does just that. He chooses a career path and the expectation of a family which has planned his life and future success for him from a young age. When confronted with an unplanned pregnancy he chooses a career rather than adjusting his life to support and love that child and the woman he planned a life with. He cruelly pushes her away rather than divert his plan for his future. He is basically a good man who makes a very bad mistake. Fast forward years later, he has never gotten over it. He has never loved a woman the same way he did this child's mother. He feels a hole inside his heart where a small child should belong and the career he chose over them leaves him unsatisfied, lonely and unfulfilled. He always meant to go back, reconnect, but it was never the right time and now it is too late...too much time has passed. How does he explain, how does he ask for forgiveness? I can't imagine the pain of being abandoned by the man you are in love with who never comes after you or tries to makes things right....how do you go on? When you struggle to survive, put a roof over your head and spend many lonely years trying to raise a child by yourself? How did he so easily push you aside...how do you ever forgive? How do you, the biological father, ask a small precious child, who never knew a father, to accept you? to forgive you for abandoning her? To love and trust you? How to you fix this when you realize what a tragic mistake you made? And how does the woman he loved and still love learn to trust you again? How do you push aside years of neglect? How do you put it back together again and become a real family? This novel was a painful journey back to a time where a choice is made....a bad choice. It is about how forgiveness is given and trust is earned again. What is so amazing about this author is her ability to inject you right into the characters minds and hearts. You feel every emotion as if it was you this was happening to and not a character on the page. Amy Lichtenhan brings to life the people who are feeling the anticipation, fear, and apprehension... and you are right there: undecided, hurt, happy, and fearful right along with them. The author sucks you in on the first page...there was no "down time" no "lulls" or anything to be skimmed over. The action plays out as it does in real life. All you can do is hang on and hope for the best. This novel is a real tug-a-war over one thing. Forgiveness and anger. You ask yourself, if in that position if you could forgive, should you forgive, and could you trust that person again. Sometimes in novels it is easy to see who the bad guy is and who the heroes are. They are one dimensional and purposeful in their intent. But the characters in this book are much like us, human beings who make mistakes and sometimes we are a little of both. The line between good and bad is blurred and forgiveness can become a very difficult concept to manage. I cried while reading this novel, I loved that I felt so much emotion and that I was tossing and turning the question in my head, would I forgive? or not? It made me think of situations in my own life. Is trusting again worth being hurt? By the time I finished this novel I was put through the emotional ringer and am so happy I found this book. I was smiling with tears in my eyes and wanted to get up and dance around the room. I will definitely be reading anything this author writes in the future. She is amazing!

  19. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    Books in series should be read in order: Part 0.5: Lost To You Book 1: Take This Regret Book 2: If Forever Comes Books in series should be read in order: Part 0.5: Lost To You Book 1: Take This Regret Book 2: If Forever Comes

  20. 4 out of 5

    JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko

    What an absolute masterpiece. This book is beyond 5 stars. If I could rate it 10 stars I am certain I would. This book captured me from page one and held me to the bitter end. This is a book I sat down and read in one sitting. It was that good and I couldn't step away from it. If you are looking for an emotional book look no further and give this one a try.

  21. 5 out of 5

    P.A. Lupton

    Wow Wow Wow, I wish I could give a 6th star to this book. Absolutely heartbreaking. It was wonderful. A.L. Jackson has a gift for writing. I’ll gush about the story in a second. First, I need to praise the writing. I loved it. The writing style in Take this Regret is smooth and concise. I loved how the prologue was written from the third person point of view but switched to alternating first person afterward. I love when stories are written like this because I get so much more drawn into the cha Wow Wow Wow, I wish I could give a 6th star to this book. Absolutely heartbreaking. It was wonderful. A.L. Jackson has a gift for writing. I’ll gush about the story in a second. First, I need to praise the writing. I loved it. The writing style in Take this Regret is smooth and concise. I loved how the prologue was written from the third person point of view but switched to alternating first person afterward. I love when stories are written like this because I get so much more drawn into the characters. And boy howdy were these ever good characters. I don’t cry often in books and when a novel can evoke enough emotion to make me cry it’s an instant love for me. I started reading Take This Regret in the morning and finished the same day. I was sobbing already before I’d hit the 10% mark. I’ve never had a book make me feel that much that fast. This was a tough story to write. It had to be tricky for the author to create a character and have him do something so reprehensible and still have the reader connect with him. Good job Ms Jackson. What Christian did to Elizabeth was horrible and selfish, but A.L Jackson makes me inexplicably sympathize with him. The depth of his regret, almost from the first moment he’d made his decision, was so poignant and palpable. My heart broke for him. I think what I liked best is that he never tried to excuse his actions. “I had to remind myself that anything I felt now could only pale in comparison to what I had put Elizabeth through. Self-pity would only serve to discount my own actions.” Elizabeth was a strong character. She had a strong sense of morality and knew what she wanted. She faced up to her mistakes. I respected the hell out of her for not being bitter. She could have turned her daughter against Christian by saying awful things. She could’ve gone after him for child support, but she never did. No matter how much of a struggle her life became, she lived with it. I loved that about her. She makes mistakes too, but she recognizes and owns up to them. And let’s face it we all make mistakes. I think every person has something they wish they could take back in their life. I loved watching one character struggle to undo the mistake he made, while the other struggled to forgive. I can’t say enough about this book. It is such an emotional read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet and romantic, but sometimes heartbreaking, love story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Smitten

