Friday, June 26, 2015

Promo + Review: When We Collide by A. L. Jackson

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.


A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.

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.

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I don't know how should I rate this one. One on hand, the writing is awesome and emotional engagement score is really high. On the other hand, this book just make me so sad and angry. Honestly, I prefer more happiness in my reading material.

A big portion of this book was told from the hero, William's POV. He is this sad guy who fell in love with the wrong girl. Or maybe I shouldn't say 'wrong', but definitely someone that is so difficult for him to love.

Maggie is a girl grew up in an abusive family. Her childhood history was not describe in detail but we got the gist of it. She was pretty messed up psychologically. Thinking that getting a boyfriend might take her away from her home, she hooked up with Troy, the local dirtbag, only to find out she leave one hell for another. 

William is the only person who truly see her and love her unconditionally, but her cowardice drove him away. Six years later, their path cross again when William came back to town. Will Maggie get her second chance with William again?

I really sympathize with William. Coming back to his hometown after avoiding it for years, only to see his girl married the dirtbag who abuse her. There is even a child who might or might not be his. And there's nothing he could do beside watching them from a distance. 

When it comes to Maggie, the inner feminist in me is so angry with her. Why did she stayed with an abusive husband for six goddamn long years. I want her to wake up and look at herself. Stop being delusion or living in her own bubble. 

Later on when we learn about her life after William's departure, I started to sympathize with her. Though I still want her to be strong and stand up for herself. I wonder if William didn't came back, will she still be there for the rest of her life. 

Almost towards the end, I had no idea how things will turn out. I'm at the edge of my seat awaiting how things will play out for William. Oh God. I just so worried about these two. I want him to save his girl so bad because she's definitely someone that need to be save by a knight in shining armor.

I wish the author could have spent more time dedicated to the couple being happy together after all the frustration and heartbreak that I had to went through to make the overall experience more worth it.

Recommended for those who want to shed some tears and enjoy a heartbreaking and emotionally engaging book.