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When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she’s forced to start over. Now she has to figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did – which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before.

Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can’t seem to let her go again.

Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?


BOOK REVIEW: Repeat

Kylie Scott

RATING:

“Who are you when all of your formative moments are gone?”

I can never resists a well-written second chance romance, but I go all weak-kneed when I come across a fresh take on this much-loved sub-genre, especially one penned by a favourite author of mine. Kylie Scott delivers an utterly unputdownable, unique rendering of true love and second chances—a tale that centres entirely on a heroine with no memory of the past or the man she once loved—showing how much our past experiences truly shape who we are. By delving deep into the rich emotional tapestry of a character who is experiencing all her firsts all over again, Scott crafts one of her loveliest, most touching romances to date, infusing each scene with her effortless, deadpan sense of humour, and balancing oh-so perfectly angst with steamy love scenes. Compulsively readable and compelling, this is the kind of story that leaves you pondering how much of the self actually remains when all memory is lost, and what you would do differently if you had a second chance at your own life.

My first memory is of waking up in this hospital, but really, I was born late at night on an inner-city street. A couple found me unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk. No identification. Handbag and wallet missing. And the weapon, a blood-splattered empty bottle of scotch, lay abandoned nearby.

After waking up in hospital with a head injury, but with no memory whatsoever of who she is, twenty-five-year-old Clementine ‘Clem’ Johns begins tracing her past through any clues that might shed light on the life she led before her accident, and the person she used to be. Her search for clues soon leads her to Ed Larsen—the man whose heart she broke not even three months before—but from the moment she walks back into his life, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her ever again.

“Previous you?”
I shrug. “It’s as good a label for her as any.”
“She’s you. You’re her.”
“Maybe. But she’s still a complete stranger to me.”

When Ed learns of Clem’s assault, however, he puts his feelings aside in order to protect a woman he once loved with all his heart, but while helping Clem recover the lost pieces of her identity, he soon discovers that a very different version of Clem has found her way back to him. As hard as he fights it, the spark between them only grows stronger, and the more they get to know each other again, the more they realise that unlike lightning, love can strike in the same place twice. But in Clem and Ed’s case, every new moment between them feels like it’s their first time.

“I figure you’re about fifty-three percent different.”
“Really?”
“Yep. I did the math. You only react the way I expect you to about half of the time.”

A constant thread of menace runs throughout the story, and as the narrative continues pinching in on the events that caused Clem’s amnesia from both sides, the air of foreboding grows more intense. Clem and Ed’s feelings for each other grow each day, but it is Clem’s newly discovered confidence in herself that becomes her greatest strength, so when danger finds them again, she fights it with all her might.

It’s amazing how insecurities can tear us apart.

Clem is a heroine whose memory loss should be the greatest obstacle to their romance, but instead it becomes an opportunity to turn around a relationship that was once plagued by frequent flares of jealousy and self-doubt on her part. We watch her discover the person she would have been had her perspective not been clouded by negative overlays from her past, distorting the ways she saw herself and others. Kylie Scott does a marvellous job of bringing her character to life and making the reader feel her every vulnerability. And as always, she elevates the novel with a colourful cast of supporting characters that bring humour and vitality to the plot, writing them into the story with effortless charm, and providing a great backdrop to a romance that perseveres through all odds. I haven’t met a Kylie Scott novel I did not love, but this might be one of my new favourites from her.

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I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve only read Trust by Kylie so far so I’m excited to read another of her books.

I loved your review. Im a huge fan of your blog and i love Kylie Scott’s books. Awesome, detailed and very well written review

I loved the audio for this. I devoured it. I also loved your review, they are always so eloquent and detailed. I think I might need to reread this one.

I have several Kylie Scott books on my book wish list but for some reason haven’t one clicked any yet. I love discovering a new author to read so I’m going to take a leap and one click today! I mean it’s not much of a leap because I always love books you recommend.

I listened to this one on Audible, it was ANOTHER great story from My Favorite Author!! What a great premise and the way this couple handles the situation is non-put-downable.

I listened to this one on Audible, it was ANOTHER great story from My Favorite Author!! What a great premise and the way this couple handles the situation is non-put-downable.

Thanks to my bestfriend I listened to the Audio of this, it was so good! It didn’t take me long to finish at all! Thanks for the chance! ❤

If I hadn’t already one-clicked Repeat, I would have based on your first paragraph alone. Looking forward to reading it.

Oh my gosh! This book sounds phenomenal. I love second chance romances and I love the unique spin on this one. I can’t even imagine waking up and having all of my memories gone. This book is going to tug at the heartstrings and bring out every emotion in me. I can’t wait to read this book. Thank you for this amazing chance!

I always love your reviews. I absolutely loved this book and agree with you that this spin on second chance romance was a wonderful change.

I have loved each book I’ve read by Kylie Scott. I can’t wait to read Repeat too. Thank you for the opportunity!

Kylie Scott keeps hitting them out of the park!! I LOVE her books!! And of course this review is the best! As always!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway Natasha 📚💕

Just started this book last night. Almost done. Love it, didn’t want to put down but had to. Can’t wait to finish it.

I can’t wait to read this one!! I love Kylie Scott’s books!
Absolutely beautiful review as always! Thank you for the opportunity!! ♥️

Absolutely beautiful review as always! I can’t wait to read this one I absolutely love her books!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!! ♥️

I have it in audiobook formate. Awe yeah ok see now I HAVE to read this book next! This book has been on my radar for a while but that review just locked me in. Thank you. I forgot why reviews are so important.

I’m not exactly a fan of second chance romance, but I’ve heard so many good things about this book. Looking forward to reading it!

Awesome Review. Love Kylie Scott. From the cover to the story, Repeat Is definitely one of her bests💋🖤

I have literally been avoiding all spoilers and reviews so then when I read the book I’ll completely be in the dark and will be able to enjoy it for first time. However this review just makes me want to buy the ebook and read it today rather than wait till pay day to buy the paperback. 😂

I love your review!!😍 I love Kylie Scott, I’ve been trying what seems like forever to win a signed book of her’s😊 My bucket list is to one day meet her💜📚😍

I read this book in one sitting, it really is impossible to put it down once you’ve started. Like you, Ive enjoyed all the books I’ve read by Kylie Scott and I love that she keeps challenging herself out of her comfort zone (“trust”, “it seemed like a good idea at the time” and now “repeat”).
Your review is spot on, you captured the essence of the book without giving too much away.

Great review! I listened to the audiobook of this earlier this year and loved it! I’m looking forward to re-reading it.

As always, another fantastically-written review. I’m a fan of Kylie Scott’s books, but you’re review bumped Repeat to the top of my TBR. <3

Downloaded and starting it tonight!! Kylie’s books are the best! Thanks for all the reviews Natasha, it helps so much pick in choose with so many books out there and only so much time in a day😊❤️

I love Kylie Scott, I need to catch up on a lot of her books that have been wyeinnfrom my shelf, lol. She writes the best sexy tattoo dudes! Thank you for the giveaway!

Love your review! I’m currently reading it and It’s really good so far.
Thank you for the great opportunity!!!!

Another fabulous review of yours that has made me 1-click again! This will go straight to the front of my TBR pile.

Great review.
Excellent book.
Quickly became one that stayed with me even now, days after reading it.
How soon is too soon for a re-read?

Natasha’s reviews are the best. She never steers me wrong. I trust her implicitly.

I loved listening to this Repeat as an audiobook when it was initially released. Such a great “do over” love story.

And I so loved meeting Natasha and Kylie at Book Bonanza! My Australian unicorns!

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