    Gosh it took forevvvvvvver for these two to get back together, and when they finally did I was left with wanting more. My Christian Davison: My Elizabeth Ayers: and the beautiful Lizzie: Because I sort of read the books out of order, I had a hard time believing that the Christian I learned to love in book 0.5 would abandon Elizabeth after a four year relationship. I found myself hating him for most of the book. The trials and tribulations that Elizabeth endured alone were heartbreaking. I was ha Gosh it took forevvvvvvver for these two to get back together, and when they finally did I was left with wanting more. My Christian Davison: My Elizabeth Ayers: and the beautiful Lizzie: Because I sort of read the books out of order, I had a hard time believing that the Christian I learned to love in book 0.5 would abandon Elizabeth after a four year relationship. I found myself hating him for most of the book. The trials and tribulations that Elizabeth endured alone were heartbreaking. I was happy when Christian finally came to his senses I just had a hard time believing that it took 5 long years for him to do it. I'm a sucker for a happy ending, just wish it didn't take so long to get there.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gail McHugh

    I read Pulled last week and knew I had to order Take this regret. Once again, this author knows how to tap into human emotion beyond any other writer I've read before. Such a beautiful story of regret, love, and forgiveness. Read it in six hours. This book pulled at my heart and flared every emotion inside of me. Thank you once again for a beautifully written book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    I don't have words to describe this work so I won't even try. I will just say it is emotional as hell, you see the regrets and the struggle of Elizabeth and Christian, you want to cry, rant, root for them and even kick them. I wanted to hate Christian but I couldn't because we saw him suffer, we saw Elizabeth's fears, her doubts and suffering. I just couldn't keep this book down.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    Another one about young love reunited - Good enough read - not sure if I would have taken him back but if true love prevails anything can be overcome.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brina (Brina and the Books)

    4 Stars Read full review here: Brina and the Books I was super excited to finally read Take This Regret, book 1 in the Regret series by A. L. Jackson. I knew the main characters, Elizabeth and Christian, beforehand and I couldn’t wait to find out where they are right now. In Lost To You, book 0.5 in this series, which I read right before Take This Regret, they both were still freshman at Columbia University. To say I was surprised with their current life in book 1 is probably a small understateme 4 Stars Read full review here: Brina and the Books I was super excited to finally read Take This Regret, book 1 in the Regret series by A. L. Jackson. I knew the main characters, Elizabeth and Christian, beforehand and I couldn’t wait to find out where they are right now. In Lost To You, book 0.5 in this series, which I read right before Take This Regret, they both were still freshman at Columbia University. To say I was surprised with their current life in book 1 is probably a small understatement. I was really shocked to find them both in such a miserable state while they tried to keep up appearances with their respective friends and family. Jackson’s writing is great and conveys Elizabeth’s and Christian’s feeling perfectly. It was easy to understand their feelings and their way of thinking even though one hasn’t been in the situation. Christian did a very shitty thing. Period. There is no way to sugarcoat it. But he got his act together. He proofed himself. He let his actions speak. He was determined and I loved that about him. Even though I was quite irritated by his childish actions and decisions, I rooted for him for the entire duration of the book. Then there was Elizabeth. As I mentioned, I haven’t been in her position (or Christian’s), so I couldn’t really relate to her situation but I could certainly understand her feelings and the decisions she made after Christian came back into her life. She wanted to protect her daughter and herself against heartbreak, disappointment, hurt, and tears. But why did she have to be so dramatic and whiny about it? Towards the end I was so over her dramatics and behavior. Just grow up already, stop being a child, and behave like an adult. I wasn’t really happy with the ending of the book because everything was a little too quick for my taste. They were happy, then unhappy, and then happy again – and all within a few short chapters. Take This Regret had typos. Take This Regret had a lot of typos and I didn’t know why. Everyone makes mistakes, so yes, if there are one or two typos, fine. But there were too many. This novel is apparently the 3rd edition, so why has no one seen and erased those mistakes? It’s super irritating! A. L. Jackson’s debut novel was a roller coaster of emotions: love, hate, loss, friendship, regret. If you want to read something dramatic that pulls at your heart strings, then you should pick up Take This Regret. ********** OMG!!! The blurb!!! Aaahhhh!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natasha is a Book Junkie

