“This slow burn, second chance, brother’s best friend romance was perfect.” -- Anna Reads Here
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 1980’s Boston Classics series, proves that everyone deserves a second chance in love and in life.
“It’s a charming second-chance romance featuring a cute dog, a gorgeous hero, a prickly heroine, mix-tapes, and enough eighties references for those of us of a certain age to get nostalgic over!... the superb narration is definitely worth the price of admission, and if you’re after a low-angst romance featuring a cute mutt, a hot model-turned-Shakespearian actor and the dog trainer he loves, then it might just be a perfect fit.” - AudioGals
Stand alone 80s fun
This is a stand alone novel, but if you haven't already read What I'm Looking For you should pick the audio version of that up too. There's just a little overlap between characters, but I think part of the reason I liked Forget About Me so much is because I really liked the first in the series. I'm not a big fan of 2nd Chance or flashbacks, so if you are a fan of those you'd like this as a stand alone.
I loved the puppy and the references that people who remember the 80s will recognize (like Benji). I listened to the audio version and the performances by Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino are fabulous. I highly recommend this series to people who remember the 80s.
I received a copy of this audiobook at my request, and the opinions here are my own.
Ben & Lucy!
Karen Grey has caught my heart with this fun, second chance romance. The second in her Boston Classics series and features Ben and Lucy as they meet again years after the death of her brother. Now years later, Ben returns, a successful model to,his quiet hometown and the sparks still fly. But is that enough to again? Grey weaves in 80's music which I love, realistic life issues of grief, guilt and loss as well as falling in love again. The secondary characters bring matchmaking and sage advice, and Puck the dog is a joy. Laugh, cry, and love all bring this story to life and made for a fantastic listen.
Brian Pallino and Emma Wilder are a wonderful team and truly enhance the story. Pallino's portrayal of Ben gives us all the feelings this man has. His inflections and nuances create his personality perfectly. Wilder comes through as Lucy. She is amazing with her voice as she gives us each emotion. She easily fills into her character. These two were incredible together.
Greet retro book
This is book 2 of the Boston Classic series - another fantastic retro stories taking us back to the 80’s.
This second chance-brothers best friend romance is a great read filled with nostalgia, laughs and smokin hot chemistry.
Ben and Lucy have a history that’s been a secret between the two for many years. They both have some baggage they are trying to work through along with some hurt…but they can’t fight their attraction to one another. They are both amazing people that always put others ahead of themselves.
Karen writes great books that take us back - phones with long cords and mix tapes are just a few mentioned in the story.
Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino do a fantastic job with the narration. They bring amazing emotion, accents and a variety of voices to these characters. The 80’s twang is awesome!!
I liked the 80’s music references at the beginning g of each chapter. Also, during the flashbacks there was the sound is a tape rewinding that added to the audio experience.