Review – Forget About Me by Karen Grey

Posted November 23, 2020 by Carole in 2020 Audiobook Challenge, 2020 New Release Challenge, Audiobook, Book Reviews / 8 Comments

Forget About Me by Karen Grey
Narrated by Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino

Series: Boston Classics #2
Publisher: Home Cooked Books
Publication Date: November 23, 2020
Date Read: November 18, 2020
Length:  8 hours and 59 minutes
Source: Author

Ben Porter may be living the dream, but it’s not his.

His dad’s health scare might not be the ideal reason to come home for the summer, but it’s a welcome break from the stellar glitz of Ben’s life in Los Angeles. Even if modeling has him rivaling Marky Mark’s fame, posing isn’t his passion. Landing a role with a Boston Shakespeare theater brings him closer to fulfilling his dreams of being a real actor.

Facing the reason he went west in the first place? That’s another story.

Lucy Minola’s dreams were shattered seven years ago when a drunk driver smashed into her brother’s car. She knows it was her fault. So as penance, she works hard to care for her family, goes to confession faithfully, and buries all the feelings she had for the person who left when she needed him most: her brother’s best friend.

When an injured dog brings them back together, Lucy’s good-girl façade begins to crack. Women everywhere are obsessed with the rad bod they see in magazines, but she’s the only one Ben seems to notice.

She can’t trust herself with the man who walked away…but can she let him go a second time?

This bittersweet romance, book 2 in Karen Grey’s 1980s Boston Classics series, proves that everyone deserves a second chance in love and in life.

My Review

I loved this audiobook!  Listening to this book just made me happy and I couldn’t get enough.  I enjoyed the first book in this series and had expected to like this book just as much.  I ended up liking it even more than the first.  I think that Lucy and Ben’s story just clicked for me and the superb narration was able to take the story to the next level.  I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book.

Ben has made it big as an underwear model in California so everyone in town seems to know who he is.  He came back home because his dad had some health issues but has decided to stay for a bit.  He has a role in a Shakespeare play with a local theatre and helps out with his dad as much as he can.  When Ben finds an injured dog on his doorstep, he takes him to the local vet where Lucy works.  Lucy is still at home and spends her days working at the vet clinic and the rest of her time taking care of her family.  
I loved Lucy and Ben.  I do have a weakness for second chance romances so I love the fact that they have a history together.  The death of Lucy’s brother and Ben’s best friend hit both of them very hard and they are still dealing with the effects.  I thought that this pair worked really well together.  The chemistry between them was fantastic and I loved the way they seemed to really come alive together.  They both have some things to work through and I loved the growth that we see in both characters over the course of the story.
This book is set in the 80s which was a lot of fun for me.  I felt quite a bit of nostalgia when the story talked about things that were the way of life during those years.  I kind of wished that I had kept a few of the mixtapes that I spent hours making.  There were a few things that were mentioned that I hadn’t thought about in years.  
I thought that Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino did a phenomenal job with the narration.  I think that both narrators were able to capture their character’s personalities perfectly.  I also thought that the effects of the audio production were very well done.  There was a sound of a tape either rewinding or fast-forwarding to signal the beginning or end of a flashback.  It was really a perfect way to communicate those changes to the listener.   I thought that both narrators added a lot to the story and that their performance added to my overall enjoyment.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of romance.  I thought that this was a wonderful romance filled with great characters, a lot of chemistry, an adorable dog, and a lot of heart.  I definitely plan to read more of Karen Grey’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from the author.

About the Author

KAREN GREY is the pen name for award-winning narrator Karen White. A stage, screen and radio drama actor in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in the late 20th century, she started recording books in 1999. Now back in her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and (probably) too many pets, where she continues to narrate audiobooks as well as make up stories.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

8 responses to “Review – Forget About Me by Karen Grey

  1. I absolutely love the sound of this one, Carole! Your review makes it obvious how much you enjoyed it and it sounds like one I would love, too. I’m off to see if my library has the audio version! 🙂

  2. I've enjoyed both books in the series. I really like the role of the dogs in this one. I remember so much of the music too. Fantastic review Carole!

    Anne – Books of My Heart