Monday, October 14, 2013

If Forever Comes by AL Jackson Blog Tour

If Forever Comes, the final chapter in the New York Times Bestselling Regret Series (Lost to You and Take This Regret).
Christian Davison’s life is complete. With a ring on Elizabeth’s finger and his daughter at his side, he’s ready to run headlong into their future.
Elizabeth Ayers never believed she would again find this kind of joy—the joy of a family and the wholeness found in the touch of the man she’s always loved.
Their love is intense and their passion only grows as they set out to rediscover each other.
But life is never easy.
Rocked by the unforeseen, Christian and Elizabeth will find themselves fighting for the one thing they hold most important—family.


The door quietly latched shut behind me, and I slumped against it for support as I squeezed my eyes closed, praying…praying for it to end.

I didn’t know how much longer I could do this. Didn’t know how much more I could take.

I fought the weakness that trembled my knees, because I didn’t want to be this woman. I hated her. I didn’t recognize her.
But I didn’t know how to make her go away.
My stomach curled. Nausea spun through my gut the same way it did every time I saw Christian’s face, a tumultuous chaos that wracked my senses, confused and clouded the truth that was lost somewhere inside me.
It was visceral. A reaction I couldn’t stop. Each morning I begged for this to be the day when I opened the door and I would recognize myself. The day I would recognize Christian as the man I loved.
That I’d want him.
No one understood how desperately I wanted to.
None of them understood the way I really felt.
Clutching my chest, I gulped for air, begging for anything that would deaden this unyielding pain suffocating me from the inside out. Unbearable agony pressed and crushed, cutting deeper into the places where my life had been snubbed out, infiltrating the crevices of darkness where the light had been ripped from my soul.

It was blinding.

And there was nothing I could do to stop it.


A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.


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Dee's Review
So I read If Forever Comes immediately after finishing Take This Regret. So here I was all wound up over how the other book was going, though I was happy with the ending. I was still super emotional. Still feeling like my heart was crushed over and over.

 Then this book starts. I am sitting here like WTF is going on! This is supposed to be happy! I can't be sad. NO MORE SAD! How many times can I have my heart ripped out? Well, forget about me. How many times is Christian going to have his heart ripped out?  How many times can Elizabeth be emotionally crushed? Can she survive it again? 

Once the story starts to flow and you find out what happened, you don't get the whole story right away. Of course because that's not AL's style. But you know. You know what happened. And your heart literally breaks...again. Not just for him, but for the WHOLE family. I was afraid to continue. Do I really want to know the details? Do I really want to hear about this? 

No. I was thinking no. I didn't think I could handle the heartbreak. And I know this sounds mean, but Elizabeth come on. I know she was going through major depression, who the hell wouldn't. But I just felt like all she cared about was her hurt. Her pain. She wasn't the only one this happened to. But she couldn't see past it. What about Christian and his pain. Hell, what about Lizzy. She just keeps pushing. Why. why push him away! whyyyyy! 

All this time she is pushing, Christian is giving up. He fights until he can't anymore. I'm like no! Don't give up, you can't walk away. But when you hear what she says to him.. I'm like whoa! Words hurt too. 

Then finally he starts fighting for her! Finally!! YAY! It's like BAM it hits him! He's loved her through it all, he's not going to stop. He's gonna get his family back. Go on Christian!

See, I told you this made me emotional.
This book is a story of heartbreak. Utter and devastating heartbreak. One that I wasn't sure I was going to find the end of. But love. The love and the bond that Christian and Elizabeth share is incredible. Something you never lose. You never get away from  it. Nothing compares to its beauty. This book will have you crying, yelling, pissed, frustrated and ending with a smile. I know hard to believe, but it's true. I give this 4 hearts. Be prepared for you heart to feel broken and full of love all at the same time. 

You can find my review of Take this Regret here


2nd Prize: $20 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize: 3 signed copies of If Forever Comes

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