    “How could you? Did you think of me? Did you think of our child? Why didn’t you love me enough? Did you even love me at all? Why now, after so many years?” I don’t know what it is about this story that affected me so deeply but I was one hot mess by the end of it. I did not allow myself to eat, drink or sleep until I finished it and regained some sort of control over my emotions. This is the story of one man’s attempt to correct a terrible mistake that he made in his past. And this is the story o “How could you? Did you think of me? Did you think of our child? Why didn’t you love me enough? Did you even love me at all? Why now, after so many years?” I don’t know what it is about this story that affected me so deeply but I was one hot mess by the end of it. I did not allow myself to eat, drink or sleep until I finished it and regained some sort of control over my emotions. This is the story of one man’s attempt to correct a terrible mistake that he made in his past. And this is the story of the two people that suffered the most because of his mistake. Christian and Elizabeth were a devoted couple in college with grand plans for their future, but they were nothing alike. While Elizabeth was studying to become a family lawyer with a focus on children’s rights, Christian dreamed of joining his father’s law firm and achieving the kind of success that is measured by the number of zeros after the dollar sign. Two very different people who challenged each other, made each other question what they believed in and who made each other better people. However, their views ultimately differed at the most important point in their relationship - should they keep the baby that Elizabeth was carrying? Elizabeth never even considered giving the baby up, she believed that they could work it out as long as they loved each other. Christian did not agree - he saw the baby as a complication that would jeopardize everything he had planned for his future. An ugly ultimatum later and their lives change irrevocably. Five years of guilt, regret and self-hatred have now made Christian a different person. He deeply regrets his actions and the way he treated Elizabeth but the moment she stepped out of his life she never returned. He never had the courage to make it right when he could have and then he no longer knew where she lived. One day, in a supermarket, Christian runs into a little girls who appears “familiar” to him from the moment he locks eyes with her. He is mesmerized by her and she appears to be just as unexplainably drawn to him as he is to her. She smiles at him and he immediately recognises her as his child. He then becomes determined to win his family back and fill the agonizing hole in his heart. He muscles his way back into their lives and discovers that he not only desperately wants to be a father to Lizzie, but he also never stopped loving her mother. At this point this book could have become a predictable version of the events where mummy and daddy meet again after five years of separation, all is immediately forgotten, they never stopped loving each other and they all immediately become one happy little family. But this book is much more real than that. There is no such happy reunion. The pain and sadness caused by what Christian did to Elizabeth and his own self-flagellation make this story as raw and as real as it could possibly be. Elizabeth pain is almost tangible. Five years of hardship and pain have made her a broken young woman who is now scared to love or accept love in return. She has made Lizzie the centre of her life, she is a devoted and loving mother to her daughter and she is willing to do anything to shelter her from the heartbreak of losing someone you love. Christian storms into their life unannounced and unwelcome. She questions his motives but, above all, she questions his ability to never abandon his daughter again. What follows is a truly heart-wrenching and super-emotional story of forgiveness, redemption and second chances. These characters dig themselves so deeply into your heart that you are feeling everything they are feeling. Such overwhelming sadness, such a great story, such an insight into the human condition. This story touched me in such a way that I managed to immerse myself into these characters completely. I really REALLY wanted to hate Christian, I wanted to make him the ‘bad guy’ but he broke his own heart just as much as he broke Elizabeth’s. Ultimately, you can’t help but admire a man who owns up to his mistakes and then does everything humanly possible to make it right. I would recommend this book to anyone with an emotional chip. You might need to service it afterwards though. [4.5 STARS] ~ N ♥ See this review on my blog!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    If you have not read this book, you need to ASAP... What an incredible emotional journey. I recommended to all my friends. You Ms Lichtenhan are a genius! I don’t normally read books that don’t have at least a little steamy sex in them, yes shallow I know, but it is my choice. This book has almost no sex until the very end and you know what I didn’t even notice. So maybe I am not as shallow as I think! LOL I found myself crying several times while reading; in fact my hubby thought there was somethi If you have not read this book, you need to ASAP... What an incredible emotional journey. I recommended to all my friends. You Ms Lichtenhan are a genius! I don’t normally read books that don’t have at least a little steamy sex in them, yes shallow I know, but it is my choice. This book has almost no sex until the very end and you know what I didn’t even notice. So maybe I am not as shallow as I think! LOL I found myself crying several times while reading; in fact my hubby thought there was something wrong. I had to explain that the book I was reading was so good it brought tears to my eyes. My heart ached for the decisions that Elizabeth was forced to make regarding her daughter and Christian. As a parent I could totally understand. Sometimes our most painful choices are made in the name of love. All I can say is please read this book by an incredible new author!!! You won't be sorry.