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Ben Porter may be living the dream, but it’s not his.

His dad’s health scare might not be the ideal reason to come home for the summer, but it’s a welcome break from the stellar glitz of Ben’s life in Los Angeles. Even if modeling has him rivaling Marky Mark’s fame, posing isn’t his passion. Landing a role with a Boston Shakespeare theater brings him closer to fulfilling his dreams of being a real actor.

Facing the reason he went west in the first place? That’s another story.

Lucy Minola’s dreams were shattered seven years ago when a drunk driver smashed into her brother’s car. She knows it was her fault. So as penance, she works hard to care for her family, goes to confession faithfully, and buries all the feelings she had for the person who left when she needed him most: her brother’s best friend.

When an injured dog brings them back together, Lucy’s good-girl façade begins to crack. Women everywhere are obsessed with the rad bod they see in magazines, but she’s the only one Ben seems to notice.

She can’t trust herself with the man who walked away...but can she let him go a second time?

This bittersweet romance, book 2 in Karen Grey’s 1980s Boston Classics series, proves that everyone deserves a second chance in love and in life.

©2020 Karen Grey (P)2020 Home Cooked Books

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Beautiful, nostalgic and touching

What a wonderful second book from Karen Grey. She beautifully and poignantly wove some very emotional and difficult situations (loss, guilt, regret, anger, confusion) into a second chance love story for the ages. With a dash of Shakespeare, a splash of 80s nostalgia, and some adorable rescue dogs, the love story of Ben and Lucy wound it’s way into my heart and left me with the warm and fuzzy feels I always crave. The pairing of Emma Wilder and the late Brian Pallino was so perfect and a lovely final project for such an incredible man.

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All the feels!

I absolutely adored Ben and Lucy’s story. Loved the flashbacks and the tape rewind/fast forward sound effect was brilliant! Loved all the 80’s songs, really takes me back to my childhood - and pagers!! Emma Wilder is just phenomenal- her range of voices is really remarkable. Brian Pallino was a perfect Ben and knowing that it was one of his final performances made this a very special listen. A beautiful tribute by Karen Grey to honor a very talented man.

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Fall in love with Lucy, Ben and Puck!

Karen Grey knows what makes romantic comedies so great and she does it well. This story had it all: second chance romances, family, lost, and adorable dogs

Like her previous work, Lucy is the ideal heroine. She is unapologetically smart, funny, and flawed in a way that every woman is. Emma Wilder was perfect in this role because, like in her previous works, she's able to effortlessly pull you in with her performance that you feel apart of the story. Also, salute Karen Grey for creating a female lead who has curves upon curves.

Ben Porter is crafted to be the hero we cheer on. You will find yourself rooting for Ben at every turn from the beginning of his friendship with Puck to his complicated relationship with his father. The heartbreak of Ben is that he is portrayed beautifully by the late Brian Pallino who shines in this book. (Karen's dedication to him is beautiful as well).

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Great Second chance romance!

I really enjoyed this second chance romance! It really gives the listener hope. Hope that they will recover, hope that they can overcome and Hope for the dog. Each of these characters is struggling. They can not figure out how to move forward in their lives.

Lucy is a wonderful character! She has an awesome love of animals, good friends and family. Ben is a hottie! He came home to help his Dad but stayed for other reasons. The meeting of these two involves a wonderful dog. Their parents are lovely additions in “helping” get them together. Plus the big gesture at the end was very cute!

Overall I really enjoyed this. I *felt* for the characters. Which means I laughed and teared up with them. I did listen to this on audio. Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino are the narrators. They both did exceptionally well. Brian’s voice as Ben was outstanding. He hit all the different nuances that Ben did since he is an actor.

Oh I also want to mention that the rewind/fast forward sound was great! Different but it let me know what was going on.

