Author: A.L. Jackson
Published: Self | Sept 19, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Series: Take This Regret
Lost To You (Novella)
Take This Regret
If Forever Comes
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If Forever Comes, the final chapter in the New York Times Bestselling series, Take This Regret.Review:
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.
I'm so sick and tired of writing these 3 star reviews, I'm pretty sure I've read more than 5 okay stories this month alone and that too, back to back. Fun! NOT. I'm so desperately in need of an awesomesauce book that would blow my mind and remind me why I love reading in the first place. Help!
Now on to the actual review...where do I even begin? If Forever Comes was one of my most anticipated reads this year, I loved loved loved Take This Regret and even though that one had a pretty good HEA, I wanted more of Christian and Elisabeth. Well, my wish came true but sadly I didn't like the direction the story went in at all. Sometimes I wonder, how much can a person handle in life? At what point is it too much? And that was the case with If Forever Comes. Christian and Elizabeth have already gone through enough hard times together and individually, and the one they had to go through in this book (however sad and tragic it might be) was certainly too much in my opinion. Throughout the story, I kept thinking- We've already been through this, why is there a repeat? What does it prove? And why the fuck didn't Christian learn anything from his mistakes? Even though this was a well written story that brought gut-wrenching emotions from me, at the end of the day, I don't think it adds anything to the series.
If Forever Comes is told in a before and after style and from the first page, we know something horrible has happened between Christian and Elizabeth. Instead of living their happy ever after and being a whole family, they both are separated and back to square one. Elizabeth lives with her daughter Lizzie in her old house and Christian has moved back in his own. They both want nothing to do with each other and that's sad because atleast in the last one Christian really worked hard to get Elizabeth back and won her trust completely. Also, he reason for his behavior in this book was so ridiculous--he gave Elizabeth some space because he wanted her to find her way to him. ?!? I call that BULL! But also Elisabeth wasn't all good either. She was depressed all the time and event though I sympathized with her and felt her pain, I didn't appreciate what she did in the end. It was so uncalled for!!! Seriously, aren't we over that phase? And the person I felt the most hurt for was Lizzie. That poor kid has probably gone through enough changes in few years to last a lifetime, but I applaud her for still being so strong and happy and positive all the time. I do want to talk about the issue that took place in this book, I didn't hate Elizabeth for her reaction towards it because that's natural and every person reacts differently, so I won't hold her actions against her. Even if she pushed Christian away and didn't wanted to see his face, I had no problem with Elizabeth. What I don't get is why Christian never fought back and supported her. That was a big mistake on his part.
Even though I wasn't a fan of this sequel, I still think it was a good effort and should be read by die hard AL Jackson fans. If Forever Comes did have those powerful emotions and teary eyed dialect that only Jackson know how to write. Get your tissues in hand! However, I did enjoy the romance and swooned over those heartwarming scenes. Christian and Elizabeth do love each other tremendously and it shows. The epilogue was, for obvious reasons, my favorite part. It was beautiful, romantic and exactly what C & E needed. Probably the best I've ever read!!! If Forever Comes wasn't what I expected, nevertheless I enjoyed it and would highly recommend this series to fans of second chance romance and reunion storylines.