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People come into our lives. Some stay, and many go. Some build us up, while most tear us down. They become our friends, our enemies, our lovers, our tormentors.

Christian Davison came into mine, and I knew I'd never be the same.

To Elizabeth Ayers, New York City had always been a dream. She's worked her entire young life to make it here.

Groomed to one day take over his ...

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People come into our lives. Some stay, and many go. Some build us up, while most tear us down. They become our friends, our enemies, our lovers, our tormentors.

Christian Davison came into mine, and I knew I'd never be the same.

To Elizabeth Ayers, New York City had always been a dream. She's worked her entire young life to make it here.

Groomed to one day take over his father's law firm, attending Columbia University was Christian Davison's only option.

Neither wanted anything more until they sat across from each other at a café table after being paired as study partners.

Christian wants her, but Elizabeth knows better than to give into their intense attraction. Yet there is little she can do to stay away.

Lost to You, the prequel to the bestselling romance, Take This Regret. A New Adult novella, recommended for readers 17+. It's unnecessary to have read Take This Regret to enjoy Lost to You.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938404788
  • Publisher: A. L. Jackson
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 553,761
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Lost To You


By A.L. Jackson

Sapphire Star Publishing

Copyright © 2013A.L. Jackson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-938404-61-0


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

Christian

She sat across from me, this beautiful girl who had to be both the cutest and sexiest thing I'd ever seen. A rich tenor rang in her words, this modest kind of confidence that sucked me in, while her cheeks seemed to continually light with a gentle flush when she said anything that embarrassed her in the slightest way. A sublime contradiction, self-assured and shy.

How ironic it was her. But really, I shouldn't have been all that surprised. I always knew what I wanted it the moment I saw it.

Shifting against the hard wood of the chair, I leaned forward and struggled to pay attention to the words she spoke as I stared, mesmerized by that perfect mouth. One elbow was propped on the table, her head tilted to the side as she supported it with her fingertips. Sun-streaked waves of dark blonde hair fell down around one side of her heart-shaped face as she thumbed through the thick textbook resting on the table between us. Concentration edged her brow, her pouty lips pulling into a thin line whenever she became engrossed in something she read.

I'd shared two short emails with her last night, and we arranged to meet at this little café during the time we both had a break in our classes. Of course, at that time, I had no idea who my American Government study partner would turn out to be. The little description she had given I'd scribbled on the note that was now crumpled in my front pocket. Elizabeth Ayers, long, blonde hair. At the bottom, I'd jotted her cell phone number.

Yeah, I'd be holding on to that.

A groan of apparent dread slipped through her lips and the sound almost caused me to release one of my own. "Have you looked through this syllabus?" She glanced up, then back at the small stapled pack of papers laid out between us. "There's going to be a ton of memorization. I'm pretty sure this is going to be a pretty difficult class," she said seriously, completely focused on the information she was devouring as her eyes roved over the page. "You have no idea how happy I was to find that sign-up sheet for a study partner. I don't know about you, but I can't afford to get a bad grade in this class."

She scribbled something in her notebook, licked her lips, rambled mostly to herself.

And I just stared.

Fifteen minutes ago, before I'd walked through the door of the café and seen her, I'd been all wrapped up in this grade, too. I'd been just as worried about who my partner would be, figuring it'd be my luck to get paired with some loser who would take advantage of my time and my hard work. I'd have dealt with it, too, sucked it up and worked my ass off because I had no other choice. There was no way in hell I'd give my dad another reason to ride me because I had a grade slipping below his approval.

But no, I'd walked through the door and it was her, and since then, I'd had a really hard time focusing on anything but the fluid lilt of her voice and the amber warmth of her soft brown eyes.

Shock had frozen me in the doorway when I entered and was met with the face of the same girl I hadn't been able to shake from my mind since the first day of our American Government class last week. When the class was dismissed, I gathered my things and stood to leave. Looking up to make my way down the aisle of steps, I glimpsed just the side of her face when she cast a furtive glance behind her as she headed out the door. My breath had caught. Since then that face had slipped in and out of my mind, creeping into my thoughts, making recurrent appearances in my dreams.

My reaction to her had been just as strong when I walked through the door today.

Girls didn't do this me. And she'd managed it twice. Sitting across from her now, I knew I had to have her. Even if it was only once.

