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He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.Experience has taughtHe's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both....

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  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2018-12-29 19:51

    This book is as sweet as cinnamon apple pie. Joe is a baker who takes his pies seriously. He runs a small cafe with a crew consisting of two teenagers (Donnie and Elsie) and a senior (Bea), and has not a care in the world. Or so he claims. Joe is lonely, and when he finds an injured man bleeding in the garden next door he cleans him up and keeps him. "Tom" has a killer body and a smile that lights up the room. He also has no idea who he is or how he came to be in the garden next to Joe's cafe with nothing but dirt and flower petals in his pocket. A chaste romance blossoms between Joe and Tom. I know not to expect a lot of smexy times from the Dreamspun Desires series, so I wasn't disappointed (much) that most (but not all) of the steam was off page.Some of Joe's behaviors were a little OTT. He's 37 but acts much younger, talks to himself, and likes to rest his head inside his oven (don't ask). I got a little tired of his bantering with Bea and Donnie. I liked Tom and, like Joe, knew he was a good guy. I mean, come on, this is a romance novel. Of course Tom is Joe's Prince Charming. There's some action, a contentious (but somewhat unnecessary) visit from Joe's vile ex, and a rather exciting (if expected) ending. Tom's identity was not a big surprise. I knew as soon as Joe told Tom the story of his ex. But the mystery wasn't really the point. This is a feel-good book and a nice addition to the Dreamspun Desires series.

  • Meags
    2018-12-28 19:35

    4 StarsWe have one sweet unassuming guy who owns a tasty pie shop (kill me now, I’m starving!!) and one sexy muscled man with a bump on the head and a pesky memory problem. These two fall hard and fast for one another, even amongst the whole who-am-I mystery surrounding guy number two. This story is fun, sexy and even a bit exciting there towards the end as all the memories come rushing back and the mystery is solved in high-stakes fashion.I’m an unabashed Cochet fangirl, that’s never been put into question, but I’m also a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to romances featuring an amnesia trope, so I found myself avoiding this particular story for longer than I probably should have. Thankfully, this week I found myself in just the right mood to tackle this potentially tricky read, so I put my big girl pants on and got to reading this story once and for all. Spoiler alert: everything about this story was absolutely delightful.As is probably no surprise to absolutely anyone who has ever read a Cochet story, she once again created a romantic tale full of heart and humour, featuring a great, well-rounded cast of characters who made up yet another of her truly lovable book families. Needless to say, this one gets an enthusiastic double-thumbs-up from me.

  • .Lili.
    2019-01-13 16:04

    So far I've avoided the Dreamspun Desires books. Harlequins were never my thing, so I've been hesitant to give these a try. I was waiting for one who's blurb appealed to me and Forgive and Forget's hooked me. A bakery owner + a cute guy with amnesia = count me in!Did it deliver? Pretty much. The story had a little bit of everything: fluff, mystery, action, humor, and the all important happy ending. Why "pretty much" and not just "yes"? Well, Joe was a bit immature for a 37-year-old, and that did grate on my nerves a bit. Also, some of the dialogue just didn't work for me- it got tiresome. And the ex showing up- eh. The thing is, though- these are all things I should've expected, so it's all on me. If you're a fan of Harlequins and are in the mood for a cute read that has a little bit of everything, totally check this one out! This book not being a complete hit is entirely my fault- and overall I did enjoy it. 3.5 Stars.ARC kindly provided to Gay Book Reviews for an honest review.

