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Take This Regret

(Regret #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  23,700 ratings  ·  1,699 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 298 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing LLC (first published July 27th 2011)
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Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christy by: Anna
4 stars!

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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
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
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Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
I want to start off by saying that this review is completely 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 got personal.

This is not was good reviewers do. Good reviewers take the entire book into consideration. Good reviewers analyze the writing, t
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
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

"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
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
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
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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
Annie Brewer
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone that loves romance
Recommended to Annie by: Erin
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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

...simply BEAUTIFUL!!!

Geri Reads
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenn by: Jo Jo
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
Dilek VT
May 08, 2019 marked it as never-no-way
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!
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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.
P.A. Lupton
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Gail McHugh
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone in the mood for a fantastic read!
Recommended to Stephanie by: TWCS Group
Shelves: ebook, chick-lit, twcs
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
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed
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'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
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Amy Lichtenhan 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

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“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.” 80 likes
“Never would I take what I’d been given for granted. I’d never look at her through indifferent eyes, listen to her fears and worries with distant ears, or touch her with impassive hands. Elizabeth was a gift and Lizzie was my treasure. I would adore my family until the day I died.” 77 likes
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