Publication Date: 22 September, 2012
Finish Date: 28 September, 2012
Source: copy for review from the author
From Goodreads: Psychology student Ashlyn Drake’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the crazy when she finds the perfect subject for her amnesia thesis – a young man without any memory of his previous life, including the murder he’s accused of committing.
Against all common sense, Ashlyn’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Perhaps it’s that he’s so incredibly male, and even handcuffed to his hospital bed he could pass for a cologne ad – Scent de Insanity. Or perhaps it’s because she’s spent too many lonely nights studying. Either way, she’s determined to help him solve the mystery of his past. She begins to unravel who he was before, using his cryptic tattoos, and his paintings that scream of a dark past as her only clues. When she finally learns his secret there’s no telling which one is the real him, the gentle lover she’s fallen for or the troubled man with a dark past.
When I agreed to read and review this book I expected a good romance story with a good story. I must say there was less mystery and story to it than I expected, but I did enjoy the story and the romance was done very well.
The plot was what drew me to this book in the first place a psychology student who is a nice girl and who falls in love with her test subject for her amnesia thesis. I liked the fact that the character was a student and I liked the mystery of the man she falls in love with. I was looking forward to seeing them figuring out who he was in his past life. Some parts of the story felt like they were moving too fast. I also felt like there was less mystery in it than I hoped for. There were also some parts that I didn’t like. But all in all I enjoyed the story, I liked reading a romance book with sex and a story. Although I do have to say that there was less story than I expected, there was still enough of a story to keep me interested.
The characters are actually not developed that well. I did like Ashlyn and the man she falls in love with, but I felt like there was so much we didn’t knew. Also there were times that Ashlyn described herself in a certain way, but her behavior was totally different. I think it would’ve been better if we had gotten to know Ashlyn how she was before she met him. I also think that sometimes the characters acted a bit unbelievable, of course I don’t know how a real amnesia patient behaves, but I have the feeling they would be clinging to everything that was familiar. And the side characters mostly felt like they were there to fill up the story, except for Liz, she actually played a part and we got a feel for her personality.
I did was a bit disappointed when we finally found out what this man’s past is. I had expected more mystery and then remembering small parts and struggling to remember more. But it was different and I just missed a bit of the mystery that I had expected.
To conclude: I enjoyed reading this book, but felt like some parts where a bit too fast paced and although the story was short it was the right size to tell the story. I liked the main characters, although sometimes they acted a bit unbelievable and the side characters were mostly used to fill up the story. I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to people who love a good story and some hot romance.