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When We Collide [Kindle Edition]

A.L. Jackson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

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5-Star Review "I have to say, she has once again hit it out of the ballpark for me. This was a raw and emotional read... To take a phrase from the book, 'It stole my breath.'" ~Jackie Lane, Jax's Book Magic

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of Lost to You 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.

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.

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart.

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.


"When We Collide is a dark and gritty page turning read with dynamic emotions. The powerful force of her words brought forth both fear and love at the same time in me, making this author one of my favorites to read. She does it every time." ~Taryn, My Secret Romance

5- Star Review "As a lover of words I understand that they are extremely powerful. When chosen correctly, they convey so much. The ability to build suspense in such a way that it effects the reader physically is an art. Pulled and Take This Regret both set the bar pretty high, When We Collide not only met my expectations, but exceeded them and left me wanting more. AL Jackson is truly at the top of her game and has secured a place in my list of favorite authors."
~Teresa, Teresa's Reading Corner

5-Star Review "There is an old saying that goes 'Love heals all wounds,' and I have always believed that to be true. A.L. Jackson has proven once again that love does indeed heal all wounds, both physical and emotional when the love that is given is pure and true." ~Janna, My Secret Romance

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Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938404270
  • Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Z643NA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
“William. My secret, my heart. The beautiful man I’d lain with for hours under the stars, our lives poured out in a torrent of stories and words. The way he held me while I shared the ones that hurt me the most. How he touched me, the way he made me feel incredibly safe. How that hold had escalated from safety to ecstasy as the soft pads of his fingers would dance across my lips when he locked himself to me, the perfect weight of his body, the expression on his face when he came. The heartbreak in his eyes when I told him goodbye.”

There are some love stories that will take you on such intensely emotional journeys, shake you to the very core of your being, make you scream, cry, curse, throw things against walls, but also fill you with more hope than you ever thought possible – THIS is one of those books. William and Maggie are going to become two names you might forget one day but you will never forget their story. You will never forget how much it hurt to ‘live’ their life with them, how much emotion you invested in their happiness and how cruel you learned life could be to those who least deserve it.

William has been raised in a loving and supportive household, his family ties being the pillar or everything he is, everything he knows and everything he holds dear. One night while sitting around a bonfire with some friends, he sees Maggie and he is inexplicably drawn to her. Everything about her mesmerizes him – her every shy movement, her every reluctant word, her every timid glance directed his way – their connection is irreversibly forged that night. But Maggie is a troubled young woman. Her fragility comes from never having known what being loved felt like.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking - 3.5 Stars November 9, 2012
I love A.L. Jackson's writing. She has such a gift with words, I was genuinely excited to learn she had a new book out. When We Collide is a gripping, heartbreaking, frustrating read. When I first started reading it, I was actually weary that Jackson had just combined the themes from her first 2 books (Pulled and Take this Regret) and spun them into a 3rd book. Parts of it seemed so familiar. This is a very hard review to write so I think it may be easier if I break this down into what I liked vs. what I disliked in this book.

The Good:
- Jackson's writing is wonderful, most of her characters (including secondary ones) seem real. And she writes some of the best angst out there!
- In parts of the book I was on the edge of my seat, heart pounding, dreading turning the page b/c I was so worried for the characters.
- The love scenes are well done, very emotional and relevant to the story.

The Not-So-Good:
- I didn't like the flashbacks. We did need the backstory, but I almost feel it would have been better to just start the book 6 years earlier, tell that whole story up to the break up and then have the next part start 6 years later when William has to return to MS. It seems pretty disjointed the way it is and when I would get into one part of the story, it jerked to the past over and over again.
- There is actually very little 'present day' interaction b/t the H/h. In a romance, I want to see the couple together. Especially after a 6 year separation, I want to see how they deal with eachother and how their past decisions affect their current interactions. The author accomplished this beautifully in Take this Regret, so I was expecting more of the same and was sadly disappointed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When We Collide January 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
'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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No connection made :( January 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was halfway through this book before I had my first pleasurable moment reading it and sadly there weren't many after that. I never felt a connection with either of the main characters. The constant flashing back and to present day just weren't needed. Why not just start the book six years earlier and then go from there? I didn't want to stop it once I started, I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. I spent most of the book just trying to get to the end. Sadly, this book was just lacking.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Novel
I don't often give 5 star reviews: a book would have to be perfect in my eyes. And this does it! This is the first time I've read A.L. Read more
Published 21 days ago by shutlbug
5.0 out of 5 stars "I don't know how to stop loving you"
This is the first time that a read a book from A.L. Jackson and must to say it was, great! I like the way this story is developed, the theme is not easy but is not cover under... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Paula Villagómez
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly Good
William walked away from everything he’s ever known and loved. For the past six years he’s taken on a cold persona; nothing like the man he once was. Read more
Published 29 days ago by N. Winningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Love her writing
A L Jackson can write her stories are full of emotional angst but she has to get more creative with her characters.
Published 1 month ago by Kallie
4.0 out of 5 stars Collision Course of Tangled Emotions
I procrastinated reading this one. Based on my experience reading AL Jackson's other published books, I knew I will get sucker-punched and succumb into a jumbled state of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pink Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Very repetitious story
In this book I found that there was a lot of "repeating" of situations! It was the typical I loved you, lost you
And found you again story.
Published 2 months ago by Shelli Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
this is definitely a 5 star book, warning you will cry.. this book was amazing and well written. I'm in love with all of A.L. Jackson books :)
Published 2 months ago by megan crisp
5.0 out of 5 stars You've done it again AL Jackson
Beautiful love story !!!! Al Jackson has done it again!! I have read all her books and with each new book, she just gets better!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Hargrove
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and heart-breaking!
If you haven never read a book written by A.L. Jackson, I would highly recommend that you do. She is one of my “go to” authors. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy duty themes; emotional read.
This is a very emotional story that deals with some heavy duty themes: physical abuse, rape, and spousal abuse. So readers, brace yourselves. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. E. Gonzalez
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A.L. Jackson 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 beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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