My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This book is the reason why I need half stars, because it’s the definition of a 4.5 rating.
Truth is, the very beginning didn’t compel me. It was interesting and intriguing, and I loved Eddie from day 1, but it wasn’t… addictive. The focus was more on the mystery, on what Amnesia was going through, and the almost insta-quality of the romance didn’t appeal to me. Of course, as the story progresses we understand why it was so instant, especially on Eddie’s part.
It’s different from what I usually read by this author but I have to say, it was just as good. Hebert’s style is truly amazing and the atmosphere she created in Lake Loch is wonderful. Mysterious, yet lovely. It has the charm of the small town, and yet there’s also something creepy about it.
After the first, slow start, the romance definitely picked up and I simply adored Eddie’s personality. He’s an alpha male, but also a gentleman and a nice guy. Hebert has this way of creating male characters that are assertive but at the same time never overbearing. They’d do anything for the heroine and are so thoughtful and caring! Eddie was no exception. He did all these little things for Amnesia, like bringing her hot chocolate, worrying about how she’s feeling, shielding her with his body when she’s upset by something. Another thing about him I adored was that he manned the main grocery store of the town and was happy about it. It was his family’s story and he was so passionate about it. It was his pride and joy. I’m so fed up with all these high-profile, unrealistic jobs and Eddie was the perfect example of how amazing a character can be when he’s… real.
Maggie laughed. “Sweet is one way to put it. A pit bull is another.”
“A pit bull?” I questioned, not quite making the connection.
She nodded sagely. “He’s mighty protective over you. I pity anyone who even looks at you funny.”
Amnesia didn’t blow me away as a character, but she was very likable and sweet. She was the perfect match for Eddie and, in the end, she also showed her strength. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and I look forward to read more about her and her journey back to normality.
“I won’t be the same. I won’t be like I am now. Yes, I’m damaged… but that girl I was before… I think she might have been destroyed.”
What could a man say? What did he say when the woman he loved, the woman he was admittedly obsessed with, told him she could change in the blink of an eye?
As far as the mystery is concerned… it was GREAT. Now, I’m not just talking about how she ended up in the lake, but also about something else, regarding another girl. Most of the book I was tethering on the edge of “mmmh, it’s her… it’s not her…” I’m not going to spoiler anything, but I appreciated how the author left me hanging, feeding me false leads and doubts. It kept me on my toes. Plus, I had suspected another person to be behind all the creepy facts and I was… well, not completely blind-sided, but at least taken-aback.
The romance was probably my favorite part. Eddie and Amnesia have this amazing bond, and this wonderful chemistry. I loved to see them date, and how they slowly became part of each other’s lives. Given how Amnesia doesn’t have anyone, she clings to Eddie and they soon become an item. It was very natural.
I propped my feet on the desk, leaning back in the chair. Amnesia’s legs hung over the side, but the rest of her cuddled into my chest. “Tell me about your day,” she said.
“It was boring,” I muttered.
“I just want to hear your voice.” She sighed, pressing a little closer.
Far to be it from me to deny this woman anything.
In conclusion, highly recommended. The only minor flaw was the initial part that didn’t grip me, but already 20% in I was hooked. The romance was fantastic and I can’t wait for Amnesty to be out!
“You kiss me,” she said.
Her eyes widened with shock, and she drew back slightly. “What?”
“You want these lips, come get ’em.” I said.
On a side note, how gorgeous is this cover? Instant favorite. I can’t stop staring at it!