  • Sandra
    2019-01-06 13:47

    3.5 stars, rounded down. I liked the plot. Not that it was a huge mystery as to who "Tom" turned out to be, but I liked it anyway. I liked both main characters. Joe is in his later 30s, and a baker, with a small bakery/cafe over which he lives, and where he bakes his pies, in 18 different flavors. Heck, I didn't realize there was this much variety in pie, but just reading about them made me want some. Joe runs his pie bakery with two teenagers (Donnie and Elsie) and and older lady named Bea. I liked them too. I liked how Bea was like a mother figure.But even if he proclaims that he's happy with his life, Joe is lonely. After a bad break-up, he seems to have given up on men, and he doesn't want to do anything other than baking pies and run his small cafe.Then Joe stumbles upon an injured, bloodied man in the courtyard/garden beside his bakery. Being a kind soul, Joe takes the man inside to clean him up and offer him shelter. The fact that the man is super hot once all that blood is washed off is an added bonus, of course.Except the man does not know who he is, what he's doing in the garden, or where he came from. Nor who injured him. What he does know is that Joe mustn't call the police. He's adamant that he can't go to the police or even to a hospital. They settle on "Tom" as his temporary name.This being a romance novel in the Dreamspun Desires series, it's very clear from the start that Joe and "Tom" will fall in love. The fun is watching them get there. There's not a whole lot of steam on page, but this was also expected and thus didn't detract from the story.What bothered me a little is that Joe often came across as younger than his years, that he was in some aspects a little immature (seriously, who sticks their head into an oven?), and perhaps insecure, possibly due to the treatment he received by the nasty ex who for some reason also got screen time. He was the archetypal jerk, and didn't add anything to the plot or the progression of it. There were some fun moments and some really sweet moments, and... well, read it yourself, because I don't want to spoil things. You'll say awww much like I did, I'm sure.Not one of my favorites from this series, this was still an enjoyable read and a good way to spend a few hours. Slightly OTT, but then most of the books in this series are. That's what makes them fun, amirite?** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-01-05 12:40

    Forgive and Forget is a feel good, low angst romance featuring a somewhat dramatic lives-in-his-head baker, a handsome stranger with amnesia, some well-meaning, if meddling, friends, and also has a dash of mystery and suspense. Oh, and delicious pie.Joe Applin is thirty-eight and content with his quiet life as owner of Apple'n Pies, a cafe and pie shop. He's surrounded himself with good people, happy customers, and he's come a long way from his unhappy past.One night after closing Joe finds a man bleeding and hurt in his garden. When the man pleads with Joe not to contact the police or take him to a hospital because he'll be killed, Joe trusts his instincts and takes the man to his home above the shop.After cleaning the man up they learn he's lost his memory of who he is, why he was hurt, or how he came to be in the garden even though he seems to remember everything else, including pop culture references.Joe christens the man "Tom" in order to call him something and protects him while he heals and hides out. Eventually the two fall in love. However, hiding a wanted man isn't easy and eventually the bad guys find them.I found the story didn't offer a lot in the way of surprises, the bantering between Joe and his co-worker Bea got a bit old, and I called the whole mystery, etc. long before it's reveal, but all in all it was an easy listen.Narrator John Solo does a good job giving the characters and mystery life. He has a way with the sexy times and bringing the emotions of the story out. Solo makes this an enjoyable listening experience.The Dreamspun Desires stories are based on the old Harlequin romance formula of sweet, low angst, romances with a guaranteed HEA and this installment in the series is no different delivering an easy, if predictable, sweet, fluffy romance with some humor, mystery, and action.Those looking for a low angst romance with some humor, sexiness, mystery, action, and a happily ever after will find that here with the added bonus of a pleasurable listen.Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a real hankering for some pie.Audio copy of Forgive and Forget provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

