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.”
Forget Me Not
by Sarah Daltry
Published by SDE Press
New Adult erotic romance
!8+ for explicit sex and language
Heat Level: 4
Length: 309 pages
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.
“Where is your boyfriend? You’ve mentioned him before, but you run into me a lot for someone who’s so in love.”
I was surprised by this book. I read the summary and thought I knew what was going to take place but I was rather shocked at just how different it was. This is seriously a book of college life. Lily is starting her first year of college and due to her hard work and grades she was given enough scholarships to attend the college she wanted. Unfortunately her brother and his best friend/her boyfriend Derek attended a college an hour away.
We watched Lily try to adjust to college life alone, and it was a struggle for her. Her roommate and some friends tried to include her and occupy her as she was missing Derek and her brother and family but for some reason she just never let herself fit in. She has a run in with Jack, a “tough guy” a few times and she is intrigued. Although she constantly reminds him she has a boyfriend, at some point I think she forgot she had one.
Derek tries to make it down to see her every weekend, but he also has studying to do and he wants a social life there at his college, just as he encourages her to do at her college. I am not sure when or why it happen, but Lily let the depression or loneliness take over and she just became that kind of girl she never wanted to be. Drama Queen.
I would love to say that I fully understood Lily, but I can’t. There was such a change in her that I sometimes wondered if she didn’t need some mental health treatment. I felt sorry for Derek as he was trying to do the best he could under the circumstances. Jack, yeah he was a tough guy on the outside, but once you find out about his home life you felt for him to. Yes the sex was hot, plenty of it as well so if you are just wanting a hot little read you hit the jackpot on this one. If you are wanting a deep story that you can invest in, I found this so confusing just because of Lily’s actions. I am not going to rate this book low, because the writing was great, the plot was good, the sex is hot but I just couldn’t understand the characters. How do you go from a sensible young lady, who was devoted to her grades, education and boyfriend, to a girl who jumps on a bike with a stranger and has while sex in the alley? Then she has to face her boyfriend and tell him they are over, or are they? I found I was more confused than invested.
I will certainly read more of her books, as I said, the writing was great, I just hope we have more of Lily’s story so maybe we can finally understand what makes her tick. Why she does things that her brain is telling her not to do but her body just doesn’t listen.
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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