Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: Forget You by Nina Crespo

I’ve enjoyed this author before but this book wasn’t one of the best I’ve read.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: April 16, 2018

In this steamy and sexy first book in the Kingman Brothers series—filled with relatable moments and electrical tension—a disgruntled assistant is wrangled into staying on to help her boss when he suffers from amnesia after a plane crash.

Sophie Jordan dreams about hooking up with Nicolas “King” Kingman—the gorgeous CEO of her company—but as her boss, he’ll always remain out of reach. King knows he isn’t built for happily-ever-afters and only indulges in brief romantic encounters. But when Sophie agrees to fill in as his last-minute date to a charity gala, an unexpected discovery quickly escalates their platonic relationship to one of passion.

King is determined to ignore their attraction and, feeling betrayed, Sophie severs ties with him and the company. Everything changes, however, when he’s injured in an accident, and Sophie agrees to help until he closes a major deal. Unfortunately, he’s developed amnesia, and although he doesn’t remember their night together, desire binds them in ways they can’t resist.

Time is running out on closing the deal, as well as Sophie moving on to her new career. Will King deny love in favor of winning and lose Sophie forever?

What’s it About? Sophie Jordan has been “in lust” with her boss, CEO Nicolas “King” Kingman for such a long time but he has a reputation for brief flings so Sophie has to content herself with her fantasies. Then one night King asks her to be an emergency stand in date for him at a charity gala and things take a steamy turn, only to turn glacial again the next morning when King is determined to forget their night together. Hurt and angry, Sophie plans to resign but then King is in an accident and ends up with a chunk of his memory gone. So Sophie agrees to stay and help him until he closes a major deal. King can’t remember his night with Sophie but he does remember the attraction between them and that he can’t live without her.

Overall reaction to the story? Okay so Forget You could have been a lot better than it actually was. For starters, it is billed as a sort of romcom but no laughs were found, much less had. I didn’t think Sophie’s sappy, puppy dog crush on King was funny. The way she handled it was kind of well, pathetic. At times she seemed like she was going to really be a tough woman and handle King like an adult but most of the time she was more like a teenager with a crush on a powerful older man and King wasn’t much older than she was! She was whiny and self pitying and all around wimpy. She would justifiably get angry at the way King treated her romantically but all he had to do was be all helpless (or smolder in her general direction) and she would forget everything he did and her anger at him. What? I thought King had the amnesia! Way to keep your power and dignity Sophie. *sarcasm*

And King’s abuse of power? Come on dude, is that the only way you can score time alone with Sophie? By manipulating her feelings? Playing the boss card? Taking her to your f*ck palace (Sophie’s name for it) for a one nighter? No dude. Just, no. King needed to GROVEL like a champ and there was no groveling, no real character growth, just the amnesia that kept him from remembering more recent events. I didn’t see any real change in him. No wooing of Sophie, no romantic overtures, nothing. Just a lot of sexual chemistry happening when they were supposed to be working. FYI, the workplace during a time you’re supposed to be working isn’t the ideal place to show a woman you’re really into her for the long haul King.

I didn’t feel a connection to either character and yeah, their romance fell flat. It was more of a lust relationship than anything and while the author frequently mentions that King and Sophie have been friends for a long time, I saw no trace of that friendship anywhere. There was no connection between them other than work and the lust that was more on Sophie’s side than King’s. It just didn’t work for me. These are two characters that I just didn’t “get” as a couple.

Click It or Skip It? Skip It. I didn’t care for either character’s behavior and their romance wasn’t a romance but a lust induced haze. The author is one I’ve enjoyed before but this just wasn’t one of those times.

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