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Touching story

Karen Grey has delivered a touching story of two people, Lucy and Ben who have known each other since they were preteens due to Ben's friendship with Lucy's older brother. Over time the two will develop a secret relationship but tragedy and survivors guilt will tear them apart. With the help of a cute stray, named Puck, their paths cross and old relationships and new discoveries are made. It's a wonderful story of loss, longing, and survival.

The narrator's, Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino did a wonderful job of conveying the struggles and emotions of their characters. I loved all the music references and the clever usage of rewinding tape to alter between past and present.

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Really really like this

This is my first book from Karen. I loved all the 80s song references. The narration was awesome. I’m looking forward to more books from Karen

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Fun, Emotional and Steamy Romance!

I really enjoyed this delightful, and touching, second chance romcom. Ben Porter has been in love with his best friends little sister for years. They had a passionate secret affair before Lucy left for college. They thought it would be easy to be apart as they experienced life. Just when they couldn't endure the time apart any longer, tragedy strikes. The guilt they both suffered was too much and Ben moved across the country hoping it would be best for everyone, but it only broke their hearts more. Now years later, Ben is home to help his ailing father. He and Lucy meet again, opening old wounds, and revealing the deep love they tried to forget. Ben wants Lucy to know he is a better man and will do whatever it takes to win her back. This delightful romcom has wonderfully rich characters, a heartwarming, and heartbreaking story, great nostalgic music, witty banter, an adorable dog named Puck, and the sizzling chemistry that made for a captivating romance that stole my heart!
Emma Wilder, and Brian Pallino were so perfectly cast to narrate this fun and heartwarming romance. They completely captured these characters and made me feel all the hope, heartbreak, love, and passion they possessed. I was completely mesmerized by their storytelling making this romance even more captivating and delightful.

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Second Chances

Lucy and Ben both have years of healing to get through. A tragedy that happened years ago left both of them feeling guilty and responsible. When family matters brings Ben back home they connect through a furry fellow and finally are able to heal.

This is a great story of second chances and healing. I loved the characters and the story and would definitely recommend it.

Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino did a great job narrating this book. I enjoyed listening to both of them.

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I enjoyed it

Though I think I liked the first book in this series more I still really enjoyed this one.

This is a second chance romance about Ben who ran off to Los Angeles after his best friend died in a car crash because he believed it was his fault and doesn’t think that Lucy, his friends sister, would be able to forgive him. Now he has come home because his dad needs him after a health scare. He is also using this time to reflect on his career because he has always had a love for the theater and being a model was not were he really seen himself.

Lucy blames herself for the death of her brother and because of that she has turned herself into a devoted daughter and makes sure her family has what it needs. She is working as the local veterinarian and didn’t even know that Ben was back in town till he brings in a dog he found that needed help. Ben was surprised to find her there as well.

This starts to bring back feelings from the past which we get when the story rewinds back 7 years when each character things back at points during the book. With those flashbacks you get to piece together what happened between them and what happened to the best friend/brother and why each thought it was their fault.

Ben gets a job in the local theater doing shakespeare and they decide to use the dog he found but he needs to be trained and Lucy gets talked into training the dog which throws Ben and Lucy together where old sparks start flying along with hurt feelings from the past.

I liked both Ben and Lucy an their story as they both have very good reasons for how they feel about what happened seven years ago, though with a bit of communication that could have probably been dealt with way back then. (but then there would be no book…lol)

I really loved the audiobook and the narrators but I have one major complaint and that is when they did the flashbacks, it sounded like a cassette being rewound and that grated on my ears! Oh it was horrible…lol. I did love the song titles for the chapters.

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Beautifully performed second chance romance

Forget About Me, the 2nd novel in Karen Grey’s Boston Classics series is a beautiful second chance romance. There are definitely serious themes examined and Ms. Grey treats them with great care. Lucy and Ben’s love story is a complicated one. When they first fall in love she is the younger sister of Ben’s best friend. He tries to resist her but in the end the attraction is too much to ignore. Their secret relationship is fatefully severed in the aftermath of a car crash that takes the life of Lucy’s brother. How both Lucy and Ben separately deal with their conflicting feelings of guilt and grief as well as a need for atonement make for a very emotional journey.

