Updated 11/19/2020 for Audiobook.
Ben Porter may be living the dream, but it’s not his.
His dad’s health scare might not be the ideal reason to come home for the summer, but it’s a welcome break from the stellar glitz of Ben’s life in Los Angeles. Even if modeling has him rivaling Marky Mark’s fame, posing isn’t his passion. Landing a role with a Boston Shakespeare theater brings him closer to fulfilling his dreams of being a real actor.
Facing the reason he went west in the first place? That’s another story.
Lucy Minola’s dreams were shattered seven years ago when a drunk driver smashed into her brother’s car. She knows it was her fault. So as penance, she works hard to care for her family, goes to confession faithfully, and buries all the feelings she had for the person who left when she needed him most: her brother’s best friend.
When an injured dog brings them back together, Lucy’s good-girl facade begins to crack. Women everywhere are obsessed with the rad body they see in magazines, but she’s the only one Ben seems to notice.
She can’t trust herself with the man who walked away… but can she let him go a second time?
Point of view:
1st Person. Alternating perspectives between Ben & Lucy.
Forget About Me is the 2nd book in Grey’s Boston Classics series set in the late 80s. You could start here as there aren’t any spoilers for Will & Kate’s story (other than they end up together – but this is romance, so yeah). However, I definitely recommend book 1, What I’m Looking For and the free prequel novella, Signed, Sealed, & Delivered.
Insert small grumble here about the fact that this is labeled “Historical”. Seriously, I’m that old??? Anyway…
I was so excited to get to read this! This incorporates one of my favorite tropes: Best Friend’s Sister/Brother’s Best Friend and the added bonus of an adorable dog. What I really enjoyed here is that while it’s a cohesive addition to the series – it’s definitely a unique story. Ben & Lucy were brought together in friendship as children by Lucy’s brother, Tony and then torn apart as young lovers by his death. Forget About Me has it’s fair share of grief and growing pains to go along with it’s hilarious RomCom status. Add in the constant stream of music referenced from Lucy’s obsession with mixtapes and this is a truly delightful story. (Have your Spotify or Amazon Music app ready!)
I’ll admit, I am not a fan of flashbacks – the story regularly takes the main characters on trips down memory lane, mostly to 7 years earlier – but Grey weaves them in so well that instead of disrupting the flow they reveal bits of information and emotion at the perfect times. While there are numerous sexy scenes for Ben & Lucy, I truly enjoy romance where I get to know the characters individually and together as a couple. I want to believe that these people belong together and I’m thrilled that’s exactly what I get. In some respects, we get their love story twice – young love as new adults at 21 & 18 and again at 28 & 25 with more life experience and self-awareness.
Extra little note. Grey’s pin for Ben. Wow!
Up next – “Hot Steve” and Alice (from What I’m Looking For ) get their own novella, Like It’s 1999.
Dual narration by Brian Pallino and Emma Wilder was fantastic. While I loved the narrators for What I’m Looking For – I like Grey’s decision to give each couple in the series their own narrators. Pallino & Wilder both do a wonderful job on a variety of voices, accents, and emotions. While I truly enjoyed the book when I read it – the audio brings it up another level. I was brought to tears and laughed out loud. There’s a “tape rewind” noise that provides a unique way to differentiate the flashback sections from the current storyline.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
About the author:
KAREN GREY is the pen name for award-winning narrator Karen White. A stage, screen and radio drama actor in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in the late 20th century, she started recording books in 1999. Now back in her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and probably too many pets (canine, feline, avian and reptilian) and continues to narrate audiobooks as well as make up stories.
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About the narrators:
Brian Pallino is the pseudonym for Angelo Di Loreto. Di Loreto died on October 17, 2020. His amazing talent simultaneously lives on and will be sorrowfully missed.
Emma Wilder is an audiobook narrator, specializing in Romance. She’s great with accents, appreciates fine bourbons, and has a passable sense of humor. You can connect with Emma Wilder here:
My Favorite Quotes
The last seven years have proven that I can live without the love of my life. I just don’t want to. – Forget About Me by @KarenWhitereads #Audiobook narrated by Brian Pallino & @AKAEmmaWilder #BostonClassics #RomanticComedy #ItsThe80s #BrothersBestFriend #BestFriendsSisterTweet
I’ve met hundreds of drop-dead gorgeous women since leaving Arlington for Los Angeles. Not a single one measured up to Lucy. – Forget About Me by @KarenWhitereads #Audiobook narrated by Brian Pallino & @AKAEmmaWilder #BostonClassics #RomanticComedy #ItsThe80s #BrothersBestFriend #BestFriendsSisterTweet
My body has no sense of self-preservation when it comes to that man and his mouth. – Forget About Me by @KarenWhitereads #Audiobook narrated by Brian Pallino & @AKAEmmaWilder#BostonClassics #RomanticComedy #ItsThe80s #BrothersBestFriend #BestFriendsSisterTweet
All my reasoning, all my defenses, all my willpower just puddle on the floor. – Forget About Me by @KarenWhitereads #Audiobook narrated by Brian Pallino & @AKAEmmaWilder#BostonClassics #RomanticComedy #ItsThe80s #BrothersBestFriend #BestFriendsSisterTweet