I came across this book quite randomly and since the premise grabbed my attention, I decided to give it a try and ended up reading it in one sitting and staying up late to finish it.
The story is about a woman who drives off in her car in the middle of a storm, fleeing a severely abusive relationship. But when her car spins out of control on a snowy road, she crashes in the driveway of Joshua Bennett, a famous but reclusive author with a dark past living alone in the woods with only his dog.
Things get more complicated though when she wakes up with no memory of who she is, what had happened to her, or where she came from. The only clue to her past are the bruises on her body.
Josh takes her in and nurses her back to heath but her condition also bring back painful memories from his own past. With the storm raging on outside, they get to know each other in the little secluded cabin and the feelings that they try to hold back intensify. But as they begin to fall in love, her past catches up to her…
Ok, I really did like this book overall but in the interest of full honesty, I’m just going to tell you upfront that it is chock full of romance cliches. Like really. Full of them. However, I’m not trying to nitpick and I’m not going to write a whole list of them because a) that would be a loooong list, and b) that’s not the point. If the idea of that turns you off, then this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re ok with it being like that, then do give it a try because despite the cliches, I genuinely did have a fun time reading it.
There’s something about the whole storyline of two broken people helping each other heal and finding love with each other that quite honestly gets me every time. So yeah, there were several things that made me roll my eyes (but with a smile, not in a frustrated way) or shake my head a little and usually that would be a turn off for me buuuuuut for whatever reason, it kinda just worked for this book.
I liked that the story had both romance and suspense in it. The whole first big section was very sweet and romantic but, despite the steam between them, her whole past was still a mystery. Where did she come from? Should she go back? Was anyone looking for her? Should she be hiding? And then there was the whole part where her past did come out and dealing with that definitely kept me flipping those pages.
It’s a complete story — a standalone with an epilogue so you get everything in one package. So my advice is this… if you’re going to read this book, just be forgiving of the cliches and enjoy it for what it is. It’s a sweet love story with a dash of mystery and just a really easy read. And sometimes, that’s just what you need.
Rating: 4 stars. Standalone.