  • Mark
    2018-12-16 16:57

    Who doesn’t love the man of mystery type? I know I certainly do, so that’s why I couldn’t resist picking up this book from Charlie Cochet.Well, Joe gets this and whole lot more than he bargained for in the process after discovering a stranger in the garden at the back of his café. The problem? He’s been bonked on the head and has amnesia, the stranger that is. From the word go I felt at home at Joe’s New York Café, it was if I could smell all the pies and buns, the coffee being brewed, the cinnamon and feel the cosy atmosphere. Yes, I loved Joe’s modest little café. Nothing flash, up market or pretentious. Just down to earth, cosy, maybe a little tattered and worn around the edges but fill this with great characters who work for Joe like Bea the pensioner who has more energy and gumption than anyone I know who is so protective over Joe. Also Elsie and Donnie two adorable teenagers and you have a happy little world full of sweetness, love and warmth. Loved the whole backdrop where this story played out.However, the merry little gang discover a stranger who has amnesia and Joe takes him in not knowing what else to do. From here on in it’s a guessing game all the way until the man of mystery is revealed. I loved this whole idea. Joe is so sweet and loving but also has trust issues due to what his ex did to him. I could so understand this, after having a shitty ex does leave it’s emotional scars and Joe has them in heaps. If anyone has ever come out of a bad relationship they’ll know exactly how this feels and will be able to relate to Joe and his hang-ups totally. Then if he didn’t need anymore to contend with he finds himself falling for a man, who he has called Tom, who has amnesia and can’t remember a thing!Despite the fact we have no idea who or what Tom is, the one thing that we do know is he is sex on legs and if nothing else he knows his bread is buttered on the same side as Joe’s. I’m definitely no expert on amnesia, but even though Tom can’t remember a thing he still knows his sexuality and emotions are real. This was fascinating for me as well as for Joe. What the hell do you do when the person you’re falling for remembers nothing of his former life before the bump on the head? It has the potential of opening up a whole can of worms. Is he married with a family somewhere? Does he have a boyfriend or girlfriend waiting for him? Does he even live in your city or part of town? What happens when he does actually recover his memory? Have you started a relationship with someone that has no future when the memories come back? Have you been cheating on someone unintentionally? The only truth that is standing in the room is that these two are so attracted to each other the air is positively fizzing with sexual tension. Joe needs Bea to give him a kick in the right direction and after the defences come down and the dam breaks a sweet, loving relationship ensues. You could just feel how right Joe and Tom were for each other. The romance is as sweet as one of Joe’s cherry pies, a real treat for those that like soppy romances where you can feel the just love oozing and dripping from the page. It made me feel all warm and cosy reading about these two and their friends, just like Joe’s café. This is still balanced out with the mystery that is Tom which adds a little angst and suspense to stop things getting too sickly sweet.However, Joe’s little world is about to be rocked big style. The unspoken elephant in the room is, who the f*** is Tom really? I loved how Charlie Cochet plotted this out. First there a few clues of what he may have done in the past due to his behaviour. Bea picks up on a couple of things first. They’re only ever so subtle, but there, and Bea being an excellent observer has her radar already making possible job choices. After Joe and Tom spend a fruitless evening Google searching missing persons or anything they could think to jog Tom’s memory only have the option now to wait until his memory comes back. This however gives the relationship time to develop. So we have a wonderfully sweet romance, combined with the the man of mystery, sex on legs, kind of guy – YUM! As far as I was concerned and possibly Joe too, Tom’s memory could remain lost forever and he could start with just making new ones with Joe!But evil doings are afoot! First I was lulled into a beautiful, sweet and saccharine romance that gave me the warm cosies and then just when you’re getting comfortable - WHAM! HOLY CRAP! I was broadsided, knocked for six, battered about with an action packed finale that I never saw coming. And all that in the last 20% of the book. I mean it’s terrific writing where the reader feels safe, maybe with a little suspicion on Tom’s part, but you’re lulled into forgetting who he might be anyway. Then from centre left you’re thrown completely off the tracks with an action packed, hard hitting, movie style ending that I seriously didn’t see coming. I may have suspected something all the time but once everything is out in the light the impact is that much more. I loved how Charlie also adds a nice bit of fate and “meant to be” on top that gave the whole story a wonderfully rounded feeling to it.This was my first book by Charlie Cochet I have to admit to my utter shame, but if this is what Charlie can produce in what is essentially a relatively quick read then I’m definitely going to have to start picking up more of her extensive works for sure.4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

  • Tess
    2019-01-06 20:53

    4 starsVery cute and fluffy and will leave you hungry for pie! Apple and cinnamon for me please :)

