Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂
Repeat by Kylie Scott is the first 5 star read I’ve had of 2019 – and possibly of 2017 and 2018 as well. It follows the journey of Clementine Johns as she tries to put the pieces of her life back together after a viscous attack leaves her with amnesia. I first listened to the audiobook and the narrator, Andi Ardnt, is amazing. I was drawn in from the first. When the ebook dropped, I immediately read the story and it was just as good as the audio. She reconnects with her ex, Ed Larson, though of course he’s shocked to see her – and not very happy about it. She broke his heart, though she has no idea why.
“Who are you when all of your formative moments are gone?”
The romance is stellar and I loved the secondary characters, but it was Clem’s personal journey that really got me.Repeat by Kylie Scott
Narrator: Andi Arndt
Publication Date: April 7, 2019
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
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"A page-turning romantic feast that will have you desperate for more. I was immediately hooked." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
From New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes an irresistible new romance.
When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she's forced to start over. Now she has to figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before.
Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can't seem to let her go again. Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?
Clem wasn’t focused on her past so much as learning how to live in the present. “Previous Me” was a stranger, and her choices made little sense to “Current Me”, who was dropped into this life without explanation or context. Her strength and resilience really spoke to me. I’ve read the book several times since that first listen, and I know I’ll read it many more times in the future.
“Also, apparently the part of my brain in charge of inhibitions and social restrictors, et cetera, is a bit messed up, so I don’t always react right, or at least not necessarily how you’d expect me to behave based on previous me.”
I shrug. “It’s as good a label for her as any.”
“She’s you. You’re her.”
“Maybe. But she’s still a complete stranger to me.”
“You know, you didn’t used to swear so much.”
I snort. “No? I wore pastels and spoke nicely, huh?”
Being someone’s ex is strange, all of the history such a title involves. It’s hard to be the villain of the story when I don’t even remember why I left him and apparently broke both our hearts.
“When we’re together like this, sometimes I forget.”
I snort. “You forget? Try being me.”
At this, he laughs, shaking his head. “How can you make jokes about it?”
“Dark humor has its place. God knows, being depressed all the damn time would just be boring.”
Frances laughs so hard when I tell her about the showdown with Ed that she nearly falls off the kitchen chair. “It’s like you’re an evil twin of your former self or something.”
“Now tell me something good about when we were together.”
“Hmm.” He tosses the teaspoon into the sink. “I got to wake up to your face every morning. I used to like that.”
Although the book isn’t perfect – the mystery plot is pretty weak – I really loved Clem and her journey to discover who she was and who she wanted to be.
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Repeat does sound great! I’m adding it to my wish list.
I’ve read several reviews of this book, but yours is the only one that has made me want to read it.
I really hope you give it a try. It was so well done I can’t stop thinking about it.
I wasn’t interested in this one until I read those quotes – now, I’m intrigued!
The opening scene is what really hooked me. Try the sample and see what you think.
I’m excited to read this one!