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A WAY TO GET BY by T. TORREST


REVIEW : A WAY TO GET BY by T. TORREST

Standalone : Angsty, surprising, heart-breaking, infuriating love story.

What happens after The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie?

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a way to get by 19th may SYNOPSIS This is not a romantic comedy.
This is not a fairytale.
This is not what you’re expecting.

Lies, secrets, betrayal.
Marriage, divorce, sex.
Love, heartbreak, money.

Best friends.
Old enemies.

Soul mates.

Happily Ever After comes in many forms.
A WAY TO GET BY is the story of how Brenda and Eddie found theirs.

This book is told in dual POV with a non-linear timeline

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A way to get by

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“I’ve loved you during every moment since then. I will love you every minute we’re apart. I will love you even when my soul is beyond soothing, my heart is still bleeding. I will remember your smile and your laugh and the smell of your skin, although I’ll be trying my damnedest to forget. I’ve loved these days. I’ll hate the days to come.”

What a FANTASTIC concept and didn’t this show a VERY different and enthralling side to T. Torrest. We couldn’t put this addictive read down for a single minute. We almost want to say….”Will the real T Torrest please stand up!” because this was so unexpected and so unlike anything we’ve previously read by her. This author deserves a big pat on the back for this original and novel concept.  Wow! What a compulsive read!

We firmly believe you will gain so much more from this story if you limit yourself to reading the synopsis and if it sounds like something that might grab your fancy then that’s really ALL you need to know! It’s best to read this story as the author intended without spoilers and be prepared to throw your Kindle a time or two ’cause this one is angsty!

‘How did I get so lucky? Just look at that girl. She was incredible, inside and out. Nobody smiled like Bren. Nobody laughed harder. Nobody looked finer. Nobody fucked better. My forever girl.’

We were immediately drawn into the story and once we twigged who the main characters were and what this story was about (we read an early copy before a synopsis was available), we were excited at the notion of discovering what happened to this mysterious couple, asking each other many a time….”where is T Torrest taking us with this story?

If you’ve ever listened to the song, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel, a song that gave us a sardonic and romantic glimpse into Long Island middle-class life in the late 70’s, then Brenda and Eddie will be familiar to you. They were the loved up King and the Queen of the prom, the couple all others aspired to, the darlings of the dating scene.

Eddie and I were the love of each other’s lives.’

Brenda was the lazy girl who loved Eddie with a passion, the girl with champagne dreams on Eddie’s beer budget. Eddie, the sexy guy with the engineer boots, leather jacket and tight blue jeans, loved his Brenda to his core, but could he provide her with the lifestyle she craved? Was love enough for these two? Did you wonder what became of them and what really transpired? Did you ever ponder if these soulmates found their way back to each other or did their dreams disintegrate completely?

‘I would have been perfectly happy living out the rest of my days wrapped up in her arms. But when you have a marriage where only one person is invested in making it work, it can’t work.’

Well thanks to the brilliance of this authors mind, and a a little help from Billy Joel’s many songs, we, at long last uncover the ins and outs, the intricacies, the angst, the passion, the love, the heartache and the complexities that is the relationship between Brenda and Eddie as T Torrest so deliciously fills in the gaps of their love story and their lives over the decades and what an exasperating and gripping story it is! We think Billy Joel will be very surprised at the path travelled by Brenda and Eddie.

‘I just got tired of living up to her failed expectations.’

We have to say that Brenda grated on us and wasn’t a particularly easy person to warm to. Whereas we fell completely in love with Eddie and our feelings never wavered in that regard, we found Brenda’s reasoning’s  incomprehensible and it seemed she was incapable of seeing,  and appreciating what was in front of her, but don’t let that deter you from this story because it’s one worth staying with…..not that you’ll be able to stop once you start!

You’re not a disappointment. You’re…you’re everything. It’s our life together that hasn’t lived up to my dreams.”