After many years apart, when they find their way back in each other's lives, you can't help but root for them to find forgiveness and love together. Just as Ms. Grey did in her debut novel, What I’m Looking For, she seamlessly transitions from present to past and her references to 80s pop culture and mixtapes in particular, guide the listener through the story.

The narration really brings the emotionally driven story to life. Emma Wilder shines as Lucy. You can hear her heartbreak so clearly in her performance. As always, she does an amazing job with all the voices she is tasked with. Brian Pallino gives a heartfelt performance as well. In the flashback scenes of the car crash, in particular, you feel every bit of the pain Ben experiences. Knowing that Mr. Pallino is no longer with us made some of the emotional scenes tough to get through. However, the way Ms. Grey weaves this story together makes this a journey well worth taking with characters that will stay with you long after you finish listening.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 11-29-20

A sweet Captivating romance!

This was such a sweet captivating heartfelt romance!
I dived right into this after book 1 and absolutely adored this.
The characters were likeable, relatable and well fleshed out. The humor was enjoyable and the timing was perfect.
The writing style was engaging and the setting of the story appealed to me.
Overall an enjoyable listen.

The narrators performed quite the audio delivery!

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  • Zelda Car
  • 01-25-21

Fantastic from start to finish

This is the first piece of work I have experienced by this author. As a young adult of the 80’s, this second book in the Boston Classic series (standalone) was very appealing. Mixtapes-and songs I know all the words to as well! I love the brother's best friend/second chance tropes and the author has written this so well. A stray dog puts Lucy back in Ben's path after a hard seven year absence. The story has current day Ben & Lucy interspersed with chapters of their life, starting from when Ben became best friends with Lucy's brother Tony. Both of them have confessions to make, and issues to work through. There were such fun parts in the story (Puck the dog, the mix tape songs) and some intensely heart breaking parts. There's lots going on in the story with work, love, and family so never a boring moment. The narrators were brilliant, so kudos to Emma Wilder and the late Brian Pallino for bringing the characters to life. The book was absolute perfection, from the plot, to the characters, to the presentation.

I received an audiobook from the author. My honest opinion is voluntarily provided.

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  • Katharoo
  • 01-22-21

Wonderful second chance love story

I loved this look into Lucy and Ben’s past and how these two find one another again. The book deals with some serious real life emotions and how each of us always have our own perspective of events in our past. A lost puppy Puck, beings Ben and Lucy back together again seven years into the future. I did enjoy the flashbacks for both Ben and Lucy and how it forms who they become in the future.

I had a hard time with the sound of the tape recorder rewinding at first because it sounded louder and scared me, until I got used to it, lol.

I’m a huge sucker for second chance romance and loved how Karen dealt with this genre. I’m new to her writing and will definitely check out her books based on this audiobook.

The narration was awesome and Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino are amazing artists. They bring this audiobook to life. I was a huge fan of the late Brian Pallino and now love to hear all of his work. Rest In Peace Brian thank you for being amazing. I received this audiobook from either the author, narrator or publisher and this is my honest opinion.

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  • Dektolia
  • 12-14-20

Stand alone 1980s fun

This is a stand alone novel, but if you haven't already read What I'm Looking For you should pick the audio version of that up too. There's just a little overlap between characters, but I think part of the reason I liked Forget About Me so much is because I really liked the first in the series. I'm not a big fan of 2nd Chance or flashbacks, so if you are a fan of those you'd like this as a stand alone.

I loved the puppy and the references that people who remember the 80s will recognize (like Benji). I listened to the audio version and the performances by Emma Wilder and Brian Pallino are fabulous. I highly recommend this series to people who remember the 80s.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request, and the opinions here are my own.

