Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen (Review By Lauren)

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**Review By  Lauren For The Nerd Girl Page**
Book received  from the author in exchange for a review.
Alexis doesn’t believe in fairytales. She knows first hand that life can turn on a dime – that one stupid mistake can shatter dreams and irrevocably shape the future. Even though her memory of that day is hazy, she has spent the last ten years trying to put it behind her and focus on the future.
Armed with the knowledge that her career will be her only legacy, Alexis works night and day to prove that she is more than just her last name. It’s not only that she doesn’t have time for love – she doesn’t have the heart for it. After all, there’s no point in starting something that you can’t finish.
However, when she meets Adam, she’s drawn to him in a way even she can’t deny. He is dark and brooding and strangely charming. He’s the perfect distraction from the mundane life she’s created for herself. And, as if fate is pushing them together, he seems to be around every corner. It’s enough to almost make her entirely forget about her past and take a chance.
Unfortunately, Adam’s memory isn’t hazy . . . not in the least. And, what she doesn’t remember, he can’t forget.
*Mature New Adult/Adult novel – contains adult situations and sexuality and is suited for ages 18 and up*
My Review
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book when I started reading it, but I was quickly drawn into the story. You want to love Alexis, but at the same time you want to hate her because of Adam.  It’s a very complicated situation, but you aren’t really sure what the actual situation is until close to the end of the book.  Little bits and pieces of the puzzle come together as you continue through the story, making it a sort of mystery mixed in with a twisted romance.
Then there is Adam, who you also want to love and hate at the same time.  Your heart hurts for him because it’s obvious he has lost someone, more than likely at the hands of Alexis (albeit not intentionally); but the things that he does to Alexis really makes him an ugly person.  There were times while reading that I wanted to just stop reading the book because I couldn’t take anymore of his ridiculousness, but I just can’t not finish reading a book through to the end.
Then, finally, all of the pieces of the puzzle come together, and you understand.  There is clarity and at this point your heart hurts for both Adam and Alexis.  And you seriously want to slap the crap out of Alexis’ father.  I mean really, really just knock him out.  For such an intelligent and successful man, he really is quite an idiot.
All in all, I genuinely enjoyed reading this book – regardless of how many time Adam pissed me off.  I ended up rooting for him somewhere near the middle of the story.  Once I started to understand his motives, and the fact that he isn’t really a jack ass, just someone who is broken, it was easy to want him to overcome his stubbornness and work things out with Alexis.
 
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