Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen
This is the kind of book you experience if you are looking for something a bit different and it will completely pull you in. It has it all, heartache, love, twists, turns and intense moments. Alex doesn’t believe in fairytales, she knows first hand that life can turn on you in a minute. One stupid mistake can shatter dreams and some how it can shape the future. Even though her memory of that day is hazy she has spent the last ten years trying to put it behind her and focus on the future. She has the knowledge that her career will be her only legacy.
Alexis works night and day to prove that she is more than just her last name. It’s not only that she doesn’t have time for love she doesn’t have the heart for it. After all there’s no point in starting something that you cannot finish.
Then something that she thought never would happen happens and she meets Adam .. She is drawn to him in away even she can’t deny or explain. The film student is dark and brooding and for some reason strangely charming. He is the perfect distraction from the hum dum life she has created for herself. As if fate had a card it keeps pushing them together and he seems to be around every single corner she turns. It’s almost enough to make her forget her past and take a chance on something and someone who seems to be becoming an important fixture in her life.
Unfortunately, Adams memory isn’t hazy, not in the least and what she doesn’t remember he can’t forget!!! Adam knows Alexis and for some reason she does not remember he hates her for what she did to him 10 years ago. This story hides a mysterious past between the two of them and that is what keeps you intrigued about the story and the characters .
I gave it 4 stars because parts of the story are uninteresting and I find myself skimming through it a little. So far part one was about Alexis becoming comfortable with one another. Adam started off wanting to sabotage Alexis but then started to have real feelings for her. Alexis broke her walls down for Adam. Hopefully part two will have the answers needed to clean up her hidden past!!
Finally after many distractions of a surprise birthday party visits to the bar law firm Lizzie and camping the truth was revealed by Alexis . Yet Adam still needed to confront his secrets. All secrets are finally laid out and time is needed to absorb the truth. Many more distractions in the story push the two back together and they work through there issues. It was a difficult situation to encounter. I wish Alexis father would have been dealt with more in the story given his involvement. Also I wish Adam parents had been discussed and introduced in the story during and after the disclosed secrets. Overall I was not a fan of many of the distractions in the story. With that said it still an amazing read for me unexpected plot twists likeable characters with interesting flaws.
This book made me feel so much and I could relate to the characters, Adam and Alexis .I also loved the twists the author did in the story. When you think you had it all figured out she goes and throws even more at us actually made me smile and wanting more in a bittersweet way. Alexis is this girl that has it all designer clothes money the name but she actually swims against the flow, she doesn’t want to be defined by her family she has everything to be this stuck up girl and she is such good kind and generous person. But then so is Adam He tries to hide in his tough guy mask but he is actually a perfect boyfriend. You also want to love and hate him at the same time. Your heart hurts for him because its obvious he has lost someone more than likely at the hands of Alexis but the things that he does her really make him an ugly person .
The ending is sweet but there are so many unanswered questions. So I know that there’s a book two to answer all those questions and give those great supporting characters a story as well. Jenni Moen I don’t know what your background is but you tell a really good story and you tell it well. For any one looking at this groaning at the prospect of a series first there is a clear transition point that leaves you curious and furious for a second. It leaves you intrigued and wanting more every time you turn the page. Remembering Joy is a story about revenge, love, loss, and how to move past events that you cannot not control. Full of angst and so much emotion this lady author has true talent. Great job chick this is my first read by Jenni Moen but it definitely not my last.
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