A MelanieM Release Day Review: Remember When by SJD Peterson


Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Life is simple and hopeful in youth. Luke and Nelson are best friends exploring their budding sexuality. They have big plans for the future, and nothing can stand in their way or tear them apart—except a family move that puts a continent between them.

Ten years later Luke and Nelson meet again, but nothing is simple anymore. As strong as the attraction remains, obligations and expectations come between them as Luke is forced to honor family responsibilities over the desires of his heart.

Impossibly fate sees fit to offer them a last opportunity to see what might have been. Will the third time be the charm, or is trust so badly broken it is impossible to repair? Can they recapture the innocent love they once knew and make up for all the wasted years? In a love story that spans half a lifetime, two friends destined for each other will have to fight hard for their happily ever after.

This is not the book review I wanted to write.

Mostly because I don’t enjoy telling readers and authors how much I disliked a story but there’s no getting around it here.  I can count on one hand how many books I have disliked as much as this one.  It barely scarpered up to two star rating and that’s only because the characters, Luke in particular was nauseating enough to make me dislike him to this degree that the writing must be good enough to warrant that much.

This was a story where two characters meet, one hurts the other repeatedly, the other lets him do it doormat style and then after all the years pass let’s him back into his life again.  In one case, Luke even admits he knowingly wants to keep Nelson on the side even if it hurts him, he wants it all.  This character is so blandly stomach churning that he made this book a DNF several times for me.  Only my stubbornness and inability to believe this idiocy wouldn’t continue to the end kept me going.  Of course it did.

So I’m not even going to recap it here.  I disliked the plot, the immaturity of the characters, even after they met years apart, the continued “doormat” quality of Nelson’s character.  Nelson needed a therapist and a lock, not a reunion.  Above all I disliked this couple! I disliked the excuses for their actions and their acceptance of it.  There is so much that will make you sit back and think “wtf” here.  It’s more than troubling. And this is coming from someone who loves, I mean LOVES the “second chance-lovers reunited” trope stories.

Even now I’m thinking those 2 stars might be generous.  Shakes head.

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh.  The cover is definitely the best thing about this story.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 210 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition LanguageEnglish

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