Forget Me Not (Blackbird Series Novella) by Em Shotwell (Review by Katie – #NerdGirlKtLbLy)

Title: Forget Me Not (Blackbird Series Novella)

Author: Em Shotwell

Published Date: August 8th 2017

Genre:  Fantasy


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Maybe falling for the good guy, isn’t so bad.

When Rex Somersby’s family matchmaker sets him up with the famous Evelyn Cadeau, he can’t believe his luck. Evelyn is the woman with the perfect Gift—the woman every man wants—while Rex’s own magical ability leaves much to be desired. He travels from Missouri to meet his dream girl in her rural Mississippi home, where Evelyn makes it clear that winning her heart won’t be an easy task. Good thing farm-boy Rex has never been afraid of a little hard work.

Evelyn Cadeau is used to getting her way. As the woman with the most powerful Gift, she knows she can have her pick of anyone she wants. And who she wants is slick, handsome, and off-limits Guy McCallister—not gawky, buttoned-up Rex Somersby. Yet, after an arranged date with Rex takes a dramatic turn, leading to a bottle of wine and sneaking to the creek for a late night skinny dip, she realizes there may be more to by-the-rules Rex than meets the eye.

Just as the young couple start to think their family’s tradition of matchmaking isn’t quite so backward, Rex is drafted to Vietnam. With war threatening to tear them apart, will love be able to save them? Or will it take a bit of magic?

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***Katie – #NerdGirlKtLbLy Review***
This story is set in the same universe as “The Blackbird Series” but you don’t have to read the previous book to read this. In the south, a lot of people have “gifts” where they have a certain ability that helps them in their day to day lives. Some can talk to birds, some can help plants grow, and some can sense emotions and help with someone’s feelings along with many other gifts. Evelyn Cadeau is 17, and is dating a man named Guy. They have been a couple for a while and can’t wait to run away together when she turns 18. However before that can happen, an aunt of hers using her gift matches her up with another man. She doesn’t want to even meet her match, but her family really wants her to go on at least one date with him. No one believes that Guy is the right one for her. She reluctantly agrees and she goes on the date with Rex Somersby. Rex is a perfect gentlemen, so sweet, kind, and is nervous but excited for his date. In the beginning Evelyn is only going to appease her family and doesn’t believe that she and Rex will hit it off. The longer they get to know each other, the more Evelyn comes to realize she may actually like Rex. She still holds out hope for her and Guy to be together but finds out that Guy had been matched also. She hears what happened to him and his match and she gets very upset and angry after finding out that Guy is more interested in money, than love. Rex is there for her and she starts to trust and even like him more and more. Their love is tested though with the Vietnam War going on and the threat of being drafted looms over them.
I really enjoyed this story. This is a novella so it’s short, but so many things happen in it and all the characters are so well fleshed out that you really get a good sense of who everyone is. I really liked Evelyn and Rex together. She would try to tease Rex to see how far he may go in a certain situation and he was always there to tease her right back and go along with it. Rex’s gift may be interesting, but knowing the repercussions it can have is devastating. I hope there are more novella’s or just more to the Blackbird Series in general because I love all of these characters.


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  • Em

    Thank you SO MUCH for such a wonderful review of Forget Me Not! All of my royalties from the sale of this book benefit Operation Homefront. <3 The more people who know about it, the more I can donate–so again–thank you so much! <3 <3

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