Flowering Series, Book One
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Barnes and Noble
Lily had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Derek for years – which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it’s hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily has no idea where to turn.Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can’t stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it’s Jack who is there to pick up the pieces – and show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn’t know she was missing.
Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process?
**New Adult Contemporary Romance. Due to language and sexual content, this book is recommended for readers 17 and older**
Forget Me Not by Sarah Daltry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Forget Me Not is a story about the journey of finding yourself, and exploring opportunities and possibilities along the way. Lily is a college freshman who is breaking away from all of the comforts and safety of home for the first time. She has led a fairly easy and blessed life, and is determined to explore a little of the "real" world on her own. That is why she chooses to go to a college that is one hour away from where her brother and first and only boyfriend are attending college.
Derek and Lily have been together for nearly a year, and have a very intense and loving relationship. She has loved him for as long as she can remember. Derek was Lily's older brother's best friend long before she was old enough to be involved with him, so they have a relationship that is based on friendship and a long-time acquaintance. They love each other with a passion, and have a very, very electrifying sexual connection. They head into the challenges of attending college apart with the mindset that they can endure anything. However, it doesn't take long before the reality of the situation begins to set in. Life and other commitments start to get in the way of making time for each other, and Lily begins to feel jealous, paranoid, and depressed. After a particularly nasty phone fight with Derek, she finds herself running straight into the arms of the college bad boy, Jack, and finding mindless solace in what he offers her. Thus the love triangle is born. To complicate matters further, Lily quickly discovers that what she thought was just a meaningless fling with a bad boy is turning into something more. This sets in motion the inevitable occurrence of the ultimate confrontation between Lily, Jack and Derek. Lily must decide if she wants to hold on to her first love and best friend from her past, or if she wants to embrace the wild and utterly exhilarating new love that she has found with Jack.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well written, and I was able to connect easily with Lily. She embodies what I would imagine is the typical young girl who goes off to college and begins the journey to "find herself." She must decide if she wants to hold on to what is familiar and comforting from her past, or make hard and painful decisions that will allow her to grow into her future. I admired the way that Sarah Daltry portrayed these college kids as more than just immature, rash young adults. I thought that the way they, and especially Lily, handled hard conversations and situations was exceptionally mature. I don't know if it was very realistic, but it was nice to see for a change someone approach a heated situation in a book with a level head and common sense instead of just running off into the night crying over an imagined injustice. I thought it was refreshing that the main characters actually talked about their feelings and what was going on instead of just overreacting and doing the typical "well I thought I could read your mind and I just assumed I knew what you felt and so then I totally overreacted and did something stupid." There was a little bit of this when Lily gets angry at Derek and then runs to Jack, but it worked with the story.
My only real complaint (and it's not really a complaint just a minor note) is that the sex scenes in this book were a little too mature for these characters. In my opinion, I don't think that college kids these young would be doing the kinds of things that they were doing, or dirty talking as graphically as they were. Plus, I'm used to reading sex scenes like these in full blown adult erotica, so it didn't quite mesh with the New Adult-y feeling that this book had. Don't get me wrong - I'm not a prude in any way, shape, or form - and these sex scenes were definitely hot, hot, hot! I enjoyed reading them, and in a more adult themed book they would have been perfect, but I think they were a little too X-rated for a book that felt kind of PG-13/R.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and if you're looking for a good, quick read, you should try this one out. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
View all my reviews
In some ways, Derek was right; I am so busy that I don’t have much time to worry about anything other than getting to class and getting the work done. Oh, and finding my way around. However, in other ways, I am so homesick it hurts. Kristen and her friends have been great, helping me out, inviting me to meals, and just being overall perky and welcoming. Still, they aren’t Abby or Jon and they certainly aren’t Derek. So, when Friday comes and Derek texts that he is on his way to campus, I am ready to jump out of my skin. It is not even a sexual thing. Yes, I cannot wait to be with him, but my first thoughts are about having someone to talk to, someone to whom I can confess my sadness. Traffic is apparently bad, though, because it takes him three hours to make the trip and, by the time he gets there, I am in a mood.
“What the hell?” I snap.“What do you mean, ‘what the hell?’”“It took you three hours!”“There was a huge accident. Check online,” Derek replies.“I don’t want to check. I can’t believe you took so long.” I am being whiny and unbearable, but I missed him so much.“Lily, stop it. I’m here,” he says and holds me. I fall into him and the week and my confusion and my sadness are washed away. I seriously regret choosing a different school than him, but a part of me still insists on being independent. It’s not working, though, because I’m being the clingy and bratty girlfriend I always promised myself I wouldn’t be. I don’t know what is driving me to act like this.“I’m hungry,” I complain, trying to change the subject but my mood is not entirely back to where it should be.“Yeah?” He is smirking, but I shake my head.“Not for that. Well, yeah, for that. But actual food first, okay?”“Oh okay. Where to?”“How about the cafeteria?” I promised to bring him by to meet everyone and, although I would prefer to keep him all to myself, I’m making an effort to belong. I also don’t want to go too far, because I want time in my room tonight with him.“Perfect.” He kisses the tip of my nose. “Lead on, my lady.”
Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance. She’s never happy staying in one place. Sarah spent a lot of time in school between college and nearly eight full years of grad school. One of these days, she’s convinced she will make some use of all those impractical classes. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually looking for new and creative ways to waste time. Right now, those include shooting virtual monsters on Xbox, searching the internet for cat pictures, and watching terrible reality TV.
a Rafflecopter giveaway