What we learned about this couple blew our minds! This story had it all! Passion, yearning, heartfelt emotion, angst galore and many infuriating moments (in that good emotional way!), and didn’t we LOVE IT ALL!  So don’t delay! Bubble wrap your Kindle, grab a bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead and prepare to devour a read you’ll be thinking about for the longest time.

4.5 stars

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Also by T Torrest and recommended by TB REMEMBER WHEN TRILOGY AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | Our Review

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We adored this NA romance trilogy that took us back to that time before the real world kicked in, that limbo between adolescence and adulthood, that trial of hanging on to the past while figuring out where the future will lie. 
With heart-shredding romance, steamy love scenes and hilarious eighties references, readers of all ages will find themselves rooting for Layla and dreaming about Trip for years to come. It’s an endearing journey through the tumultuous world of friendship, family and high school… 
…and the memory of that one incredible guy your heart just can’t seem to forget. 

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REMEMBER WHEN 3 (Remember Trilogy #3) by T TORREST

REMEMBER WHEN TRILOGY by T TORREST

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SYNOPSIS

I’d spent too long in limbo.
It was time to put The California Plan back into effect.”

~Layla Warren

I’ve been in love with Trip Wiley since I was sixteen years old.
Yep. That Trip Wiley.
Academy award-winning actor, known philanthropist, People’s Sexiest Man Alive two years running…
Yeah.
It’s not like I’m some delusional stalker-fan. It just so happens that he was my high school sweetheart back in 1991.
In the years since, he’s simply been The One That Got Away.
We just can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time.
Our timing may have sucked, but the feelings had already been confirmed. Years ago.
At least his were.
He doesn’t know that I had chosen to love him back.
I need to fix that.
And I need to do it now.

Remember When 3 is the third and final book in the Remember Trilogy.
It’s a story about taking chances and following your heart…
and knowing that sometimes, you just have to learn when to let go.

**Intended for ages 18+ due to some questionable language and graphic sex.**

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 3.5 Stars

Jenny:  Well, we’ve put this one off for a while because….well, to be honest, we didn’t want this series to end did we G, and we picked the perfect time to delve back into a series that has been one of our favourites. Yep, the timing was perfect to catch up with Trip and Layla and lose ourselves in their story, to reconnect with the humor, warmth and emotion that is T Torrest’s way, and why I adore this series so much and why it will always have a very special place in my heart.

‘This was my old friend Trip; the boy I had loved and the man who had broken my heart.’ – Layla

Remember When #1 was a book that completely stole my heart and these characters are ones I’ve truly loved along the way. And not just Layla and Trip, but the whole gang from the class of ‘91, each has played a part in the lives of Trip and Layla and G, we’ve loved them all. We’ve laughed and cried with them, we’ve shared their frustration (and we’ve wanted to hit Trip and Layla over the head a time or two) we watched them grow from awkward teens to responsible (well, some of them haha) and I feel as if we’ve closed the pages on a bunch of friends. Such is my love affair with this series.

“My God, every time, it never fails. You happen to me all over again.” – Trip

Whilst I really did enjoy catching up with them again, I have to be honest and say this final instalment was my least favourite of the three, but it did answer a lot of question and we did see Trip and Layla work out a lot of their issues from their pasts. For me, after experiencing so much with them in previous books and after being left with my jaw open and my heart shredded at the end of book two, the fast forward felt rushed, their feelings felt unexplored and I would have loved to have spent more time experiencing the rebuilding of their feelings and relationship as opposed to having them arrive at a point so instantaneously. It had the effect of denying me the emotion I was expecting to feel after book two.

‘You own me. You always have.’ – Trip

Having said that, when they finally did have “the talk” so much of what transpired during that time was brought to light and I have say, Trips revelation of what had transpired for him during their years apart broke my heart and I sobbed.

‘The Talk. But we couldn’t bury our problems forever.’ – Layla

This was our Trip. The light-hearted, gorgeous man with a beautiful heart, who everyone loved, admired and revered. To hear of his struggles was devastating and I despaired and felt even sadder for them over the time they both wasted being apart through lack of, and miscommunication.

