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Friday, July 3, 2015

REVIEW: When We Collide by A.L. Jackson

When We Collide 
by A.L. Jackson
Release Date: November 1st 2012 by A.L. Jackson
Pages: 340
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
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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.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

When We Collide is a story about loss, second chances and love...

This was such a emotional book that will grip you until the very end. Not having read any other works by A.L. Jackson before I was intrigued with the synopsis and as I read the book I found myself captivated by main characters.

Told in two different perspectives, the story starts off introducing William and the dreams that haunt him in his sleep as he struggles to find where he belongs. Having spent the last six years of his life running from those that care about him, William has been working in California while trying to make a name for himself, but that all soon comes to an end when his brother calls him giving him bad news. Not thinking twice, William packs up and heads home, the very same place where he couldn't stand being in six years before. Now he has to face the people that he left behind, including the girl of his dreams, Maggie. When he sees her in his parent's house, there is no denying that what they had before hasn't left and when he sees the little boy with her he is more determined to find out if he left a son behind as well as his heart when he left six years ago.

Maggie has suffered her whole life, being a victim of domestic violence growing up, she is ready to leave everything behind. With one thing leading up to another, she meets William and she feels safe and loved. But that soon ends when her boyfriend threatens to go after her sister if she leaves town with William. Now she is all grown up and married to the same man that almost killed her six years ago, but leaving him is out of the question when her son is involved, and now that William is back she is ready to protect him and make him forgive her for hurting his heart.

I enjoyed reading the story, and how the characters found their happiness in the end. The story is set up with them not being able to be with each other as they recall the event of their past. We get flashbacks of when they met the first time, and how they got together when they were teens. Throughout the book, I found myself captivated by William and his character in general. He is sweet and caring towards Maggie that is understandable the decisions that he makes after leaving his childhood home. He had to go through rough times in order to go back to his old life, and having achieved success for himself he is able to focus on what he left behind. On the other hand, Maggie is such a sad and sweet character. She has had a rough life yet she can't get herself to leave. The story is moving and it also brings awareness to domestic violence victims. The ending was truly the best, it brought a beautiful conclusion to their rough journey. If you're looking for the perfect romance story full of realistic events and second chances at love then I would highly recommend this book, it will not disappoint. :)

***A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 4.5/5

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RuthB said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the idea of including domestic violence in a book and it seems that this book deals with the topic in a serious and respectful way!
Thanks for sharing your review
Ruty @Reading...Dreaming

Jackie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Ruty B.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

When We Collide has been on my TBR list for a while but I also haven't read anything by A.L. Jackson. I think I'd like the characters in this book and I'm glad that you enjoyed it :) Great review!

Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

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