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review 2016-10-27 23:13
Say You Remember: book 4 in The Witness Series - Kellie Montgomery,Heather D'Agostino

‘Say You Remember’ by Heather D’ Agostino is the fourth book in the Witness series. It, however, can be read as a stand-alone. I have never read anything by this author before as such I had nothing to make a comparison with. Based on the blurb, however, I was expecting this to be an emotional and entertaining story.

If you had the chance to make amends for mistakes you made in the past would you seize the opportunity or would just let bygones be bygones? Mason Storm, former high school heartthrob, and football player got that chance. The only problem was that Danielle Reed, the woman whom he had wronged eight years ago wants nothing to do with him. How would he get her to hear him out and give him a second chance?

Mason has proven to be a changed person, if only he could convince Danielle of this. She was not making it easy for him to make amends. However, the one thing about Mason that has not changed was his tenacity. He was not willing to lose her again. He was determined to prove to her how much he loved her and how sorry he was about the events that had transpired eight years ago.

Danielle was tough on Mason. I understood how she felt. To be betrayed by the person whom she loved in such a humiliating way. I can understand that such an ordeal would not be easy to get over as such I could relate to her unwillingness to forgive Mason. How can she trust him again? Can her heart be trusted? What proof does she have that he is a changed man?

As you have probably figured out by now this is a story about a second chance at love. I enjoy these types of stories and this book was up my alley. It was told from the POVs of the main characters. I love stories that are written in this fashion as it allows me to see how the story unfolds through their eyes. It helps me to get a feel of what they are experiencing. Another plus for me was the movement between past and present. This allowed me to better relate to the characters. I was privy to the events of their past and what led to them being in their current situation.

The only issue that I had with the story was that I felt that the romance was rushed. After Mason and Danielle resolved their issues mot much time was spent on developing their romance.

‘Say You Remember’ is a beautiful story of second chances, love, healing, and forgiveness. It is a demonstration of how letting go of past hurts will free us to live our lives to the fullest. It also reveals that none of us are perfect and that we all make mistakes. However, what determines our level of growth is how we utilize the lessons learned from these mistakes. Mason’s action proved that he knew what he did was wrong and he had made every effort since then to never repeat it. Dwelling on the past will not secure a better future.

I enjoyed this installment and I would definitely read more from this author.

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review 2015-01-16 02:42
{Review} Remember Me by Lara Van Hulzen
Remember Me (Men of Honor Series Book 1) - Lara Van Hulzen

Tess thought she had everything with Ben, but then a week before their wedding, she was left with nothing but a note and an irreparably broken heart. Except the man she never expected to see again is suddenly back, a victim of a car accident with no memory of who he is or how he got there. If he never remembers, she'll never get answers. But if he does, she just might lose him all over again.

 

The Verdict: It only took me a few pages to realize I wasn't putting this book down until I'd read every word of it.

 

Tess is so easy to identify with. After a devastating break-up that she still can't wrap her head around, she's just starting to get her life back on track. She's moved, found a new job, made new friends, and even though she's still heartbroken, confused, and angry, she's getting by and getting better. But then the man who broke her heart shows up, with no memory of her at all, and her slowly healing world is turned upside down.

 

The situation when she sees him again is nearly as awful as his leaving. She doesn't know why he's there, and she wants answers he can't remember. Even after being inside her mind, I can't wrap my head around how difficult that would be. It's the most natural thing in the world to want to know why a relationship ended, despite the fact that knowing rarely equals understanding. But to have the guy who broke your heart not even remember you? It's no wonder she froze up.

 

While I could certainly understand her not saying anything to Ben immediately, not telling him his name and certainly not their shared history, I was very surprised she kept it a secret from the very people who needed to know. I would have expected her to tell the cop or the social worker or at the very least Ben's doctor. Her neighbor Mike, a pediatrician whom I doubt had much expertise in amnesia, suggested that it might be better if Ben remembered on his own, but shouldn't she have told someone assigned to his case?

 

I had started to figure out that Ben had been working undercover before it was spelled out for me, and when his reason for leaving her practically at the alter was revealed, at first I thought it was rather implausible. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it kind of made sense. People in grief aren't exactly rational, and while I'm still pretty mad about the way Ben left Tess, it's actually kind of perfect. It shows he's flawed, capable of making the same bad decisions as a man with no faith might, and that's a big part of what makes this story story stand out.

