Ryan Matthews has everything he ever wanted. Close to graduation from Harvard Medical School and on the verge of marrying his gorgeous and accomplished girlfriend, Julia Abbott, his dreams are about to come true.
Julia is on the fast track as a fashion editor for a big New York magazine. Ryan plans to join her there to complete his residency at a major trauma center and all of their sacrifice is finally at it’s end.
When tragedy strikes, their relationship is hurled into turmoil that leaves Ryan devastated as sorrow drives him to keep his distance, while Julia reaches out to find him again.
The second book of The Remembrance Trilogy follows Ryan and Julia’s quest to rebuild their stunning past; an incredibly beautiful and heart-breaking romance, full of passion, intensity and truly immeasurable love. You’ll be left spellbound, breathless and aching for more…
When I finished with “The Future Of Our Past”, I couldn’t wait to dive into “Don’t Forget To Remember Me”, the second book of The Remembrance Trilogy, and see how Julia and Ryan’s relationship was going to evolve. Well, I’m so delighted with how Kahlen Aymes penned this sequel! One word? Terrific! “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” lived up to all my expectations and it was impossible for me to put it down. It makes for a great read that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. This is a touching depiction of undying love, a love put to a hard test, but it proves that not all the hurdles are meant to separate. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It shows that true love always wins, whatever the difficulties are. I can safely say that Ryan and Julia are among my favorite and unforgettable fictional couples.
Like The Future Of Our Past, Don’t Forget To Remember Me alternates Ryan’s point of view with Julia’s one and after the cliffhanger with which the first book ended, I was very anxious to know how everything was going to unfold. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I’ll just say that something unexpected happens that brings Ryan and Julia to have to slowly rebuild their special relationship. They go through a lot in this one but their love becomes even stronger than before, if that’s even possible.
Ryan melted my heart throughout the novel. Seriously, can this guy be any more perfect? Every word he said, every gesture he made goes right to your heart and it’s impossible not to fall in love with him. I’ve already said he’s one of my favorite male characters and in this sequel he became even more so. I loved how he stood by Julia in the difficult and trying situation she found herself in, he never gave up and always put Julia’s well-being before his own. In The Future Of Our Past Ryan often says to Julia that he loves her unconditionally– in Don’t Forget To Remember Me he really proves it.
Julia remains the lovely and kind girl we met in the first book, but fate takes an unexpected turn, throwing her into a vortex of insecurity, fear and apprehension. But she proves to be a very strong willed character, a woman really worth admiring. I loved her courage and her determination, her will to be herself and not to let go of anything she cared about, especially her love for Ryan. My heart ached for her in a lot of scenes and more than once I wanted to jump into the story and hug her and tell her that everything was going to be all right. Once again, the feelings she has for Ryan transcend all boundaries and the sweetness of some scenes between the two of them left me breathless. There are several emotional and touching scenes throughout the novel that brought tears to my eyes and moved me deeply. Scenes that show that the power of love is able to face up to anything and anyone, without giving up.
Like in the first book, there are a lot of love-making scenes that make your blood pump fast in your veins. I like how Khalen Aymes writes them. They’re very erotic and sweet at the same time and convey the love the characters have for each other. And one of these scenes in particular is so emotional and loaded with longing that I believe it’s one of the most beautiful love scenes I’ve read in a book.
One of the many things I loved the most about this sequel is that family plays an instrumental role in this one, even more than it did in The Future Of Our Past. In more than one scene it’s shown that if you have the support of your family and friends, you’re able to overcome even the most dreadful situations. The love of the family never weakens and I think this is one of the most important and beautiful messages of the novel.
I can’t wait for “A Love Like This”, the third and last volume of the Remembrance Trilogy, to come out. Bring it on!
I give this book 5 stars.
And now some of my favorite passages:
- As the strains of our song began, I sat back and waited as the lyrics began. The acoustic guitar and bongo drums filled the room in the slow, sultry strains. Her eyes snapped up to mine, desire rising up within me like a tangible thing, my body reacting at the intensity as her lips parted and her hand reached for mine. It spurred me to action. My fingers closed around hers and I rose from the chair, slowly pulling her up with me, my eyes never leaving hers. We didn’t speak, just held hands as we moved onto the dance floor. I took her in my arms, pulling her close, and turning my face into her hair. My hands pressed her to me, the swell of her breasts pressed against my chest. Her hands slid under my jacket to fist in the back of my shirt. I felt like if I didn’t kiss her, I would die right there. My eyes dropped to her mouth and she lifted her face in silent permission as her eyes slowly closed.
2. “I’m going to touch you but trying not to move too much…I want this to be all about pleasure. Please, be still.”
3. “We were everything. I knew it by the longing his mere presence brought forth and the few times when he had faltered in his resolve…the few delicious times when he had almost given in. In the shower or on the piano bench…I could see the love in his luminous blue eyes.”
**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**