When Piper Mahoney and Lucas Richardson randomly run into each other in the lobby of an NYC hotel, three years after they shared one steamy, impossible-to-forget afternoon together, the attraction is tangible. Neither feels ready to act though. Piper has left friends and family in Boston to reboot her life after a difficult loss while Lucas is vying for a promotion at the DA’s office and handling his own personal problems with his ailing mother. Impulsively Piper reaches out. Lucas can show her his favorite haunts in the city this summer while they enjoy a friends with benefits fling.

Lucas is tempted. He hasn’t relaxed or had fun in forever and Piper was always the one woman who got under his guard.

Can he keep Piper’s no-strings bargain even as he falls in love? Or will their pasts strangle any hope for a future?

Titles in The Van Allen Brothers series include — Forgive Me -Forget Me –

Title:  Forgive Me
Series:  The Van Allen Brothers #1
Author:  Kimberley Ash
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 4, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars

FORGIVE ME is going to break your heart, I’ll warn you of that ahead of time, but by the story’s ending, you’ll find not only yours but Piper’s and Lucas’ hearts healed once again.  It’s not going to be an easy journey to get there as they each have had so many things happen in the three years since they last met, they are certainly not the same people who spent one amazing, sizzling afternoon together.  Now, life has dealt blows to them, hurts and situations that are not easily mended.  They cannot go back, but maybe, for a while, they can forget with each other… until emotions that always boiled beneath the surface demand to be acknowledged.  When your friends with benefits relationship is no longer enough, where do you go then?

I didn’t see this one coming and it hit me hard.  There is so much emotion in FORGIVE ME both on the surface and deep down where it hurts to just think about the emotional turmoil these characters are going through, especially Piper.  I’ll leave that for you to discover on your own.  If you are a reader who likes to go deeper into the characters, to understand how they got to this place and time then you’ll enjoy FORGIVE ME.  Through a slowly revealed backstory, Piper and Lucas will become as real to you as your best friends, and you’ll understand why this is such an emotional, heartbreaking and heart-mending romance.  I would not hesitate to recommend this story to any Romance reader.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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