Pausing, she looked up at me, her eyes narrowed in what appeared both humor and mild agitation. "Christian, did you hear anything I said?" she asked, her gaze wandering my face for an answer. "Please tell me you're not going to make me do all this work myself."

I attempted to shake off the visceral reaction that had my body itching to take what I instinctively knew would be mine. "Of course I heard you. Class is going to be a ton of work. I'm good with that." I grinned at her. "And no, I'm not going to make you do all the work." I nudged her foot under the table with mine, flashing the same smile I'd learned years ago was the surest way to get what I wanted. And what I wanted right then was her. "What kind of guy do you think I am?"

Heat rose to her cheeks. I could almost feel her warmth radiating across my face in confused waves, this sweet shyness that seemed to be lacking from every other girl I'd run across since I came to this city. Lacking in every girl I'd come into contact with in the last four years, really. I could feel the attraction that mingled with it, though it was flanked by a strong current of self- preservation.

"I haven't figured that out yet," she said as she straightened and pitched her head to the side as she slowly tapped the backside of her pen on her notepad, studying me for intent.

Her steady gaze locked on me, as if she contemplated who or what I was, while mine was unruly, my eyes wandering on their own accord. They traveled the curved line of her jaw, down her neck, to the expanse of perfect skin exposed above the V of her T-shirt. Could anyone blame me that I wanted to bury my face there? I wondered how long it'd be before she let me.

When I brought my attention back up, her expression had shifted and she sat back, a knowing smirk settling on her face, though it seemed to be hiding something deeper in the warmth of her honey eyes. It looked like disappointment.

An unfamiliar feeling curled in my stomach.

Guilt.

I looked away, down at my hands clenched together on the table in front of me.

Everything about her swam with innocence, but her eyes were too sharp to speak of naivety. She knew exactly what I was thinking as my gaze caressed the soft slope of her neck. Most girls would be crawling all over me by now, but Elizabeth looked like maybe she'd just decided she didn't want anything to do with me.

Swallowing, I tried to reel myself in.

I was fucking this all up, and I had no idea why I cared. But I did. I mean, I didn't want a relationship or anything, but I wanted ... something. The expression on Elizabeth's face told me she'd already decided what that was.

Yeah. Definitely fucking this up.

She went back to flipping through the pages, meticulous as she mapped out our study plan for the semester. She asked me several questions about my strengths, my schedule, when and where I preferred to have our study sessions. Even though she was so obviously worried about her grade, there was no doubt in my mind she was going to ace this class.

"Where are you from, Elizabeth?" The words were abrupt, and I shifted in my seat, leaning farther across the small table with my elbows digging into the wood, edging her direction. Honey kissed every inch of her—her hair, her eyes, her skin—and I knew she couldn't be from around here.

"Uh ... San Diego," she said almost absently, absorbed in the words she wrote, before she surprised me by stopping and looking up at me with a wistful smile. "I lived there my whole life. This is the first time I've been out of California. I still can't believe I'm in New York City. It's crazy." With a small, contented shake of her head, she bit at her lip and picked up where she'd left off, the fluid sweep of her hand across the paper as she planned.

"This is the first time you've been out of California?" Incredulity dropped from my mouth. H
(Continues...)


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Intense...

    I loved this book. I was so caught up with the shere emotions of the main characters. Intense and gripping of a love so strong. I recommend reading this book before reading (Take this Regret). It has been said that it is not necessary to do so, which it true. But to truly get involved in the depth of Christain & Elizabeth's relationship it's is so worth doing so.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Boring

    Short only 130 pages. Actually pretty boring. Its a short story about a young female and male who meet im college. Ambitiuos amd studying hard for future careers as lawyers. Surprise.....they fall in love. Lacks turmoil and a true climax. Save your money.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Enjoyed it!

    Read the second book too!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

    I absolutely loved this novella. And...I cheated a little. I rea

    I absolutely loved this novella. And...I cheated a little. I read this one before I read Take This Regret, but I'm glad I did it that way. I felt like I had a better connection to the characters and I think it helped me like Christian more. I'm not sure I would have fallen as in love with him had I read TTR first. I loved seeing how their relationship developed and how it fell apart. Definitely a must read with this series. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Lost to You by A.L. Jackson is a terrific HEA read.  Don't let t

    Lost to You by A.L. Jackson is a terrific HEA read.  Don't let the size fool you, it packs a pretty solid punch.  I adore Elizabeth and Christian and love how their differences brought them together, and held them together.  There is so much emotion and such a strong story line in just 166 pages.  Lost to You never misses a beat.  Perfect!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Cute

    This book is about two 18 yr old kids just in college, so if u r looking for an adult romance this is not it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    I found it hard to finish this book - nothing happens! Christian

    I found it hard to finish this book - nothing happens! Christian is longing for Elizabeth, Elizabeth is longing for Christian - then repeat. The characters were completely under developed and I felt like I knew nothing about them other than that they want each other and go to college. I'll have to check out the other book, but this one just fell flat. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Loved it!!

