Forgetting You, Forgetting Me – Monica James

Synopsis

My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.

I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.

I had everything a girl could ever want.

But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”

I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.

As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.


More Details

Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Page Length: 309
Characters:  Lucy, Sam, and Saxon
Publication Year: 2017
Format: E-book


My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit the thing that drew my attention to this book was the A) the twin thing and B) THE amnesia element. I have read a few books where it’s the main character that has suffered this and the story is about them trying to remember their life, but this one is nothing like that – and it was so good!

The story begins on Lucy’s wedding day, this is abruptly brought to a halt when she gets the message that Sam her fiancé has been in a car accident, from then on both their lives are forever changed.

I really liked Lucy, I felt connected with her for most of the book, there were some moments when she did annoy me a little bit with her behavior but I could understand where she was coming from so it kind of balanced itself out. The thing I liked about this story was that you get to see what the other person is going through when the person they love doesn’t remember them. I have to give props to her because she endures some hellish behavior from Sam, yet she doesn’t give up hope that he will get better.

Sam, in the beginning, Lucy makes Sam out to be the perfect guy, we are treated to snippets of their relationship throughout the year’s courtesy of the diaries Lucy has been keeping. Right away I felt that the way she was painting was too perfect. Nobodies life is perfect, and as the story develops you begin to see that Lucy has been viewing the world through rose colored lenses.

Sam’s memory loss is hard, he doesn’t remember anything about Lucy and in frustrated he verbally lashes out at her on multiple occasions. I understand that the head injuries he has suffered have altered him and his recovery journey is difficult but man it was really hard to like the guy when he was continually being an asshole.

Saxon – is Sam’s slightly older and bad boy esque twin brother. It’s no secret that he is the black sheep of the family.  There is a lot of mystery that surrounds him. His relationship with Sam and their long standing feud is one of the things that kept me hooked to this book. You don’t find out what has gone down between them until right at the end of the book.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this book, it’s the first one I have read by Monica James and you can be sure I’ll be checking out her other books. I would recommend if you are a fan of contemporary romance with country vibes!

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟purpleaddit1lp

 

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

6937440Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

Author Links
Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Website Pinterest


 

Advertisements

Sweet Obsession – J. Daniels

Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

Everyone knows Brooke Wicks loves to have a good time.

She’s not interested in getting serious, settling down, or limiting herself to one man. So when she meets the sexy, irresistible Mason King, she sees another opportunity to let loose and go wild. But the gorgeous Aussie isn’t interested in just a quick fling with Brooke, and if she wants to get into his bed, she’s going to have to do it on his terms.

Loving fast and hard has always been Mason’s philosophy.

He doesn’t want a meaningless connection, he wants it all, and he wants it with Brooke. When she makes her one desire known—to hit it and quit it—Mason wages a plan to ensure Brooke keeps coming back for more. Or so he hopes.

Getting her attention was the easy part. Keeping it might be damn near impossible.

Sweet Obsession is where the Sweet Addiction series meets the Alabama Summer series.


Stats

Page Length: 360
Publication Year:
2015
Genre: 
Romance
Characters:  Brooke, Mason, Joey, Billy


Thoughts

So I read Sweet Addiction a few months back and didn’t really think much more about this series after that, anyway a got an email from BookBub a couple of weeks ago and this book was one of the free ones, so I thought “Hey why not”

Story/ Characters

This story is told from the first person from both Brooke and Mason’s perspectives. I really enjoyed the writing it was nice and easy to follow and kept me engaged.

The story itself was pretty good, I’m a huge sucker for slow burn romance and this book did not disappoint! In a nutshell, Brooke is looking for a quick one time thing with Mason but Mason wants more, he gets Brooke to agree to spend time getting to know one another before they have sex.

I liked both the main characters, I  thought Brookes characters development was good, she grew a fair amount from the start of the book to the end. I really liked how patient Mason was with Brooke. The only annoyance came at the end when Mason really overacted to something and caused unnecessary drama.

Hands down the best part of the book was Joey, who is one of Brookes room mates, this guy needs his own book, he’s just great!

