The Future of Our Past (Book 1)
Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle unwilling to risk their incredible friendship but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of his departure to medical school and to her new job on the opposite coast, Ryan and Julia are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings.
Review by Fiona Wilson
Ryan has dreamt of becoming a doctor for years. Following in his fathers footsteps is all he wants. Finally he has been accepted to Harvard medical school. He should be happy, over the moon. But he's not. Instead all he can think about is leaving behind his best friend, Julia.
Over the years Julia has grown to love Ryan, but she has never found the courage to tell him for fear of losing their friendship. What she doesn't know is that Ryan is in love with her too, and for the same reason he hasn't told her.
They agree to try and turn their friendship into something more, but via a long distance relationship. At first it works. Ryan is immersed in his studying, Julia finds a job in journalism, a fashion magazine. But as time goes on they realise the distance is too much. So Julia moves closer to Ryan, and they continue to work at their relationship.
When these 2 get together boy is it hot! They are so totally and utterly in love with each other they physically hurt when the other one isn't near. We can all dream about having a relationship as intense as theirs, but I don't believe many of us will actually ever find it.
Both of them go through various decisions within their lives which could change the future of their relationship. Both of them also have jealous tendencies which lead to them having more than a few arguments. Wait maybe arguments is too strong a word. Disagreements. But the making up makes those worth it in the end.
The author has written a story which draws the reader in so quickly, it will have you willing Ryan and Julia to admit their feelings to each other and work things out. You will feel Julia's pain, Ryan's frustrations, and the depth of love they have for each other. And I dare you not to cry when you read the words they write to each other during the story.
The ending was a surprise to me as I didn't see it coming. It shocked me and I know it will also shock a lot of readers. Luckily I had the second book waiting and I went through that in one sitting! Review for that will follow next!
Don't Forget to Remember Me (Book 2)
Ryan Matthews has everything he ever wanted. Close to graduation from Harvard Medical School and on the verge of marrying his gorgeous and accomplished girlfriend, Julia Abbott, his dreams are about to come true.
Julia is on the fast track as a fashion editor for a big New York magazine. Ryan plans to join her there to complete his residency at a major trauma center and all of their sacrifice is finally at it's end.
When tragedy strikes, their relationship is hurled into turmoil that leaves Ryan devastated as sorrow drives him to keep his distance, while Julia reaches out to find him again.
The second book of The Remembrance Trilogy follows Ryan and Julia's quest to rebuild their stunning past; an incredibly beautiful and heart-breaking romance, full of passion, intensity and truly immeasurable love. You'll be left spellbound, breathless and aching for more...
Review by Fiona Wilson
This book starts where the first book, The Future of Our Past, ended. You really need to have read the first story before moving on to this one.
Ryan is in pieces. Julia is in hospital following a car accident. He can't believe that just as they are finally working things out, and he is finishing his medical training, something like this has happened.
Julia comes round, after several days when Ryan wouldn't leave her bedside. To his horror she has suffered memory loss. She can remember most things but not meeting, or being in love, with him.
This story covers a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time, unlike the first which covered several years. Julia has to learn to live with having no memory of the last 8 years. Ryan has to learn to live with Julia not remembering him, or their life together. He also has to struggle to cope with his feelings in the aftermath of the accident, and he has to do this while trying to support Julia in her recovery.
This story is a sweet one as the reader sees Julia starting to feel things for Ryan. It is as if we are seeing the story from years before, when they first met. Ryan wants to do things the way the doctors suggest, by allowing Julia to slowly gain her memory back, rather than trying to force it by talking about things she has forgotten. She does start to remember some little things, and she feels things towards Ryan which at times she can't explain. But can she trust Ryan, and her own growing feelings, enough to risk the 'friendship' she has been told they had?
Again, as in the first story, both Ryan and Julia have trust issues towards each other. This leads to more disagreements between them.
I'm not going to give anything away as to what happens, or if Julia gains her memory back again. But suffice to say things are never boring between them! There are physical moments between them, which are quite intense.
