Published by Audible Studios
Released on January 7, 2019
Source: Free Book
I’ve been wanting to try this author’s books since I caught sight of her rocker romance series. However, as first plunges go, this book hit a perfect ten. I was utterly engaged with this sexy, second chance story and Andi Arndt’s narration.
Talk about a title being completely apropos. Repeat is literally a chance for a woman to get a repeat on her life when an attack on the street one night leaves her devoid of all her memories save what relates to muscle memory and function. No memories of her past with family and certainly no memories of the angry hurting man she broke up with. Ed is a tattoo artist emphasis on the hot as sin artist, he is caring, his life is put together with great friends and a solid business so she is at a loss what sent her old self smashing their relationship to pieces. Her sister said Clementine is devastated by the breakup and Clem can see that Ed was as well. He warily agrees to answering her questions about herself to help her find her way, but shuts down about any relationship or questions about him.
Then another incident shows the attack on her might not have been a random mugging and Ed volunteers to let her stay with him until the police catch whoever is after her. Clem works out that she will take this second chance and discover what went wrong, but also what she can do to show Ed that she’s come out of this as someone new.
Amnesia has been a device in romances for time out of mind. It is easy to be wary of where the story will go as a result. But, from the beginning, I found this a solid and authentic feeling story. Clem is learning her world of past and present. She is a bolder version of the old self and goes at this journey of to gain back her past with determination. One of her first attempts is to innocently bump into her recent ex and his friends at the tattoo shop. Talk about hostility and discomfort. She has a series of uncomfortable moments, but she is full of pluck and owns it all when it is on and isn’t afraid to call out others when it is on them. It was fun to see her remake herself from the clothes she tosses out and replaces to her open and non-filtered attitude and plain speaking.
Clem is the sole narrator of the story so it was fun seeing through her eyes how Ed reacts to the new Clem and starts to fall in love all over again even when wary and still hurting. They both have to start completely over and that made an interesting dynamic that was really obvious when their sex life came into play. Oh man, they were so good together and I fell a bit in love with Ed right along side Clem.
As a booklover, Clem’s eagerness to learn her taste in books, her movies, and her music was such a fun time. She ends up working part-time in her friend’s bookstore. Totally envy.
But, yes, there is the suspense portion of the story. That was not hard to figure out as a reader/listener though I could see how it would be obscure to the characters involved in the story. It’s more background to the slow burn romance though it was the catalyst to bring this pair into closer daily proximity and give them the chance.
Andi Arndt is not a new to me narrator and I can’t praise her enough. She was a great match for this book and characters. She had me seeing it all in my mind and feeling this story from the beginning. Ed had no point of view parts, but she gave the tone and nuance to his dialogue and the descriptions of him so that I felt I got to know both main characters equally. Definitely her work raises this story’s quality even higher.
All in all, my first encounter with the author’s work was a resounding success. Those who enjoy hot and sexy contemporary romance that has a fresh and edgy quality and well-developed characters should give this book a go.
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