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I was sure I would hate Christian and that nothing would change my mind. I was siding with Elizabeth and Lizzie and not going to budge. But then that all changed. By the end of this story I melted. Jackson did such a great job of showing the change and emotion in Christian throughout this book that you just could not hate him any longer. This was a great story of one man struggling with a regret and trying to find a way to fix it years later. A woman who was broken by that choice searching for t I was sure I would hate Christian and that nothing would change my mind. I was siding with Elizabeth and Lizzie and not going to budge. But then that all changed. By the end of this story I melted. Jackson did such a great job of showing the change and emotion in Christian throughout this book that you just could not hate him any longer. This was a great story of one man struggling with a regret and trying to find a way to fix it years later. A woman who was broken by that choice searching for the ability to forgive and trying to come to terms that it was not the wrong thing to do. It was beautifully written and captivating.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I'm a mess at the moment after reading this book, which is not at all what I was expecting to be the case. I started this today because I thought it looked like a sweet romance, but it was so very much more than that. This book moved me and tore at my emotions like no other, and it is an absolutely unforgettable story. Take this Regret is a story that truly tests the boundaries of forgiveness and love. Elizabeth and Christian were in love and happy, planning a future together at law school while I'm a mess at the moment after reading this book, which is not at all what I was expecting to be the case. I started this today because I thought it looked like a sweet romance, but it was so very much more than that. This book moved me and tore at my emotions like no other, and it is an absolutely unforgettable story. Take this Regret is a story that truly tests the boundaries of forgiveness and love. Elizabeth and Christian were in love and happy, planning a future together at law school while he dreamed of one day being a partner in his pretentious father's law firm. So when Elizabeth tells Christian that she's pregnant, his first reaction is removing the roadblock to their perfect life. Never expecting that the love of her life would do anything but support her, Elizabeth is shocked when he gives her an ultimatum: him or the baby. Crushed, Elizabeth struggles through a debilitating pregnancy and then single parenthood with the help of her family and her best friend Matthew. When Christian suddenly appears in her life again 5 years later, Elizabeth is bound and determined to protect her little Lizzie from the heartbreak she knows this man will bring to their lives. But things aren't as simple black and white, and Christian is in for the fight of his life to get his family back. God, this book just tore me apart!! I feel like my heart has been put through a blender and I've been kicked in the gut, and while the tears were falling I absolutely fell for this little family. Lizzie, the sweet and adorable little girl who loved her mommy dearly and wanted nothing more than a family, won me over with that first little smile. And despite their selfish mistakes, Elizabeth and Christian grabbed me and made me feel every emotion they went through on their journey. It was such torture reading the emotions that played out as Christian came to grips with his decision; when he finally gets it and understands what he's missed out on, I was so utterly crushed for this man. This story really resonated with me because I was a young single mother myself, and the emotions portrayed by Elizabeth were so incredibly true to the situation that you can't help but be swept away in her desperation. And while I was furious with her at one point in particular, I couldn't help but feel sorry for her because she was acting out of deep-rooted pain from their past. Jackson did such a phenomenal job of making it so real in this story that I think everyone can understand her character's actions, even if they don't necessarily agree with them. My heart broke for Elizabeth's pain and fear, Christian's torturous regret and sadness, and little Lizzie's desperate need for the love of her daddy. And all the while my pulse was racing hoping that Elizabeth would let that wall down so she and Christian could act on the sparks that were buzzing between them! The writing style for this book was simply brilliant; the POV switches between Elizabeth and Christian in such a way that we see the most pivotal moments from the perspective that needed to be seen. It was so perfectly maneuvered, with the rawest of emotions being pulled to the forefront based on each situation. Take the day after Lizzie's birth, for example; instead of seeing Elizabeth's bliss over her daughter, we see that crucial moment in Christian's life where he decides to walk away. It was just what the reader needed to see in order to shift the mindset in his direction and begin to grasp how much this was going to affect him down the road. There was so much more dimension to the plot because of the different perspectives, and they flowed together seamlessly to really create a fluid story. It's not every author who can take a character who does something so unforgivable and heartless, and turn him into a man you can't imagine not having his happy ever after! Take This Regret is a beautiful, touching story that I am so glad to have experienced. I highly recommend it to any contemporary romance fans, or anyone who just loves a good heartbreaking love story!

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