When We Collide

When We Collide

by A.L. Jackson


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781938404849
Publisher: A.L. Jackson
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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When We Collide 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
i was really excited to read this because i adored both Pulled & Take This Regret. i was not disappointed. i was hooked at the dedication: "because it shouldn't hurt to be touched." This is a story about Maggie and William & how you make certain decisions based on your past experiences and finding your way back from them. i had an ache in my chest the entire time i was reading because the writing is so intense that you feel like you are William/ Maggie. i even found myself crying during the flashback of their first time together and not because it was sad but because you can feel the emotions behind it.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'When We Collide' is an emotional novel that deals with love, loss, family, and hope. It's wonderfully written with a great pace. The author's attention to detail and descriptions of the setting and characters made this book really rich and beautiful. It was easy to imagine myself alongside the characters in the novel and the setting was so completely described that I could almost feel the sun on my skin and the smell of the leaves. The characters are well rounded and very realistic. They aren't stereotypical and have flaws, which made them easy to identify with and understand. The relationship and struggles between William and Maggie were heart-wrenching and made me want to help fix all their problems. The story itself is layered and deals with serious issues like family, betrayal, love, loss, and hope. Although there is definite suffering and pain throughout the story, it only made it that much more realistic and heartwarming to read. It shows us that life doesn't always go the way we want or the way we plan, but sometimes things work out the way they were meant to anyways. Overall, this is a wonderful contemporary romance that has a deeper story line than most - it's one that will resonate with the reader long after they have finished reading it. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
tifmich6 More than 1 year ago
My new favorite theme seems to be long lost loves finding their way back to each other, and A.L. Jackson is to blame for that. This is the third book of hers that I have read and it does not disappoint. Like Take This Regret and Pulled, this is a love story with complications and obstacles in the way of true love. She does a brilliant job with the characters and draws you into their lives. I am not the best review writer as I don't want to post spoilers, but this is another must read.
PaigeJ More than 1 year ago
A.L. Jackson is one of my favorite authors. She's auto buy and auto read. This book I first bought as an audible book and listened as I was taking a vacation. I had a really difficult time enjoying that version. I didn't connect with the characters and stopped part way through because the narrator wasn't working for me. When I stopped listening and started reading, I began to fall into the story a bit more. The angst and drama kept me interested even if at times it seemed a bit much. By the end I was in book heaven but I just didn't love the beginning. I really think it was more the narrator than the story but overall this story was good but just not my favorite from this author. At some point I'm going to do a reread and see if I can't fall in love from the beginning this time.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 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.***
SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
This novel deals with some deeply disturbing issues so if you're trying to avoid those, you might wish to skip this novel. I personally felt like I had been through the emotional wringer during this book, which means the author did her job well writing it. However, I also try to avoid stories that hit too close to home on certain issues. My reading is for escaping life so I don't often read realistic stories much. Maybe that's why my main genre is paranormal romance, though I will go for contemporary romance if it deals with things like macho military men or romantic suspense. This little gem didn't strike me as deeply as the author's more recent books, but it deals very well with domestic abuse and how it can trap someone. I really love how well A.L. Jackson deals with the issue and actually gets into the mind of someone trapped in a place she hates so much, yet continues to stay. Not a lot of people understand the terror and trauma of domestic abuse, nor do a lot of people understand why someone would stay in that situation. Sometimes, it isn't as easy as it seems to leave. A.L. Jackson did a wonderful job of portraying that horrible situation in a way that was realistic. For that alone, I almost gave the book 5 stars. The characterization wasn't as well done as her more recent novels, though, and the poetry was a bit more lacking in this novel then the last few. I also didn't like William as much as most of the author's main protagonists, even though he was a decent enough guy. He just wasn't as likable as say Jared from the Closer to You series. So this is a great story about domestic abuse and a deep love that lasts through years of separation, so definitely read this is you're an A.L. Jackson fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard for me to understand the devastation that one must feel when they are in an abusive relationship, since I have never been there. I just kept repeating, get out...how could anyone make you stay? Thankfully William finally helped Maggie see that everyone deserves better!!
chelleq More than 1 year ago
This book was bittersweet with all the tragedies that occurred, especially to Maggie. It's sad that Will walked away when he did because things would have ended differently than what he did. Too bad Maggie did not find the courage to tell Will why she pushed him away. I'm glad that she finally got the courage to break the life cycle for her son. It broke my heart that Johnathan did not have the right childhood he deserved to have. The twists to the storyline made it enjoy able to read
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I enjoyed the story
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This was a page turner for me. Heart breaking characters with a very moving storyline who you just want to see be happy by the end. I would recommend.
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rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful love story about a second chance. I won’t say I enjoyed this book, because, wow, it was dark and deep, so enjoy is probably not the right word, but I read every word and absorbed it and found myself really pulling for Will and Maggie to make it in the long run. Jackson did an amazing job of creating such a scared character in Maggie.  She has had an incredibly hard life. Will has had just the opposite, but they were so drawn to each other, until they were pulled apart. The cover is what drew me to the book, I can’t lie, and it is gorgeous. I couldn’t wait to read this one, and it didn’t disappoint me in the least! An amazing story that was beautifully written about a sensitive topic.  I don’t want to say too much more because I don’t want to give too much away.  This is one of those books that I definitely could!
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I read "Lost to You" and "Take this Regret" by the same author and I absolutely devoured and loved them. The subject line of this book was disturbing and I did not find the writing to be engaging. I felt like I was reading a book written by a different author. I do not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will never understand why women stay in abusive relationships.....I saw my mom get abused almost my entired life and I chose that I would not be victimized by no one...the main character was weak and Willian a coward...I hated this story!!!
Avid-Reader25 More than 1 year ago
Wow! A.L. Jackson has once again written an amazing book. However, if you have ever been a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse this book may be hard for you to read. There were so many heartbreaking and heart stopping moments in this book that I was anxious throughout reading it. The end just about gave me a heart attack! Even though it was hard to read about what Maggie and Jonathan went through,I loved reading this book! I hope that if any of the readers are going through similar situations they will seek help.
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This is a must read!!
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