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Alexis doesn’t believe in fairytales. She knows first hand that life can turn on a dime – that one stupid mistake can shatter dreams and irrevocably shape the future. Even though her memory of that day is hazy, she has spent the last ten years trying to put it behind her and focus on the future.

Armed with the knowledge that her career will be her only legacy, Alexis works night and day to prove that she is more than just her last name. It’s not only that she doesn’t have time for love – she doesn’t have the heart for it. After all, there’s no point in starting something that you can’t finish.

However, when she meets Adam, she’s drawn to him in a way even she can’t deny. He is dark and brooding and strangely charming. He’s the perfect distraction from the mundane life she’s created for herself. And, as if fate is pushing them together, he seems to be around every corner. It’s enough to almost make her entirely forget about her past and take a chance.

Unfortunately, Adam’s memory isn’t hazy . . . not in the least. And, what she doesn’t remember, he can’t forget.

*Mature New Adult/Adult novel – contains adult situations and sexuality and is suited for ages 18 and up

REVIEW by Dani

EMOTIONAL. I was extremely impressed with this debut novel. We have Alexis who led a charmed life until one accident threw everything she was out the window. She is living her life for work and believes in her heart she is meant to be alone. But as much as she believes this when Adam comes into her life she is drawn to him, she does not wan to fall for him, but slowly he is chipping away the brick wall in her heart.  Adam is living his life with the hurt from THE accident. He soon realizes Alexis has no recollection of the events of the accident. He is determined to make Alexis pay for every sin. He believes she is a self-center and has no remorse. Once Adam really discovers who Alexis really is and the guilt she actually lives with everyday, his armor starts lifting. But like always secrets have a way of coming out and usually hurt more than one person. The truth is DEVASTATING and you as a reader will feel every ounce of it. I had that moment that just hit me where I felt Alexis’s pain. Jenni has done a fabulous job to have you think you know what the outcome will be but in a gut-wrenching turn of events leaves you with an emotional mess.

Don’t worry the story does turn out for the good and has a truly beautiful ending. I was so sad to part with this twosome, but don’t fear she is building more onto Alexis and Adam and I can’t wait. Her 2nd book featuring these to characters is Finding Joy due out on December 2013.

Look out for Jenni Moen book readers and remember her name because she is amazing and her to stay. A secret gem we should all share.

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Jenni Moen lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three crazy, exuberant kids that have the potential to burn the house down at any moment.

When she’s not chauffeuring kids around town, performing her mom duties as a short order cook and maid, or vacuuming for her fastidious husband, she hammers away at her keyboard at her big girl job as a patent attorney. While vodka and exercise have provided some relief from the daily grind, it is reading … and now writing … that are her true escapes.

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Top 10 books:
 
1.  Fountainhead by
Ayn Rand
2.  Consequences and
Truth by Aleatha Romig
3.  Are you there
Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
4.  Gone Girl by
Gillian Flynn
5.  I’m Down by
Mishna Wolff
6.  Hopeless by
Colleen Hoover
7. The Twilight Books by Stephenie Meyer
8.  Water for
Elephants by Sara Gruen
9.  Fifty Shades of
Grey by E.L. James
10. This Man Series by Jodie Ellen Malpas
 
 
Top 10 Female Leads:
 
1.  Lisbeth Salander
– Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2.  Amy Elliott
Dunne – Gone Girl
3.  Reggie Love –
The Client
4.  Domnique – The
Fountainhead  
5.  Catniss Everdeen
– Hunger Games
6.  Claire Nichols –
Truth (not as much in Consequences)
7.  Stephanie Plum –
Bounty Hunter Books
8.  Andi – Shine Not
Burn
9.  Domnique – The
Fountainhead
10.  Scarlet O’Hare
– Gone with the Wind
 
 
 
What inspires me to write:
 
Honestly, reading inspired me to write.  I’ve had my nose stuck in a book most of my
life.  I think most avid readers wonder
at some point or another whether they have what it takes to be a writer.  During the holidays last winter, I went on an
eight week reading binge that involved a lot of angsty and smutty new adult and
contemporary romance novels.  When I finally
came out of it, I decided to take a stab at it myself.
 
As for what inspired Remembering Joy, specifically, I can
honestly say that real-life inspired it. 
On my seventeenth birthday, I was involved in a car accident.  It didn’t end tragically but it could
have.   Remembering Joy is the result of
letting myself consider the absolutely worst case scenario.  Also, there are little pieces of me and my
closest friends in each of the characters. 
 
 
Hardest Scenes to Write:
 
That’s easy for me to answer.  The hardest scenes for me to write are the
most heartfelt ones … the ones where the characters gush  and pour their hearts out to one
another.  I’m not a gushy, gooey kind of
girl.  I’m more likely to show you how I
feel than talk about it.  However, I
guess deep down I must be a hopeless romantic because it’s all I want to read and
write.
 
 
Cliffhangers:
 
I’m a rebel on this one. 
I love cliffhangers.  The more
cliffy the hanger, the better.  I love a
book that leaves me wanting more, more, more. 
I love to throw my hands up in the air and scream and curse at the end
of a book.  And I don’t mind waiting for
the next book.  I’d rather wait for a
well-written novel that’s not full of typos and fragmented sentences than get
the next installment as soon as possible.
 
Despite my love of them, Remembering Joy does not have a
cliffhanger ending.  I wasn’t sure about
this whole writing business or that I wanted to be committed to writing a
sequel.  However, I left enough loose
ends that I could if I wanted to.  Now
that I’m about 1/3 the way done with the second book, I’m loving where the story
is headed. I can’t wait to give Adam and Allie the ending they deserve.
 

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