Title: Make Me Forget
Author: Monica Corwin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 12, 2018
He makes me burn.
He makes me ache.
He makes me forget.
Since grade school, Murphy Wilcox and I fought incessantly. But one drunk night before my last military deployment changed everything. At least that is what he tells me. Along with the hundreds of scorching hot emails we shared.
Fast forward four years and Murphy is the only connection I have to my past. The only connection I have to the woman I used to be. Amnesia is a bitch but apparently so was I.
**25% of the profit from this book will be donated to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, in hopes that it can help fund further research into PTSD**
This is my first time reading Monica Corwin and am happy to bring you my review for the blog tour celebrating the release! Make Me Forget is not like typical romance novels in the least, but I found myself completely immersed in Mara and Murphy’s story. Mara and Murphy have known each other since they were children and spent a great deal of time fighting. Everything changes between them after a drunken night at his bar, and the two build an amazing friendship while Mara is deployed in Afghanistan in the Army. However, Murphy gave up on Mara after years of silence until she returns to explain that she has lost her memory. Going on the emails that she has between them, Mara decides that returning to her hometown to see Murphy may help her, however, things just continue getting more complicated.
I definitely hold this novel in a special place in my heart because of the subject of PTSD. My husband is a disabled Veteran and I am all too familiar with PTSD and the ongoing issues associated with it including depression, withdrawal, sudden elation, and running from tension and reality. I immediately identified with and empathized with Murphy and his desire to take care of and love Mara. Murphy confesses that despite spending their lives fighting since they were in grade school, that he has always loved Mara. However, we don’t get quite the revelation or confession involving Mara’s feelings for Murphy before she is injured and loses her memory.
Make Me Forget is part love story, part sizzling chemistry, part heartache, and certainly regret. My heart was torn apart watching these two characters try to navigate through the world after Mara’s return, and I cheered for them from beginning to end. I have to admit that I was so frustrated with Mara several times, but again, her character’s behavior was true to complications from PTSD so I did my best to exercise patience and understanding. Corwin’s writing and portrayal of this couple and their challenges are outstanding, and I cannot find the words to express my praise. This novel is a not a fairy tale love story, but is a fictional portrayal of real-world issues and obstacles that have become all too familiar. However, that doesn’t imply that there is not a happy ending. This is a story where two people in love have to work harder and exercise more patience than your everyday couples. Bravo to this spectacular author for creating a novel so unique, relevant, and full of love.
If you’re undecided about whether to check out Murphy and Mara’s story, be advised that a percentage of proceeds from sales are being donated to the International Society for Traumatic Stress with hopes of funding future PTSD research.
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