  • Jaime
    2019-01-06 20:41

    5 stars to this super sweet and mysterious goodyThis is book 7 in Dreamspinner Press's new Dreamspun Desires CollectionDreamspun Desires are contemporary category romance novels, complete with your favorite heartwarming heroes, captivating plots, and exotic settings. These titles are all about happily ever afters that leave you with a satisfied smile for days.He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.Our MC are Joe Applin, who owns Apple'n Pies and Tom who can't remember his life as he is suffering amnesia from a hit on the head. Nobody knows why Rom was found out in Joe's Garden, with a bump on his head moaning "no cops" but Joe feels like he must help this man. So Tom stays with Joe and helps out at the pie shop, and the two get to know each other, all while Joe waits for the other shoes to drop and Tom (or whoever he is) to remember his life and run off - taking his heart with him. People start coming to look for a man who fits Toms description. Joe instinctively hides Tom, becoming more and more involved in whatever madness atom has brought to his doorstep. But when one night an Agent Baker from the FBI shows up, Joe can't save Tom anymore. Is this the end of the row for these two star crossed lovers? This was my first book by Charlie Cochet, (yes, I know wipe the shocked look off your faces, I haven't read the ever popular series yet) and I really liked this authors writing style, the creativity, the descriptors, and the way I was able to almost smell the warm pie baking just by reading the authors descriptions. The Supporting characters of Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—who really add to the story, I loath stories where supporting characters do nothing but take up space and I am happy to say that is not the case in this story.Overall, one of the better stories in the Dreamspun Collections, it has it all - romance, hotness, fun, mystery, angst, and two MC you can't help but loving! 5 Stars *ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Jaime from Alpha Book Cluband Gay Book Reviews

  • Lelyana
    2019-01-11 13:00

    *** SPOILER ALERT !***This book as sweet as apple pie made by Joe.And I enjoyed every minutes I spent my day with Joe and Tom/Liam. Aww..they are so adorable.Joe the reckless, 'jittery bug' like Tom said, and Tom, the most adorable amnesia guy I have ever 'met'.They're made in heaven.Tom/Liam and Joe are so clueless about their 'relationship' and yet, it works just great for them.No wonder, because Tom/Liam (as I predicted earlier) is someone from Joe's past. This is an easy read, light, sweet and definitely adorkable. And I loved it.But, I think Bea is a bit annoying and overly 'lebay' IMO. But despite of annoying Bea, this one is worth my time... I need to find out about Joe's other friend the doctor. Hope there's someone out there can give me some clue. :)

  • Arch Bala
    2019-01-07 17:34

    I just loved this one! I loved both MCs and the side characters as well. I really liked the big reveal at the end and that romantic little twist just made my heart putty and all! This was a classic Charlie Cochet and by far the best from the Dreamspun Series if I may say!

  • Ariana
    2019-01-09 13:03

    2,5 starsI'm a bit at a loss what to say about this one. It was ok. It neither knocked me off my feet nor made my toes curl in horror. I didn't feel the urge to stop reading in the middle of it. I found Joe a bit too childlike for someone who's supposedly 38. He behaves and talks like someone in their twenties, if not younger. His character is meant to be a bit awkward and quirky, but the way it was written it didn't really appeal to me.Tom in all his mystery is a much more interesting character and I enjoyed his uneasiness about his amnesia, although a lot more could have been made of it.As for the plot - it is pure fairy-tale. There is nothing realistic about it whatsoever. I might have just swallowed who Tom really is for the sake of the story, but the fact that (view spoiler)[ Tom had met Joe before(hide spoiler)] really took it a step too far, and it was pretty obvious btw. I guessed it as soon as Joe told his story.This might delight you if you're looking for a read where you don't need to employ your brain and can totally switch off (and we all need a book like that at times) But watch out - there is a good chance you might 'catch' diabetes from the overpowering sweetness of it all.

