Monday, 9 September 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Forget Me Not by Sarah Daltry

I received a copy of Forget Me Not in exchange for my review as part of this blog tour.

Lily and Derek have been dating for nearly a year, and they both think that their relationship is almost perfect. But then Lily moves to college, and suddenly things don't seem as perfect as they could be. Then Jack comes along, and he is the complete opposite of Derek, he's sexy, broken and mysterious, and despite her best intentions, Lily is instantly attracted to him. Then after one argument too many with Derek, Lily finds herself in Jack's arms and in his bed, spending a week in the most intense pleasure she has ever known. But who is best for her in the end? Her brother's best friend, Derek, or the troubled Jack, and how will she choose between them.

Forget Me Not is not a story intended for younger readers, it contains strong language and scenes of a sexually explicit nature, including descriptions of threesomes and light bondage.

I will admit that Forget Me Not was not quite what I expected, from the blurb I was expecting a sweet, coming of age story, and instead it is much more realistic to what starting college is like. I actually found that Lily was very relateable, having been in a similar situation to her, albeit starting university instead of college, with a boyfriend who consumed all my time, and no friends, meant that her experiences really struck a cord with me.

This meant that despite the sex, her character developed well, she gained more friends, more confidence and more independence, and I suspect that any girl who has been through the beginning of college or uni would be able to sympathise and relate to Lily. There was a quote early on in the book that I read and just thought; 'wow, that sums the experience up perfectly.'
No one tells you when you start school how homesick you will be, or how hard it will be to start life over with no direction and no friends or family. No one says that becoming your own person is terrifying. 
To me even the sex was relateable, as in the idea behind it. I'm pretty convinced that most people have that person in their past that opens their eyes to sex, and makes you feel more confident through it, and that is what Jack was to Lily, meaning that yet again the characters seemed really real.

Even though there seemed to be a large focus on the sex, there were also some particularly sweet moments between the characters, and serious moments about young relationships and young love.

All in all, I really enjoyed Forget Me Not, it might even have changed my mind about contemporary romance and encourage me to give more of it a go!

Additional note: Having finished Forget Me Not about an hour ago, and thinking on it, I really wish that I could go home and read it some more.  The characters,  particularly Lily, engaged me and drew me in so much that all I want to do is read more about their lives and loves.  And to me that is part of what makes a good read!

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Forget Me Not
by Sarah Daltry
Published by SDE Press
New Adult erotic romance
18+ for explicit sex and language
Heat Level: 4
Length: 309 pages

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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, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it's hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily 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 is there to pick up the pieces - and 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?

See where it began in the short story, "Her Brother's Best Friend."

Excerpt:

He moves closer and already my body is responding. He smells like cigarettes and leather, two smells I never thought were sexy until now. I want to fall into his body, to be wrapped in his arms, and I fight it. It’s wrong and it makes no sense. I have everything I could ever want. Jack is just a distraction.
“I’m not that kind of girl,” I tell him.
He steps closer still and kisses my neck. His lips are soft, which is unexpected, and it sends a shiver through me. Jack brings me in to his chest. I can feel his heart beating; it’s quickening and it matches mine. I feel his tongue sliding down along my collarbone. There is nothing like this, but I need him to stop. And yet, I never want him to stop. “I’d love to know exactly what kind of girl you are.”
Almost as if they are not my own, my hands slip between his jacket and his shirt. The heat of his skin burns me even through the fabric of his clothes. His lips continue to travel downward, but as they reach the curve of my breasts, something in me wakes up. I tear myself away from him and back up a few inches.
“I have a boyfriend,” I repeat. “I can’t do this.”
“Where is he?” Jack asks. His eyes are burning.
“What?”
“Where is your boyfriend? You’ve mentioned him before, but you run into me a lot for someone who’s so in love.”

About the Author:

Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Forget Me Not is her second full length novel, although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her other novel, Bitter Fruits, was available shortly, but is now in the contract phase with a major publisher. When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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