Lines We Forget (J.E. Warren)

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Love never comes easy, especially to those who aren’t prepared for it…

Twenty-four-year-old musician Charlie Stone has always played the classics. It’s just another day of playing the same old songs until he notices her — Anna Garrett, a beauty with cold-bitten, rosy cheeks and a coffee cup clutched in her hands.  

Five songs later, and she’s still standing there. He vows to steal her heart the only way he knows how. 

In the heart of London, chance encounters are few and far between, but a warm melody can bring people together…  

New day, same old disappointments. Anna Garrett believes her luck at finding love has stalled before it’s even started when she’s stood up for a second date with a friend of her housemate.
But when she sees a handsome musician playing his heart out, everything changes. Memories come flooding back. As she listens to the music, Anna realises she must take matters of love and luck into her own hands.  

When opposites attract, sparks fly…  

After a series of wonderful, unconventional dates, feisty Anna and hopeless romantic Charlie declare their love for each other. But their newfound bond is rocked to its core by a New Year’s Eve party gone awry that threatens to throw them off course. 

Finally, a bright future appears to be within their grasp. But when Anna’s world fractures and distance comes between them, the real work begins.  

Will their love go on in perfect harmony, or become another old song full of Lines We Forget?


When the author asked me if I would like to review this book, I was super happy. New adult is right up my alley, and the premise sounded good, and it was in London? Sign me up! So as you can imagine, I really really wanted to love this book… I didn’t though.

The writing was the main reason I couldn’t quite enjoy this book. The book is told on the 3rd person, present tense, and so far so good, my problem was that it was a very complentative and introspective writing, with very little dialogue and very deep and emotional thoughts. Which is fine, actually, it was kind of beautiful at times, but I also found it slow, sometimes boring and unnecessary. To be honest it’s just not what I’m looking for while reading a contemporary romance.

Now, the story itself is interesting, it’s the story of a relationship, its ups and mostly downs, during 2 years. Charlie and Anna meet, they date, they fall in love, and they have to face real, day to day obstacles in their relationship. Is there’s one thing that this relationship is, is REAL. This also means that there are a lot of small things and conflicts, and not major ones, which made the first 60% of the book really slow.

I liked Charlie, he was a romantic and shy guy, a little lost and he was relatable. I couldn’t find any connection to Anna, however, I actually finished the book still uncertain about her and how I felt about her. And while their relationship was sweet at times, I was never 100% sold on it.

In the end, I had a lot of problems with this book, I found it slow and somewhat boring. I do think it is a real portrayal of a relationship, with small issues taking their toll on the day to day, such as lack of money, distance, or even the weather, but ultimately is not what I look forward to read in a contemporary romance. I do think it’s definitly a “me” problem and not a book problem, because I can totally see how this book might appeal to a lot of you. So, my suggestion is read it, maybe you’ll fall in love with it. 🙂

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