THE DAY TO REMEMBER By Jessica Wood
* ARC Provided by the Author – Special thanks to Jessica Wood
What happens when the dream is over and reality sets in?
When Emma Anderson meets and falls in love with the man from her dreams–the deep-dimpled and incredibly gorgeous Brandon Fisher–she wasn’t expecting her heart to be broken by him and his complicated life. But despite Brandon’s baggage, the inextricable pull Emma and Brandon feel for one another seems strong enough to keep them together.
Just when Emma thinks she can have a happily-ever-after with Brandon, a dark secret from her past threatens Emma’s chances at true happiness with Brandon–a secret so dark and hidden that even her best friends don’t know about it.
Will Emma and Brandon’s love be strong enough to withstand the external factors that seem to pull them apart, or will Emma’s dream man be nothing but just that–a dream?
The Day To Remember instantly picks up where A Night to Forget left off, as we follow Emma and Brandon on their passionate journey into their new relationship. After Emma finally believes nothing can come between her and the man of her dreams, unforeseen revelations take these two lovers on a tumultuous and heartbreaking journey, where events and new characters threaten to sabotage any chance Emma and Brandon have of being together. As revelations spark the deep and buried pain Emma still carries from her past, will Brandon be able to prove to Emma that his love for her is the only thing that matters? Or is love not always enough to surpass certain obstacles?
As we follow Brandon and Emma on their tumultuous journey, the Author consumes your attention and pulls you into the world of these endearing characters and the pure, all-consuming love they share. Jessica Wood’s writing is beautifully fluent and poetic, and this time around she sets up and threads together a vivid scene of two lovers, and smacks you with the ultimate unexpected shocker in the process.
Firstly let me say that I absolutely love this series; I love the endearing nature of Emma and the gorgeous, sophisticated Brandon, and I loved how their story began. When I began The Day to Remember I had some ideas of where the story might possibly flow, but nothing prepared me for the emotional and surprising journey I was taken on. This book was an absolutely brilliant conclusion to the series.
Emma’s character develops into a young woman who displays the ultimate act of selflessness after experiencing such heartbreaking and devastating revelations growing up. I loved the growth of her character and the expansion of the plot – where Book 1: A Night To Forget centred on the growing and forbidden work relationship and extremely consuming attraction between these characters, Book two delves into the struggles of love and the development of trust within a relationship. There were also some incredibly hot scenes that reignited and reinforced the amazing chemistry and passion these characters both share.
There was also the introduction to new supporting characters who added a new depth to this story. Damian was the gorgeous, handsome bad boy bartender, who provided the perfect comfort for Emma, and Desiree, brought a great sense of drama and heightened the intensity of this story also.
The chapters are structured in alternating POV between Emma and Brandon, and as I always say – nothing melts my heart more than being allowed insight into the male’s perspective – and Brandon’s POV as well as Emma’s was fluent, compelling and realistic.
The two chapters written in Desiree’s POV intercepted the alternation of Emma and Brandon, but added a much needed insight into her importance within the story. I loved that Jessica Wood allows the reader to delve into the mind of this woman and explore the heartache she also suffers. It allows a certain sense of empathy to be felt toward Desiree and what her character has experienced.
The plot twist honestly surprised me and I found myself so engrossed with this book that I devoured it in one sitting. Rarely, does a sequel exceed how amazing the first book in a series is. The Day To Remember for me is one of the best.
This was the perfect conclusion to a beautiful story about love – the passionate, unrelenting kind. It made my heart race, it made me laugh, and it at times brought tears to my eyes. I could not possibly pin point a single thing I did not like about it. I highly recommend this book and the Emma’s Story series. Yet another title to add to the ‘Favourite’s’ list.
5 Shiny Stars
About Author Jessica Wood
Jessica Wood writes new adult contemporary romance and chick-lit.
While she has lived in countless cities throughout the U.S., her heart belongs to San Francisco. To her, there’s something seductively romantic about the Golden Gate Bridge, the steep rolling hills of the city streets, the cable cars, and the Victorian-style architecture.
She loves a strong, masculine man with a witty personality. While she is headstrong and extremely independent, she can’t resist a man who takes control of the relationship, both outside and inside of the bedroom.
She loves to travel internationally, and tries to plan a yearly trip abroad. She also loves to cook and bake, and—to the benefit of her friends—she loves to share. She also enjoys ceramics and being creative with her hands. She has a weakness for good (maybe bad) TV shows; she’s up-to-date on over 25 current shows, and no, that wasn’t a joke.
And it goes without saying, she loves books—they’re like old and dear friends who have always been there to make her laugh and make her cry.
The one thing she wished she had more of is time.