Have you ever read a book by a new author? Their very first book and thought, “Wow! I can only see them getting better and better with each book? Well, that’s how I felt when I first read Rise by Dylan Allen. I thought, “This is a good book but one day, I can see her writing a great book.” This was a really good book and beautiful story.
Remember by Dylan Allen was the perfect second-chance romance book. You have a sexy, alpha male. You have a gorgeous curvy, multicultural woman. You already know that this book is going places.
I’m not going to get too messy with this one. I’m going to keep it pretty, like me.
Let’s see what the author has to say. . .
Milly’s life was safe. Her plans, certain.
She doesn’t take risks because she knows what it’s like to lose everything.
But, when it all falls apart, she decides to throw caution to the wind.
Her journey to reclaim her future leads her straight into the grown up arms of the boy she left behind.
In them, she finds passion long denied and love she thought was lost.
But is the promise of a second chance worth the risk of losing herself again?
When he discovers that the girl he has loved his whole life moved on without him, Dean needs answers.
He didn’t expect to still want her.
He didn’t expect her to want him, too.
And suddenly, he finds himself in a battle for the heart of the woman he’s never stopped loving.
As they look to the past for answers, can they hold onto the future they were meant to have? Or will what they remember make them wish they could forget?
“We had a good life.”
“Why have good when you can have great?” – Milly/Mom
Remember made me want to go back and find all my old boyfriends who I loved with all my to see if we could make it today. Nah! JK! I can’t stand none of them, I’m going to stick it out with my husband. . .for now.
But, no, seriously. . .
Remember is centered around two people who should have always been together but were driven apart by unimaginable circumstances. Luckily, life saw fit for them to find each other again but the problem was finding a way to a happily ever after after life gave them a shitty hand.
Milly grew up with Dean, the love of her life. He was her everything and she was his. Their connection was ran deep and so real that I could literally feel it coming off the pages. While reading their story I started wondering if my husband loved me like Dean loved Milly. I wanted what they had. I need to ask my husband how much he loves me later. Milly is gorgeous and she has a beautiful, rich soul. She has a quiet confidence to her which isn’t forced or all in your face. That confidence was also hidden so far down that even Milly forgot it was there until her no-good-ass husband, Kevin, decided he no longer wanted her to a part of his life.
That confidence came back real quick when that no-good-ass husband of hers decided he also wanted to take their son with him. That’s when Milly decided enough was enough and it was time to find herself again.
Whatever sadness, pain, wistfulness, or regret I was feeling over the demise of my marriage, disappeared when I got the letter. They were replaced with pure, white hot rage. – Milly
I think that was my favorite part of Milly, the love she had for her son. When faced with the possibility of not having him under her roof she realized that it was time to get her life together.
Dean loves Milly with every part of his body. When the possibility of seeing Milly again presented itself for Dean, he hit the ground running. You see, Dean never thought there would be a day when he didn’t have Milly in his life but after years apart he finds her married and with a child, he is beside himself. He couldn’t see past his anger and hurt to find a way to understand why Milly made the choices that lead her away from him when she promised she never would.
“Maybe because you fucking loved me? Maybe because we made promises to each other.” – Dean
Hurt feelings can often lead to even more hurtful words that one can never take back. Both Dean and Milly learn the hard truths of that. Just because second chance romances are beautiful doesn’t make then any less painful and takes a lot of work to make it work.
Another thing I loved about this story was the complexities of each character. Nothing was simple but everything was alluring. I felt so drawn in by Dean and Milly’s story to the point of no return. I wanted them to make it work even though the odds were stacked against them. I was so invested in their lives to the point where I feel in love with the side characters as well – excluding that no-good-ass husband of Milly’s, Kevin. He could kick rocks. Bastard.
There should be no surprise that Dean didn’t like the son of a bitch either.
“Well, he better not say shit I find disrespectful or we going to have a problem.” – Dean
I was like, “Yassssss! That’s what the fuck I’m talking about!” I think I feel in love with Dean right there. I love a man who is ready to go to war for me. That shit is sexy as hell.
There are so many twists and turns that leave you feeling like you have just an experience of a lifetime – maybe not a lifetime but you get what I mean. I have been know to be a wee bit dramatic from time to time according those around me.
In the end the big question is, “Do you remember us?”
So, what happens when one person gets there head out of the ass and fights for what they want? What happens when one person decides to find who they are are again. What happens years fly by and hurt feelings begin to fester? I guess you’re going to have to read the book to find out.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, ladies and gentleman I do.
Will I read another book by this author? Um…yeah! I can’t wait to interview her too!
I told ya I was going to keep it pretty and I did.
TTYL, lovers. . .
Stalk all things messy…