There were times I became frustrated with Layla in RW3, when she would be snippy over Trip’s past. We had been through so much with these two that rehashing his past as she did, and being affronted by it felt unnecessary. By this stage of their story, I wanted that all ironed out. I wanted them to move past all that. But, I understood her frustrations she felt as she navigated her way through Trips crazy world.

There were also times when the Trip in RW3 felt quite different to the Trip I fell in love with in previous instalments and it wasn’t just a case of maturity creeping in. His persona seemed to have changed in that he became something he previously wasn’t. As if he suddenly became an alpha male and that isn’t the Trip I lost my heart to. Oh the old Trip would spring up quite regularly throughout RW3 and I would be reminded of why I fell completely head over heels for this passionate, funny and beautiful man, but the ‘other’ Trip seemed out of place.

“Don’t worry, Lay. I’m gonna fuck you just right.” – Trip

Trip and Layla’s love is a one and if you’re lucky to experience it, you grab it with both hands and you never let it go. Whilst it may have taken them a long time to figure each other and themselves out, the love between these two could be felt through the pages and they’ve certainly made me laugh and torn my heart inside out in equal measures throughout this series. There were some real moment of beauty in this RW3 and even though I did have a couple of issues with it, T Torrest certainly regaled me with her story. It was sad saying goodbye to this series……but…is it really goodbye? I’m not so sure. What about you G, did you feel the same about RW3?

Gitte: Well, it was certainly with a worried heart that I picked up the final instalment in this trilogy. Worried for what state I’d find Trip in after how book #2 ended and worried for what would become of Trip & Layla. The tension and emotion being so intense. However, I was excited too as I couldn’t wait for them to find their way and realise that they were just meant to be.

The nostalgia and romance of this series is so heart felt, so real and beautiful, with moments of pure brilliance, humour and it has such a passionate heart. I’ll never forget my Trip from RW1 & 2, he was so unique and such a beautiful and passionate man, so getting a snap shot in RW3 into the missing years was so emotional and moved me to tears. Not only what he went through, but his desperation, his longing and his attempts at reconnecting with Layla.

Now, parts of his development in book #3 confused me as yes he’s older now, but more emphasis was perhaps placed on the alpha male side of him which yes he inhabits, however, Trip is so much more, so much better than just that. He’s amazingly funny, cheeky and sweet. He’s sensitive, caring as well as commanding, passionate and intense. My favourite scene with Trip is one towards the end. Trip shone so bright and I was reminded just why I’ll always love him and why I fell for him to begin with.

The re-connection between Layla and Trip after the drama from RW2 was instantaneous and the working through their relationship came much later. I don’t know Jenny, it felt to me as if it was written somehow in reversal.

‘We weren’t those same stupid kids anymore. We’d gone through a lot to get to this point, and this wasn’t going to just slip away like it had the last time. Or the time before that…’

Yes, Trip and Layla were meant to be, we knew that right from the start of RW1. However, so much time has passed, so much hurt and pain. How do you sweep that aside without working through those years first? In my personal opinion I wanted more, their story is epic – they deserve the world and they need to work through years of wanting, hurting, loving and suffering.

“I never stopped loving you, Lay. You were always with me. Everywhere.”

The emotional aspects weren’t there for me as much as I thought they would be, however when they were they packed a punch reminding me of why RW1 will always be one of my favourite books. And I have to say I wanted the ending to be something more too, be a tangible reflection of the journey we’ve followed, Trip and Layla’s final meant to be.

‘I’ve loved him as both a girl and as a woman. I have both a history and a future with this man. This man I will love forever.’

There are moments in this story where Tina had me in awe at the beauty and romance, the beauty of a character’s thoughts and actions, the beauty of a simple gesture carried out by a love of epic proportions.

“I’m not me without you.”

‘You’re my home, Lay-Lay.’

