Updated: Jan 18, 2021
Don't Let Me Forget
by Belinda Williams
Published by Escape Publishing
Would you remember the face of a killer?
After divorcing the heir to a media fortune, Juliet Temple chose to keep her high-profile surname to grow her elite event planning business. But when a young woman is found dead and Juliet is drugged at her latest celebrity party, not even the Temple name can protect her. Unable to remember what happened that night, Juliet finds herself in serious danger.
Juliet retreats to the Hunter Valley, where she becomes Jet Appleton, Rhodes Family Estate's wedding organizer. Martin Rhodes, winemaker and former detective, is tasked with watching over her, but his son, Dan, knows nothing of Jet's true identity--which is a problem because he's the sort of man who deserves her honesty.
As the dark ties holding her to Sydney close in, Jet begins to see her old life--including her controlling ex-husband--in a whole new light. Jet's longing to return to Sydney is proving to be a dangerous desire, and so are her growing feelings for Dan. But not as dangerous as the killer, who is still watching her every move . .
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Romance Climatic
Mystery Happy Ending
Don't Let Me Forget is the first book I have read from Belinda Williams. I was first drawn to the book by it's eery, but beautiful, cover, but the book description sounded all kinds of interesting. Which it was. I actually couldn't put the book down.
This is the first mystery/thriller/romance book I have read, to be honest. I try to stick to lighthearted books, but there is something about this one that hooked me. I will say, this book is more about the mystery than the romance. It does still belong in the romance genre, as Juliet and Dan's relationship does build throughout the story. Their romance is beautiful is the simplicity of it. There is nothing in the way of their partnership, other than the situation Juliet, quite literally, woke up one morning into. All the mystery tied into this party, and everything that happens afterwards, is thrilling, and really sinks it's claws into you. It's full of twists, and the answers to this crime was not predictable in the least. I am very impressed. I usually figure it out well before it all comes to a head, so to speak.
The characters were wonderfully written, and while Belinda William's mentioned a characters past, it wasn't the focus. These characters are very "present driven", and yet they didn't lack depth. Juliet/Jet is a likable protagonist. Despite her not being able to remember, her compassion for the victim, and her worry for those she knows who may be involved, won't let her give up on what happened. Dan is just a wonderful delight of a male love interest. Sweet, kind, patient, intelligent, protective, and trusting ... swoon. It is easy to understand why they are both attracted to one another. The multitude of side characters were just as entertaining. Dan's family, and specifically his father Marty were great and likable. The characters from Jet's life were questionable at times ... okay, a lot of the time ... but super interesting, and made the mystery that much harder to get answers to. And while I don't want to get into specific characters and spoil the story, but I will say this; Belinda William's did a remarkable job by the end of the story, tying up loose ends, AND making me feel sympathy for a not so great guy.
All in all, for my very first mystery/thriller/romance read, I loved it! I recommend Don't Let Me Forget, EVEN if you don't particularly like romance. Truth is, while there is two protagonists that do fall for each other, Don't Let Me Forget is mostly a mystery. So if you like your books to have a "Whodunit" vibe, Don't Let Me Forget is for you!