Successful lawyer Santi Herrera couldn’t be happier with the direction his life is taking. Not only is he on track to becoming a partner in his law firm, but he’s planning his wedding to Hank Burton, a south Texas contractor who has made a name for himself despite his humble beginnings. The introverted lone wolf Santi and the friendly, outgoing Hank complement each other perfectly. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, they were hooked, and as far as Santi and Hank are concerned, a happily ever after is their destiny.
But fate deals them a devastating new hand.
A construction accident leaves Hank with severe head trauma and brings him precariously close to death. When he finally awakens, Hank doesn’t remember Santi or the love they shared for the past three years. Santi faces the greatest challenge of his life. Can he respark a flame his lover can’t recall? And can he stop the diverging paths that fickle fate charts between them?
Santi has faith in the love he and Hank shared and in the words his father once spoke to him: “It’s never too late to fall in love. All over again.”
This was a very sweet book, and while some things absolutely worked for me, others didn’t quite much.
Santi and Hank met one weekend. What you find here is the definition of insta love/lust. I guess is more insta lust with incredible chemistry than insta love, but I normally struggle to buy those. That being said, I think that in this book it was nicely worked… If with a bit of disbelief on my cynic self part.
A quick summary of this: Santi and Hank met in San Diego, but Santi is from Houston, so he goes back home after an awesome weekend. They keep in touch, and months later Hank moves to Houston with Santi. They have a great relationship, and they are madly in love, but tragedy strikes when Hank has an accident that causes him severe memory loss. Basically, his years with Santi don’t exist for him. He doesn’t recall a thing, and this breaks Santi’s heart. Now Santi has to work on bringing back Hank’s memories of them together, or make new ones. But one way or the other, is starting from scratch.
Angsty? Yes? Well… No. Not so much.
I was expecting an angst fest, but didn’t quite get it. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when my heart just shrunk, and I teared up a bit, but there was no ugly crying. Half of me is thankful for that, the other half is in a terrible need to go after an extremely angsty book to satisfy the emotional masochist that lives inside me and I rarely let out.
A lot of this book is based on either past memories of the couple or making new ones. I wish I’d seen more of the working through and on the amnesia that hit Hank. I understand the go-with-the-flow approach, and yeah, I agree it was the best thing to do. But still..
What I liked about this book a lot was that Santi realized that if he couldn’t get Hank to remember their past, he could build a new future. It was lovely to see him so giving and selfless. After the initial shock of knowing that Hank didn’t know who he was, he got over it and decided to try to get his man back by having him to fall in love with him again. It was lovely, and very sweet. It was also heartbreaking, given certain circumstances, and where (in time) Hank was right after he woke up from the accident.
Santi’s love for Hank was.. Selfless. It was a rare kind of unconditional love. Hank’s love for Santi shows in two different ways – before the accident, and after the accident. While the sentiment is strong in the end, they are different. They brewed differently. I appreciated that because it shows that there’s no recipe to fall in love, and that even with the same person can happen in completely different ways.
I have two things that didn’t work for me. I guess both are more a personal thing, than anything the author did.
1. I love romances, I do. However, I always struggle with extreme sweetness. I always struggle with showers of love. I felt that at times the dialogues were just SO romantic, that they felt a bit overdone. But then again, maybe that’s the cynic in me speaking. Lol
2. The other one is that the characters seemed way too perfect. They had practically no flaws. Yes, of course Santi lost control a couple of times, but this was under exceptional situations. And of curse Hank’s confusion was not pretty but just like with Santi, this was because of what he was going through. Outside of that specific situation they were living, they seemed way too perfect for me. And truth to be told, I like my characters to be imperfect.
So, all in all this was a good book. My favorite thing was Hank being this bulky guy who loves hello kitty lol 🙂
Sweet book, overall. Maybe too sweet for me, but I know some people who will love it. I think that if you’ve put this off because you fear an angst fest, you’re safe to read. The truly angsty moments are few, and the rest of the book is nice and easy to read.
Thanks to Sheri for reading this with me 🙂
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