I can’t reiterate enough how bloody special this series is and I’ve loved being part of Trip & Layla’s journey no matter how frustrated I’ve been at times. Tina Torrest is a fabulous storyteller, her wicked sense of humour is spot on for me, her writing style unique and unrivalled in its ‘tongue in cheek’ style. The era and music/movie references are brilliant and I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for Trip & Layla. Oh and yeah…ketchup on steak really is a deal breaker……hahaha…..

J&G: So, here we are, we’ve spent some wonderful times, with some truly wonderful characters and we’ve shared their love story, their humour, their heart break, their pain and their everlasting friendships.  They’ve never let us down and they’ve entertained us right through this series.

Whilst this instalment didn’t live up to our expectations, we still enjoyed it nonetheless and Remember When will always remain one of our all-time favourite series. How can it not. We’ve gone through the teenage years with some extraordinarily beautiful characters and we’ve been through their trials and tribulations right beside them, every step of the way and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

“It’s always been you and me, Lay….” – Trip

 With every breath we felt for this Trip and Layla as they steered their way through a new life, as they came to grips with becoming a couple, as Trip fought to accept and enjoy his fame and as they both fought to forget and forgive their pasts. All of this was handled beautifully by an author whose work we will always 1click.

“Because I’m not just some fucking face, okay? I might play the game, but it doesn’t mean I like it.” – Trip

We do have to mention that the epilogue felt a little incomplete. We were hoping for a glimpse into the future of Trip and Layla and the way it was left off leaves us thinking we haven’t heard the last of their story just yet.

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REMEMBER WHEN #2 by T.TORREST – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

REMEMBER WHEN TRILOGY by T TORREST

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SYNOPSIS

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.

**Intended for ages 18+ due to some questionable language and sex.**

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Review by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny:  Well Gitte, after falling deeply in love with this authors work in Remember When Book One how much were we looking forward to this one?  We really were left hanging  in Remember When and I really had missed Trip, Layla and the gang, so catching up with them again put a huge smile on my face.

Remember When 2 had a different to feel to book one and so it should. Lisa, Layla, Trip and co are adults now and as such they don’t live the carefree lives they did in Remember when and T Torrest has done such a good job of conveying the struggles facing Trip and Layla, but it’s still told with this authors trademark humor and love.

“And when your plans don’t work out, when your choices turn out to be all wrong… You find yourself alone and defeated, not knowing where to turn.”

I just adore this author’s storytelling. She injects much warmth, humor and lots of love in her books and it shows in the way her characters interact, in the way the scenes play out.

Do you ever get over your first love? Is there still a place reserved just for that person in your heart? Do we lose our way somewhat and ideals and expectations weren’t quite what we expected them to be? Do we ever really grow up?

“…..that teenager still lives inside you. That person you were before the world started telling you how to be, what to say, who you should be with”

Gitte: Love, Love, Love Tina Torrest; after all she gave us Layla and Trip. But not only that, she wrote a story that crept completely under my skin and into my heart. Her writing is flawless, her stories written with humour and heart; Tina Torrest writes with love.  I was dying to get stuck into RW2 and pretty much inhaled it in one sitting.

RW2 was indeed very different, not only in tone and subject but also in the emotional sense. It needed to be though as we re-join them in adulthood as opposed to when they stood on the cusp of entering this new phase in their life.

If you can’t have what you really want; what you desire most, do you settle for second best or do you fight tooth and nail to get what you truly crave and yearn for? Do you run the gauntlet knowing it will expose everything; your heart and your inner most thoughts and feelings? The battle is on for both Layla and Trip to realise and possibly act upon just these. They face the memories of their past, their time apart and have to deal with the obstacles of the present. This can ultimately make their future uncertain or even change everything. Such a huge risk to both Layla and Trip, their hearts and what could possibly be….

Jenny: Layla is a young woman who has grown up and moved, though she has lost her way somewhat.  Layla has forgotten her first love. Well, let’s face it. You don’t get over someone like Trip Wiley in a hurry. Especially when he’s on his way to becoming Hollywood hottest heartthrob and he was your first and deepest love.

