Lily had a crush on her brother's best friend, Derek for years - which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it's hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily has no idea where to turn.
Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can't stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it's Jack who is there to pick up the pieces - and show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn't know she was missing.
Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the
Lily needed to find herself and going to a college of her own was the way she felt she would insure that she was growing up and independent. I had a conflict of interest in her character and could not agree with the path she chose in "fitting into" college. I know we all have to grow and find our way but I felt she belittle herself to live up to not being a snob or "princess". I would have to say that she redeemed herself when she gave herself time to figure out what she wanted in her life as well as a man.
Jake dealt a shitty hand but he found what worked for him to get him through it. Life on the edge without letting many in worked for him. Lily was the bridge that brought together acceptance and judging for him. Something he could not grasp for the life of him. I still think he needed the closure in which his dad and grandmother believed.
I enjoyed the message of the story because I feel it was more about Jake than Lily but I still was team Derek in the end. Lily should have just maintained a friendship with Jake to show he could have people who didn't judge him. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Here is the music that inspired the author when writing the book and special scenes.....
“Amsterdam” – Guster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0TQVbiWeEs
I have to admit I was a year or two out of college, I think, when this song came out, but it reminds me so much of school and it is a great break up song. Not depressing, just more accepting of the way things change. I think it captures the theme of the novel pretty well.
“Beautiful Girl” – INXS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH986VE47M8
For me, this song captures the way that Jack feels about Lily – he wants to be good enough for her, but he also knows his own story is tough to face. He wants to love her, but he doesn’t think he deserves real love.
“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” – Smashing Pumpkins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-r-V0uK4u0
Oh, this song. There are three reasons I chose this. First, at one point during a sex scene, Lily mentions that the music playing is violently angry. This is the kind of music I pictured for that scene. Secondly, Jack is in a band and this is the kind of music I imagine they play, and the lyrics would be the sort Jack would write. He definitely would see himself as a “rat in a cage.” Finally, I wrote a book about college. I went to college in the 1990’s. There was no way I wasn’t mentioning Smashing Pumpkins! Lol. J
“Somewhere Only We Know” – Keane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oextk-If8HQ
The novel is romance and it is erotica, but it is also about letting go and moving on. This song reminds me of that moment when you know everything is falling apart, but you want to hang on and make things go back to the way they were before. Lily can’t understand what is happening and she isn’t sure she is ready for everything to end yet.
“When You Were Young” – The Killers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff0oWESdmH0
In some ways, this is self-explanatory, but I love the lyrics for this novel. Not only is the song about moving on, but it is also about saving yourself and not hoping someone else can save you.
AUTHOR BIO and INFO
Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance. She's never happy staying in one place. When she isn't writing, she's usually looking for new and creative ways to waste time. Right now, those include shooting virtual monsters on Xbox, searching the internet for cat pictures, and watching terrible reality TV.
Chance to win:
- Signed paperback of Forget Me Not with keychain (US only)
- $5 Gift Card to Amazon
- 2 ebooks of Sarah Daltry Erotic Romance Collection (includes The Quiver of a Kiss novella as well as short stories “Into the Woods,” “Touch of Venus,” and “Her Brother’s Best Friend” – the short story about Derek and Lily’s first time)
- 4 ebooks of “Her Brother’s Best Friend” – the short story about Derek and Lily’s first time