This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Forget Me Not by Willow Winters
Series: Forget Me Not #1
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genres: Abusive past, Contemporary, Dark, Mental Health, New Adult, Romance
Format: kindle book
I fell in love with a boy a long time ago.
I was only a small girl. Scared and frightened, I was taken from my home and held against my will. His father hurt me, but he protected me and kept me safe as best he could.
Until I left him.
I ran the first chance I got and even though I knew he wasn’t behind me, I didn’t stop. The branches lashed out at me, punishing me for leaving him in the hands of a monster.
I’ve never felt such guilt in my life.
Although I survived, the boy was never found. I prayed for him to be safe. I dreamed he’d be alright and come back to me. Even as a young girl I knew I loved him, but I betrayed him.
Twenty years later, all my wishes came true.
But the boy came back a man. With a grip strong enough to keep me close and a look in his eyes that warned me to never dare leave him again. I was his to keep after all.
Twenty years after leaving one hell, I entered another. Our tale was only just getting started.
It’s dark and twisted.
But that doesn’t make it any less of what it is.
A love story. Our love story.
I love a good mind f*ckery story and this was it.
Both of the main characters had so much baggage, so many issues, so much guilt…it was almost overwhelming. At first glance you’d think only Jay was deeply scarred by his past, but Robin too was so mentally unstable, even though she appeared ok on the outside. I loved that the best way for them to move forward was to try and fix each other. It was so counter intuitive, yet genius at the same time. The story was written so well and I fell right into this crazy woven web of insanity.
In between all the craziness, there was a romance, and this romance was interesting. It was almost more of a survival story than a romance, but these two needed each other on such a basic level it was indisputable that there could be any other way.
I liked the sexy times, but wish it had been a little more….I’m not sure? But maybe exploratory? While they needed each other, they didn’t get to know each other. However, the chemistry was off the charts, and it was primal. Maybe there was time for all that later on.
Ok, the big reveal. I was dyyyyyyyyying to know what it was. And then it was *THAT*. sigh. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was so unbelievably disappointed. I was expected some amazing web of connection, but no, it was *THAT*. Did it ruin the book? Absolutely not, but it wasn’t as ingenious of a story as I first thought.
The ending was pretty good. I felt warm and fuzzy, yet I didn’t trust it. So while I got my HEA, I’m not truly convinced it will stay that way. I wish I’d seen a little more of the continuous struggle at the end, because the way Robin and Jay were…there’s no way they could play such a happy couple without plenty of hiccups along the way. I know they said they never forgot, but I am such a greedy reader and I loved Jay and Robin that I wanted to see more of them together with my own eyes. I know, I know, #GREEDY
Rec it? YES! If you love stories that get your mind turning and keep you on the edge of your seat, this is a great addition for your TBR.
*note while there is an abusive past in this story, much of it is not discussed in detail so it was NOT overly graphic although still very hard to read. I’m a big ginormous baby when it comes to that stuff and I was good reading this. It was just right.
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