Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:
Synopsis for Oblivion (from Goodreads):
I wake up to a life and a man that I can’t remember.
He says his name is Connor Brady—the tall, sexy CEO of Brady Global, Inc.
He says my name is Olivia Stuart, and that I was recently in an accident and lost my memory.
Also, he says I’m his fiancé.
Although I don’t remember Connor, or anything about my past, something about him seems familiar. He is kind, protective, and breathtakingly-gorgeous. But there is just one problem—he seems too perfect.
As I begin to rebuild my relationship with Connor and accept the idea that I may never remember my past, I unexpectedly meet Ethan James.
Ethan is the mysterious, rebellious stranger who pushes my boundaries to their limits and makes me feel alive. As our lives collide time and time again, the bits and pieces of my past start to unravel, unearthing the secrets that have been buried deep inside my subconscious. With every new memory I gain about my past, I become more torn between the man who is my fiancé and the stranger who is the key to my past. Is my life with Connor really as perfect as he leads me to believe?
Author: Jessica Wood
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Source & Format: Own–eBook (Kindle)
*NOTE: this is listed as a part of a series on Goodreads but the “prequel” is just an extended sample of this novel that is for sale. Meaning this is simply a standalone story.
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
Ever since I read Unravel by Caila Reed years ago, I love a good amnesia/rebuilding the past story. The suspense of trying to figure out what the hell happened is something I can’t get enough of. So when I come across a story that has promise, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
This story is pretty basic in its execution as it isn’t overly complicated, but that works to its advantage. It’s an easy story to follow and it continually builds as you read. Sure, it helps that it isn’t an overly long novel but you really get swept into the story and I couldn’t put it down. I easily could have read this in one sitting if life didn’t get in the way.
The great thing about this story was that I only had part of the story figured out. I feel like the one aspect of this story was super easy to figure out early on, but the main twist really surprised me. I liked that a lot. A book always gets bonus points if it can surprise me and this one definitely got a few extra points.
The characters here aren’t overly developed but they do their job here very well. I liked that this wasn’t overly complicated as well–that we weren’t bombarded with unnecessary people and only kept what was needed for a solid foundation.
This could have been a little stronger I think. The plot focused more on Liv trying to figure out the past than her getting hot and heavy with the two boys. Which, in hindsight, was the strength of this story and what made it so enjoyable. I just wish the romance had a little more flare to it because I’m a romance fan at heart.
My Rating: 3.5/5
This was a super quick read that totally delivered in every way I expected. If you enjoy a solid amnesia story, this is the one to get!
Read if You Like: amnesia stories, romantic suspense
Avoid if You: want more romance
- Unravel by Caila Reed (Fairbanks Series #1)
- Forget You by Jennifer Echols
- Nocte by Courtney Cole (Nocte Series #1)