Sunny Shelly’s Review: Stark Memory, by Ceri Grenelle

 

 

Title: Stark Memory

Series: Stupid Awesome Love #3

Author: Ceri Grenelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 6, 2018

 

Blurb
Opal…doesn’t want to
remember.
After years of applying for a botany fellowship, I’ve finally got an interview.
The only downside is it’s in New York, where my family died. Going back would
be a nightmare.

Not to mention I can’t remember anything from before the accident, and I don’t
want to.

My brain is messed up, and here comes this devastatingly sexy guy who tells me
we used to be in love, that I was his everything, and that he’s gonna do all he
can to help me get my memories back. All he wants is my happiness, but what the
hell do I want? Is it Santiago, or is it the idea of a love I can’t remember?

Santiago…won’t ever forget.

I needed a vacation, badly. I’m on the outs with my family, and I’m struggling
with my music. California sounds like a great way to ignore my problems. Until
the one who got away falls back into my arms. Literally.

Opal broke my heart after disappearing without a word. No calls. No texts.
Nothing. I thought I was over her but being near her only brings up all the old
feelings. She was always the one for me, now I’ve gotta convince her I’ve
always been the one for her. Even if she refuses to remember.

 

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

A chance meeting nearly two decades after Opal disappeared without a trace changes things forever for Santiago.

Opal and Santiago spent one magical summer together right after they graduated college. With promises of forever, the 22-year-olds parted as Opal was heading off to graduate school in California… and Santiago never heard from her again. Seventeen years later, Santiago is visiting friends in California when he sees, of all people, Opal, who is also friends with his friend Gemma.

While Santiago had been searching for Opal for years, she has no recollection of him or the love they shared, her memories all gone as a result of a tragic accident that killed her entire family. Santiago is determined to help her remember her past, but is he setting them both up for heartbreak?

I loved the concept of this book, but the execution fell a bit flat for me. I couldn’t help but feel that parts of the story were dragging, and I was reading just to get to the end rather than reading because I was couldn’t put the book down. The connection I felt between Santi and Opal in the prologue just didn’t translate through the rest of the story.

Still, this was quite an interesting read, especially if you believe in the concept of soulmates.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

 

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Author Bio
Ceri is the author of quirky and sexy contemporary romance
novels. She has a major weakness for sappy cuddle moments as much as hot and
steamy sex scenes, and a penchant for writing snappy and sarcastic dialogue.
She loves romance that isn’t afraid to be awkward and uncouth, and thrives on
flawed characters with big hearts.
A New York native, Ceri now lives in California with her two
cats, Mercy and Eugene Fitzherbert, who should be very thankful she didn’t name
him frying pan. She is a proud functioning introvert and lover of all things
geeky. You can find her haunting the Twitter machine or posting pictures of her
ridiculous cats on Instagram.
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