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Taking it's time developing, Don't Let Me Forget You was set slightly in the future and began with the story of a banged up, heartsore, lonely man, Luke Hunter. Luke has a sensory perception disorder that has kept him isolated and a freak much of his early life. The brotherhood of his army unit was the closest thing he felt to belonging and he thought he found it again with the SWAT team until one flair up from his disorder ruined it all leaving him adjusting to no job, tattered reputation, a drug dependency, and a prosthetic leg.
Time away on an isolated island sounds just the thing. That is until the really crazy stuff starts to happen. Are the pain meds make him delusional? Is someone playing a cruel hoax? He wishes that were the case because in this place the night terrors are real and, Livy, the only person who can touch him without causing physical pain, is in the middle of it.
Olivia Pembrook wakes up each day with no memory of the last one, but, with the arrival of Pembrook Manor's latest guest, she is forgetting less and remembering the horrors that happen after dark. She must get Luke off the island, but he insists on finding the answers to the secrets that haunt the place. Luke is no match for what they are up against, but she starts to have a flicker of hope each time he withstands what hides in the dark.
Alrighty, I'm going to put this out there right up front. This one is for those who want a dab of horror with their sci-fi. Cara Crescent is tipping her hat to HP Lovecraft and she does a stellar job. I felt this story from the beginning. A creepy old Scooby Doo mansion Luke calls it as he is brought to an isolated island manor house where he will live along for a week. Cue squeaky stairs, chilling music, dark moving shadows, and I was totally waiting for something to jump out and go 'blah!'.
The author carefully unwraps this tale of horror and mystery so that things are pretty twisted at first and make little sense. Each day is a reset of sorts for the house and Livy, but Luke and the off-island caretaker do not reset each day. Luke has to figure out what is going on through the clues and what he can get out of Livy each day before she forgets. While he is wary at first and doesn't even realize his life is at stake, this mysterious situation and even more disconcerting Livy work to bring him out of his depression. He comes alive as the situation grows stark and deadlier. He becomes Livy's hero and having her believe in him and accept him even when she knows what ended his career restores him.
It was interesting to see the romance element develop because Livy forgot what happened each time she began a new day. The author found a way. A new element in their relationship comes out with each new day and Luke finds a way each day to win her over. Their attraction helps and there is no lack for creative sexy encounters.
Much of the story is told in isolation with just Luke and Livy, but the addition of a creepy caretaker who is more than he lets on and Luke's old army buddy, Rex, who is the liaison to the outside world pop in at good moments. I don't want to spoil the surprise of a few other creative and fun additions to the cast. The evil in this one is scarier for being a big bad unknown scary and also a known scary working together. I actually figured out several bits as far as what was really happening, but there was still the tension of having no idea how it would all go down.
The ending kept me riveted and breathless just as the build up of this story was promising. The denouement was a nice touch and oh my stars, the hint of a story for Rex left me well satisfied with this gem of a thriller sci-fi romance. Those who love a scary sci-fi with a mystery to it really need to give this one a go.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
In the same vein of being honest I really did not realize that this was a book of science fiction/horror/monster/ghost/paranormal story (yes, that makes my head hurt) and the "romance" was chaotic at best and bizarre most of the time (I am trying not to use the word bizarre too much but it fits so well in this review). If there really was a weak link in this book the "romance" was a large part of it, it never felt real and so the author at some point decided to make it more about the sex which felt even more surreal.
On the more positive side after I got about 35-40% into the book it became a bit more consistent and easier to follow the chaotic plot and the story became a bit addicting. The ending will just make your head hurt a bit more but merging the science fiction with the monsters and ghosts while exciting was just plain weird and a lot of "why did he/they do that".
Bottom Line: Maybe if you are in the mood for a horror story that moves really slow and characters that take a LONG time before even care about them, this book would be for you. Sadly while I have to say I enjoyed this story in a fashion it was a struggle and so 3 Stars mainly for a good story and good ending surrounded by a lot of frustration and confusion.
Luke Hunter retreats to a remote island in the Pacific Northwest San Juan Islands, hoping for peace and quiet to heal from losing his leg and his scensory disorder. He gets anything but rest.
Olivia Pembrooke was at the wrong place at the wrong time--literally. She's caught in a continuous time loop, beginning each day without any memories beyond the date of the incident.
Pembrooke Manor takes on a new persona every night, opening up to the creepiest characters and events I've ever read and couldn't put the book down. OMG, I found myself falling in love with Jawless.
Don't Let Me Forget You brings Luke and Livy together at the right time in their lives. Together they heal from their pasts, face their future, and man, talk about hot tamale passion!! Whew!
A great read from cover to cover! I also got to get my geek girl on dreaming of future technology. The twist at the end gives me hope that there's a sequel!! Please! Please!