Firefighter Logan Knight thinks it’s fate when he meets Arabella Tucker again, nine years after their brief, intense relationship ended. Until he realizes that Bella doesn’t recognize him and all of their memories together are completely erased from her memory.

Bella may be oblivious to their history but she can’t deny their scorching chemistry and the possibility of a future with the mystery man from her past. Logan wants a future too, but he can’t go there until Bella knows everything they shared. Her parents, though, want to protect her from the emotional cost of old memories and so Logan is reluctantly persuaded to let the past lie.

But when Bella starts to uncover the truth, she is shocked by the revelations. Can she move beyond the hurt of her shared history with Logan and begin their new story?

Titles in the Hot Aussie Knights series include:  Hot Mess by Amy AndrewsBurning Both Ends by Sinclair Jayne – Long Hot Summer by Victoria Purman – Burning Love by Trish Morey

Title:  Hot Mess
Series:  Hot Aussie Knights #1
Author:  Amy Andrews
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 22, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

As I was reading Hot Mess I couldn’t help but place myself in Bella’s and in Logan’s shoes.  How would it feel to lose almost a decade of memories?  To not remember a man who you’d obviously loved and had a history with.  And sharply on the heels of that thought came… How would it feel to be the one forgotten?  Knowing it wasn’t a deliberate act, but having your existence wiped from someone’s memories, someone you’d loved, someone who you had a loving and tragic history with.  If simply imagining it through my own eyes brought about such an emotional response in me, how much more painful would it be to actually experience it – unimaginable.  And yet, it’s what an amnesia victim would have to deal with for the remainder of their life.

Logan and Bella’s story is heartbreaking on some levels, and hopeful, realistic on another level.  I completely enjoyed their romance.  It’s deeply touching, emotionally charged and so very believable.  No one in this story was at fault.  Although I certainly didn’t approve of some actions, I did understand the reasoning behind them.  We are the sum of our memories.  While there are certainly some aspects of past relationships I’d love to forget, knowing of them makes me who I am today.

Hot Mess is a powerful love story, one that I believe any reader of Romance no matter the genre would appreciate and enjoy.  I was deeply touched by this couple, their story and the effects that one tragic moment had on their lives.  I’d highly recommend this story, you’ll be emotionally touched at the very least – and perhaps hold your own memories, good or bad, even tighter to your heart.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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