What I loved about this story is that we are thrown in the action right from the start and we are made to hit the ground running. Michael gets the call about Nikki; Michael rushes to be by her side; Michael takes a detour on the way to the hospital; Michael turns up at the hospital covered in blood; Michael convinces a confused Nikki to leave the hospital with him… Wait, what’s that about Michael taking a detour?
I would love to tell you the ins and outs of this story and mention the key points that I love, but I fear that would give away spoilers. What I will say is this, the storytelling is extremely good. Spencer paints a picture that is so easy to immerse yourself in. The flashback scenes to Nikki and Michael’s childhood explains their history perfectly and hold the story together in the present day – especially as Nikki’s amnesia restricts her memories of who this hot guy is who has taken her from her hospital bed. You immediately get a sense that, whilst Nikki doesn’t remember, both of them such a strong and significant history that Nikki has no reason to doubt her gut reaction to trust Michael.
Throughout the majority of the book, I was left questioning who was responsible for Sebastian’s murder. Was Michael really capable of such a thing? His alibi was certainly very sketchy plus the fact that he more or less took Nikki and went on the run didn’t help his case. I also loved Christian – Michael and Nikki’s close friend. Whilst he wasn’t in the story very much, I would definitely be interested in reading more about him – maybe a sequel/prequel in the works, please Ms Spencer?
There is a huge reveal – or what I like to call the Penny Drop moment – when everything becomes clear and it was something I didn’t expect and I have to say it wasn’t in the least bit predictable. I have to give kudos to Spencer for keeping that moment pretty much on the down-low.
One thing about this book, however, that I wasn’t a fan of was the sex scenes. For a story that was so thrilling and fast paced, I just didn’t feel these particular scenes needed to be so graphic. There are many ways to write an intimate moment, and I, for one, do not need to read about them in such graphic detail. Whilst I understand the Spencer’s reason to include them, I personally felt that there was enough sexual tension between Michael and Nikki that when they did consummate their relationship the ‘less is more’ approach would be been far more effective. That, however, is personal opinion and I appreciate that others may feel differently.
That being said, the story itself is one that I couldn’t put down. It had be guessing and wondering and predicting outcomes right from the start. The pace was perfect and the ending did bring a sense of satisfaction. I am definitely interested to see what else Lillie Spencer has to offer.
Author: Lillie Spencer
Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press (UK)
Published: Out now
Sometimes you have to forget it all to remember what really matters.
Michael Brennan’s life and career come to an abrupt halt when he receives a phone call telling him the love of his life, Nikki Wright, is in the hospital after another attack by her ex-boyfriend Sebastian Cross. Rushing back to Hershey, PA, Michael turns up at Nikki’s hospital bedside covered in Sebastian’s blood and tells her they have to leave immediately.
Though her injuries have induced amnesia, Nikki inherently feels she can trust this man with her life. Soon, they find themselves on the run from both their own troubled pasts and authorities hunting for Sebastian’s killer. With each new day and each touch drawing her further into Michael’s embrace, Nikki remembers more about this fugitive she once loved, and who still loves her enough to risk everything to protect her and keep her safe. But can she love a man who just might be a murderer?
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