I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Forget About Me by Karen Grey
Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Home Cooked Books on October 22, 2020
Narrator: Emma Wilder, Brian Pallino
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Also by this author: What I'm Looking For, Like It's 1999
FORGET ABOUT ME, a nostalgic romantic comedyBoston Classics #2
Ben Porter may be living the dream, but it’s not his.
His dad’s health scare might not be the ideal reason to come home for the summer, but it’s a welcome break from the stellar glitz of Ben’s life in Los Angeles. Even if modeling has him rivaling Marky Mark’s fame, posing isn’t his passion. Landing a role with a Boston Shakespeare theater brings him closer to fulfilling his dreams of being a real actor.
Facing the reason he went west in the first place? That’s another story.
Lucy Minola’s dreams were shattered seven years ago when a drunk driver smashed into her brother’s car. She knows it was her fault. So as penance, she works hard to care for her family, goes to confession faithfully, and buries all the feelings she had for the person who left when she needed him most: her brother’s best friend.
When an injured dog brings them back together, Lucy’s good-girl facade begins to crack. Women everywhere are obsessed with the rad body they see in magazines, but she’s the only one Ben seems to notice.
She can’t trust herself with the man who walked away… but can she let him go a second time?
This bittersweet romance, book two in Karen Grey’s 1980’s Boston Classics series, proves that everyone deserves a second chance in love and in life.
Here is what I thought
Though I think I liked the first book in this series more I still really enjoyed this one.
This is a second chance romance about Ben who ran off to Los Angeles after his best friend died in a car crash because he believed it was his fault and doesn’t think that Lucy, his friends sister, would be able to forgive him. Now he has come home because his dad needs him after a health scare. He is also using this time to reflect on his career because he has always had a love for the theater and being a model was not were he really seen himself.
Lucy blames herself for the death of her brother and because of that she has turned herself into a devoted daughter and makes sure her family has what it needs. She is working as the local veterinarian and didn’t even know that Ben was back in town till he brings in a dog he found that needed help. Ben was surprised to find her there as well.
This starts to bring back feelings from the past which we get when the story rewinds back 7 years when each character things back at points during the book. With those flashbacks you get to piece together what happened between them and what happened to the best friend/brother and why each thought it was their fault.
Ben gets a job in the local theater doing shakespeare and they decide to use the dog he found but he needs to be trained and Lucy gets talked into training the dog which throws Ben and Lucy together where old sparks start flying along with hurt feelings from the past.
I liked both Ben and Lucy an their story as they both have very good reasons for how they feel about what happened seven years ago, though with a bit of communication that could have probably been dealt with way back then. (but then there would be no book…lol)
I really loved the audiobook and the narrators but I have one major complaint and that is when they did the flashbacks, it sounded like a cassette being rewound and that grated on my ears! Oh it was horrible…lol. I did love the song titles for the chapters.
Narrators Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino did a great job with this novel. I really loved Brian Pallino’s voice and it’s really sad that he passed away a little bit before this was suppose to release. 🙁