 

The one thing I wasn't too keen on was the final showdown with the “bad guy.” While it was tense and thrilling and didn't shy away from gritty drama, I feel like someone needs to remind fictional villains that taking a moment to gloat in the success of their malicious scheming is the equivalent of rolling out the red carpet for the cavalry. I much prefer when the motivation is revealed after the danger has passed or because the main character puts two and two together on their own, not because the villain decides that they have all the time in the world to revel in their evil win.

 

Faith-based romances are frequently more miss than hit for me. I like to read about characters who are real, who make the same dumb mistakes we all do, don't always go to church, aren't terrified of having a beer after work, and occasionally fly off the handle when they're angry. I can't relate to someone who only strays from a righteous path long enough to teach readers a lesson. Fortunately, Remember Me delivered exactly what I wanted.

 

Ben and Tess are genuinely good people, as are the secondary characters we meet along the way. But they are absolutely human, facing real problems and not always dealing with them the right way. Yes, they prayed, but they didn't preach, and that's what kept the story grounded for me. There's romance and passion (while keeping it clean), mystery and danger, angst and miscommunication… basically everything that keeps me reading mainstream romances but with an added positive undercurrent of faith. If more faith-based romances were like Remember Me, my Kindle would be overflowing with them.

 

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review 2014-03-02 01:49
Everneath - Brodi Ashton

I loved this book! I put off reading it for so long and I'm super mad at myself for it! 

At first I was completely confused thinking surely there was a book before this one but no the story just starts off after a century in the Everneath which turns out to be six months on the surface (Earth). Needless to say there is some catching up that has to take place and while that can be a slow process in this case it wasn't. I was instantly hooked from chapter one and couldn't stop until the end and now I'm counting down the days till the next installment shows up on my doorstep. Nikki is such a strong and selfless main character, I was dying for her to tell Jack EVERYTHING. While I normally don't like love triangles this one wasn't too bad because I could sense the substance between Jack and Nikki whereas with Cole it was obvious he's a slimeball who's suffering from puppy love. Team Jack all the way!! 

This was a super fast, suck you in, can't catch your breath read. I'm super anxious to start the next book!! Why couldn't I have predicted my love for this book and just buy the whole series?!

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review 2014-01-08 21:27
Eden - Keary Taylor

Oh my goodness this book! I was so confused when searching for this book on Goodreads because it's actually under the name "Eden" evidently it's been revamped into a series since everyone loved it. I don't know if that means the author wrote more or if it was originally longer and she just split it up. Also I love the cover of this edition better, very badass!

 

The MC, Eve, is so badass and tough and all "I can take care of myself", I really love a strong female lead. The only problem I had with her was her confusion over who she loved and really the only reason it bugged me was because I was sure she would choose the wrong one! I also loved the idea behind the story. That in our quest for immortality humans built something that ended up taking us over and destroying our world. This is actually a real fear of mine or really any dystopian setting. I need to stop reading dystopians...or start doomsday prepping. The story is told from Eve's POV so we follow her along as she struggles to keep the small community of people who she considers family alive. Not long after the start of the book three new people stumble upon Eden (the name of the community) one of them being West who has his own secrets, one of which will make Eve rethink her entire being.

 

The book is full of action, never feeling dull or slow and as I've already stated the romantic tension of "whose she going to choose" really had me turning the pages. Overall I feel this book was good both for it's action and for it's romance though I feel that it's a little on the heavier side of Romance but I'm okay with that. I'm pretty excited to pick up the next book!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-11-28 04:42
Remember Me - Cheryl Lanham
Remember Me - Cheryl Lanham

 Leí muchas reseñas de este libro donde hablaban y de como los sorprendió el final etcétera por eso me pareció tan raro que yo lo haya sabido desde el principio, lo leí por eso para ser sincera, tengo esta cosa rara de leer libros tristes cuando estoy triste, el final en sí no me sorprendió,lo que no cambia que me haya afectad, porque lo hizo (y mucho). Me sorprendieron los hechos, las cosas que pasaron en el medio. Me fascinó Gabriel, ok el fue el que más me impresionó, nunca me espere que me encariñaría con el tan rápido. Su personalidad, las cosas que hacia, me ayudó a cambiar mi forma de ver las cosas, definitivamente, la idea de observar todo y disfrutar el presento me caló muy profundamente.Al igual que su muerte, puaff parece costumbre mía llorar así, al comienzo del libro pensé que no me iba a afectar tanto, me equivoqué y mucho Gabriel :'c porque se tuvo que morir, que caca. 
Jean también me sorprendió, su evolución, al principio fue lo que esperaba. 
En conclusión el libro me gustó mucho, pero demasiado corto, me hubiera algo más extenso me hubiera gustado saber más de la relación platónica de Jeane y Gabriel, me enamore de su amistad y amor.

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