Monday, August 28, 2017

Release Blitz & Review: Muscle Memory - Stylo Fantôme

Title: Muscle Memory
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 28, 2017

Her lips, the way she feels, how she moves against me. Her voice when she laughs, her eyes when she cries. Her soul connected to mine, for better or for worse, for all eternity.

I don't remember.

A blank face. Unrecognizable. The darkness and impenetrable fog, day after day after day. Who am I? And for that matter, who is she?

I can't remember.

Two sides to the same coin – one wants to remember, and the other wants to stay forgotten. Which side will win? Can he trust his heart to bring him back to her? Or will she stay lost in the fog forever?

I might never remember.

Warning: features adult themes
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5 Stars
Jon doesn't know he used to lead a life of drugs and fun. He doesn't know there was once a girl he'd do anything for. He only knows that he awoke in a hospital room, his memory gone, his name lost, and his hopes slim. It's the second chance he doesn't even know he needed. What he does know is his body remembers someone, that she belongs there with him, but he doesn't know if he really wants the past to come back. As he builds his new life as Jon Doherty, the past shows up to change everything.

"'Who were you?' he whispered. 'And where are you now?'"

Give me ALL the books about characters missing their memory, I have never read one I didn't like, and Muscle Memory by Stylo Fantome was no different. From the moment I started this book, I was lost to the world, I couldn't be pulled away from the pages for anything. Stylo Fantome puts you into the mind of main character Jon Doherty like no other author, I felt like I too was seeking my past and the answers to how it all happened. Jon is frustrated, confused, angry at times, and mourning a version of himself he cannot remember. The reader however, is treated to his memories of the past, with every other chapter granting us a glimpse at the past before returning to the present. 

"I want you to tell her to not exist. Life was less scary when it was all blank."

Jon is the kind of character you are unsure of, he's unreliable due to his memory loss and even more so due to the past that the reader knows about before he does. His old self was self-destructive, a partier, and selfish in many of his ways. His new self is just as selfish, but it was like his mind knew this was a chance to be a better man, to gain some work ethic, to be respected and independent. It was so interesting to read both sides of Jon, it was exactly like reading two characters, but with the promise that at some point they would meet. Jon's new life is made up of nurses, a social worker, volunteers at his halfway house and his new job, and the men at the house. It's nothing like before, until he sees her. Delaney Carter is a force to be reckoned with, though petite in size she is otherwise larger than life. Her love is strong, her self destruction is the worst, and her trust is unwavering. I loved and hated Delaney, she was both a good part and a bad part of Jon's past and it was hard to wait and see what Stylo Fantome was going to do with their reintroduction. All that was left between them was muscle memory. 

"...She's my ghost, she haunts me. I don't remember her, but I know her."

The entire book is driven by character choices and it was refreshing to read a book that was entirely based on what a character did or didn't do. The choices made in Muscle Memory lead down several paths and the reader is never sure whether the final outcome will be love or heartache. I loved that the book was focused on Jon's second chance at life and that it was driven by friendship and a second chance at love. It was incredibly well written, thought provoking, and unputdownable. That's a word. Stylo Fantome has outdone herself again and I highly suggest Muscle Memory to, well, everyone.

Author Bio
Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.
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