Synopsis via Goodreads:Brenda Jackson welcomes you back to Catalina Cove, where love is waiting to be reclaimed…
Ashley Ryan never doubted that her husband, Devon, was the love of her life. Even now, three years after Devon died in a car wreck while on a business trip, Ashley can’t bring herself to move on. But when her girlfriends surprise her with a getaway to beautiful Catalina Cove, Louisiana, she gets the shock of her life when she encounters a man—bearded, more rugged than before, but unmistakably her Devon.
“Ray Sullivan” moved to this quiet coastal town after waking up in a hospital with amnesia. Haunted by a life he can’t remember, he’s built walls around his heart and a quiet life running boat tours—a life that includes no recollection of Ashley, a woman he suddenly finds himself irresistibly drawn to.
Doctors warn Ashley of the danger in forcing her husband to remember the past. Though she longs to tell him the truth, she finds herself falling all over again for a man she knows may never truly come back to her. In this place where healing and second chances are just a heartbeat away, can love take root once more?
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Last year, I picked up Love in Catalina Cove after the cover kept calling to me and it was one of the best reading decisions I’ve ever made! I fell in love with Brenda Jackson’s writing and I was eager to return back to Catalina Cove to see what more stories this small town by the shore had to tell.
Three years ago, Ashley Ryan’s life came to a screeching halt when she lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. While Ashley is not yet ready to leave the past behind, her friends have other ideas and decide that Ashley needs a change in scenery. They send her off on a birthday getaway to a bed and breakfast in Catalina Cove but things become complicated when she comes face to face with the man she thought to be dead. Ray Sullivan has spent the past three years in the quaint town of Catalina Cove with no memory of his previous life. Still holding on to the hope that one day his memory will return, Ray refuses to let himself get involved with anyone in town but his plans of staying single are shot to hell when he meets Ashley. He doesn’t know why he feels so drawn to her but he can’t stay away and little does he know, Ashley may just be the key to regaining his memory.
When I read Love in Catalina Cove last year, I was so not prepared for all the twists that went down in that book. This time, I went in not knowing what to expect but prepared for whatever Jackson was about to throw my way. Just from the prologue alone, I knew this book was gonna have me in my feelings but I was ready for it. Forget Me Not is an unconventional second-chance romance about loss, hope and the power of true love. I’ve never read a romance where one of the main characters have amnesia and now I want to read more romances with this trope! I mean, one can fall in love a number of times throughout their life but how often can one say they fell in love with their soulmate twice? I love the progression of the romance and how Jackson took her time in bringing Ashley and Ray back together. Even though Ray can’t remember Ashley, that passion is still there and falling back in love was effortless for them. Along with the heartfelt romance were quite a number of unexpected plot twists and boy did these last few chapters have me on edge! Things were really up in the air until the last page but all my stressing out was so worth it in the end.
You know, Ray was kind of a quiet guy in the previous book but he wasn’t so quiet in this book. The man has a mouth on him and that mouth had me swooning all over the place in this book! He’s such a charmer and I can definitely see why Ashley and the women of Catalina Cove found him to be so irresistible. I absolutely love Ashley! My heart broke watching Ashley struggle with the grief of losing her husband. But the women in this series are strong as hell and once Ashley realized that life had given her a second shot at being with her soulmate again, she fought like hell to make it happen. Even during the moments of uncertainty, Ashley never gave up on Ray because love knows no bounds and she held on to the hope that he would eventually find his way back home to her.
Forget Me Not was an unforgettable romance and by far one of the best second-chance romances I’ve read in a long time. If you love small town romance and have yet to add this series to your TBR, you need to rectify that ASAP because you’re missing out! I am impatiently awaiting the final book in this series because I need to know what the hell is going on between Kaegan and Bryce and hopefully Jackson doesn’t keep us waiting too long for these answers.