I love a good grumpy/sunshine book and this one was pretty good. It had many funny moments and I liked the relationship that developed between Elliot and Ama. I loved the wedding planning parts and how supportive they were of each other's businesses.
Elliot’s character/perspectives were a little hard for me to get into at first. He seemed gruff and abrupt just for the sake of it, but as the story progressed he grew on me.
I’ll still be checking out future works from Soto.
Thank you to NetGalley, Forever, and Julie Soto for an e-arc of Forget Me Not in exchange for an honest review.
An adorable debut and humorous second chance romance featuring two people who work in the wedding circuits.
Elliot, a brooding flower shop owner, and Ama, a cynical non-committal wedding planner, met while working for other people’s, you guessed it, weddings. Should be a recipe for romance, right? However, Ama broke Elliot’s heart two years ago and has never been with anyone seriously since. Here come two brides bent on engaging Ama as their wedding planner and Elliot as their florist in a career-making and high-profile wedding that’s sure to get national attention. Now forced to work in a creative collaboration, they must decide what matters most in their lives, their livelihoods or their happiness.
I enjoyed this book a lot that I practically inhaled this in a single day. I believe this will make for a fun and romantic movie, too. It has everything I love in a second chance romance, the angst, longing and regrets that come with separation. I wish I could’ve seen more growth from Elliot’s perspective, though, aside from his new tattoo. There are times that I got pulled away from reading since he’s not just brooding but absolutely rude as well. Also, I don’t think Ama’s reason for being a commitment-phobe has been truly dealt with.
This will not be my last from Julie Soto and I will surely be on the lookout for her future works.
Thank you to Forever, NetGalley and the author for my copy. All opinions are honest and my own.
Um hi yeah, hello I'll be back to write a coherent review of this amazing book after I pick myself up off the floor that I just melted on.
This book y'all. It's spoken to the very depths of me and my hatred/love of weddings/proposals and validated my reasoning on never wanting to get married because it might not work out. (Spoiler alert- I am married 10 years now with the most perfect person for me who's only rule is that divorce is never on the table so take what I say with a grain of salt)
If you are looking for a reylo romance this is for you. If you want a romance to root for this is for you.
This was the cutest frickin love story I've read in awhile and I feel like the best of the year for me. I loved it so much!
First time reading a book by this author and I absolutely loved it! The characters drew me in from the start and the relationship build up was perfect. I am also currently planning my own wedding, so I really enjoyed all the little details that were discussed. I will be following this author moving forward for more releases.
this was phenomenal!!!! the whole time I was like PLEASEEEEE GIVE ME A NOW ELLIOT CHAPTER … THEN BAM IT WAS PERFECT AND EVERYTHING I NEEDED IT TO BE!!!! idk I loved everything about this. I can’t lie and say it didn’t start off a tad slow but when it picked up we didn’t stop. The characters we likeable and the wedding planner x florist was suchhhhh a nice change of pace. AND THE SPICE ATE. I have no complaints.
This was a light read with depth, the writing style was lyrical and not like a typical romance but still fun and spicy.
The characters were great, the MMC was extra grumpy with sweet moments.
So sorry - I didn't get the hype for this book at all. I love second chance romance. It's probably my favorite trope, But these two felt like they should have stayed broken up, lol. I didn't feel any sort of connection beyond the physical. No romance. No feels. Too much about wedding planning. Idk, just not for me. But luckily I'm the outlier!
I did not post this publicly anywhere else because I prefer to only share positive reviews. Thank you for the chance!
There's so much spinning in my head, I'm not sure how to make it all come together for a worthy review. This book is everything I love. Grumpy/Sunshine, Second Chance Romance, and the angst. I loved it. I heard this may be a type of fan fiction, which I've never been a fan of, but if this that, I've changed my mind. The characters Ama and Elliot are so great. Ama the super nice, go with the flow girl, and Elliott the total not always nice. Love, love, love! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this fabulous story.
I love a wedding! This was a fun read getting into all the wedding planning bits and seeing how it was pulled off however, the romance felt flimsy. I didn't feel invested in the couple as much as I wanted to be. It's good but not great.
