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In a departure from her customary historical and inspirational romance fiction, Melton, who also writes as Marliss Moon (By Starlight, etc.), offers a refreshing contemporary tale of love and memory. Helen Renault, a Navy SEAL wife, has come to terms with the loss of her husband, Gabe, who disappeared a year earlier while on a mission in North Korea. When Helen learns that he's alive but has no recollection of their two-year marriage or his dangerous mission, Helen should be happy; instead, she's stunned and disappointed. She'd been wildly attracted to Gabe when they first wed, before he'd grown into a moody, career-driven, emotionally distant man. Now all she wants is her freedom. Sharing a home once again, Helen slowly comes to realize the "new" Gabe is nothing like the man she remembers, and she begins to fall in love with him all over again. So what happens when he regains his memory and becomes the man he used to be? While the story focuses largely on Helen and Gabe's relationship, Melton adds a dash of suspense in the form of a traitorous member of his SEAL squad, who will go to any lengths to make sure Gabe remains silent. Fine writing, likable characters (one being their teenage daughter Mallory) and realistic emotions make this a satisfying read.
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*Starred Review* Navy SEAL lieutenant Gabe Renault was a man driven to succeed in his chosen career. He was so driven that he shut out his family in the mistaken belief that emotions would weaken his effectiveness. But then a covert mission results in his capture by the North Koreans. A year later, just one week after being declared officially dead, he returns home to his wife, Helen, but his memory of the past three years--including crucial details about the high-level corruption that caused his ordeal--is gone. And even though he now wants to do better by his family, Helen has resolved on divorce. Exemplifying a new trend in romantic suspense, Melton's riveting second-chance military romance, the first in her SEAL Team Twelve trilogy (In The Dark will be released in 2005 and Speak No Evil in 2006), focuses on the sacrifices demanded of the family as well as the warrior. Melton's experiences as a military dependent stand her in good stead, enabling her to invest her compellingly eventful romance with realistic emotions and relationships. Lynne Welch
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446614823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446614825
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marliss Melton is the author of the bestselling Team Twelve Navy SEALs series, the Taskforce series, and her two current series, The Warriors of York Trilogy (historical) and the Echo Platoon series (Navy SEALs). Wife of a retired Navy veteran, Melton relies on her experience as a military spouse and on her many contacts in the Spec Ops and Intelligence communities to pen realistic and heartfelt stories. Daughter of a foreign services officer, she grew up in various countries overseas before settling permanently in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has taught high-school Spanish, ESL, and Linguistics at the College of William and Mary, her alma mater. In addition to her writing, Melton busies herself raising a young daughter, keeping tabs on her five older children and walking her amazing dogs.

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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Hanson on July 10, 2007
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Wanting a light read to help pass the time on 5 hour airplane flight, I picked up Melton's FORGET ME NOT because a reviewer here compared it to Suzanne Brockman's navy SEALs books. Melton's plot is interesting: A navy SEAL escapes captivity and returns home with PTSD-induced amnesia after a year-long bout of brutal torture, but the SEAL's amnesia renders him vulnerable to the treasonous military who sold him out in the first place. Meanwhile, the SEAL's relationship with a wife he doesn't remember is turned upside-down when this once macho and emotionally distant man returns home emotionally vulnerable and in touch with what really matters in life. The problem with FORGET ME NOT, unfortunatley, is shoddy writing and unforgiveably poor research. Melton spends the entire book telling the reader how her characters feel, rather than showing us with action and dialogue. Also, Melton's phobic-like avoidance of the word "said" became annoying quite quickly. For example, in the span of
2 pages, her characters
"drawled," "muttered," "inquired," "interrupted," "encouraged," "asked, "prompted," "gasped," "agreed" - rather than "said." And her lack of research was way beyond lazy. For example, one character is introduced as a psychologist, then for a few chapters he's referred to as a psychiatrist, then he's referred to as a psychologist again. Does the author really not know the two professions are entirely different?

Where was Melton's editor???

Which brings me to another point: Why is it so difficult to find a well-written romance novel? It's books like this, published in draft form (by major publishing houses!), that give the romance genre a bad name. This is entirely the fault of the publishers.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on May 13, 2005
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I love military romances. I think it's because they truly capture the nuances of what truly a hero is to many. Ms. Melton has done a brilliant job creating a hero that many would not even want to bother with but can't help loving in the end.

Gabe Renault is a SEAL and he is married to his job. Oh, and married to a real life flesh and blood woman named Helen. Problem though is Gabe gives a 100% to work but less than that at home. Than he is sent on a mission from which he doesn't return. Helen is told at first that he is MIA and than a year later that he is dead. No sooner does she receive that word than her husband comes back from the dead. He's alive but he can't remember the last three years. Trouble with that...those were the years that he was married to Helen. Now Helen wants nothing more to do with her wounded husband. He has hurt her bad and her heart won't stand the pain anymore. But she just can't turn her back on this "new" Gabe. He's attentive, loving, and supportive. Will he change once he get his memory back?

Gabe has lived through a nightmare and it's not over yet. He can't remember his last mission, the last three years of his life. Now his memories are returning and they are dis-jointed and fragmented. But one thing remains. He can't remember what happened but someone thinks he can. This results in him fearing not only for his life but his families as well. Is he paranoid or are his fears real? Just how far up the chain of command is involved in what took place one year earlier?

This was a very fast-paced read that will take the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. You will alternate between upset and joy with Helen and truly feel the frustration of Gabe. The repair of their romance is...romantic and one of the better examples of why we read romance. This is one read I have no trouble recommending. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tara A. Green VINE VOICE on November 14, 2004
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This gritty novel seizes you from the first page and doesn't let you go until the last page is turned. With no holds barred author Marliss Melton sucks you into a world of intrigue, passion and suspense. Meet Gabe Renault. Gabe Renault, Navy Seal, returns to his life with no memory of what has happened to him. He knows he's been tortured, and shadowy figures haunt his dreams but he is unable to piece his memory together. In fact, he can remember nothing from the point before he meets his wife. His escape from a prison camp in North Korea is a shock to his wife and stepdaughter, who had been told he was dead. Helen Ranault, his wife, has pulled her life together, found a job, and finds a sense of peace with the death of Gabe, her neglectful husband. His return is a surprise, and not an entirely welcome one.

In the course of this story, Gabe, the former "perfect Navy Seal" has returned to who he truly is. A man who is capable of great love and no longer fears that love. With all his self-imposed restrictions lifted he is finally able to discover what he had been pushing away and missing all along - his one true love. As his memory begins to fill in, he realizes he is involved in a plot that involves those he thought he could trust. Glimpses of his time in North Korea, his torture, who his captors are, and how he got there all begin to fill in.

While there is a strong current of suspense that really pushes this story forward, it is the relationship between Gabe and Helen as well as Gabe and his stepdaughter that really grabs you.

I look forward to more stories from this new author on the scene!
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