March 20, 2019

Review: Forget Me Not by Brenda Jackson

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Review: Forget Me Not by Brenda JacksonForget Me Not by Brenda Jackson
Published by HQN Books on March 26, 2019
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
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three-stars

Brenda Jackson welcomes you back to Catalina Cove, where love is waiting to be reclaimed…

Ashley Ryan never doubted that her husband, Devon, was the love of her life. Even now, three years after Devon died in a car wreck while on a business trip, Ashley can’t bring herself to move on. But when her girlfriends surprise her with a getaway to beautiful Catalina Cove, Louisiana, she gets the shock of her life when she encounters a man—bearded, more rugged than before, but unmistakably her Devon.

“Ray Sullivan” moved to this quiet coastal town after waking up in a hospital with amnesia. Haunted by a life he can’t remember, he’s built walls around his heart and a quiet life running boat tours—a life that includes no recollection of Ashley, a woman he suddenly finds himself irresistibly drawn to.

Doctors warn Ashley of the danger in forcing her husband to remember the past. Though she longs to tell him the truth, she finds herself falling all over again for a man she knows may never truly come back to her. In this place where healing and second chances are just a heartbeat away, can love take root once more?

Ray Sullivan is a man without a past. Three years ago he woke up in a hospital room with no memory of his life. Through a friendly doctor, he was able to move to the small town of Catalina Cove where he has made a new life for himself, though he is known as a bit of a recluse.
He’s sworn off women because he’s sure he has a wife out there and though there’s no guarantee he will get his memory back if it does happen, he doesn’t want to put either woman in a bad situation.

Enter Ashley Ryan, a woman still grieving the loss of her husband, Devon, three years ago. Her friends have paid for her to take a two week trip to Catalina Cove for some much needed R&R. She’s been running on fumes and shrouded in grief, and the trip is much needed.

While in Catalina Cove, Ashley meets Ray under let’s just say – not the most ideal circumstances. The man known as Ray Sullivan is none other than Devon Ryan, the husband she believed to be dead.

He has no recollection of her and after talking with friends and a doctor, she decides that she’ll spend the summer trying to woo Ray’s heart, all while keeping her true identity from him. The best idea? Absolutely not. I honestly don’t even know how so many people agreed that this would be the best course of action.

The overall pacing of the novel was a bit off for me; the middle dragged on a bit and then the ending seemed rush. I also really didn’t feel any sparks from Ray and Ashley. I kept reading more for the history of both the town and the couple than the actual romance.

While not my favorite, fans of the series may appreciate the latest installment.

three-stars

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Natalya

Natalya is an Account Manager by day and an editor and author's assistant to passionate creatives by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is catching up on her favorite television shows.

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