Review: Forget Me Not by Sarah Daltry

forget me notLet’s get the negatives out of the way first. I didn’t find this book erotic, it just felt crude, perhaps that’s down to the language that was used in the intimate scenes, more so than the actions. For a book dealing with college age kids it showed no understanding of safe sex, there was no mention of birth control, and it was about unprotected sex with multiple partners, maybe I’m just getting old but I felt it should have given consideration to those, I was at least halfway through the book before I started to get into it.

Okay, that’s enough of the negatives.

At first Lily comes across as a bit of a selfish brat, but she’s not, she’s lonely, she’s confused and suddenly she’s in a situation for the first time without her usual support network. To her credit she recognises that. She doesn’t always make the smartest decisions, but she is only 18 after all. Effectively she’s lost the comfort blanket of home, high school and her best friend. But when Lily sets out to embrace her new identity she doesn’t hold back! Her birthday present from Jack totally shocked me, but then so did her first night with Jack, neither fitting the usual college romance behaviour. By the end if the book I felt differently about Lily, I think she made some good decisions, and I’m glad she made the choice that she did, in the way that she did,

Jack I liked from the first time he appeared in the book, there was something about his flippancy, and his bad boy persona that just felt right. The more you hear about his story the more you become endeared to him. I don’t know if he’ll ever heal from his past, but I have hope for him.

Derek was just a typical college kid, I didn’t like him nor dislike him, I felt that Lily was more in love with the ideal of being in love than she actually was in love with Derek.

Alana was a great character, an unexpected introduction, but a good one. I’ve a feeling we’ll hear more from her in future books, and I think there will be some interesting dynamics between her, Jack and Lily.

This book covers some interesting areas about finding out who you are before committing to someone else, about not staying with someone because it’s what you expect, about not being afraid to want more. Those elements of the story were what kept me turning the page.

It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but it does leave the door open for more. It’s not a bad ending.

(3 Stars – Helen)

This book was received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Book Blurb

Lily had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Derek, for years – which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, she’s off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, Lily realizes it’s hard to maintain a relationship, while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and she has no idea where to turn.

Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can’t stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it’s Jack who’s there to pick up the pieces – and to show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn’t know she was missing.
Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. 

When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process?

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