Release Date: January 13, 2015
Cover Model: Michael Gleason
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Cover Designer: Heather McHenry at MHMPhotography
Stella Brady was the epitome of indulgence. With a history of seducing gorgeous men, wrecking hotel rooms and provoking scandalous rumors, fame rewarded her extravagant behavior. Nothing was off limits when it came to gratifying her desires, except the one thing she craved most of all-anonymity.
In a strange twist of fate, a tragic accident robs Stella of all memories past the age of seventeen and she must reconcile the person she has become with the phantom of who she is supposed to be.
Trapped in a limbo of his own, Navy officer Julian Moreau has taken leave and returned to his childhood home in order to care for his dying mother. Growing restless with a life on hold, nothing could prepare him for the impossible. Stella Brady had returned to Mooresville.
Despite a decade of separation and hopeless circumstances, neither is able to deny the irresistible attraction and connection they share. As each layer of the past unravels, they must decide if falling in love could lead to a lifetime of happiness, or one worth forgetting.
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My eyes grew wide and my stomach fluttered. Imagining his lips on mine caused my mouth to water in anticipation. The air between us grew tangible, and I could think of nothing else. I moved my chest closer to his, and felt my breath grow shaky. The moment his hand rested against my cheek, I melted into his palm and closed my eyes. I parted my lips slightly and waited for him to move. The air puffed out of his nostrils and his face moved closer to mine. He wrapped his other arm tightly around my waist and pulled me close. Time felt as though it was dragging along on purpose, just to torture me, until finally his lips brushed mine and offered sweet respite. A deep whine was pulled from my lungs, and I craved more as I tangled myself into him.
“Child, I know what it’s like to feel like a stranger in your own body. To not have any control, or answers as to why things are so. How painful it is to move through the day to day, and continuously give yourself a reason to fight, when all you want to do is just go to sleep and have it all be over and done with. Tell me why am I sitting here voluntarily having my body poisoned to fight this demon, when I know ultimately I am going to lose? Why do any of us here keep fighting?” I looked around and all eyes were upon us. The room had fallen silent, and not one person dared to respond. Raina’s hand reached out for my cheek and was quickly soaked with tears. I didn’t have to ask why. I knew. “For love,”
JL Brooks is a former columnist turned novelist. What started as a bet changed her entire course in life. With a passion for adventure, she believes everyone has a story to tell. Chances are she will try to convince you to tell yours.
"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."
Forgetting is a story of being able to change your life. A story about a new chance with an old love. And most of all, a story of second chances. A story that shows sometimes bad things happen, and out of them comes the chance to experience the most beautiful journey in finding yourself and who you really are.
Stella Brady is a rock star. She lives the typical life. Sex. Drugs. Rock and Roll. That is until an accident happens and leaves her lost of all her current memories. She wakes up and in her mind, she’s a seventeen year old girl. She doesn’t understand whats happened or why she’s covered in tattoos. Stella stays with her parents and tries to figure things out. Stella knows she didn’t turn out as the woman she thought she’d be when she was a teen. Now, she has a chance most people never get. A chance for a fresh start.
Julian Moreau is back in his hometown taking care of his ill mother. He’s helping with her and running the family business. He can’t believe his eyes when he sees Stella again. It’s been so many years and she’s changed so much. But seeing her now, it’s like the same girl he once knew in a different skin.
Stella can’t fight the way she feels about Julian. At first, she doesn’t know who he is, but it’s fairly obvious he knows her. I love the connection they shared. Even though Stella’s mind didn’t know Julian, her body did.
Things aren’t always easy for this couple. Julian’s mother is dying. What will happen then? Will he leave the state to go home? And Stella still can’t remember her life. But she’s a celebrity so it’s only natural that people will start noticing her and where she is. Falling in love is scary. Love is uncertain. Especially when things are so up in the air like they are with Stella and Julian.
Stella’s journey of finding love, finding forgiveness, acceptance, and finding herself was beautiful.
What I loved most about this book is that it’s not just like every other book. When you read as much romance as I do, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of the same old same old love stories. JL Brooks has brought us something fresh and original. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a book of self discovery and a unique take on a second chance romance!