When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
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.
I feel like the genre Contemporary Romance gives people the impression of something light and fluffy and full of romantic gushiness. Those are the first labels most people think of when they hear Contemporary Romance. However, sometimes there is more to it than that. Sometimes it is nothing like that.
This book, for instance, is not light or fluffy. There are no big romantic gestures that come merely to appease the audience. And there is no gush. This book is about the more tragic kinds of love. It’s hard and rough around the edges. It shows how love can hurt. How it can be brutal.
I enjoyed the story. It wasn’t what I come to expect from the genre and I welcomed it. There are lots of heart-wrenching moments throughout. The ending was very intense and I couldn’t put it down for about the last 50 pages.
Best aspect: The ending – it was completely captivating and non-putdownable.
Worst aspect: The book failed to fully pull me in – while there were plenty of sad/heartbreaking/brutal moments, I never cried, and I never felt the full connection needed to REALLY be affected by the story.
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