Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Forget Me Not by Em Shotwell
[eBook Arc Provided by Netgalley]
Maybe falling for the good guy, isn’t so bad.
When Rex Somersby’s family matchmaker sets him up with the famous Evelyn Cadeau, he can’t believe his luck. Evelyn is the woman with the perfect Gift—the woman every man wants—while Rex’s own magical ability leaves much to be desired. He travels from Missouri to meet his dream girl in her rural Mississippi home, where Evelyn makes it clear that winning her heart won’t be an easy task. Good thing farm-boy Rex has never been afraid of a little hard work.
Evelyn Cadeau is used to getting her way. As the woman with the most powerful Gift, she knows she can have her pick of anyone she wants. And who she wants is slick, handsome, and off-limits Guy McCallister—not gawky, buttoned-up Rex Somersby. Yet, after an arranged date with Rex takes a dramatic turn, leading to a bottle of wine and sneaking to the creek for a late night skinny dip, she realizes there may be more to by-the-rules Rex than meets the eye.
Just as the young couple start to think their family’s tradition of matchmaking isn’t quite so backward, Rex is drafted to Vietnam. With war threatening to tear them apart, will love be able to save them? Or will it take a bit of magic?
Forget Me Not mixed reality with just a touch of magic and it was beautiful. I think my favorite thing about this novel, aside from the healing romance, was how delicate the fantasy element was woven into the story.
This book was a quick, sweet read that I had a hard time putting down. I’m typically more drawn to contemporary romance, however, this book takes place during the Vietnam war and I found that I really enjoyed getting a tiny glimpse of what life was like during that time. The anxiety and unsettled feelings, not knowing who would be drafted and what they would endure, never mind if they would survive.
As far as the romance aspect I loved Rex and Evelyn’s dynamic from the moment they met. I loved how they challenged each other in their own ways, I loved how playful they were together, and when a wrench was thrown in, I loved how they worked through it without breaking character.
As I mentioned before, the magical element was just a light and refreshing addition to the overall story, I barely noticed its presence. It all felt very natural to me.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
I definitely got a few butterflies at several points as I read this book.
Re-read Worthiness: 2 Stars
Bookshelf Placement: Maybe
I love the cover of this one and I plan on reading the rest of the series. If I enjoy the whole series, I’ll definitely save a space on my shelf for this one!
New Book Boyfriend: I think so!
Rex is so freaking sweet and honest and pure ❤