“Knew I missed him, but I didn’t realize I was missing him so much.”

Layla is quite different to the girl we met in Remember When and we are taken through her feelings and through processes as she deals with life as an adult, as she questions her choices, decisions and where she is in life.  I adore Layla.  This authors timing is perfect. She knows when to diffuse a situation with humor and she knows how to have your heart aching with want and because of this you really do go through the emotions with Layla.  There’s no doubt about it, I felt for her and my heart ached for her. I identified with her and I empathized with her so much over her feelings for Trip, how guarded she was of her heart and how she questioned her life.  We’ve all been there and you will relate to Layla in RW2.

Trip, Trip, Trip. Be still my beating heart!  Well it’s no secret that Trip Wiley completely stole my heart in RW and I have to say that my love affair with this man is still in full bloom and getting bigger by the second…if that’s even possible!

“Sweetheart, you keep looking at me like that, and I can forgive you almost anything.”

Trip is just gorgeous. He’s a little clueless at times and although oozing confidence, he also has that vulnerability which endears me to him that much more. His self-doubt enabled us see a different Trip but his trademark cheekiness and cockiness is still there.

“Out there,” he went on, pointing to California as if it were around the corner, “it’s all anyone cares about. Appearance is like a religion to those people.”

He’s witty, charming, and sexy as all hell and there were times this man broke my heart.  We see so many sides to Chester in this installment and I can’t wait to see how everything pans out for him.

Gitte: Our Layla has definitely lost her way. She’s settled for second best veering of course as she went for the goals she strove to achieve. There’s no surprise that we find her questioning where she gotten to and how. She even admits to floating through the relationship” with her current man.

Has she forgotten Trip… no, how could she forget her first love. How could you forget Trip?! Layla may not necessarily realise how much she’s missing him but she’s reminded often that she does. He is constantly there in the background as her life continues down the road she ultimately chose. Is she truly living or just ‘existing’ following an easy path where her heart is safe?

Layla is still focussed on achieving her dreams, yet she is finding that one can be at the expense of another. This is life and grown up stuff. I loved Layla in book #1 and I still love Layla. I completely connected with her; her sense of humour is still there but this story finds her at an important crossroads that can act as a catalyst; have a domino effect if you like. My heart hurt for her and at times her actions and reasoning frustrated me.

As for Trip, sigh….I utterly and completely love this guy. Even more so, having just finished RW2.

“Trip Wilmington had been a gorgeous teenaged boy, no question. But Trip Wiley was a gorgeous young man exuding raw, unabashed sex at every turn. It was only slightly impossible to remember how to breathe. 

Trip showed so many sides in this book. He’s still cocky, funny and passionate but this time we saw a real raw vulnerability that had me in tears at times. Trip is not happy; in fact he’s so very lonely. Though he hides it well, under all that Trip ‘swagger’.

Trip is the brave one; he too is at a cross roads and the way he feels about his life, himself and love, well, he put his heart right out there despite the possibility of it being crushed.

When Layla and Trip re-connect; the tension, the chemistry, the friendship, the love…it all returns and the emotion is so intense I felt it completely!

“My God…I almost forgot… (yeah I hadn’t Trip!!!)

Trip and Layla….a lot of firsts together, not all of them good, but when they are they shine and light the world up! These two are soul mates…they see right into each other’s hearts; they see the real people underneath. 

“I’m sorry about….ever letting you go. I’m sorry for all the time we wasted. I’m sorry for being here with you right now when we can’t do a damned thing about it.” 

Timings can suck….misunderstandings can suck….both suck because they break hearts and they MADE ME CRY!!!!! So much pain and passion, so much love and laughter. Tina Torrest I salute you for taking RW2 to the next stage of life with such emotion and making this change real and heartfelt.

Jenny:  This was a perfect second book.  It adapted to the changes in Trip and Layla’s lives. The trademark references and humor we adored in RW1 is still there, the passion and sexual chemistry is there….is it ever. These two practically combust!

