Monday, June 26, 2017


Series: Memories From Yesterday Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26th 2017
German Rights sold to: Heyne, Random House

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My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.

I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.

I had everything a girl could ever want.

But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”

I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.

As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.


How well do we know the people we love?

Are the people we love different people when they are not with us?

Is the instant chemistry and attraction more important than a developed relationship spanning years?

None of these are easy questions and they are all questions that are discussed in the newest novel by Monica James.

In this one, the question is how well Lucy knows Samuel. You see through her journal entries their past, their first meeting, the progression of their relationship. But, then there is an accident, and Lucy is left questioning the things she believed, not only about her relationship with Samuel, Sam, but also the relationship with his parents and his twin brother.

There are a couple of "gotcha" moments in this title, and both of them lend themselves to moments that change the narrative for Lucy and the perceptions of the people involved for the reader.

This is all handled well. Lucy is engaged to Sam and falling in love with Saxon. Is it cheating? In the most technical sense, maybe...but then it really isn't, although you need to read the book to really understand how this works. And, this is one of the questions Lucy needs to answer. One of the many. Is the Sam now, after the accident, a man she can love? Does he love her? How does she feel about Saxon? Is she in love with the man or the support and kindness he has shown her? Is there a difference? Can they be separated?

All of these questions are mostly answered by the end of the book. Mostly. There are still some strings left. Kind of like wet paper towels after they have been used to clean up a mess...the spill is gone, but the wet paper towels remain and still need to be dealt with.

This is, as always it seems for me, a book that is tough to review without spoilers, and there are some good ones. 

It's been a while since we have had a new title by Monica James, about a year if memory serves. That said, if all of her books are this good (and so far they have been) I am ok waiting a year. But, maybe not for the next one in this series...I kind of want that one. NOW.

I recommend this title.

“Let’s pretend tomorrow doesn’t exist.” Pressing his forehead to mine, he earnestly says, “Whatever happens now, it’ll just be memories from yesterday.” I can feel the tremble rumble throughout his entire body, and his uncertainty leaves me abandoning any lingering doubts. For this stolen moment in time, I just want to…feel.
Gently pushing on his bare, solid chest, he allows me to climb onto his lap as he nestles into the rocky terrain. Without a second thought, I wrap my legs around his waist and hold on tight, with no intention of ever letting go. His chest is rising and falling so quickly, I’m certain I can hear his heart hammering wildly within his body. The cadence matches mine as I seal my mouth around his. The touch of his full lips pressed to mine is complete perfection. But when he angles my mouth at the perfect slope and skillfully tangles my tongue with his, I know that this is nirvana.
The kiss at first is slow, like a roller coaster beginning its incline. But as we reach the pinnacle, it’s an exhilarating head rush of fast, breathtaking passion. When he senses me coyly opening up, lowering my guard and losing myself in the moment, he growls into my mouth. He dominates me with a fierce desire and in this moment, I am his.
I can’t keep up with the frantic pace, and finally, I surrender all I am. I allow him total control, melting when he sucks my bottom lip with a long, wet pull. I madly fuse our lips together, unable to get enough of this heady feeling, needing him to consume me, devour me, make me whole.


Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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