  • Serena Yates
    2019-01-04 15:04

    ‘Forgive and Forget’ is one of the sweetest action/adventures I’ve read. With two main characters who come from very different backgrounds, a cast of secondary characters who are hilarious yet very loyal, and the setting a small coffee shop, this novel had my interest from the moment I read the blurb. Then there is Joe, a man with disappointment in his past who now focuses on baking divine pies and running his business. Add a hot stranger who was hit over the head and lost his memory, and the mystery is high from the start. Despite the focus being firmly on the budding romance between Joe and the stranger he decides to call Tom, this story is maybe best described as a romantic thriller. Or a thrilling romance. But never mind the labels, it is very entertaining and delightful all around.Joe has no interest in adventure, excitement, or anything other than an orderly life. He has worked hard to be where he is, and when I found out what caused his skittishness, I could certainly understand him! Joe loves his shop, baking pies for people, and working with three members of staff who are as slightly off the beaten track as he is. So when he finds a total stranger in the small garden behind his shop, and finds out the man is bleeding and mumbling he doesn’t want to go to a hospital, he is understandably shocked. Stuff like that just doesn’t happen in his life.But once the stranger wakes up and can’t remember anything, things take a turn for the mysterious. Joe knows he should be much more worried than he is, but there is something trustworthy about Tom. And with Tom, which is only a name they agree on so he has one, not even sure about his past, Joe should be a lot more careful. He just can’t seem to help himself. And when Tom’s past finally catches up with them, things get a little crazy.If you like sweet romances, if two men who are very unlikely partners get thrown together by fate and fumble along as best they can are your thing and if you’re looking for a read that is as funny and entertaining as it is hot, then you will probably like this novel.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Mirjam
    2019-01-15 13:37

    When Joe finds a stranger (who has been smacked in the head)in the garden at the back of his shop, he gets more than he has bargained for. When the stranger wakes up it seems he has amnesia and can not remember a thing, not even his name, so Joe names him Tom. Joe's co-workers and dear friends initially are hesitance towards Tom but in the end they have come to adore him and Joe starts to feel more for Tom. Joe being insecure does not see and does not believe, that Tom is also falling for him. The two men try to find out who Tom really is but get no where. When the FBI shows up at Joe's shop the story takes a sudden turn and we learn who Tom is. Joe has a nice little shop that seems to be cozy, I think I would love his shop and this treats. This was a very sweet read, and I especially loved the supporting characters. Their banter with Joe made me laugh a number of times. Indeed, a "sweet" read!

  • Sara
    2018-12-17 16:42

    I don’t think I will ever not like a book from the Dreamspun Desire series. This book is just fun. This series is fun and that’s why I keep coming back to it all and am never disappointed. This is my first read from the Charlie Cochet and I am in love with her writing.We meet one Joe Applin, owner of Apple’n Pies as he is going about his day of normalcy in his pie and coffee shop. We meet his motley crew of employees and get a general feel for Joe; he’s in his late 30’s, single and really married to his job. You get a sense there was a bad break up in his past and that he is hesitant about new relationships.When he is changing a light outside his cafe with his employee young Danny, he hears a noise in the garden and they investigate to find one battered, semi-conscious man who doesn’t want them to call the cops but may have a concussion. While passed out, Joe and the gang drag the stranger up to Joe’s apartment and try to wake him up and find out what the heck is going on.I loved that the author handles the first instances of amnesia with actual thought but includes the comedy. Being in Joe’s head as he questions the comparison of the situation to a Lifetime movie and if amnesia is plausible in the case was fun to read. It brought a moment of realism to a story that only happens in movies and TV Shows… or does it?I adored the hell out of Joe with his ability to quote movies, shows or anything else that pops into his head. I am the same way and I can guarantee you 99% of the time, my response to most situations has nothing to do with that is going on or what has been asked. My brain is always on six degrees of random, so beware.Bea, Danny, Elsie and Jules were great supporting characters. They show how much Joe will go to take care of those he cares about and they also show how much they care about Joe. Bea was hilarious and I really hope Danny mans up and tells Elsie how he feels and I am happy Jules ends up back on her nurse feet as well.Anyway. Joe is letting amnesia boy, though now christened Tom, stay in his apartment though he questions his decision of why. When he tells the gang, I was cracking up. Joe’s reaction to Tom and Tom’s reaction to Joe had me on pins and needles waiting for small touches, coy looks and the moment they both say screw it and give in.Ugh.The mystery of who Tom is though… let’s talk about that for a minute. I was so damn thrilled when I turned a page and we get Tom’s POV because oh boy did I ever need it. It was great to see him trust his instincts with Joe and give them both a chance… well, at a chance at something more, something special and something damn romantic.I am not a reader who tries to figure out a story, regardless of its complexity. For me, letting the author and the characters lead me through it all is what I love about reading. Sure, I come up with theories from time to time but I like to let the story tell itself and having said this, I did have a theory on Tom and I am so happy I was right.This story, of a sugary sweet romance between Tom and Joe was a joy to read. I loved every word of it and was honestly kinda bummed when it ended. I feel like I haven't said enough as I look over the many highlights and notes I have from the story but I'm gonna keep those a bit longer so I can laugh and swoon over the moments a few more times.Forgive and Forget is another wonderful addition to this series. It’s a story about taking a chance on love, even when the guy who are with may not know his name at the moment, it’s about trusting your gut and it’s about being rescued and rescuing right back.

