Title: Forget Me Not
Series: Loveless and Dunn #3, Magnolia Bay
Author: Erika Marks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
When aspiring-writer Mallory Reynolds packed up for New York City, she ditched more than her quiet hometown of Magnolia Bay—she left her high-school sweetheart, Josh Loveless, behind. But when the big city didn’t deliver big contracts on her novels, she turned to writing erotica under the pen name Farrah Ivory to spare her family any embarrassment. Soon, her scandalously-sexy series, The Lost Diaries of Scarlet, is a break-out hit. Just as Mallory begins to enjoy her sweet success, her publisher leaks her true identity and a media firestorm ensues. Exposed, she decides there’s nowhere to hide—except for home.
For Josh Loveless, getting over Mallory Reynolds hasn’t been easy, but he’s done his best to move on. For starters, he’s turned his love of the outdoors and rock-climbing into his own business. And just as things are starting to settle for him, he learns Mallory’s coming home to ride out her scandal, and suddenly his world is turned upside down again…
Can Mallory convince her friends and family that she’s still the same good-hearted girl they knew? And more importantly, can Josh trust the woman she’s become, and give her a second chance to rewrite their love story with a happy ending?
Read on for my thoughts on Forget Me Not. No true spoilers, promise.
Let me say, upfront, that I have never met a Erika Marks novel that I didn’t love. Forget Me Not is certainly in that same category.
You have pretty much the basics of the story within the synopsis. Mallory returned home, hoping to escape the publicity surrounding the exposure of her given name – the luxury of writing erotica under her pen name is long gone now.
She knew facing friends and family would be difficult. What she didn’t expect was to run into Josh and have him be so cold. They had been in love, and true she had left Magnolia Bay to follow her dreams of writing, but that never stopped her from loving Josh still. Five years makes a difference, and people eventually move on – even those in love.
Mallory desperately needs a second chance, in many ways, but especially with Josh. It’s up to her now to show Josh that love lasts.
I adored Forget Me Not. I grew up in a small town, so I know Magnolia Bay quite well actually. It wouldn’t have been easy to come back home being shown as the author of those “dirty little books” as some of the older residents might think. But despite everything, home is usually where we run to when there is no where else we feel safe. Mallory and Josh had a lot to overcome but they did it with charm, humor and grace. I think they got the happy ending they finally deserved.
Love small town settings and whisper networks? Enjoy a simply fun, entertaining love story? Then you have found what you’re looking for in Forget Me Not. I will happily recommend this one for anyone who just loves a good love story. Pick it up, sit back and enjoy.
*I received an e-ARC of Forget Me Not from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
~What you, the reader, always must remember is this simple truth. Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain if any novel is right for you – is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.~
Forget Me Not is available for the Kindle