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  • Kit Kat
  • 12-02-20

Enjoyable

I was completely entranced by this book, the story swept me right in and held my attention the entire time. This is my first book written by Karen Grey and it will not be my last, I enjoyed her writing style, I am not typically a fan of flashbacks in a story, but I think this time they were a nice touch to Ben & Lucy’s story. Ben And Lucy have amazing chemistry and laugh out loud banter. All in all I enjoyed this read and there was nothing too steamy and I felt like the characters were written to be very reflective of their ages and of the time period. I can't wait to read more books by this author. This story was definitely one of those that you won't be able to put down.

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  • LeMiliere
  • 12-01-20

Ben and Lucy

I loved this audiobook, it's my first book by this author but it definitely won't be my last! Lucy and Ben's story was one which had no difficulty holding my attention, the story hit all the right notes for me and I thought it one of the best second chance stories I have listened to. Ben was a lonely youth when he and his father moved to a new home. On Ben's first day at his new school, he met Tony and they became fast friends. But it wasn't just Tony who welcomed Ben into their lives it was his whole family, especially his younger sister, Lucy.

When Lucy was 18 and Ben was 21 they took their friendship to the next level but kept it a secret from everyone. When Lucy went away to College they agreed to date other people, something she embraced but not Ben, and he's looking forward to telling Lucy how he really feels when she comes home for Thanksgiving. But before the two get a chance to meet again tragedy strikes, her brother Tony is killed and their lives will never be the same again.

Fast forward seven years and Ben, who moved to California straight after Tony's funeral, is back home because his dad has had some health issues and he's decided to stay as long as he can to make sure his dad's ok. He's managed to get a part in Romeo and Juliet with the local Shakespeare Theatre Group, as well as helping out his dad as much as he can. Acting was his dream when he was in college but in California, he's made a very good living as a male model. It's a career which may have been good to him but it's not something he finds fulfilling so he's enjoying the change of pace and scene. One morning Ben finds a dog on his doorstep, it has an injured paw so he takes him to the local vet to get him checked over. Imagine his shock when the person who comes into the exam room to treat the dog is Lucy. She works as a vet technician and is still living at home and taking care of her family.

I loved both Lucy and Ben, but Tony's death is something each of them feels responsible for and they are both still dealing with their feelings of guilt. The chemistry between them is still there but it's thanks to the dog that they get to spend time together. They both have issues to work through if they are going to have a chance at a future, I loved the chemistry and connection between them as well as the growth both characters are able to accomplish as their story progresses.

The story has lots of flashbacks to their time together in the 80s, which help you get to know the characters, each chapter starts with the name of a song from one of many mixtapes Lucy made back then and each song evoked memories for me as well as the characters.

The narration by the very talented Emma Wilder and the late Brian Pallino was phenomenal both of them were able to bring the characters to life and really brought out their individual personalities. I should mention that there was a sound of a tape fast-forwarding to signal the beginning or end of a flashback which the first time it happened made me think that my download was faulty so I redid it, I only mention this so you don't make the same mistake!

There is so much more to this story, which I highly recommend but to say more would involve too many spoilers. what I will say is that I loved both Ben and Lucy, I felt for them, for what they had lost and for what they found. All the characters in the story were well-drawn and likeable, well apart from Tony, the more I learned about him as the story progressed the less I liked him. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for further books Karen Grey going forward.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 11-30-20

i didn't find it all that funny

I wanted to love this so much, but I just can't and it seems I'm the only one in these sea of 5* reviews. It's probably me not the book, but I just thougj it was... Boring. It didn't hold my attention and the back and forth between past and present really chopped the flow of the story.

Emma Wilder is amazing, I hope I can listen more of her. Her male voices, her pauses, the emotion she put in each scene is fantastic. Same thing about Brian Pallino, he is a new to me narrator but I'm impressed.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 11-29-20

Second chances with nostalgia!

