Repeat by Kylie Scott
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?
There is something fascinating about a good amnesia story. I can’t even imagine how awful it would be to not remember who you are or who all the people who say they know you are.
What I love the most about this book is that you really feel like Clementine has amnesia. No, I’m not giving away any plot points. I just mean that everything made sense. She’s not faking. It feels real. There aren’t any slip ups of things she shouldn’t have known. There wasn’t some indescribable pull towards Ed. She doesn’t remember him. Period. She has to learn him all over again.
And I get Ed. He’s very understanding, once he figures out what the hell is going on, but he’s also done. He and Clementine didn’t end on good terms and I can see why her showing up out of the blue would knock his whole world off kilter. Pissed off would not even begin to explain it. But, his willingness to help her out and attempt to learn a little bit about her past, shows you just how good of a guy he is. I actually felt worse for Ed than I did for Clementine.
One thing that Kylie Scott did take some poetic license with is how the new Clementine trusts her own feelings and perception. She’s definitely a stronger woman as Clementine 2.0 and after a while I didn’t even care that there was a Clementine 1.0. I just wanted Clem and Ed to find each other again through all the heartache and peripheral shit going on.