Jake had always dreamed of having Alexis Knight handcuffed to his bed, but finding the long-lost Allie in just this state when he returned home took him completely off guard. But hanky panky is the last thing on either of their mind at the moment. Allie has just regained partial memory after having amnesia for the last year, and Jake knows he must be the one to deliver some devastating news to his life-long friend and crush.
Allie has been lost for so long, and she needs more than anything to come home to something familiar. What she finds instead is that her entire world has changed, nothing is as she left it, and even her childhood friend Jake has changed in ways she never dreamed of... Surely Jake didn't look this hot before? He certainly never managed to aggravate her as much then as he does now. Worse, he seems to take a certain delight in doing so. And her quiet friend Jake wasn't this dominant - was he???
A few near accidents almost take Allie's life, and suddenly they don't look quite so much like accidents anymore. It becomes ever more evident that someone has made Allie a target, and if Jake can't protect her, he will lose her forever.
Mackenzie McKade has a reputation for the ability to make readers feel everything her characters feel. Her newest release, Lost But Not Forgotten, is a prime example of this talent! McKade ran us through the gamut of emotions in this book: fear, love, desire, pain, and more. With everything that happened to these characters, my emotions were right along with them every step of the way. Truly, it is the kind of writing that makes you forget these are fictional characters instead of friends, even if just for a short time.
The character of Alexis `Allie' Knight absolutely broke my heart. What she has been through for the last year, with only the hope of coming home to sustain her, and what she finds when she returns is just heart wrenching. If she had not come home to find her best friend Jake there to stand by her in this time of her greatest need, I am not sure how she would have coped. Although she is a strong, independent woman, the trials this woman has suffered are enough to thrust anyone past their breaking point. Dependable, trustworthy Jake proves the perfect salve to her wounded soul.
Jake is probably one of the most stand-up heroes you will find in a romance novel who never comes across as unrealistic. Jake seems real. He seems possible. I find myself hoping against hope that I will meet a man like Jake who can slip easily into his role as my best friend and lover just as Jake did for Allie. But this good guy is no pushover - in fact he is an oh-so-sexy Dominant who knows what he wants and exactly what his lover needs in the bedroom, and he is more than ready to prove it to Allie.
There were enough small clues in the suspense plot that I was able to deduce the identity of the villain in this story, although the motivation behind the culprit's dastardly actions were definitely a surprise when the big reveal came. Still, figuring out who the villain was early did not detract in the slightest from the excitement at the end of the story when everything culminated in a very exciting action scene.
Lost But Not Forgotten is a must read for anyone who enjoys tension ridden suspense plots and explosive love scenes in their romance novels! I've read it twice already and know that I will enjoy it again and again through the years.