Published by Audible Studios
Released on January 7, 2019
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes
Standalone books where you don’t know the characters excite me. Yep, starting with new characters you don’t know can open a clean slate, but one with amnesia even more. Learning along with the heroine who she was, is and will be was an interesting and fresh take on a romance where you start to think the heroine is a cold-hearted bitch who got a reboot.
Another audio book consumed as I drive back and forth from home to the hospital an hour away. A good one since I can’t get it in ebook or paperback for several more months. I didn’t think I would have time to get to it soon, but here I am done!
What happens when you wake up and don’t remember a thing? Clem is attacked and at least they could locate her sister even though everything was stolen from her phone to wallet to purse. Finding out who you were and who you are now is a discovery and trial and error as some people withhold info not wanting to upset you and others want to spare you the despair of knowing you may have been an unlikable person. When someone recognizes the artist who put a tattoo on Clementine’s shoulder, she decides to investigate to only learn it was her ex-boyfriend who pretty much hates her guts.
Kylie Scott’s stories only tell you one side of the story in first person. As we learn things, Clem is also learning them. When she meets Ed for the second go round, he struggles to know how to act because she hurt him so bad. You don’t know why because Clem has forgotten as well. He tries to put some of his anger aside to help her discover things, but tries to keep it at arms length and through texts. At times he even refuses to answer certain questions and oh, some of Clem’s filters just don’t work anymore and it causes some interesting conversations.
So we don’t see Ed’s side, but I can give you some clues about him. He loved Clem, but he admits they weren’t good at communicating. When she asks why they broke up, he clams up a lot and won’t go into it. He tries to keep his distance, but things happen to draw him back in. Clem has a seizure and her sister can’t pick her up at the hospital. Clem’s car get vandalized and Ed and the sister decide Clem needs to move in with Ed. The hot and cold of Ed drives Clem insane. She is wildly attracted to him while also noticing she broke his heart, but not why.
It’s a tug and pull as they both realize she isn’t going to be the woman she once was and even if she did regain her memories, she doesn’t believe now what she did then. But just because Clem is a person experiencing things for the first time doesn’t mean Ed is and things just don’t go back to roses and wine because she is born again. Throw in an element of subtle suspense and this was one story I adored from the first spoken word to the last spoken word. It just did it for me and I can’t wait to re-read it in ebook form!
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