Sunny Reviews I Remember by Julie Cannon
This book had a lot of potential, but I really had a hard time with it. I liked the characters and the chemistry they shared, but the way the book was written made it really hard to follow. It’s not written in chronological order, but rather in a series of flashbacks woven in with current happenings. I should note that I read the e-book on a Nook e-reader, so I don’t know if the paperback or other e-reader formats are the same, but there were absolutely no transitions between present day and the flashback scenes. I found this terribly frustrating. There were a few times that I was a paragraph or more into a flashback without realizing it and got completely confused. I know what you’re thinking – she should pay more attention to what she’s reading. Well, I’m reading books like this for fun – I shouldn’t have to work so hard to understand them!
It’s hard to discuss this book without spoilers, so consider yourself warned. The story centers around two women who meet on a lesbian cruise. EJ and Dee meet at dinner on the first night of a 3-week cruise, and after one ‘date’, decide to have a no-strings, what-happens-on-the-ship-stays-on-the-ship affair. They end up spending most of the cruise in bed together and have a blissful, wonderful vacation. They both use sort-of-fake names, no personal information is shared and they go their separate ways at the end of the cruise.
Now, flash forward to present day. Company President Emery Barrett is back from her vacation, about to interview a new candidate for Vice President of Corporate Strategy of Martin Engineering, her troubled company. Enter Dana Worthington, highly qualified corporate strategist. This brings me to the other frustrating thing about the book – the big reveal. Because of the writing style, this happens in the very first chapter – page 11 to be exact. The frustrating part is what could have been a startling surprise is basically revealed in the book’s blurb, so it turns out to be no surprise at all that Dana and Dee are the same person.
The book actually begins with Emery the Executive on her first day back at work preparing for the big interview. The entire cruise story is told in the flashbacks. I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if the story had just been told as it all unfolded. Yes, I do remember that the title of the book is I Remember, but for me, that just didn’t work out so well.
There were parts of the book that I really did enjoy. As I said earlier, I liked the characters. They were interesting and they definitely had good chemistry together which was very apparent in the many, steamy love scenes. If you’re a fan of office romances, this would be a good book for you as Emery and Dana struggle with their memories of the cruise and ever-growing attraction to each other in their corporate world.
There was a bit of intrigue thrown in toward the end that I would have really liked to have seen expanded on because it was an interesting twist, but it all gets tied up so quickly, it ended up not really adding much to the story. Also, the ending was rather abrupt, but it certainly left the door wide open for a sequel.
Overall, I was disappointed with this book, but I’ve talked to others who very much enjoyed it, so I’ll chalk it up to different strokes for different folks. So, my bottom line is: give it a try – you may like it very well or I Remember may become one you’d just as soon forget.