Again the author has written a story which will have you begging for more. I cannot wait to read book 3 of this trilogy to find out if Ryan and Julia finally get their happy ever after, or if they have to go through further trauma instead.
A Love Like This (Book 3)
Settled in New York City, Ryan and Julia Matthews seek to enjoy their idyllic newlywed life together. Julia’s high-profile job at Vogue and Ryan’s promising career in medicine will surely set them up for everything they could ever want. Their only obstacle seems to be finding enough time to spend together.
When a scuffle at Ryan’s hospital puts his life in danger, a colleague steps in to save him but is critically injured in the process. In a heroic and unwavering effort, Ryan manages to save her life, but her injuries irrevocably change her future forever.
What happens next will push Ryan beyond human endurance, when he is forced to decide how much he will pay for his new friendship and Julia, what she is willing to sacrifice in order to spare herself the unspeakable pain of watching someone else try to replace her in Ryan’s heart.
Join Ryan and Julia in the heart-wrenching conclusion to the unforgettable story of an incredible love, worth every single sacrifice…
For there is nothing more sacred than… A Love Like This…
Review by Fiona Wilson
This is the final book in the series and is the most heartbreaking at times.
Having finally got their happy ever after at the end of book 2 the author throws the characters into a spin by trying to take that away from them.
Ryan and Julia are living happily in New York. Ryan is working in a local hospital while Julia is continuing her career at Vogue.
An incident occurs at the hospital leading to Ryan's life being saved by a colleague. He feels indebted to her but she takes things too far. She starts to find excuses to contact Ryan, even when he is on days off with Julia. Understandably Julia starts to get extremely annoyed at the constant interruptions.
On Christmas Eve what should be a special time for the couple is ruined, again, by Ryan's colleague. Julia reacts in the only way she can think of,by running away.
Ryan is understandably overwrought. He doesn't cope very well on his own. Julia has been his life and soul for so long that when she isn't there he just falls apart. Even his brother can't bring him out of the hell he is going through.
Can Ryan and Julia get through this huge obstacle, or are they going to have to learn to live without the loves of their lives? I highly recommend reading this series. The author has written it so well you will be drawn in from book one, and keep reading to the end of book 3 just to find out what happens to them.
About the Author:
Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. Her books have gone all the way to #2 on Amazon’s Top 100 in the Paid Store and she spent many weeks on Smashwords bestseller lists.
She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Kahlen has a BSBA in Marketing, Business Administration and MIS. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater.... But the love of her life is writing! She enjoys meeting and talking with her readers on a regular basis!
Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now, and the final installment, A Love Like This, published June 24, 2013!
Excerpt - A Love Like This
Julia padded softly around the bedroom and bathroom as we both brushed our teeth and got ready for bed. She silently rubbed my bare back and kissed my shoulder, standing there, watching me in the mirror with her soulful eyes. My chest filled. I’d never been so happy to see anyone in my life as I was when she walked through that door in the ER.
I put down the toothbrush and gingerly slid an arm around her waist and tugged her close to my side. The familiar scent of her, the warmth and love I found in her face when she looked at me, was as life-giving as a bonfire in Antarctica. My lips found her forehead and then moved down the side of her face. Her skin was warm beneath my mouth; alive. I breathed in deeply, sucking in her life-giving breath for my own.
Julia’s arms wound around my waist and she kissed my jaw before our lips met in a gentle kiss. I could feel the remnants of her fear and sensed the ache in her heart at the prospect of losing me. It was a feeling I remembered all too well.
She drew a shuddering breath as I forced my arms to wrap around her despite the pain that knifed through me with the movement. “I was so scared. I couldn’t bear to lose you. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
My hands framed her face as she looked up at me, her features gentled by sadness and love, my thumbs brushing along her cheekbones. She seemed so small, so fragile… so luminous. Emotion flooded through me and my heart constricted. It was so real—the possibility of the end of everything—and losing just one second with her was something I couldn’t contemplate. Even these quiet moments were so precious. It would’ve been easier being the one who died, rather than the one left behind. My brow knitted and I closed my eyes, nodding, pulling her little body closer into mine. “You won’t lose me, baby, but I know what you mean.”