Blogger Template by Blogcrowds.


(Blurb): Lily had a crush on her brother's best friend, Derek for years - which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it's hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily has no idea where to turn.

Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can't stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it's Jack who is there to pick up the pieces - and show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn't know she was missing.

Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process?

See where it began in the short story, "Her Brother's Best Friend." Although there is a story before and the upcoming release "Lily of the Valley" follows this title, THERE IS NO CLIFFHANGER IN THIS BOOK. IT IS A STANDALONE STORY.


Book Information:

Published August 24th, 2013
Age: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Warning: Explicit content

About the Author: Sarah Daltry




Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Forget Me Not is her second full length novel, although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her other novel, Bitter Fruits, was available shortly, but is now in the contract phase with a major publisher. When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

Review:

For those of you that are not into erotica type books, I will start by saying that I tend to get confused as to where the "erotica" line gets drawn. So if you see that in the "Book Information" section, I suggest reading my review before necessarily counting a book out. For me, I tend to mark erotica as anything with more than a few explicit scenes.

That being said, don't let that tag deter you - Forget Me Not was a wonderful book!

What I liked:
I know what it's like entering college. New place. New friends. New living environment. New classes. It all adds up and adds new stress to whatever may be going on in your life at the time. What I liked is that the author was able to convey this balancing act wonderfully - and even better - she was able to show what happens when your life starts tumbling out of control during this college transition time.

The book starts by showing how Lily is entering college and adjusting to the new life. Lily is pretty naïve when it comes to a lot of the situations, but she isn't ignorant. She learns how to adapt and as her new life unfolds the story turns into a beautiful coming of age story (Lily finding what really matters in her life and who she wants to be).

Now, I make that story sound all sweet and innocent. Newly 18 year old Lily going off on her own for the first time, innocent. It's not. Lily may not know who she is exactly, but she knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to go after it. After a couple of brief and random encounters with the dark and mysterious Jack, Lily finds herself fantasizing about more than her future career...

I've said this many times, and I'll say it many more - I'm a sucker for bad boys. Dark haired, tattooed, Harley driving, smart mouthed bad boys. So when Jack walks into my life...I mean Lily's life...it's instant desire. Jack has a bit of a ...ahem...wild side...that he introduces Lily to and Lily joins right in - no questions asked. And man is it steamy. Actually, I'm not sure if steamy is the correct word. To me steamy usually implies hot, sweaty, lovey, craving sex. What Jack and Lily have got goin on is all that and more! (Note - This is not a BDSM type book - it's just wild ;-))

What I didn't like:
I'm not a fan of love triangles. As much as I feel for the characters, I start to pull away when I notice they're all being pulled in different directions and saying one thing while they're doing another (...literally). While Forget Me Not isn't what I'd consider a "true" love triangle, it does have some of those elements.

More so, though, I think this type of element made some of the conflicts between the characters come off as childish. Granted, I the characters are all fairly young (freshman) so I guess it fits the environment. But I found some of the conflict (both inter-character and intra-character) to be too wishy-washy at times.

I also wish that Jack's situation had been developed a little more. While I understood that what he had gone through was rough (to say the least), his emotions were not really pulled out for me. I felt bad for him, but considering his circumstances, I could have felt a lot more towards his character. This is only book 1 though and I'm not sure how other characters' back stories will play out in detail later on.

Overall, Forget Me Not is a book that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a coming of age story with a little bit of a dark edge and a whole lot of body contact. I enjoyed the characters and felt that the story played out at the right pace - and at no time did any of the characters make those really stupid decisions that cause you to yell "WHY?!?!"  the entire time. To me, that can be a big turn off. And while I say the characters sometimes acted "wishy-washy", their thoughts and actions really weren't outside that of an 18 year old and the situations were resolved maturely.

Note:
Word from the author, Sarah, is that The second book, Lily of the Valley, comes out 9/26 and is simultaneous (plus a little longer in the end) from Jack's point of view. So I'm sure some of my Jack questions will be answered and I can't wait!!

Ratings:

Romance: fiery
Character development: ****+
Writing quality: ****+
Plot Progression: ****
Dialog: ****


My Rating:







P.S. Don't forget to head on over to The Book Cove's Facebook page where we're having a huge giveaway in December. It's a ways away, I know, but new prizes are added frequently!

2 Comments:

  1. Sarah Daltry said...
    Thank you :)
    Marika said...
    Great book review for a book that I'll pick up to read soon.

Post a Comment



Newer Post Older Post Home

© The Book Cove, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to The Book Cove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

The Book Cove is a private entity independent of the promotions, events, features, authors, programs and so forth that are featured on The Book Cove website or in newsletters. The Book Cove does not guarantee quality or content of those works and events featured. The Book Cove does not assure legality of the works and events featured.

Creative Commons License
Book Cove Reviews by http://www.thebookcove.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.