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Forget About Me by Karen Grey
Narrator: Emma Wilder, Brian Pallino
Series: Boston Classics #2
on November 23, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hours, 59 minutes
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 facade begins to crack. Women everywhere are obsessed with the rad body 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?
I was delighted to continue listening to the Boston Classics series, which is set in the 1980s. I was actually about the age of the characters during this time period. While it is set about 30 years ago, and I recognized many of the songs, it felt contemporary.
Lucy and Ben knew each other since they were very young and they fell in love in high school. Ben was 3 years older than Lucy which caused them to hide the relationship from their families. Their youth separated them as much as Tony’s death. Neither one of them handled the grief well. They also had a long ways to go in growing up and knowing what they really wanted.
Seven years later, Ben is back in town and they have both figured out what they want in life. Some of their dreams are found as they spend time together over a few months. But knowing what you want and getting it are two different things. While they spend glorious time together, they struggle to figure out how to make the future work. They also have guilt they share over the loss of Tony.
I appreciated their emotional struggles and their happiness together. It was so exciting when they figured out how to get what they wanted for their careers. Their families were wonderful. As they worked towards their new relationship, I was crying the last half hour of this story.
I’ve listened to these narrators before and they are well experienced. Emma Wilder performed the chapters for Lucy’s point of view; Brian Pallino voiced the ones from Ben’s perspective. I enjoyed the additional emotional appeal of the narration. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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