Karen Grey has caught my heart with this fun, second chance romance. The second in her Boston Classics series and features Ben and Lucy as they meet again years after the death of her brother. Now years later, Ben returns, a successful model to,his quiet hometown and the sparks still fly. But is that enough to again? Grey weaves in 80's music which I love, realistic life issues of grief, guilt and loss as well as falling in love again. The secondary characters bring matchmaking and sage advice, and Puck the dog is a joy. Laugh, cry, and love all bring this story to life and made for a fantastic listen.

Brian Pallino and Emma Wilder are a wonderful team and truly enhance the story. Pallino's portrayal of Ben gives us all the feelings this man has. His inflections and nuances create his personality perfectly. Wilder comes through as Lucy. She is amazing with her voice as she gives us each emotion. She easily fills into her character. These two were incredible together.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 11-26-20

Wonderful romance, so many smiles

This was my first book by this author and it was a wonderful one. I requested and received the audiobook but upon finishing, I went and borrowed the first book from KU. I absolutely adored references to some of the songs I loved in the past and it was a really cute idea to highlight the contribution of mixtapes and music to memories. There is definitely a strong feeling of nostalgia with this book.

The couple was fantastic. I loved Lucy and Ben both and my heart broke for them as they were separated due to tragedy. I wish that Ben was a little more open about what happened in the past instead of disappearing but then This is a second chance romance. The book was well paced and entertaining and the parts with Puck made me heart happy, as a dog lover myself.

The audiobook was amazing and enhanced the book. The late Brian Pallino was fantastic and it makes me so sad that he can’t bring his creative genius to the world anymore. Emma Wilder also played her many roles flawlessly and in total, this was a book I couldn’t stop listening to. Thanks to Karen Grey for such a beautiful author’s note at the end as well. You brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Bette
  • 11-26-20

A Captivating, Heartfelt Delight~Outstanding🎧📚🎧

Karen Grey pens another wonderful novel in her “Boston Classic” series. She takes us back in to the 80’s in her fabulous second chance romance. I loved that she included a song title and artist from the 80’s before each chapter’s title it was like a blast in the past. She also did a great job capturing how life was back in those days, how we lacked simple conveniences back then like cell phones. The characters are nicely developed, we get glimpses into their past, sound effects in place sounding like a rewind. Lucy Minola once dreamed of becoming a Veterinarian, that changed when her older brother, Tony, was killed by a drunk driver on his way to pick her up from college. She felt it was her fault he died. Ben Porter returns to his childhood home to help his father out, he has not been back since his best friend was killed in that car accident. He was in the car with him when it was struck by a drunk driver, he blames himself because he just told him he had feelings for his younger sister. Ben could not deal with his guilt and decided to leave home, he moved to the west coast, his acting career turned to a modeling one. Currently he is working for his Dad’s business and took an acting role with a Boston Shakespeare Theatre company. His one regret is Lucy, when he finds an injured dog he brings him to the Veterinarian to get checked and finds her there. Can he make things right with her, will she even want to give him the chance? This book contains a whole lot of heart, the story is beautifully plotted and it is a perfect balance of serious subject matter and humorous comedy. There is never a dull moment in this book, it gives you all the feels, best of all it will make you smile. Karen Grey, thank you for another fabulous story, the emotional rollercoaster ride and the trip back to the 80’s.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, Emma Wilder and the late Brian Pallino were the perfect cast to bring these characters and their story to life. They did an awesome job portraying them, giving each character their own voice and personality. Emma Wilder’s take on Lucy was spot on, as was Brian Pallino’s Ben, they sounded just as I pictured them to sound, captured all of their emotions and projected them into their performance. Both are mega talented voice artists and entertaining storytellers, always a pleasure to listen to. Brian Pallino will truly be missed, may he rest in peace.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 12-10-20

Beautiful 💕💕

This was a amazing story and beautiful characters . I loved every bit of it .i look forward to more . I especially loved Brian and Emma Performance brings this awesome story to life . I love Brian s work and enjoy his book he narrated . I will Surely miss him and his gorgeous voice . Gone to soon . Thank you 💕🙏💕🙏💕