Um. I’m going to attempt to write this review without giving more than basic spoilers, but there’s a lot to unpack. So fair warning.
It… wasn’t great. I’ve read books by this author before, so I was intrigued by the blurb and looking forward to a mysterious, unique story. But this is the hottest of messes. Mixing flashbacks with present day, we get snippets of the relationship between Noah (heroine) and Elliot, before and after things fell apart for them. Noah’s husband is part of the story, but remains an afterthought throughout, so if you’re not a fan of cheating, then this one won’t be for you (more on that in a minute). It’s also got body shaming, a manhoe ex, a stupid breakup, and plenty of triggers.
The story follows Noah as she wakes up in the hospital. She’s got no memories of the last four years, so when she discovers that she’s married, it seems all wrong. Last Noah knew, she was very much in love with Elliot, and now he’s not even a part of her life. But the accident brought him back into her orbit, and the feelings between them are as strong as ever. As Noah tries to remember the last few years, she struggles with all of the changes in her life.
This could’ve been great and it really just… wasn’t. We only get little pieces of Noah and Elliot’s relationship and the flashbacks are told out of order, so it was difficult to root for them – especially since Noah is married. Not that that stopped her at all. Yes, they sleep together with little regard to the fact that she’s got a husband who has declared his love for her and she doesn’t remember their relationship. Noah simply moves on without informing him that she’s doing so. Noah is also extremely upset to discover that’s she’s “fat” (size 16), and believes Elliot would be embarrassed to be seen with her. There are some comments made that will likely offend some readers, especially since size 16 is in fact average. And let’s not forget the reason they broke up. The reasoning behind it does NOT paint Noah in the best light, but I also hated that Elliot became a manhoe afterwards despite still being very much in love with Noah. Because of course he did. There’s no falling in love in this “romance,” these two are essentially ready to forget that the last 4 years ever happened. So don’t go into this one for the love story, but the drama is also extremely predictable. That all adds up to a book that’s not all that fulfilling to read. I appreciated receiving an early copy via NetGalley (and am voluntarily leaving a review), but I can’t say that this was a winner for me.
Release Date: October 6th
The fiery new romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L.A. Casey—can Noah unlock her memories…and find true love?
When Noah Ainsley wakes up in a hospital room with no recollection of how she got there, all she knows is that she needs to see Elliot, the love of her life. Then she learns the horrifying truth: her short-term memory has been destroyed by a car accident . She and Elliot broke up five years ago. And now she’s married to Anderson, a man she doesn’t even recognise.
In an instant Noah’s world is turned on its head. All she wants is Elliot by her side, but it’s clear Anderson is hurt by her rejection. Can she really have fallen in love with this stranger? Nothing makes sense—and when even Elliot refuses to answer her questions, Noah is left feeling all alone.
But as her memories slowly return, Noah begins to wonder if she’s been wrong to shut Anderson out—and wrong to put all her trust in Elliot. The ex she loves and the husband she doesn’t remember hold the keys to her past. And when the truth is finally revealed, which future will Noah’s heart choose?
Release Date: October 6th