Unforgettable You, Georgina Penney
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I loved Georgina’s first book Irrepressible You, so was keen to read this one. Its actually set prior to the first book, Amy is still with the jerk boyfriend – just- and Jo still working as an engineer on the oil rigs. I enjoyed this book, Georgina’s writing and plotting is excellent, but it didn’t grab me the same way as the first book. I think the magic of that for me was the chemistry and wit between Amy and Ben. Here, though there’s sensuality between Stephen and Jo, its not got the same humour and pathos…maybe I just expected a bit too much, being blown away by the other story? Its a great read non the less.
Jo, she’s still got that image of the childhood taunted and unwanted girl she was in her head, though its many years later ( I think she’s thirty now – around that anyway). She’s been working on the rigs for many years, and getting tired of the long times away and the stress of the job. Usually Amy checks on her house and looks after the cat – this time she and Scott ( their friend) arrange for Stephen to house sit. He wants to try to make amends for what he did when she was a teen by looking after the flat and the cat, but Jo comes back a little earlier than planned and finds chaos in her home! Not a great start for him…
Slowly things begin to turn around, and from being in an awkward place where conversation is stilted they get closer. Jo ( and Amy and Scott) are hiding some dark secrets though from the girls childhood, and though Stephen knows something is wrong she can’t bring herself to let the story out, and tries to deflect his questions. Then, as secrets do, it all comes to a head at just the wrong moment.
Again there’s a beautiful, sensual romance, danger and some deep, emotional drama that had me close to tears, but I didn’t get sucked in quite as much as the first book. I think maybe its just that as a Brit I appreciated Ben’s snarky, acerbic British humour…That really made that book for me, and this time it’s all Australian characters, though there’s still bits of humour there.
Stars: Four and a half, its a great novel, book one was exceptional in my eyes so though I didn’t feel this was quite as good its still an excellent read.
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After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can’t wait to get home.
Her job is tough, and she is desperate for some long overdue girl time. The last thing Jo needs
when she walks through her front door is to find a strange man staying in her house. When she
learns that her uninvited guest is none other than Stephen Hardy, she’s tempted to head straight
back out to sea.
Stephen has always felt guilty for the part he played in ruining Jo’s life years earlier and immediately
jumps at the chance to make things up to her by looking after her apartment and her giant cranky
cat. It takes some fast talking, but Jo is finally convinced to let him stay. And by the time she leaves
for her next shift at work, they’re both eagerly anticipating her return.
But as they grow closer, it soon becomes clear Jo is hiding something about her past that is coming
back to haunt her. After a lifetime of taking care of herself and her sister Amy, Jo isn’t used to
sharing her problems, especially when they involve her messy family history. But when threats start
to escalate, Jo must decide whether to trust Stephen before her stubborn independence places
them all at risk.
Georgina Penney first discovered romance novels when she was eleven and has been a fan of the
genre ever since. It took her another eighteen years to finally sit in front of a keyboard and get
something down on the page but she was busy doing other things until then.
Some of those things included living in a ridiculous number of towns and cities in Australia before
relocating overseas to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and presently, Brunei Darussalam.
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