08 September 2014

When We Collide by A.L. Jackson

When We Collide
by A.L. Jackson.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Abuse.
Publication: November 2nd 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing.
From the bestselling author of Pulled and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love.

William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.

Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.

When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again.

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have.

Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a dark story. It is sad but with hope. It is also standing up for yourself and others who are less able to stand up for themselves. They are the heroes and William is a hero.

This story goes back and forth in time from 6 years ago to the present. I admit I had a hard time going back and forth so much that I was sometimes unsure which time it was. It frustrated me a little. But the story tells of why the younger brother William left his family and never looked back until his Aunt Lara was dying and he was called to come home and see her before she passed away. William had been living a life unfulfilled in California with another woman who didn’t seem interested in him except for his skills in the business. He wasn’t happy there anyway. So, he came home knowing that he would run into Maggie.

Maggie has come from an abusive home. It is disgusting what she endured and even more so that some douche bag boy that came into her life and started to control her and beat her and had also raped her over and over through the years. He knew where to hit her so it wasn’t noticeable. But Maggie did it to keep the attention off of her sister because Troy, aka douche bag, vowed he would go after her sister if she left him.

Six years ago at an open fire party, William came with his brother Blake during college break to have some fun. That’s where William first saw Maggie. Even though she seemed tethered to Troy he had some attachment to her he couldn’t shake. Then when Troy started yanking her back by her hair and she asked him to stop, William stepped in to stop it and there was a little altercation. No one else seemed to step in or even pay attention. I liked William just for that one simple act. Of course, she still went with douche bag.

Then something struck up between William and Maggie in secret. Then even more. Maggie felt loved for once in her life. Before he left to go back to college, he asked her to marry him and go with him. They made love and she said yes. But, Douche Bag had other plans and Maggie felt she had no choice but to make him go back to school without her.

The book starts off with William having a dream of him chasing a smaller version of himself in the woods and William would lose track of him and heard screams or saw blood. He had these dreams prior to going home. This dream was frequent. Me, I believe stuff like that happens. Because when William comes home he sees a smaller version of himself with Maggie that he had no idea of. He has a son, but Maggie isn’t confirming or denying it is his son. William finds himself loving that boy and trying to figure out how to get him and Maggie out and safe. Douche bag threatens to kill Maggie is she does anything to leaving him and he hates William still.

The story becomes a race for time to get them away and to safety and finally tell everyone the story. Because neither told their family their story before William left 6 years ago. The action had my heart racing and wanting to go there and help them because the bad guy always gets his last dig in and it usually and did pack a punch to all of them.

The sickness of abuse is awful and be forewarned there is a fair amount in the story. Thankfully, he doesn’t touch Jonathon (Maggie’s son). It is easy to see that there is no way out. My daughter had an abusive husband and we tried to get her away from him before they got married but she wasn’t backing down from getting married to him. Now that she is safe, she had felt trapped back then and finally got the courage to ask us for help. So, it is a little personal with me for these stories.

If you like stories of overcoming abuse, dreams of revelations, family, chivalry and doing the right thing, standing up against the bully, being a hero, real love than this is a story for you.

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 If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014.

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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