How can two simple words make Dylan Bronstad's heart ache and sing at the same time?
Even seven years ago, Kelly Anne Leeson had possessed that power. Back then, all Dylan wanted to do was drink and make love to her. Really, it was no wonder she'd climbed out of his bed and walked out of his life, leaving him with nothing but a nasty hangover and the lonely memories of their time together.
Today, Dylan's life is on track. He's sober with the support of his family and his tight-knit group of friends. But Kelly could derail all he's worked to accomplish. Unfortunately, he can't seem to stay away from her.
Lured by the offer of her dream job, Kelly returns home to Crawford Falls and the friends she'd abandoned a lifetime ago. Mending those broken relationships will require some honest answers and a fair amount of forgiveness.
But facing Dylan will take a lot more-like maybe a suit of armor to protect her battle-weary heart and the secret she fears she'll never be able to keep.
While Kelly searches for a way to maintain the safe life she's created for her son, Dylan works to remind her of the relationship they once had.
Just as they rekindle their relationship, secrets and half-truths threaten to destroy everything.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kelly Anne is back! Those are the first spoken words of this heartfelt contemporary romance, Helping Her Remember written by Kate Carley and published by CreateSpace Publishing. I am a sucker for a second chance at love stories especially if I know it led to an HEA at the end. You see, several years ago, Dylan and Kelly had a world wind courtship that ended with Kelly leaving town under mysterious circumstances. Leaving Dylan hurt and betrayed. And now after seven years of trying to put his life back together, Kelly Anne has returned. Kelly Anne returned to established herself at her dream job. She knew that sooner or later she had to run into her old flame. She was hoping for later. Because, even though she was hoping to run into him, there are some hard truths and secrets that need to be settled and told. Which may push Dylan back into the bottle. Helping Her Remember was an okay book. It had a nice pace and somewhat enjoyable characters. I didn’t really get the chance to binding with the two main characters as I like. Though a second chance at love, the subject matter that this author chose to surround the plotline around was a heartfelt one and this author could relate to personally. Now the only negative thing I have to say is this book just abruptly ended. But, not without a last-minute drama scene among the two characters.
A sweet second chance romance. A simple introduction to a new series. Actual rating: 3 1/2 stars Note: This review contains NO spoilers Ummm...Hmmm... I liked this story, but I didn't love it. I do enjoy a good second chance story. This is one that I thought was cute. I wasn't overly enraptured with the characters and/or the story itself. But, I can say that it was interesting enough to keep me reading. Well, I do enjoy "second chance" stories. Helping Her Remember is an emotional journey of young love that was betrayed and hurt. But, has time help heal these emotional wounds and found forgiveness and a second chance? Well, that's pretty much what if felt like. These two characters, Kelly and Dylan, both were still reeling after events about seven years ago. Now, they both are trying to find their way back....apparently, back to each other. Both have their secrets. Both are not perfect. Both have made mistakes. Both have grown up since Kelly left Crawford Falls. Now, she's back. So... Now, both are finding their way back...to each other. Guess they have to get to know each other...again...after years of being apart. I thought this is a sweet introduction to a new series. From this first book alone, we are introduced to a group of characters in this small town. There is potential for various other stories in this small town. Dylan and Kelly's story is just the beginning.... I would like to read more about these characters and Crawford Falls. I would think that this would appeal to varying NA and YA romance fans. So... All in all, Helping Her Remember is a somewhat emotional read that kind of grabs at the hearts of young romance readers... I think.
Helping Her Remember by Kate Carley Crawford Falls #1 Friends to lovers, second chance romance and secret baby tropes are part and parcel of this first book in a new series. Kelly heads home with her 6 year old son after being away for 7 or so years. She moves in with her mother, worries about seeing her old gang of friends and begins a job at an old folks’ home. Soon after she arrives her old boyfriend shows up wanting to pick up where they left off. She is a bit leery but still has feelings so they begin to date. This was an okay introduction to a new series though perhaps not as believable as some books of this genre might be. Most of the players of the series are introduced, there is a resolution that ends with a HEA for Kelly and Dylan and the issue of a work place disagreement at the nursing home is handled. I felt, perhaps, that this story was oversimplified with issues glossed over in spots rather than really dealt with in depth. I never understood why Kelly ran away rather than confronting Dylan, why she chose as she did regarding the work situation or how easily the two fell back into one another’s arms. That said, I believe this book may appeal to the YA and NA readers who pick it up. Thank you to NetGalley and Barclay Publicity for the ARC – This is my honest opinion. 3 Stars
The key to learning from mistakes is forgiving yourself for making them. For Dylan and Kelly it's a long road and a high price to a new beginning.What began with promise spun out of control, ending in pain. Now years later and older fate may be giving these former lovebirds a second chance, but not before the secrets hit the fan. Helping Her Remember sets course for redemption. Ms. Charley stirs up emotions with a romance that is as intoxicating as it is heartbreaking and even at the most wrenching of moments, never is it not captivating.