Favorite Quote:

“Breathe, Joey. Keep your fabulous shit together. No mauling the customers. They pay you. You love them.”

Conclusion:

This was an enjoyable light read, nothing to shout about from the rooftops. It’s the perfect sort of book if you’re looking to kill a bit time.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

purpleaddit1lp

It Started with Goodbye – Christina June

Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.


STATS

Page Length:305
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Characters: Tatum, Ashlyn, Tilly, Abby


*I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Story

This book is loosely based on Cinderella. It’s written from Tatum’s POV in the first person. It’s set over the course of one summer. The main theme of the books is growing up and taking responsibility for the choices you make. I really felt the author captured this well. In the beginning, Tate is smarting from being blamed for something she didn’t do. However, it was her decisions that lead her to be at the wrong time and place which is what she is being punished for. At this point, she doesn’t understand this and feels she is being unfairly treated.

But with a little insight from her step-grandmother (this stories Fairy God Mother) and some self-reflection Tate begins to understand that her perception and understanding of things and the people around her are not what she first thought.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It had a lot more depth to it than the synopsis lets on. I really enjoyed Tatum’s journey and personal growth. I really enjoyed all the little references to Cinderella practically Gus the CAT!

Characters

I really enjoyed Tate, she was just enough angsty that it wasn’t annoying. I like that she made good with her step-sister and step-mom in the end and that she was able to let go of her anger towards her best friend and forgive her for making a mistake. I think this showed a lot of maturity on her part as most 16-year-olds can be very unforgiving

Tilly was a real surprise, once she and Tate started talking it was a joy to read. I really liked her character and would have liked to have read more about her.

Ashlyn, at the beginning I felt was a tad childish for not talking to Tatum, but this was just out of embarrassment for her actions and for getting Tate into trouble.

Conclusion

I really liked this book it’s the first one I’ve read by Christina June. It was a really fresh take on the Cinderella story. I’ve just done a little bit of research and discovered a book from Tilly’s perspective which will be inspired by Little Red Riding Hood is being released next year – needless to say, I’ve added this to my TBR pile!

So in summary, If you like Meg Cabot’s writing then you’ll probably like this. Also if you enjoy fairy-tale retellings then you’ll like this one.

My Rating:  4/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟

It Started with Goodbye is out May 9th, 2017 you can pre-order your copy here

Holiday in the Hamptons – Sarah Morgan

Blurb: 

The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…


STATS

Page Length: 384
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Characters: Fliss, Harriet, and Seth


I received an advance copy of this through NetGallley in exchange for my review.

Professional Reader

Story

I felt this story was very well written, however it was a bit slow going in the beginning. I really liked the storyline, it’s definitely a bit different to what I’ve read recently. I thought the attention to detail was really excellent, the descriptions of the beach and surroundings were really good. I had no trouble in picturing what I was reading.

I felt that Sarah Morgan really nailed what it was like to grow up in an emotionally abusive home. The damage this did to Fliss was very accurately portrayed, I think any adult who witnessed this and experienced this as a child (myself included) will relate to some if not all of what Fliss felt.

Characters 

Fliss is such a complex character, in the beginning, I did get a little frustrated with her, her opinion of herself but as I learned more about her upbringing how her father treated her it all came together and made sense.

Seth is your typical good guy who made mistakes in his past and is now working towards fixing them. I liked how patient and understanding he was about how Fliss was feeling for the most part.

Harriet, who is Fliss’s identical twin. To begin with its plays out as if she is the complete opposite of Fliss, and this is somewhat true but here is a passage towards the end where you see she has the same feisty and protective streak that Fliss, she just hides it well.

Conclusion

To conclude I did enjoy this book. I felt it was a little drawn out with in the beginning but overall it was a good read. My Rating 3/5.


This book is due for release on 15th June 2017, Pre-order here.

Off Sides (Off #1)-Sawyer Bennett

Blurb

“I’m not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone… something… to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost… a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved…”

Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.

Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days…

STATS

Page Length: 167
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Romance, New Adult, College
Characters: Danny and Ryan

This was a freebie book which I found through BookBub, its actually still free on Amazon at the moment which you  can find here.

