Title: Forgive and Forget (Dreamspun Desires)
Author: Charlie Cochet and John Solo (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: April 11th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
Forgive and Forget is a feel good, low angst romance featuring a somewhat dramatic lives-in-his-head baker, a handsome stranger with amnesia, some well-meaning, if meddling, friends, and also has a dash of mystery and suspense. Oh, and delicious pie.
Joe Applin is thirty-eight and content with his quiet life as owner of Apple’n Pies, a cafe and pie shop. He’s surrounded himself with good people, happy customers, and he’s come a long way from his unhappy past.
One night after closing Joe finds a man bleeding and hurt in his garden. When the man pleads with Joe not to contact the police or take him to a hospital because he’ll be killed, Joe trusts his instincts and takes the man to his home above the shop.
After cleaning the man up they learn he’s lost his memory of who he is, why he was hurt, or how he came to be in the garden even though he seems to remember everything else, including pop culture references.
Joe christens the man “Tom” in order to call him something and protects him while he heals and hides out. Eventually the two fall in love. However, hiding a wanted man isn’t easy and eventually the bad guys find them.
I found the story didn’t offer a lot in the way of surprises, the bantering between Joe and his co-worker Bea got a bit old, and I called the whole mystery, etc. long before it’s reveal, but all in all it was an easy listen.
Narrator John Solo does a good job giving the characters and mystery life. He has a way with the sexy times and bringing the emotions of the story out. Solo makes this an enjoyable listening experience.
The Dreamspun Desires stories are based on the old Harlequin romance formula of sweet, low angst, romances with a guaranteed HEA and this installment in the series is no different delivering an easy, if predictable, sweet, fluffy romance with some humor, mystery, and action.
Those looking for a low angst romance with some humor, sexiness, mystery, action, and a happily ever after will find that here with the added bonus of a pleasurable listen.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a real hankering for some pie.