Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Recaptured Dreams by Justine Dell

Received for review
Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1st edition (16 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Ten years, the Atlantic Ocean, and several rungs in society have kept Xavier Cain from having Sophia Montel. Now twenty-seven, he’s spent his entire adult life building a fashion empire that could finally prove his worth to her family. When fate reunites him with Sophia at London’s premiere fashion show, one problem lodges in Xavier’s path: Sophia doesn’t remember him.

The only obstacle that has kept Sophia from Xavier is a horrific car crash that erased her memory at seventeen. She’s spent the last ten years fighting to reclaim a sliver of her past that her mother refuses to help her remember. When Sophia meets Xavier at the London show, however, all her fantasies come to life in one night of passion. Discovering he is the missing link, she is determined to find all the pieces to their love story and her memory.

Xavier wants forever. Sophia wants her memory. If they take this chance, they’ll have to start over. How far are they willing to go get what they want? And when the past catches up to them, can they handle the truths it has hidden?

Cover:  This has to be one of my all time favourite covers.  The colours, the atmosphere, and bonus points for it being relevant.
This cover is so beautiful that I'm dying to get my hands on a physical copy, because you don't get the full benefit of it on a Kindle, being boring black and white.

I loved this book!  I devoured it in just one day!  And I have to say that his book is as beautiful as its cover.
Sophia and Xavier fell in love ten years ago but were kept apart by her disapproving family.
Oh how I loved Xavier- he never stopped wanting a life with Sophia, and everything he did was aimed at finding her again.  He was just so adorable that you couldn't help but love him.
Sophia lost her memory of everything before she was 17 so can't remember her and Xavier's love.  The whole premise of her having to remember their romance really drew me in.
Justine Dell did such an amazing job at making me hate Sophia's snobby family.  They frustrated and annoyed me no end!  I just wanted to reach through and shake some sense into them!  A sign of an amazing book, I think we'll all agree.  I still couldn't forgive her family at the end.
As I said, I loved Xavier's character.  I loved that his character was constant.
Now I had a lot more trouble warming to Sophia.  She wants to break free from what her Mother and Grandmother have planned for her, and yet mostly goes along with them, then rebels, then goes along with them again.  Wants her memories back, doesn't think she can handle them, wants her memories back...etc etc.  She swings from being a strong character to weak, and back again.  A little of that is fine, but I just felt there was just a tad too much, that Sophia just ended up contradicting herself too much for me to find her a really enjoyable character.
Normally that would effect my rating, but everything else was so perfect- the pacing was on point, hooked me from the get go, the plot was amazing- I had to know these character's history and see them get their HEA!  Having both Sophia and Xavier's perspectives!  Xavier was well...the perfect romantic hero.
So even though I didn't like Sophia very much, I still loved this book, so much!
I will definitely be re-reading this! This is a 5/5 star book for me and I recommend it for every single romance fan out there!


  1. Thanks so much for your review, Erin! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book (and Xavier!)


    1. Xavier was definitely a highlight...did I mention that once or twice? :P muaha

  2. Great review! I love when star-crossed lovers get another chance.

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