This was a relatively quick read for me, it’s a typical rich boy meets poor girl. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Its told from both Danny and Ryan’s perspectives which I liked.

I enjoyed both the characters, I felt connected to what each of them was going through.

Things I particularly liked were:

  • Ryan’s loyalty to Danny, he stood up to his mum when she tried to break them up.
  • Danny’s back story was really good, all the sadness and loss that she has gone through gave her character a lot of emotional depth.
  • Danny’s roommate/mother figure Paula, she always had Danny’s back and it was nice that Danny had someone there for her other than Ryan.
  • Emily, who is Ryan’s little sister. She is only featured briefly but the next book in the series is about her and I’ll probably read that at some point.

Thins that weren’t so good:

  • Major insta-love! These guys were literally swapping I love you’s after a week!
  • The chapters where Danny loses her virginity are a little cringy. 😏
  • Ryan’s Mother, she is such a bitch! Also he’s not existent father which I found strange.

Overall even though this wasn’t the best book I did enjoy it. If you enjoy college romance, then I recommend this book. My Rating 2/5

Sweet Addiction – J.Daniels

Blurb

Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.

STATS

Page Length:289
Publication Year: May 2014
Genre: Romance
Characters: Dylan, Reece, Jules and Joey


This book was pretty damn hot! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I will say from the outset that if you’re not comfortable reading fairly graphic sex scenes then this is probably not the book for you.

The thing that drew me to this book was that the premise is a bit different. The story starts with Dylan meeting Reese at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding (she’s attending because she has made the wedding cake and her best friend Jules is the wedding planner, also Reese is the friend and work colleague of Jule’s new Boyfriend) they engage in some pretty steamy bathroom sex and then part ways in a rather awkward fashion. Jules informs Dylan that Reese is married.
Dylan is angry that she has slept with a married man, which is fueled even more when Reese sends a note to her bakery asking if he can see her again. This leads Dylan to storm round to his office, where they argue and he explains that he’s not married. It turns out that Jukes got him muddled up with one of Ian’s other friends. Once this is cleared up Dylan and Reese agree to have a monogamous causal relationship.

Things I liked about this book, the chemistry between Dylan and Reese. Joey who is Dylans gay best friend and assistant is just fabulous I really loved him! He’s so sassy and fun, and I loved the ending, particularly the epilogue!

The only thing I didn’t like was Reece’s ex-girlfriend storyline, it was the usual jealous ex, stirring up trouble type of thing and I think it’s just a bit overdone at this point.

Overall if you’re looking for a steaming romantic read with lots of humor and some drama I recommend reading this book.

My Rating 4/5

Promise Me – Vivian Wood/Willow Winters

Blurb: 

The Navy made me the man I am, but I wouldn’t have survived without her.

Violet Shaw. My Vi.

I made her a promise a long time ago, and she thinks I broke it. But I never stopped loving her. I never will.I was fool four years ago. I threw what we had away, thinking it was for her own good. No girl should have to wait around for a soldier that might never come home.Everyday I thought about her; I fought to come back to her.

Now that I’m back in our hometown, I see her everywhere, as curvaceous and tempting as ever. But all she’s doing is pushing me away.

I was her first and I want to be her last.

I just need one chance.

I threw what we had away once — I won’t make that mistake again. Vi is going to be mine.

Page Length: 202
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Military/New Adult

Characters: Hunter and Violet

After reading a lengthy trilogy this was a nice change of pace. This story is centered around Hunter and Violet, who were high school sweethearts until Hunter left Violet to join the Navy. Now he is back and determined to make this right with Violet.

Although I did enjoy this story I didn’t really connect to any of the characters. I can say that I preferred Violet to Hunter, though. Hunter is your stereotype alpha male and his possessiveness was a little annoying although he did redeem himself when he beat the crap out of the guy who attacked Violet.

Umm there’s not much left to say really this book was short and sweet and I would recommend this a book to take on holiday and read by the pool.

My Rating: 3/5