Ben Porter may be living the dream, but it’s not his.
His dad’s health scare might not be the ideal reason to come home for the summer, but it’s a welcome break from the stellar glitz of Ben’s life in Los Angeles. Even if modeling has him rivaling Marky Mark’s fame, posing isn’t his passion. Landing a role with a Boston Shakespeare theater brings him closer to fulfilling his dreams of being a real actor.
Facing the reason he went west in the first place? That’s another story.
Lucy Minola’s dreams were shattered seven years ago when a drunk driver smashed into her brother’s car. She knows it was her fault. So as penance, she works hard to care for her family, goes to confession faithfully, and buries all the feelings she had for the person who left when she needed him most: her brother’s best friend.
When an injured dog brings them back together, Lucy’s good-girl façade begins to crack. Women everywhere are obsessed with the rad bod they see in magazines, but she’s the only one Ben seems to notice.
She can’t trust herself with the man who walked away… but can she let him go a second time?
This bittersweet romance, Book #2 in Karen Grey’s 1980’s Boston Classics series, proves that everyone deserves a second chance in love and in life.
“The story is shared in the alternating, first person, present tense POVs of Lucy and Ben. Each narrator excels at capturing their character’s persona. They both do a great job with age and accents, making each character unique, and each convincingly portrays the opposite sex with much success. I absolutely love Mr. Pallino’s voice. He captures Ben’s regret and sorrow, but also his joy. Ms. Wilder is perky, lively, and adorable sounding. Both narrators “wear their hearts on their sleeves,” exuding emotions through performance. And while not a narration aspect, I love how the flashbacks are preceded and followed by the sound of a tape recording rewinding.
In the end, I just loved Forget About Me. The story features real characters with real emotions. I love watching Ben and Lucy work through the pain, anger, and rough spots because love is worth it.” – That’s What I’m Talking About
“I enjoyed the first book in The Boston Classics series, What I’m Looking For, so I happily signed on for the second book. This is the wistful story of Lucy and Ben. Tragedy cut their relationship short but 8 years later they are back in the same neighborhood they grew up in. A second chance? Perhaps but they’ll need to work through the reasons they went their separate ways years ago. Karen Grey titled each chapter with an ’80s tune and, like the first book, worked Shakespeare and an adorable dog into the plot. Fans of the 1980s and contemporary romance are sure to enjoy this novel!” – Bookfan Mary
“Karen Grey has caught my heart with this fun, second chance romance. The second in her Boston Classics series and features Ben and Lucy as they meet again years after the death of her brother. Now years later, Ben returns, a successful model to,his quiet hometown and the sparks still fly. But is that enough to again? Grey weaves in 80’s music which I love, realistic life issues of grief, guilt and loss as well as falling in love again. The secondary characters bring matchmaking and sage advice, and Puck the dog is a joy. Laugh, cry, and love all bring this story to life and made for a fantastic listen. Brian Pallino and Emma Wilder are a wonderful team and truly enhance the story. Pallino’s portrayal of Ben gives us all the feelings this man has. His inflections and nuances create his personality perfectly. Wilder comes through as Lucy. She is amazing with her voice as she gives us each emotion. She easily fills into her character. These two were incredible together.” – Audiobook Fascination