Lost to You

Lost to You

by A. L. Jackson


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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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ISBN-13: 9781938404610
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing LLC
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Lost To You

By A.L. Jackson

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




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.


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

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Lost to You 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was okay overall but the ending is a cliff hanger and this is part of a series. For some reason this book is not listed as part of the series online. “Take This Regret” is listed as the first book online but is technically the second in the series. So don’t read this unless you want to read the complete series. And don’t read “Take This Regret” until reading this one. It is not a stand alone and this book will be ruined for you if you read the “second” one first. Also, the second book is not free on here but it only cost $3.99. Overall, I’d only read the second book because of the huge cliffhanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow. I don't care that it is a semi cliffhanger. I won't read the next book. I just couldn't get invested. I mean it was good but it was just a read not an experience.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
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. 
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the second book too!
Anonymous 20 days ago
If a book can make me laugh or cry, I’m in !
Anonymous 3 months ago
Cliffhanger ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story but I just hate reading about the heroine seeming so damn fragile & is about to break into a million pieces over some guy. I mean toughen her up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice reading but I hate having to buy another book for the story to continue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not enough to buy the next 2 books.
SpiderEffect More than 1 year ago
Finding the person that makes your heart skip with each word they utter is a gift all on its own. For Christian and Elizabeth – a simple class assignment will lead them into a friendship that neither could have imagined. Christian is the guy that seems to have it all. A future all planned out by his parents, the ability to live the way he chooses, and the assuredness that comes from a life of privilege. Elizabeth is everything that Christian is NOT. From her desire to move to a city that plagued her dreams, to the sweetness that Elizabeth exuded with each smile on her face….nothing about Elizabeth was like the type of person that Christian typically found himself in the company of. As the two continued to engage as study partners, Elizabeth and Christian were finding the lines of their friendship strained. Their attraction was growing by the day, but neither wanted to risking losing the bonds that they had formed. When the attraction becomes too much, where will their friendship land? Can the two find a way to remain friends and delve into the affection that is so prominent in their relationship? Lost to You is the prequel to the Regret Series by A.L. Jackson. It is an emotional journey between Christian and Elizabeth that will definitely lead you on a romantic road to finding one’s soul mate. It is a road riddled with friendship, romance, and epic heartbreak. After all, don’t we all remember that college romance that exists in our own past? Jackson will pull you into Christian and Elizabeth’s life while creating a world of ‘opposites’ for the two characters. Personally – I was pulled into this story from start to finish. Never wanting to put my reader down!! It is an emotional journey that will shed light on just how these two characters find themselves on the paths that their lives have directed them upon. Discover where Christian and Elizabeth’s journey began……you can thank me later!!
BetweentheSheets-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Lost in You is the story of Christian and Elizabeth. They met when they are paired as study partners freshman year at Columbia University. For Christian its lust at first sight. All Elizabeth sees is a cocky rich hot guy that rings all her warning bells. Elizabeth is a challenge to Christian when she doesn’t fall all over him like all the other girls in his life. What Christian doesn’t realize is that she is exactly the kind of woman he needs. Christian and Elizabeth come from completely different backgrounds. Elizabeth is a shy, sweet family girl from San Diego. She was raised by her mother after her father leaves her and her sisters. Money has always been tight for their little family but they always made it work and supported each other in everything they did. Christian is from a rich, elitist family from Virginia. Christian’s father is domineering and just plain horrible and his mother is a society woman that has no time for her son. I have to admit this book started really slow for me. I realize that this is the first in a series but the angst just wasn’t there for me. What did save me for this book was Elizabeth. She knew who she was and where she wanted to go. She wasn’t going to sacrifice any of her hard work for a pretty face. So many characters get so caught up in their man that they lose themselves. By staying true to herself Elizabeth was able to develop a strong bond of friendship that turned into a deep love with Christian. Ms Jackson in my opinion did a good job setting up the background for this series. Albeit a little slow at times LiY did hook me enough into wanting to see how this story arc continues in Take This Regret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
when I read the sample of this book.. I was completely invested. getting this book was a no brainer... the characters in this story, Christian and Elizabeth are both incredible characters. while reading this book I felt as tho I knew them and was apart of their lives, which is sometimes not always possible to feel that way(in my opinion). so while reading this first book to this incredible series I felt as tho I was involved with their growth as a couple and was there when it all started to fall into place... Christian knew that he was feeling something for elizabeth but knew she was different and was afraid to address those feelings... and when it came time to stand up for this incredible woman, it all clicked into place... this story def leaves you with omg what's about to happen... Def encourage you to read this beautiful story... you will not be disappointed.
SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
This prequel to the Take This Regret series is about how Christian and Elizabeth first met and how their relationship developed before the events that take place in the first novel. This short little beginning to the series isn't as poetic or in-depth as most of A.L. Jackson's novels, but it does let you meet the young couple before life changed them a bit more and the huge 'regret' becomes the basis for the entire series. It's a cute story where you like and respect both Christian and Elizabeth and while it isn't necessary for the series, I liked it. A nice, easy, enjoyable read, but without anything notable about it.
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fruitopia More than 1 year ago
Loved It Starting the second book soon.
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TWyke More than 1 year ago
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!