“I mean, what was I supposed to say? “Sorry, pal. Just trying to avoid climbing you like a scratching post”?

Yet this is also a different book as the characters have evolved.   They are at a different stage in their lives when life isn’t carefree.  When becoming an adult and guarding your heart isn’t easy. It’s all captured so beautifully in this book.

I loved catching up with Trip and Layla again.  Sharing their pasts, living their present and exploring their futures.

“I was so totally into you, dummy. If I wasn’t, I’d have jumped your bones long before I did, but I wanted you to see I was an honorable guy.”

Yes I cried. Oh boy did I cry! Yes I laughed. Yes I loved and ached with these characters. Yes I felt warm and fuzzy and YES I NEED MORE!   T Torrest is an author I will 1Click EVERYTIME! I adore her writing. It completely captivates me and I can’t wait for BOOK #3! Once again T Torrest you left us hanging! Curse you woman!

Jenny: 4.5 Stars
Gitte: 4.5 Stars

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Remember When (Remember Trilogy #1) by T. Torrest

REMEMBER WHEN TRILOGY by T TORREST

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Remember When Book One : amazon us  &  amazon us : our review
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 SYNOPSIS

Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.

This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

In case you live under a rock and don’t know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.

And not just to casting directors, either.

I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.

I should know. I was one of them.

And my life hasn’t been the same since.


Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Gitte: 4.5 stars
Jenny: 4.5 stars

GITTE: There are so many things I loved about this sweet and funny book. The writing was flawless, the story was addictive; I cried, I laughed out loud and I swooned. I also really connected with all the characters and felt so very nostalgic as the 90s time frame it was set in and the clothes, music and movies all sparked memories for me as I was about *cough* 16 back then…This is one of those books you’ll want to just read cover to cover and pause life until you are done.

JENNY:  First off….I am NOT telling you how old I was haha! And like you, I just spent a day in the 90’s with this book and I LOVED every minute!!! What a different and delightful read this was Gitte.  I loved everything about it.  I read it with a huge grin on my face, I laughed out loud at times and I finished it with tears streaming down my cheeks….sorry about the snotty phone call when I finished, but I really found that last chapter unbelievably moving.  Yep, this book ticked all the boxes for me. It was funny, very funny in fact, great characters…all of them! I certainly did press pause on life with this one and it was exactly what I needed at the time.

GITTE: Layla was a great heroine. She was adorable, funny, sweet but feisty and so down to earth and real. The whole tomboy image and hanging out playing sports with boys…yeah that was me too, as I said; I completely got this girl! Growing up amongst boys really does give you thicker skin and less prone to dramatics. Oh and she is a big reader too!

“I always liked to read…I consumed books. Two or three entire novels over a weekend. Bleary eyed and exhausted, bypassing sleep in order to just finish one more chapter, and then break down and read just one more after that.” – Layla

Her home life has seen real emotional upheaval but this girl was so strong and I have to say that despite him not featuring much I *heart* her Dad she was a credit to him. And Layla, missing out on that important person in her life to experience her ever milestones with, she really was an inspiration.

I loved the friendship between Layla and Lisa. It was funny and real. All friendships go through ups and downs but a true friend knows how to protect, love and admit when they are in the wrong.

As for Trip, no wonder Layla started crushing on him the minute he walked into class as the new boy in senior year.

“Trip was like a one man beautification committee just by existing” – Layla

Trip comes into her life and she immediately falls…deeply. At first it’s the typical speechless and blushing kind, then as they become friends she loses her inhibitions, relaxes into their friendship and from there the love becomes cemented. I do love the friends to lover’s stories; they just have that added sweetness and believability to them.

It all started with the passing of notes…the mind ramble that both Layla and I were dying to read…and when we did…my heart both melted and broke….

Oh and who can forget the importance of that first song hey Jenny, so funny?!

