An accident changed Leighton Clarke’s life forever.
When she awakens from a coma, her childhood memories are intact but she possesses no memories of the past six years of her life. Terrified, anxious and disoriented, she’s only calmed by the presence of the gorgeous celebrity chef with compassionate brown eyes, the man who turns out to be her fiancée, Jonathan.
Jonathan Moran is tormented over his part in the deception that he’s Leighton’s fiancé. In truth, she’s engaged to his brother! Any day now, her memory is destined to return and she’ll remember it’s his fault she was injured. Meanwhile, the more time they spend together, the closer they become until Jonathan begins to wish the pretense of them being a couple was real.
And then Leighton’s memories come flooding back…
Ay yi yi, this book is so good! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book in one day, but I could not put this down. I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve hardly had any time for marathon reading, and even the most sugary books are taking me forever to get through. However, I gave up my list of party chores to finish Tracey Livesay’s scandalous novel! I earned quite a few new mosquito bites sitting outside as punishment, too.
Anybody who watched soap operas in the 90s knows the old amnesia trick–have a main character lose their memory, and hooray, you have a whole new plot! It can get pretty campy. Livesay managed to take amnesia and bring out all the the realness of the disorder–the fear and anxiety, the medical unknowns, the vulnerability. She even poked a bit of fun at those old soaps. Leighton’s memory loss wasn’t a plot twist, but the nucleus that everything else rotated around.
Because this is a romance, we must talk about the love story. I kind of turned my nose up on it at first, because it is a love triangle, but once the characters develop, you can’t help but fall in love with the hero (and hate his brother). I’m never totally ok with cheating stories, but the author does make you forget your morals for awhile, for sure.
As you can tell by this very sexy cover, the heroine is a WOC–and so is the author! Support authors of color and add Tracey Livesay to your TBR, she definitely should make your romance list this fall.
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