AGE GROUP/GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 20th June 2013
Reviewed By: Joanne
SOURCE: Review copy received from the author
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You know how sometimes, your high school crush grows up to be an insanely famous movie star? Okay, probably not. But I do.~Layla Warren
Back in high school, Trip Wiley’s fanbase only encompassed the denizens of the nothing little suburb of Norman, New Jersey.
Ten years later, all that is about to change.
In the summer of 2000, Layla Warren is enjoying her career as a journalist in New York City (well, sort of), while Trip spends most of his time grabbing Hollywood by the balls. In the days before what will turn out to be his skyrocketing fame, they’ll find themselves confronted with some life-altering choices.
Remember When 2 is the second story in an NA romance trilogy. It will bring you back to that exuberant and riotous time of life in your twenties when you struggled to figure out your place in the world and the person you were meant to be…
…and the person you were meant to be with.
OK, so its no secret that I loved and I mean LOVED Remember When.
It totally took me by surprise. It was one of those books you don’t know much about and start reading on a whim, and then BAM! You’re hooked!
When I got the chance to read an ARC of RW2, I have to say at first I was like OMG!! Excited, much? But then I was worried, worried I wouldn’t love it as much as the first, I mean, how could T. Torrest top the first book?
Well she did that, and then some. Once again, tears were shed at the end; it had me up until 12.45am, because I had to read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down.
So where does the book start? Well if you’ve read the first book, you’ll know that there was a teaser for book 2 where Layla is about to meet Trip (who is now an actor on the verge of hitting the big time) and interview him for the magazine she works for. Well, the book doesn’t start there, so that kind of confused me when I started reading, but it quickly became apparent why that was, and just like that, we were back in business!
Its 9 years since they went their separate ways and Layla is now working for a small magazine in New York. We learn that after that heartbreaking ending in Remember When #1 they stayed in touch for a while through letters but they gradually fizzled out. We also learn from Layla what she has been doing since leaving school; including getting a famous haircut from the mid 90’s that all women just HAD to have (including me!) Yes, it was the Rachel. Unfortunately mine was a disaster. My hairdresser clearly went to the same beauty school as Phoebe, who gave Monica a Dudley Moore instead of a Demi Moore…. but I digress…
Layla has been discretely following Trip’s steady rise to fame and discovers that he is shooting a movie not far from where she lives. She manages to persuade her boss that she can get a unique interview, given that she went to high school with him. When we get to the hotel interview part of the book, I felt as excited and as nervous as Layla was. I think the author does a good job building up the tension as Layla is waiting in the room; I was tapping my foot and literally bouncing on my sofa, waiting for the sparks to fly!
When Trip arrives, its clear they still have chemistry, and that there are still unresolved issues/feelings between them. Trip is desperate to spend more time with Layla while he’s in NY but Layla is in denial, she thinks that it’s just the reaction to seeing her again, and that as soon as he’s finished shooting his movie and returns to LA he will forget all about her. They have a couple of dates as “friends” and you can feel the connection that they still have. I think I must have had a silly grin on my face while I was reading, I loved the nod to Dirty Dancing (putting another song in my head like the last book did!) and I was desperate for something to happen between them.
While Layla is fighting her feelings, and trying not to get too attached to Trip, BFF Lisa is there encouraging her. I love Lisa – every girl should have a friend like her. She’s not afraid to tell it like it is and she voiced what I was thinking as I was reading. There were a few points in the book where I wanted to give Layla a shake because she seemed to be acting out of personality (I don’t want to give any spoilers away here) but thankfully Lisa was there to do it for me!
I really felt for Trip, beneath all the confidence and cockiness, he’s still a boy looking for someone to see him, to love him for who he really is and not just a pretty face. He has only ever felt that way with Layla, and when he lays it on the line and gives her a decision to make I felt like bashing my kindle off my head. It’s a no-brainer!
When Layla gets the gift that Trip arranged for her, I could have cried. What happened after that had me in actual tears. AGAIN, MS TORREST!!! I love it when books have the power to make you shout NOOOOOOO!!!
As for the hotel concierge – I hope Lisa sends the Sopranos after her. What was a trivial oversight for her has now left me hanging until book 3 comes out!
T. Torrest is a New Adult fiction writer from the U.S. She has written many books, but prays that only a handful of them will ever see the light of day. Her main audience is mature teens and twenty-somethings, but her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.
Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik’s cube for a laptop and her catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two sons.