★★★★★ "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, part of Karen Grey's 1980's Boston Classics series, proves that everyone deserves a second chance in love and in life.
★★★★★ "A fantastic read that gave me all the feels." -- Laurie Reads Romance
★★★★★ "Ben and Lucy's story was sweet, sexy, funny, and full of heart." -- Royal Blue Romance
★★★★★ "The whole thing is just dipped in 80s awesomeness." -- Janine Birt
★★★★★ "Wonderful characters and a charming dog too." -- author Jill Brashear
★★★★★ "I went from giggles to grief and felt everything in between." -- Bobglory
★★★★★ "Great characters, a lot of chemistry, an adorable dog, and a lot of heart." -- Carole's Random Life in Books
★★★★★ "From past regret to present hope, Lucy and Ben are a work in progress that stays in your head and lays claim to your heart." -- Isha
★★★★★ "It's sweet, it's heartwarming and both Ben and Lucy (and all the pets!) are adorable." -- Live Through Books Blog
★★★★★ "Lighthearted and fun, and hits all the marks for a quality second-chance romance." -- Sunny Shelly Reads
★★★★★ "This book has all of the fun tropes that reel you in and hook you and the characters are all so relatable and fun!" -- YA It's Lit
★★★★★ "* Best friend's sister? Check. * Next door neighbours? Check * Second chance romance? Check. *" -- Azraa's Reviews
★★★★★ "An adorable 80s second chance romance." --smittyskis
★★★★★ "Forget About Me is the second book in the Boston Classic novels series and can be read as a stand-alone but I'm going back to read the first one as well because I'm hooked to know more about these characters." -- Liana Reads Blog
Ben & Lucy
Forget About Me is the 2nd book in Grey’s Boston Classics series set in the late 80s. You could start here as there aren’t any spoilers for Will & Kate’s story (other than they end up together – but this is romance, so yeah). However, I definitely recommend book 1, What I’m Looking For and the free prequel novella, Signed, Sealed, & Delivered.
Insert small grumble here about the fact that this is labeled “Historical”. Seriously, I’m that old??? Anyway…
I was so excited to get to read this! This incorporates one of my favorite tropes: Best Friend’s Sister/Brother’s Best Friend and the added bonus of an adorable dog. What I really enjoyed here is that while it’s a cohesive addition to the series – it’s definitely a unique story. Ben & Lucy were brought together in friendship as children by Lucy’s brother, Tony and then torn apart as young lovers by his death. Forget About Me has it’s fair share of grief and growing pains to go along with it’s hilarious RomCom status. Add in the constant stream of music referenced from Lucy’s obsession with mixtapes and this is a truly delightful story. (Have your Spotify or Amazon Music app ready!)
I’ll admit, I am not a fan of flashbacks – the story regularly takes the main characters on trips down memory lane, mostly to 7 years earlier – but Grey weaves them in so well that instead of disrupting the flow they reveal bits of information and emotion at the perfect times. While there are numerous sexy scenes for Ben & Lucy, I truly enjoy romance where I get to know the characters individually and together as a couple. I want to believe that these people belong together and I’m thrilled that’s exactly what I get. In some respects, we get their love story twice – young love as new adults at 21 & 18 and again at 28 & 25 with more life experience and self-awareness.