3-part Contemporary Romance
January 18, 2016
Tempest Series Spin-off
Almost forty-one-year-old Annabelle Morris, wife to multi-billionaire record label executive Charles Morris of Zenith Productions, and mother of two is at a crossroads in her life.Separated from her husband after walking in on him having sex in the public restroom of a charity event she was hosting, she has arrived on the island of St. John alone and rejected, determined to re-evaluate her life and her marriage. She's tired of being her husband’s showpiece while he pretends she doesn't exist. She's tired of trying to make their marriage work for the sake of their two teenage boys.When she meets Johnny Lightning, a sexy but mysterious piano-playing, bearded sailor, she is tempted to break vows she has never before broken. But Johnny is much younger than her and seems to be hiding more than a few secrets of his own. From the laid-back sandy beaches of the Caribbean to the elite circles of Dallas high society, Annabelle is forced to make critical choices.Is a chance for happiness worth the risk of giving up the life she has always known? Worth jeopardizing her own and possibly even her children's future?In the end, will she stay on her present course or brave a new and uncharted one?Find Me, Remember Me, and Keep Me is a full and complete novel in three separate parts.A standalone Tempest spin-off.
I am a Michelle Mankin fan. I don't seek rock star romances or music-related novels, but I find myself enjoying her books even if some of the characters have... Temperaments.
FIND ME, REMEMBER ME, and KEEP ME is MMankin's latest novel. Part of her Black Cat Records universe, this three-part second chance at love, rock star romance is intense, passionate, and drama filled.
FIND ME: I have to be honest, it took me a while to finish this mini-series because part 1 turned me off no thanks to the insta-love between Anna and Johnny. Which I would've been able to overlook if not for Anna's circumstances.
FIND ME opens with Anna on her way to St. John's island to escape her messy private life. She's on the brink of divorcing her cheating husband and wants to clear her head in this tropical Paradise. Johnny who owns the villa she'll be staying at and is the brother of her best friend, picked Anna up from the airport and was nothing but hostile to her with no provocation. In less than 24 hours with vague explanations, these two started an affair and was this short of declaring everlasting love for each other.
I GET IT. Both of them are in a vulnerable place, they saw something they liked and went for it for a chance at happiness. That said, Anna is in a bad place and wants a redo. Granted Johnny is a good guy but she doesn't know that yet at this point. Slight case of TSTL which also knocked down a few sympathy points from me. No wonder she's in this mess because Anna doesn't really THINK. None of her horrible experience with her soon to be ex really sunk in and made her even a little less skeptical.
I know I sound so cynical.
After a couple of weeks, I then decided to pick the books back up and proceeded with REMEMBER ME. Part two is all about Anna and her situation redeemed her a bit in my eyes. But as the girl isn't exactly whip-smart, it frustrates me to see her play the victim because she definitely has the upper hand in this situation if only she THINKS about it long enough.
Agreeing to try and work it out with her husband, Charles, Anna tried to play the good wife. But Charles' sins kept haunting them not to mention the dude is a major asshole so I can't blame Anna for spurning his advances. Plus she's obviously in love with Johnny so at least, she's faithful to him in that sense despite this confounding love triangle.
KEEP ME is where it all goes down and it's as passionate as it's dramatic. I love Johnny's steadfast attitude as Anna, once again, isn't thinking and just allowed herself to be led around and be victimized by Charles. She eventually managed to sucker punch Charles which I think she should've done in the beginning. It all ended happily for Anna and Johnny and they lived blissfully ever after.
I liked this romance even if there are some parts that irked me like the insta love, constant label dropping, and Anna's damsel in distress role. I love the conflict MMankin created for the couple, it's very antagonistic but surprisingly not too angsty (for my tastes), and Johnny really carried the novel even if most of the story was told through Anna's POV. By the end, I too am in love with Johnny Lightning. Good looks aside, he is very earnest and is a no-nonsense guy, it's impossible not be charmed by him.
Ultimately I'm glad I didn't give up on this story. It has its flaws, but MMankin strongly championed Anna and Johnny's love. And even with my cold heart, I still am a hopeless romantic and in this case, these two managed to win me over.
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