The Author Visits Reviews Forget Me Not by Sarah Daltry
Title: Forget Me Not (Lily’s Story)
Author: Sarah Daltry
Number of Pages: 260
Genre: New Adult Erotica
Publisher: SDE Press
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Series: The Flowering Series
Book Blurb: “No one tells you when you start school just how homesick you will be, or how hard it will be to start life over with no direction and no friends or family. No one says that becoming your own person is terrifying.”
I never wanted anything but Derek, my brother’s best friend. When I chose a college, it didn’t seem to matter that he would be an hour away. We could survive it. After all, we were in love. But almost immediately, things change between us. I blame myself. Maybe I’m just not sure how to be a girlfriend and independent.
Life seems to be getting away from me – and then there’s Jack, the guy down the hall. He’s rude and vulgar and my parents would be shocked by him, yet every single time I see him, I feel like I’m being pulled toward him. It’s physical, sure, but there’s something in Jack’s eyes – and I want to know him.
I know I don’t always make the right choices, and I’m the only person at fault when everything falls apart. How do I tell Derek, the guy who was supposed to be everything, that I don’t feel like fighting for him anymore? And do I run to Jack, when I know his past is way too much for me to handle when I’ve just turned 19? Finally, where do I end up in all of this? Can I be more than just someone else’s idea of what I should be?
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Review by: Veena Kashyap
I received a copy of Forget Me Not from author Sarah Daltry in return for an honest review.
“Forget Me Not” is a New Adult Erotica novel. It is a coming-of-age story that charts the evolution of Lily, a naive college freshman, struggling to find her identity while caught between her intense feelings for two guys who are polar opposites in every way.
Lily has crushed on her brother’s best-friend Derek for as long as she can remember and one night together changes the course of their relationship. Now a couple, Lily is entering her first year of college and elects to go to a different school than her beloved boyfriend. That’s when things between the two begin heading south.
Lily is clingy, whiny and jealous. With the pressure of classes, trying to make friends, staying on top of classes and simply adjusting to her new life, Lily begins to doubt her relationship with Derek. When he announces he’ll be joining the rugby team and won’t be coming as often to see her, things escalate and Lily is distraught with despair as she witnesses first-hand, the unraveling of her once-perfect relationship.
Enter bad-boy Jack. He is everything she shouldn’t want in a guy but is attracted to him none-the-less. He is broken in more ways than Lily can imagine yet, they are inexplicably drawn to each other. Think classic good-girl, bad-boy pairing.
But as she spends more time with Jack, Lily realizes that she is different and despite Jack’s painful past, he is someone she wants to be with regardless of what other’s might think.
With a capacity for deep love, genuine empathy and a desperate need to breakout of the monotony of the shell she’s built around her, Lily forges ahead, building a relationship with Jack, a guy who has never seen himself as anything other than unfit.
Up until the point Lily makes the self-realization that life encompasses more than just the walls she lives in, Lily’s story is almost unbearable. But from the writer’s perspective, Lily’s character evolution cannot be witnessed without seeing that side of her that makes you cringe.
Her initial hook-ups with Jack are on the rebound until Lily sees Jack, truly sees the guy who has a past that few can relate to. Deeply scarred and convinced he is eternally damaged, Lily slowly coaxes him out from the dark and shows him the light. Together, they walk towards the light which is in essence, the symbolic forging of their relationship.
I was unimpressed with Derek’s character, intrigued by the lovely Alana, rooted for Jack and proud of Lily as she faltered then worked through those tough moments, rationalized decisions like an adult and saw the true beauty and brilliance in something flawed. That is called character development.
Let’s talk about the erotic nature of this book. The scenes are graphic and there are plenty of them. Initially, I was stunned by the degree of the sexually explicit content in this book. Yet it didn’t deter me from reading. Would I say there is too much sex? Yes, but because I enjoy character development more. I wanted to see less sex and more of the dramatic nature of the character growth singularly for Lily and Jack and then together as a couple.
Still, I read this book in record time, sometimes bypassing the sex scenes to get to the content that truly absorbed me. I am opposed to a strong correlation between sex and character growth and while sometimes, I felt the emphasis of Lily’s sexual experimentation did that, there were other times when her evolution was organic. Those are the moments that truly left me speechless and rooting for her.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. For me, the essence of Lily’s evolution has everything to do with her ability to question, deduce and respond to her circumstances once she realized she didn’t need Derek or Jack to define her, instead, she needed to define who she was and not apologize for her choices. Of course, let me close by saying, Jack was the silver lining of this book.
Rating – A Must Read. However, I warn you, if you aren’t into explicit sex scenes, then don’t bother.