  • Daphne
    2019-01-11 17:35

    This book is sweet as pie (sorry - I will stop now). But really, it's a feel good, low angst amnesia mystery but mostly a learning-to-love-again romance. Joe is a little bit of a Charlie Cochet quirky character, but not over much. It seemed like he talked about how weird he was more than actually being weird. Secretly I wish that the author wouldn't try so hard to make her characters be quirktastic (I'm thinking of Dex). In some ways, that effort distracts from the stories a tiny bit. That said, Liam and Joe were super sweet, the secondary characters added a bit of variety and Blake the bastard ex was a nice albeit relatively uneventful villainous sort. This is a good choice for a recovery read - know what I mean? After you read something that just guts you, this is a good choice to get your warm fuzzies back in place.

  • Rick
    2019-01-10 12:38

    I really enjoyed this book by Charlie Cochet. The characters were very well developed and charming in their funny awkard ways. Joe the Pie Maker, Tom poor Tom with his Amneisa, "bullet tonuged" Bea and the whole group.Some reason early on I had an idea of where I would take this book if I were writing it. Glad to say Charlie Cochet and I think along the same lines. :DIf you like a "good cuppa Joe" and a good hunk of pie or man which ever you may prefer this book is for you! Good Reading!!

  • Chris Hernandez
    2019-01-03 19:40

    I like it, I like it a lot! So cute and so hot!

  • Pixie
    2019-01-11 19:40

    DNF'd at the eye-sexing on page 72. I am not the target audience.

  • Sylvia
    2019-01-13 18:00

    3☆Sweet Story.This was such a adorably cute story the ending was just ahh so sweet

  • Mollien Fote Osterman
    2018-12-25 17:03

    Title: Forgive and Forget Audible – Unabridged Author: Charlie CochetNarrator: John SoloSeries: Dreamspun Desires Book 7Publisher: Dreamspinner PressReviewer: MollienRelease Date: April 11, 2016Genre(s): Gay Male Romance, Suspense DramaListening Length: 5 hours and 3 minutesHeat Level:3.5 flames out of 5Rating:5 stars out of 5Blurb:He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.As the owner of Apple'n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew - Bea, Elsie, and Donnie - Joe couldn't be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated - and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can't deny something sweet is in the works. He isn't one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.Review:This book is so good you can almost smell the sugary cinnamon apple pie. What a wonderful story of trust, taking chances and love. This is book 7 of the Dreamspun Desires series. A series by different authors and different situations that have happy endings and leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling. Plot Joe Applin owns and runs Apple'n Pies. A small cafe that specializes in Joe’s delicious homemade pies. Joe lives for his business. Up before dawn and up well into the night. His escape is a small memorial garden located between his building and the store next door. When he finds an unconscious, well dressed man beaten in his garden his first reaction is to call the police. When checking to see if the man is even alive, he is startled when the most beautiful silver eyes open telling him not to call the police, that they will kill him. Then the man is unconscious again. Going against everything that is normal for Joe, he takes the mysterious man into his home with the help of one of his employees. “Tom” wakes up in Joe’s apartment. He has no memories, but a gut feeling that he must remain hidden. He is also very attracted to the pie maker, Joe that has saved his life and taken him into his home. As he recovers, he starts helping in the cafe, and the attraction between him and Joe intensifies. This story has strong chemistry between two very lovable guys. The pacing is perfect with an action packed dramatic ending. I loved how these two characters grew together. The narration of this Audible book, was perfect. I was swept away in the story. Now I need some good apple pie.SCORES on a scale of 1-5 Stars rate each of the Following 5 CategoriesPLOT: 5 StarsCHEMISTRY: 5 StarsPACING: 5 StarsENDING: 5 StarsCHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 StarsNARRATION: 5 Stars Review Copy of Forgive and Forget provided by the Author, Charlie Cochet and Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review. Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club 

