Forget Me Not Christmas

Natalie-Nicole Bates
Forget Me Not Christmas
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Release Date
November 2014
Book 2 of Handmade for Christmas
New Adult

Jorie Beckett has never celebrated Christmas. Now after returning home after an extended period abroad, she looks forward to renewing her relationship with family, and start her life anew. Even if that means celebrating the holiday.

She doesn't expect to run into her high school sweetheart at a Christmas Market.Kyle Koykendall pledged to always love and protect Jorie, but didn't live up to his promise. He's now bitter and angry, and Jorie can't understand why. After all, he failed her, not the other way around.

Can Jorie and Kyle work through the secrets and lies of the past that split them apart, and rediscover their love? Or will Jorie's first Christmas be a memorable disaster?

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Mar 28, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
183 people found the following review helpful
With secrets, revenge, and romance, FORGET ME NOT CHRISTMAS has all the elements of a memorable love story.

This story is sad and funny and ironic, with characters that make these emotions jump off the page. High school sweethearts, Jorie and Kyle, haven't seen nor spoken to each other since Jorie's iconoclast mother sent her to a convent school as a teenager. When Jorie's dream of Kyle rescuing her and stealing her away from her bizarre life shattered, she ran off and wasn't heard from for five years. Now Jorie's brother Bobby has enticed her home and she's hoping to establish a new life in a town that doesn't hold very many happy memories for her. She thinks it might be possible until Kyle returns to her life…

The relationship building in this story is very fast, but there is an understanding that the two main characters have a past, so it works. The romance is not smooth and happy, which actually made me enjoy the story more. These characters have scars and old wounds that have not healed so they are angry and vulnerable, which makes them mean and untrusting. The journey to romance for these two has to start with trust and communication, and it doesn't come easy. I really liked the fact that there were elements of family craziness that come into play in the romance building. It wasn't as simple as Jorie and Kyle finding their way back to each other; their path was obstructed by unresolved family issues that needed to be identified.

I really enjoyed this book and raw emotions involved in the development, or redevelopment, of the relationship between Jorie and Kyle. A great book for fans of contemporary romance.
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