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Release Day Review: Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet

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Release Day Review: Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet

Book Info

Book Series
Dreamspun Desires (Book 7)
About the Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From historical to fantasy, contemporary to science fiction, there's bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where
the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and, boy, it's hot! When she isn't writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
Publication Date
April 01, 2016
Pages
194
ISBN
978-1-63477-017-0
ASIN
B01CXZMKXE
He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends
with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

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A Sweet Treat!
Overall 
 
4.5

Joe has created a pretty good life out of the heartbreak of his past, so when a nearly unconscious man shows up in the garden behind Joe’s bakery, he’s compassionate enough to give the man the benefit of the doubt when he begs for no police or hospitals.  “Tom,” the name Joe and he have picked for him in light of the absence of his real name, hasn’t any idea who he is or why he’s suddenly holed up in the above-bakery apartment at Apple’n Pies, but something is poking and prodding at him to stay hidden, and Joe’s kindness seems to know no bounds.  However, when people start showing up looking for “Tom,” both men know that trouble is rising faster than any of Joe’s baked goods!
 
I am a known Charlie Cochet fangirl, and I absolutely adore her alternate reality stories, so I was both excited and wary of a book of this styling.  Frequently, authors who specialize in one area struggle in others – that is very much *not* the case in this instance, and Ms. Cochet, I humbly beg forgiveness for ever doubting your mad skills!
 
The main characters were by turns delightful, heartbreaking, and incredibly over the top (Joe has a rather significant flair for the dramatic), but they made me smile, and the lack of memory made for an interesting romantic build with a sweet, slow burn.  The peripheral characters had me literally laughing out loud with their antics, creating a fuller, richer environment rather than focusing on just the main pair.
 
Joe is loaded with angst and snark, two of my favorite aspects, there’s mystery in Tom’s memory blanks, and then there is the lovely romance between the two. The plot in this is great, the pacing is excellent, the chemistry is radiant, discovering who Tom actually is provides both relief and sadness, and then the ending is as sweet as one of Joe’s cinnamon apple pies.
 
This is a light, fun romance with deeper aspects keeping it from feeling too superficial.  I highly recommend it - 4.5 stars rounded up for sites that don’t accept halves!

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