I really enjoyed the first book in the Broken Men Chronicles, Once Written, Twice Shy, a lot, but felt the heartbreak in that bummed me out. I can take a lot of sadness in a book, but prefer more lighthearted stuff. I cry easily and mostly read around other people, so sad books are bad, haha. So let me start this review by saying this book is not like that. Almost Forgotten was great! I can’t wait to read Play Me to Infinity after this.
Second-chance love stories are probably one of my top three favorite tropes, and this one didn’t disappoint.
Rating: 4 stars
Recommended for: Suckers for second-chance, wrong-side meets right-side of the track stories and family men
Jake had it all: women, money, great looks. For all intents and purposes, he was happy.
A series of women and an unexpected appearance by a ghost from his past cause him to re-evaluate his life.
She’d broken his heart, all those years ago, and Jake chose to live the life of a bachelor there on out. Along with his fast-paced career, he ran a fast-paced social life. It’s what worked for him. Or he’d convinced himself it did.
The loneliness his large home presented the minute the housekeeper went home and the women that warmed his bed deserted him, left him wanting. Could he have what so many of his friends already did: the woman, the family, the house with the white picket fence? Maybe. But just because he desired these things, things he’d sworn off ages ago, doesn’t mean that they were destined for him.
Jake is content with his law career, his friendships, and his one-night stands. Or so he tells himself. He won’t let himself want anything more from women because of her. He tells himself he hates her, yet compares every other woman he’s with to her. And they never measure up.
But then he finds out Danica has moved back to town with her teenaged son. They’re thrown together a few times, then seek each other out. Jake may still hate her, but that doesn’t mean he can resist her. Suddenly, he feels like he’s back where he started.
Once he finds out the whole truth about why they ended, he realizes that his hate was misdirected for so many years. This is his second chance, even though he’s not sure if it’s for real. But he’s sure going to try.
Yes! Second chances! Staring anew! Miscommunications cleared up and it turns out neither person in the relationship is the bad guy!
Yes, these are common tropes, but they became popular for a reason. Because they’re awesome. And they can totally be carried out in ways that aren’t cliche, and that’s what Carey did with Almost Forgotten.
I loved how you don’t get to the plot right out of the gate. Every woman mentioned in the first few chapters had me thinking, “Is this girl going to be Jake’s HEA?” It’s obvious once it happens, but you don’t normally see a book that doesn’t jump right into the main conflict. I thought that was really unique. For some reason, in the scene with Mia at the beginning, I was sure she was going to be the one. Ha. Ha.
I also really liked seeing Danica’s relationships with the other characters in the books. You knew everyone was rooting for them and had been rooting for them since they were kids. With one major exception, of course.
But, by far, the best relationship in this book wasn’t even the romantic one. It was Jake and Jordan. Something between them just clicked right away, and it made me go “awwwww.” Just…awww.
Can’t wait to read the rest of the Broken Men Chronicles and see who gets a happy ending next (I wouldn’t mind a book about Jordan and Jenna :D)
About Carey Decevito:
Born and raised in small town Northern Ontario, Canada, Carey Decevito has always had a penchant for reading and writing for as long as she can remember.
More than a decade later, with weeks of sleepless nights, where exhaustion had settled in to her everyday existence, she finally gave and put pen to paper (more like fingers to keyboard). She submitted to the dreams that plagued her insomnia. And the rest, as they say, is history!
Carey Decevito enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, travelling, and playing tourist in Canada’s National Capital region. When life gets crazy, she seeks respite through her writing and reading. If all else fails, she knows there’s never a dull moment with her prolific story-teller of a four-year-old daughter, her goofy husband and their two cats who she swears are out to get her.
Disclaimer: this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review