BOOK: The One Left Behind
AUTHOR: Lena Nicole
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASED: October 21st 2013
Colin and Addison are on their way home when they are caught in a vicious car accident. While Colin walks away with minimal injuries, Addison suffers from a traumatic brain injury causing her to lose her short-term memory. She can’t remember the night of the accident. She doesn't remember being engaged. She doesn’t remember Colin at all.
While Addison rebuilds her life, Colin struggles with the fact that the love of his life doesn’t remember him.
When Addison meets Pierce, the one person who doesn't have an ulterior motive, the one person she can talk to openly, Colin thinks his life may be over.
Will Addison’s memory return in time for her to save her relationship with Colin? Or is it gone forever, leaving her free to love Pierce?
My rating = Four stars
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for my honest review for book blog tour
This wasn't an easy read for me and this was not because I didn’t like it, far from it, but it drove every emotion I had into a frantic whirlpool. I was so wrung out by the end of it I needed a lie down!
There are three main characters, and no it is not a ménage a trois, who are Addison, Colin and Pierce. Colin and Addison are engaged to be married but one night are involved in a car accident which leaves Addison with partial memory loss – the memories of Colin. She doesn't know who he is until her family and friends fill in the gaps for her. She feels nothing and this leaves Colin feeling utterly bereft and lost. They both decide to be friends until Addison gets her memory back but then the worry is that she may not.
It is whilst Addison is trying to figure out what she needs to do and how to handle her situation that she meets Pierce on the beach one evening. He is so easy to talk to and she feels herself drawn to him. Hence a budding romance commences. And it is that part that had me being torn apart. How could she do this whilst Colin, the most adorable gorgeous man has to stand by and watch the love of his life move on with her life with another? I tried not to like Pierce and I wanted to tell him to take a hike but then as I read further in, how could I not like him? What had he done wrong? Nothing. Oh the angst and turmoil!
I kept pushing through each chapter thinking that this will be the part where she will remember and everything will be brought to a head, but then who would she choose? However the authors were clever, keeping the momentum and the tension growing until you think is this ever going to be fixed?
To say any further would give the game away and I need to warn you now this is book one of the series, so take from that what you think.
This was an emotion packed book and one you need to delve into but be prepared to have your heart squeezed and your head mashed. A wonderful debut by Lena Nicole.
Rachael Lena Duncan is an Army wife to her amazing husband, Steven, and mother to their beautiful daughter, Natalie, with one on the way. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She once had dreams of being in politics and working behind the scenes as a political advisor. After working on Capitol Hill for a short time, she realized that wasn't for her. She always enjoyed writing and wanted to find a way to use that while moving from state to state with her husband’s career. Fortunately, she met Nicole and was able to embark on this amazing journey with her.
Jaime Nicole Whitley is an Army wife and stay at home mom to her wonderful son Aiden who has a passion for music, reading, NASCAR and football season. She grew up in New Jersey and lived in Las Vegas for a couple years working as a medical assistant before meeting her husband. While following his career, she ended up in North Carolina. Jaime has one rambunctious son, another on the way, as well as furbaby who is a mixed lab. When she met Lena, she was so excited to share the same passion for books with her and jumped at the chance to work with her to write her own novel.