JENNY:  Hehe! You just made me giggle again thinking of that first song? Too funny! Layla was a crack up.  I adored this girl.  She was ballsy, funny, beautiful, sweet and one of the boys, yet gentle and loyal as well. Yep, totally adored this girl! She was completely awesome!  No hysterics from Layla. She said what she felt, but she was also soft underneath – she had a big heart and she stole mine! I loved her voice, her take on life was refreshing to say the least and there were so many scenes I highlighted while reading this book because I wanted to remember them all. And the ramble? No words there! You know how I felt about that.

” I even let him put his hands into the back pockets of my jeans! It was quite a memorable afternoon” Layla

You’re so right Gitte. The friendship between Layla and Lisa was real. Everything about them took you back.  The first loves, the ups the downs. It was all there. Two best friends going through so much together.

“It’s just that you wish everything would never change. You wish someone could tie up your life with a neat little bow and have it presented to you all tidy and prepared so you’d never have to think about getting your hands dirty trying to figure anything out on your own” Lisa

The perm story……gave me a giggle and I was right there, in the 90’s hanging out with them. These girls really did look out for one another.

“I was trying to keep a mental log of the twelve different topics my friend had just brought up in order to respond accordingly once she finally broke for air”  Layla

The friends to lovers in this story between Trip and Layla completely won me over.  These two bounced off each other so well and provided many lighthearted, wonderful moments.

“Do you even know how beautiful you are?” Trip

I devoured every single minute.  The friendship and relationship between Layla and  “be still my beating heart” Trip started at the back of an English class in High School, and we went on every high and every low and every funny moment in between with these two. Their friendship and relationship was a slow burner and so very believable, so entertaining and gave the reader so much insight into the pair and allowed you to go along with them at a steady pace and learn right along with them.

“At the time, I was trying to convince myself that all I cared about was an improvement to the scenery of boring old Norman.  Trip was like a one man beautification committee just by existing” Layla

GITTE:   The whole array of characters was spot on in this story of adolescents joining adulthood on the edge of having to grow up and begin a new era in their lives. This huge step that is both an exciting new adventure but also an emotional change tinged with sadness of what is left behind quickly becoming memories. The memory of that first love; you never forget.

Remember When is the first book in a trilogy and whilst it doesn’t really have a cliff-hanger as such, I am dying to read the next one as I need more Trip and Layla.

What makes this even more special is that we join them 9 years later in book #2, yet we have the sweet memories from Remember When.

“You’re beautiful…The kind of beautiful that doesn’t go away……I really think I could be in love with you….” – Trip

JENNY:  What I loved about this story was that we knew eight years on that Trip Wiley had become a very successful movie star, a hot Hollywood commodity. An insanely gorgeous, talented and handsome man, he was always slated for something special.  A perfect combination for a movie star.  In most cases this is where we come into a book, but this one took us right back to the beginning so we didn’t just read about it, we actually lived it. And I loved it.

We went back to the time when Trip was in high school with Layla. Through first love, through friendships, growing up, cutting ties and moving on. To a carefree time when the biggest decision you made was what to wear to a party.  You partied with these characters, you laughed with them, you loved with them and you felt the emotion of having to grow up and make adult decisions, but all the way through it was handled with so much love and a huge dash of humor.  You felt it all and it was such a wonderful experience.

“Be happy.  And know that I’ll be thinking of you.” At that he bent his face to mine and I let him kiss me.

I agree Gitte. Even though it wasn’t a cliffhanger of sorts it definitely did end in a way made me  want book two yesterday!!.  I have to say that the next book in this series is up there as one of my most anticipated sequels this year.  I can’t wait to follow the journey with Trip and Layla.  Remember When was fun, it was sexy, it was a giggle a minute, it was beautiful….yep, it was perfect.  The ending….oh…the ending! Loved it.

“Stay gold,  Ponyboy”

 

A little Remember When trip down memory lane

Remember when pic

 

For Trip and Layla

Paradise City by Guns N Roses

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Our “Hollywood” Trip

trip one

trip two

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Remember When (Remember Trilogy #1)

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