I. Freaking. Love. This. Book. I’m officially obsessed with Soto’s writing, and she is an automatic buy author for me now. This book was sexy and passionate. The characters were raw and real. This is the grumpiest grumpy v sunshine I’ve read in a long time, and I’ve realized I need more characters like this. And Elliot, the main male character? *chef’s kiss*
Hero is a jerk! I could not get through it because I did not remotely see the appeal. But good for reader's advisory.
I know this book is pretty popular, but I just didn’t like it. I dnf’d at a little over 50% because I couldn’t get into the characters. I found myself increasingly frustrated with Ama and her interactions with Elliot. I also didn’t like the different timelines but I think that’s more of a personal preference. I may pick it back up in the future because part of me thinks this could be right book wrong time, but for now I’m done with it.
Fans of fanfiction will definitely appreciate this book! It may alienate readers who aren't as familiar with fanfiction in general, especially Reylo, but it definitely has potential!
I love second chance romance and this had all the angst and longing I look for in these stories. The characters were multi-faceted and relatable while still being unique. Can't wait to read more from Soto!
TW: Loss of a parent via cancer
Forget Me Not by Julie Soto is a Second-Chance Romance about Ama, an ambitious wedding planner who now must work with her grumpy ex, Eliot, a florist whose heart she broke, on one of the most important weddings of her career.
I personally do not seek out second chance romances, but oooh boy! I could hardly believe this was a debut. Julie Soto gives us a heart throbbing and beautiful story about two individuals who fall in lust and love. Ama’s talent for giving her clients the fairytale wedding of their dreams contrasts the happiness she denies herself. While Eliot’s own journey and disposition of being an aforementioned grump with a loveable interior who makes boutonnières for clients and more specifically, uses the language of flowers for the ones he gives to Ama (whether its flower love language or not, is something to find out in the book!).
While we get our second chances, our grumpy/sunshine dynamics, a spicy story, we also get a story of two individuals who care for each other and want each other to be the best versions of themselves.
My final thoughts: get yourself a donut, fresh flowers, and treat yourself with this story. I had been in a bit of a reading slump, but this kind of story was the right one to ease myself back and remind myself why I love books.
**Many thanks to NetGalley & Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an adorable second chance romance with such believable characters! I loved the grumpy/sunshine trope, as well as the slowburn and how the book surrounded a wedding. The pacing and dual time line was done really well, and I was equally invested in the past timeline as well as the present. I was impressed with the writing as well since this is the author’s debut, and I’m looking forward to reading whatever work she publishes next!
I see what all the hype is about. An amazing, hot romance. Julie Soto is going to be a lasting name in the genre!
This book was SO CUTE <3
If you love second chance romance, grumpy/sunshine, DUAL POV, DUAL timelines, and wedding adjacent storylines this is for you.
My biggest question lies in the old timeline. I just don’t understand how they went from strangers to love SO QUICKLY. It seemingly came out of nowhere...
HOWEVER. The couple was adorable, and I loved the book overall.
Forget Me Not is a cute second-chance romance that focuses heavily on their first attempt at love. Ama and Elliot met while working at one of the many weddings Ama's mom has had. While they both clearly fall for each other, Ama has a hard time believing in long-term relationships, so things end badly, and even their professional relationship becomes non-existent.
That is, until a high-profile wedding falls on her lap, and Ama knows she needs it to push her career to the next level. Even if it means working with Elliot again after two years of complete silence between them.
As they work together to create the magical wedding Hazel and Jackie want and deserve, Ama and Elliot start getting close again and realize some feelings are still unresolved.
This is one of the very rare cases in which I preferred the past timeline over the present one. Watching Ama and Elliot getting to know and falling for each other in the past was really sweet, but I missed a bit of this connecting in the present.
Still, a cute and fast read, full of wedding themed scenes, so if you love weddings, this book is definitely for you!
Perfect if: you love weddings, second chance romance and lots of spice!
I really enjoyed this book. It felt unique compared to most second chance romance troupes. The characters were likable and the plot/pacing kept me intrigued!