Unforgettable - JP Bowie

Unforgettable is a story about being reunited with your childhood best friend and first love. It is like a dream come true for Blake and Alex. Even after 20 years true love and companionship can instantly return.

From the blurb:

Reunited twenty years after their teenage split, Blake and Alex are determined that this second chance will have a happy ending…

When Blake Carson enters a photographic exhibition in Los Angeles, he’s astounded that the gifted photographer is Alexander Martin, with whom he’d been in love when they were both teenagers. Alex disappeared from Blake’s life without explanation, and his ultra-religious parents ran Blake off.

Reunited, the two men realize that the feelings they’d had for each other twenty years ago are still there, and the pair is determined to make up for the years stolen from them. They plan a future together, and even talk of adopting an abused child Blake had represented in court.

But the darkness of Alex’s past isn’t so easily shaken off. A phone call from his homophobic father brings back bitter memories of his parents’ cold-hearted abandonment of him to a conversion therapy center and threatens to revive the resultant PTSD he’s fought so long to overcome.

Can the love he and Blake share free Alex from the shadow of the trauma inflicted on him all those years ago?

Reader advisory: This book contains mention of mental and physical abuse and conversion therapy, references to abusive parenting, and an on-page attempt to sexually coerce.

SNik's Review:

Unforgettable is a standalone, second chance, childhood best friends, insta-love romance.

A chance meeting has civil rights lawyer Blake reuniting with photographer Alex, and the love and friendship they had as children immediately translates into strong feelings again as adults. 

Quick build to steamy interactions, Blake and Alex are both likable and sweet, falling into a comfortable companionship of caring, support and love. 

All angst in the story is mainly outside of their relationship and doesn’t impede the romantic relationship. Alex’s past history (heed content warning) does not adversely affect his ability to be close with Blake and I was okay with the quick commitment to each other and becoming a family together. 

I do enjoy second chance stories that describe those first love feelings and how they are recaptured later in life, and this book does that.

Rating: 4 Stars

Unforgettable is available in ebook and paperback formats.