Her Forget-Me-Not Ex by Sophie Claire | Book Review

Title - Her Forget-Me-Not Ex
Author - Sophie Claire
Publication Date - May 22nd 2015
Publisher - Accent Press
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 172

She's certain she's over him, but her heart has other ideas...

Natasha has consigned her wealthy French ex-husband Luc to the past, so she's horrified when he turns up at her village florist's shop out of the blue, pleading for help. He never dared to tell his family about the divorce, and when he asks her to come to France and pretend they're still married for a couple of weeks to please his dying father, she's not sure she can say no. She certainly isn't prepared for the warmth of his family's welcome, or the attraction that's still simmering between her and Luc.

But it's just two weeks in a vineyard, no strings attached, right?

This was absolutely lovely!

Her Forget-Me-Not Ex by Sophie Claire only served to remind me of how much I utterly adore romance and everything that this beautiful genre has to offer readers. Gorgeously descriptive with a heroine and hero created with the up-most care, this was the perfect escape for me. The author whisked me away completely, bundled me up in beautiful scenery and fizzing chemistry, and told Natasha and Luc's story in the most tender of ways.

Sophie Claire wastes no time at all in getting Her Forget-Me-Not Ex off the ground. Immediately, and with such a superb style, Luc is introduced to the plot and, unfortunately for Natasha, back into her life. Sophie unravels, piece by piece, the past between her main characters, and allows the reader an insight into what happened beforehand. There was clearly a reason as to why their relationship and marriage hadn't worked out and I was incredibly eager to figure out what this reason was. Sophie Claire drip-fed me tantalising, and tragic, snippets of their history, building up to bursts of conversation between Natasha and Luc themselves, bringing each of their hidden, separate issues surging forward into the open. The turn of events following Luc's reappearance in Natasha's life mean she is faced with the choice of staying and working in her pretty flower-shop, or doing one last favour for the man she once loved. There's something on offer for Natasha in order to tempt her into helping with Luc's unforeseen plea for help, and given the circumstances that she finds herself faced with, she feels she has no choice but to help him with his request.

The pacing of Her Forget-Me-Not Ex was spot-on for me. Sophie moved Natasha and Luc's story along swiftly, but at the same time, included every single pivotal moment for me to enjoy and experience. There were no lulls in this story, no moments where I felt that nothing was added to the story unfolding, and quite frankly, I just adored Sophie Claire's writing. It was neat and tidy, hitting every nail on the head, and leaving no stone unturned within Natasha and Luc's lives. The intimate moments between Sophie's hero and heroine were tender and emotional, and as they began to sort through their pasts together, I fell even more and more in love with them both. The stunning French scenery and the home in which Natasha stays throughout the two-week period were incredibly dreamy and almost exotic. The details and imagery Sophie provided me with built up such a heady atmosphere which I became completely lost within. It was hot and humid, and between Natasha and Luc, even more so.

Natasha's time spent with Luc may have only begun as a favour to an old friend who she happened to share a history with, but the development of their relationship, and Natasha and Luc themselves, was so beautifully achieved. By the end of the novel, Natasha and Luc had changed immeasurably, and I couldn't have loved them more. Two weeks beneath the French sun and surrounded by Luc's kind family seemed to hold a sort of magic for Natasha, and before she knows it, without wanting to, she's falling beneath the spell of it all. What is originally supposed to be a game of pretend quickly begins loosening the strings around Natasha's heart. She finds herself questioning every slight touch and lingering eye-contact, and I myself was questioning it all too. It was a constant guessing game of whether there was meaning behind the contact shared, or whether it was all just for show. I loved this aspect of the story. It was exciting, to say the least, and built up the simmering tension between Natasha and Luc to an almost unbearable level.

When the end of this novel arrived, I was sad to part with Natasha and Luc. I felt that I'd grown incredibly close to these characters throughout my reading of this book, and I would gladly revisit them if Sophie Claire ever decided on a sequel. This novel held so much warmth and feeling and heart, and Sophie's focus on relationships and intimacy was perfect. It was a delicious escape, full of sun-drenched vineyards and returning to the past. A story of second-chance love when it's least expected.

Becca's Books is awarding Her Forget-Me-Not Ex by Sophie Claire with five gorgeous cupcakes. This novel was absolutely perfect for me. I loved every single page and will most definitely look forward to more from Sophie Claire in the future.


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