Author: Dylan Allen
Series: Symbols of Love #2
Release date: June 1, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Foreword PR & Marketing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Milly’s life was safe. Her plans, certain.
She doesn’t take risks because she knows what it’s like to lose everything.
But, when it all falls apart, she decides to throw caution to the wind.
Her journey to reclaim her future leads her straight into the grown up arms of the boy she left behind.
In them, she finds passion long denied and love she thought was lost.
But is the promise of a second chance worth the risk of losing herself again?
When he discovers that the girl he has loved his whole life moved on without him, Dean needs answers.
He didn’t expect to still want her.
He didn’t expect her to want him, too.
And suddenly, he finds himself in a battle for the heart of the woman he’s never stopped loving.
As they look to the past for answers, can they hold onto the future they were meant to have?
Or will what they remember make them wish they could forget?
A couple of months ago I read Dylan Allen’s debut book – Rise – and I loved it. I was a bit hesitant to pick up Remember. Nothing negative, but I’ve read and loved debut books before, and sometimes book two doesn’t live up to my high expectations. Remember however is different in a very positive way; I love Milly and Dean and their beautiful written story.
“I hope one day, I’ll see him again and if he’ll talk to me, I’ll explain everything. I just pray he’ll be able to forgive me.”
After the disappearance of her father, Milly’s life took a different turn. She had to leave her old life and the boy she loved behind and start over with her mother and her sisters. As a result, Milly craves safety and certainty, and she thinks she has found until everything falls apart. Starting over is hard, and seeing the boy of her past, a full-grown man now, is confusing; she still wants him, even though she doesn’t know him anymore. Dean was hurt badly when Milly left without a trace, but he managed to move on and become a successful business man. He wants ‘revenge’ on the girl who hurt him so much, but when he learns her new reality, all he wants is to win her back.
“I bring my fingers to my lips. I’ve never stopped feeling that kiss. I’ve never stopped loving him. I hope we can find a way to get past this because I want to have “great” again.”
Seeing each other after so long is hard on Milly and Dean. Both have a lot of questions and want answers, but they can’t deny the feelings that are still there. Dean is a bit hurt Milly moved on from him so clearly, but he doesn’t complain too much, after all he did the same. Milly welcomes the feelings she still has for Dean, but she is also a bit more careful. After all, it’s not just her she has to think about. It’s absolute clear from the beginning Milly and Dean will be together again, and I love they get their second-chance.
I love Milly, she’s a sweet woman who went through heartbreak, but she doesn’t minimize her own role. I love she’s no doormat, but held up her head in pride and moves on. She and Dean are meant to be together. Dean… Swoon… He’s my kind of hero. I love his determination and how he handles the whole situation.
“I’ve never needed another human being before you. And I need you. I remember myself, the real me, when I’m with you.”
Remember is a sweet, beautiful written second-chance story. Is it a romantic story without clichés? No, but the author has a way with using them for what they are; minor, realistic details and not the cause of major drama. This is not just the story of Milly and Dean, but also the story of Milly’s family and what they went through. I’m glad the author has tied up that storyline in this book, and didn’t drag it out unnecessary. Throughout Remember some hints are given about the third sister, Lilly, I can’t wait to read her story.
“This love, this happiness is a choice. Our adventure, the grand experiment of blending a family, healing old wounds, loving without limitation, reservation, or condition, is just starting”
I love Remember, plain and simple. I give it 5 stars.