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-01-11 17:01

    3.5 Stars ~ Charlie Cochet is a fan favorite, for sure. And, while her latest novel, Forgive and Forget—a book in Dreamspinner Press’ new classic romance line, Dreamspun Desires—is a pretty large departure from her much loved THIRDS series, I’m sure her fans will still flock to read it. And when they do, they will find that even though it’s a different recipe, it has many of the same ingredients as the popular shifter series, including humor, romance, action, mystery, and heroes with big hearts.Joe Applin is pretty adorable. He is sweet as can be, kind-hearted, fun—albeit a bit of a homebody—and can obviously make a mean pie. Business is booming at his shop, Apple’n Pies, and Joe hopes to have enough saved soon to do a few renovations and add a little bakery like he’s always dreamed of. Things are pretty quiet in his little corner of Manhattan, and that’s just the way he likes it. That is, until ‘Tom’ drops into his life.‘Tom,’ as Joe names him when the man’s amnesia becomes apparent, appears in the little garden behind Joe’s business one night, injured and completely unaware as to how he got there, or even who he is. Joe promises to try to help him, but over the course of the next few weeks they hit nothing but dead ends in their investigation. They do become very close, however, and Tom seems to sincerely enjoy the quiet life at the pie shop with Joe’s small circle of friends. One evening some thugs show up at the shop looking for Tom, and the mystery is cleared up amidst an action-packed sequence of events.There were a few little quirky things that struck me as a bit odd…the characters—especially Joe, but his employees and others as well—seemed at times much younger than their assigned ages, but Joe sometimes acted much older. The story overall felt to me like it should have been set in the 40s or 50s with some of the dialogue and situations—I sort of wish it had been!—but then a current event type thing would be brought into it, and it would feel out of place. I think maybe it was supposed to be sort of quirky and campy, and I can definitely appreciate that in a story! But, the intention just wasn’t clear enough.For the most part, I enjoyed this cute tale of romance and intrigue. Joe and Tom were really sweet together. I loved how Tom was just so clearly enamored of Joe, because he deserved love so much. There was one little twist, which wasn’t much of a surprise at all, but that I did enjoy when it was played out. So, yeah, it was a little bit all over the place in parts, but definitely cute!!Reviewed by Jules for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Les Joseph
    2019-01-15 14:48