    This prequel was such a lovely read. It was so insightful to the love Christian and Elizabeth shared!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Loved It Starting the second book soon.

    Loved It

    Starting the second book soon.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Absolutely loved getting to know how these characters met! I rea

    Absolutely loved getting to know how these characters met! I read TTR first, so reading this made me fall in love with the characters all over again,  before finally re-reading TTR, and ending with WFC. Love this series! One of my all-time faves! 

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    5+++ STARS!!! I am blown away again by AL Jackson's writing! A M

    5+++ STARS!!! I am blown away again by AL Jackson's writing! A MUST READ!!!
    full review on Books Unhinged Book Blog
    ~StacyHgg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Ok

    I would have to say that this book is just ok. I don't regret reading it, but I wouldn't reread it. I just couldn't connect to the characters or the story.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    I loved reading about how Christian and Elizabeth met. Such a g

    I loved reading about how Christian and Elizabeth met. Such a great love story!

    The development of both characters was perfect. I love how their relationship started off as friends then went to the level of lovers. I am so glad I read this book first and then Take This Regret. It was good to read about how they were when they were in college and how they grew individually and together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Nude

    The people on this cover are nude and you can basicly see the womans complete breast.two naked people on the cover it must be srupid.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Since I had read Take this Regret before I spent the whole time

    Since I had read Take this Regret before I spent the whole time crying my eyes out, great prequel

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    This is a prequel to Take This Regret. Even though I don¿t think

    This is a prequel to Take This Regret. Even though I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary, I would read TTR first. Elizabeth & Christian meet in college & even though they are both attracted to each other, Elizabeth fights with herself to keep things between them platonic. Even though they come from two different worlds, they get along great & eventually begin to date. Christian’s parents pose a threat to their relationship because his father believes Elizabeth is beneath him. I loved TTR & am glad that LTY gave me the opportunity to get a glimpse into how their relationship started & just how much they loved each other. LTY definitely helped me connect more with Elizabeth & can more easily understand her reluctance to let him back into her life. A.L. Jackson’s work is amazing & I will be a fan for life. I will continue to read as long as she keeps writing. Very glad to find out that she’ll be writing another book in this series. 

    - There were a rare few in this world who could stop me in my tracks, but it was only Elizabeth who could bring me to my knees. -Christian

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Simply enjoyable

    This is a must read before venturing into Take This Regret. This tells the building of the relationship between Christian and Elizabeth. Elizabeth challenges Christian to think beyond his life of privilege and to become a better person. She flourishes with his love. Before the end of the book, you are left believing they have an unbreakable bond, which is challenged by life's events. The book is not very long and a quick & enjoyable read. If you find this as enjoyable as I do, I would recommend you have "Take This Regret" waiting on your bookshelf because as soon as you finish this book, you will want to know the outcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    The best time to review a book is a few days after you finish re

    The best time to review a book is a few days after you finish reading it. By then, your opinion can be summed up in an overall impression. For me, that impression was boredom.

    I remember liking the romance between Christian and Elizabeth, but I don't think I'll ever re-read it (which, in the end, is the way I rate the books read).

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    If you haven't already read "Take This Regret" I recom

    If you haven't already read "Take This Regret" I recommend you read this book first. This is the story of what brought Elizabeth and Christian together. There's nothing earth shattering or jaw dropping about this book. It's just a quick sweet read about two people falling in love. I actually read "Take This Regret" first, and after reading this, and seeing how much they honestly love each other, I can't believe the way Christian did Elizabeth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Great story intro

    This is definitly worth reading. It providees gread background or context for the following book. Don't let the short 130pages drive you away from this book (it almost did me) because on my nook each page number last three pages. So this book is really about 390 pages long. I would highly reccomend it!

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