Review - Make Me Forget (It's Kind of Personal #1) by Anna Brooks

by - Friday, October 14, 2016


Title: Make Me Forget 
Series: It's Kind of Personal #1 
Author: Anna Brooks
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Abuse, New Adult
Published Date: November 2nd, 2014

One lie can destroy everything... After enduring years of manipulation and an immeasurable amount of loss, Charlotte Kelly makes one last ditch effort to change her life and try to find happiness again. She knows she'll see him when she moves back to Wisconsin. She's planning on it, the connection she still feels to him after all these years is undeniable. But one lie tore them apart years ago, and she's afraid some mistakes can't be forgiven.

Travis Parker doesn't like liars. When he was younger, lies burned him in a bad way. It only took one summer with Charlotte's innocence to know that she was it for him. When he thought he finally had something to look forward to, one misguided lie shattered everything he believed. 

Now, Char's back, but she's not the same girl he once knew.

You know it's a good story when you experience heart-clenching moments throughout the book. 

Escaping her cousin's graduation party to hang out at her favorite place was the best decision Charlotte made that night, she never expected to meet the man of her dreams, or rescue him from potential drowning, or rebelliously spent a night at his place. Travis used to have aspirations, he wanted to become a firefighter. But after finding out that his high school sweetheart was pregnant, he abandoned his dreams, worked in construction and planned to support his fiance and baby. Life was simple and he was happy - but that all changed when Tammy died. Since then he turned to alcohol for the solution and found himself drunk and wasted with a blonde goddess three years after the anniversary of his baby's death. 

Travis and Charlotte's intense chemistry was like watching a bomb waiting to explode. For once, Travis was able to open his heart to love again, but there's only one thing in between them, a lie that threatened to tear them apart. Too bad life wasn't smooth-sailing and soon enough tragedy struck Charlotte's life, she lost both the man she loved. Four years later, Charlotte was only left with the shell of the woman she used to be. 

She saved him then, it is his turn to save her now.

I am in love with second chances romance, so after reading the blurb I knew I had to get this book (and it was free on Amazon so I knew it was a sign!). What I did not expect was the immediate pull Brook's words had on me from the first page, to be short, I finished it in one sitting.

I loved that Charlotte and Travis were flawed in their own ways, and miraculously they healed each other bits by bits. What happened to Charlotte was awful and her emotions throughout the book were so vivid, she made me constantly on the verge of tears. It hurts to see how Charlotte's voice turned from a vibrant character into someone who was hopeless and jaded, and it pained to read about how she was taken advantage of. 

Despite that, I really loved Travis' patience and understanding towards Charlotte, never once he forced her to reveal her painful secrets and that earned him great cookie points! Not a believer of fairytale romance, Travis Parker convinced me that Prince Charming still exists, in the form of a flawed modern day hero. 

Travis/Charlotte romance was great, but my favorite character in the book got to be Charlotte's therapist. Her words of wisdom were so spot on, she also got me thinking about life! I also adore Charlotte's cousins, although I thought they should have more involvement in Charlotte's healing journey. 

The only downside of the book was its pace, at times there were some parts of the book that seemed to have moved a tad bit too fast, but the story was well-written and developed that I had no other complaints. I really really really am looking forward to Mary and Brandon's story, I just know it will be filled with waterworks.

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