    *Rounded up to 3.5 stars* Forgive and Forget is the newest release in Dreamspinner Press’s Dreamspun Desires Collection. If you’re looking for something sweet, fluffy, with next to no angst, then this will definitely hit the spot. We have a quirky baker, a tall, dark and handsome stranger with amnesia, and a whole host of busybody friends coupled with a bit of a mystery. What’s not to love? Joe is adorable, he really is. A fumbling, endearing, if slightly bizarre and a bit over the top guy. There are a few instances when his behavior borders on juvenile and a tad unrealistic for a 37 year old, but all in all he’s very likable. My heart strings were tugged often as he talks about how lonely he is and how he’s afraid to try a relationship again after getting hurt so badly before. It seriously made me want to give him a hug. And Tom the mystery guy? Well of course this being a romance novel from beginning to end is JUST what Joe needs in all his Prince Charming glory. He’s perfect (too perfect to be honest) but the progression from being rescued in a garden to houseguest to lover is sweet to watch. For the most part, I enjoyed the secondary characters. I thought the “kids” Donnie and Elise are amiable and cute (though them being called kids so often gets a bit old). I love how protective of Joe Bea is and she has plenty of humorous moments. Jules is great, I really enjoyed her friendship with Joe. My favorite things about the book? Well for one, I love the name of the bakery—Appl’n Pies. So clever. I love that Joe is a baker and his café’ is a small place off the beat and path. Most of the scenes between Joe and “Tom” are gooey, fluffy goodness and will put a smile on your face. Things I didn’t like so much? The evil ex showing up and being utterly despicable. It is very unnecessary and he is so awful, he’s unbelievable. And the mystery? Well, it’s not too difficult to figure out. The climax is a bit campy and slapstick but the HEA is as sugary and satisfying as one of Joe’s apple and cinnamon pies. If you’ve been a fan of the other Dreamspun Desires books, you’ll enjoy this one. And if you haven’t checked any of them out yet, Forgive and Forget isn’t a bad place to start. *This review will also appear on*

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-01-09 16:43

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 starsForgive and Forget is the latest Dreamspun Desire title, and it fits right in with what the line is supposed to be. It’s a trope-filled, light-hearted romp populated with quirky and endearing characters. Take this at face value, and you’ll find an enjoyable read that has that classic category romance feel.Joe is adorable and endearing. It easy to see how a guy like him would take in and help a stranger who had no recollection of himself. In that, Cochet wrote the perfect MC. Joe is just a genuinely good guy, right down to his bones. Big hearted, tender, open, and accepting, I get why he brought Tom into his apartment and into his life. It’s a part of the story you just have to roll with, and Joe makes it, if not believable, then easy to accept. And at first, he seems like just a really good guy with some weird yet charming habits. We learn pretty quickly that he’s been hurt badly before, but it was a long time ago, so he seems to be past it. Slowly as the story progresses, we see underneath those layers, see how he’s using his habits, actions, and attitudes as a shield. And we don’t even really see it until he drops it to let Tom in. It was nicely done, and gave Joe even more appeal.Read Kris’ review in its entirety here.

  • Rachael Orman
    2018-12-30 12:59

    Wow.. what a great story. There was a really sweet romance mixed inwith some action and adventure too.As usual, Charlie Cochet rocked my socks off with how intricate thisstory was. There was so much going on, but it didn't always seem likeit. The main characters build a relationship as they try to deal with'Tom' having amnesia. Then there is the how and why of Tom'sappearance and the way it happened.I loved that the pie shop was the main location of the story as itmeans so much to Joe. It's hard to say too much about what happenswithout giving away the secrets of the story, but it was a great read.Really captured me and had me desperate to know what was going on withTom.I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy
    2019-01-06 15:03

    ***Audiobook***Narrated by John Solo***I'm thinking these Dreamspun Desires books are not for me. I loved the Eli Easton story, The Stolen Suitor, but the rest have been a bit of a let down. Too cheesy, too predictable... which I know is the idea behind this series, but it's not really working for me :(

  • Jane (PS)
    2019-01-02 14:53

    Great book to sandwich in between heavier stuff. Fun, sweet and with a great little plotline. Both MCs are adorable and they really fit each other. The side characters are solid with personality and input.

  • Katerina
    2018-12-19 16:53

    I love this, which is not surprising because it's Charlie Cochet's story. It was emotional and swoony and and sweet and there was some suspence and action and it was everything you want when you read a book.

  • Janna
    2018-12-18 16:52

    3.5 stars

  • Melanie~~
    2019-01-10 13:56

    Very nice. Not too angsty. Gotta love a Charlie Cochet story!

  • Sam
    2018-12-23 17:34

    3.5 stars.

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