Thank you Net Galley for an ARC of Unforgettable You by Ava Olsen. I finished this 2 days late! But it was good, and came out during pride month. Cal and Grey were an awesome couple. I liked it.
NY Nights, 3
Never fall in love…
Callum Pattison is an artist on the rise. But his career dreams are on hold when a stalker threatens his safety. Add to that the reappearance of Greyson Ineja, a man he shared one unforgettable night with, and another threat looms—this one aimed closer to Cal’s heart.
Never fall in love again…
Greyson Ineja is a widower whose life is all about work until he meets free-spirited Cal. Since that night, Grey sees light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Until he becomes the focus of Cal’s stalker, and his life is again thrown into turmoil.
Never say never.
A fake wedding is hatched to lure the stalker out of hiding. For Cal and Grey, one night together was incendiary… pretending to be married could be even more dangerous.
The stakes are higher the second time around, and love is the ultimate risk.
Be Warned: m/m sex
“I like my eggs over easy,” he croaked.
Grey jumped, and the spatula he was holding clattered to the floor. Grey turned around and when those intense eyes locked on his, Cal caught his breath. An unnamed emotion churned in his blue depths. What secrets lay behind them? Cal was suddenly curious to unlock it all. Cal rarely painted portraits, but he itched to paint one of Grey and reveal the man beneath the professional mask.
“Why doesn’t that surprise me?” Grey glared and picked up the utensil, washing it and moving back to the stove.
“What? That I like my eggs easy? Hey! I’m not easy! I’m selective.”
“If by selective you mean you choose a partner one night and then select another the next night, and then another the next night, then yes, you are selective. You select a helluva lot.” Grey smirked.
“Hey, my place is a judgment-free zone.” Cal changed the subject. “Whatcha cooking? It smells unreal in here.”
“Nothing spectacular. An omelet with bacon, cheddar, and green onion. Hardly gourmet.”
“Anything that requires me to turn on the stove is gourmet. Grilled cheese is my limit when it comes to cooking.”
“You want coffee? I made a pot. Sorry, I can’t make all those fancy drinks like Luca or Ryker.”
Cal laughed. “No worries. I add lots of sugar and creamer, so it tastes the same. As long as it has a lot of caffeine, I’m good.”
Grey nodded and turned back to the stove.
“So, I don’t remember too much of last night.” Cal paused and finally pushed his ass off the couch and stretched. “I didn’t do or say anything embarrassing, did I?”
Grey turned back again and opened his mouth, but he said nothing. He stood there staring at Cal. Or rather, staring at somewhere near Cal’s waist. He followed Grey’s eyes and looked down and noticed his t-shirt had rucked up to display his abs and his unbuttoned jeans low on his hips. Cal took his time pulling the shirt down and buttoning his fly and watched as Grey’s cheeks flushed and he turned away again. Hmm. Grey still has a weak spot for my abs. Just like their night together when Grey ran his sinful tongue over them, tracing every ridge slowly while Cal moaned and begged, then continued down further to his…
“You tried to get me, Oliver, and Elijah to join you in a foursome, but other than that, you know, nothing out of the ordinary,” Grey said, interrupting Cal’s flashback. Grey moved the pan off the heat and slammed it loudly.
Cal winced. “Sorry about that. Pot makes me horny and flirty.”
Grey’s sudden burst of laughter surprised him. “How is that different from regular you?”
“Well … it … it…” Cal couldn’t find his words, and Grey continued to laugh. “Okay, it makes me hornier than usual and extra flirty. Satisfied now, Mr. Smart Ass?” Cal sauntered over to the kitchen toward the coffee machine. Besides the heavenly aroma of freshly cooked bacon, Cal smelled something deeper, earthier. Like sandalwood and vetiver, mmm. It was Grey. He wore Tom Ford cologne, and when blended with his body heat, it created a scent that was warm, edible, and very sexy. This morning got better and better.
“So, what’s your plan for today?” Grey asked as he cut the large omelet in half and slid it onto plates. Adding toast, he pushed one plate toward Cal.
“Thanks, Grey.” Cal enjoyed a mouthful of cheesy eggs. “Mmm. So good. Can you make this every day?” he joked.
Grey’s fork slipped from his hand and fell to the floor with a clang. After placing that one in the sink, he reached for the kitchen drawer and drew out another one, then sat opposite Cal and ate.
“Maybe not every day. You’d get sick of it. Routines are boring for you, aren’t they?” Grey mumbled over a mouthful of omelet.
Cal contemplated that question. “Partly true. As an artist, I’m always interested in new experiences. But I need some consistency in my life or else I’d burn out. A stable influence to keep me from flying off in too many directions. I’ve reached that point in my life. I felt that way before the stalker, and this situation has amplified it. Don’t get me wrong, I love parties and going out, but I need more from life than hanging out at clubs. Now I think I’m ready for more, maybe even…”
Love. He caught himself before he said the word. Couldn’t believe he thought it never mind was about to say it. To Grey, of all people. Jesus. What was in those chocolates? Cal took another big gulp of coffee before he opened his mouth again.
“You’re ready for…?” Grey asked, searchingly, as he stared at Cal.
“Something more meaningful in my life. I don’t know what that looks like or how to define it yet.” Cal hoped the answer would satisfy Grey and they could move on to another, less risky topic.
To be honest, I was a little bit uneasy with the content however that's my own personal experience. I would say that it was greatly executed in terms of targeting the erotic genre. It is a story about two men and if this is something you may be interesting in reading then I encourage you to do so. I also think this is definitely a novel that people of different sexual orientation may find amusing including those who are also interested in the same sex.
I don't know how I've never heard of Ava Olsen before in the LGBTQ book community, but I'm so unbelievably happy that I've found her and this series! I honestly LOVED this book. I was gripped with the storyline, I thought the sexual tension was hot and the smut lefted me feeling like an inferno. I can not wait to read the first 2 books in this series and of course read the books that follow on from Unforgettable You.
This was my first read from Ava Olsen and I can say I wasnt disappointed. It was also my first M4M read and, again, wasnt disappointed. Olsen gives a very quick, light, spicy read. While this is the third in the series, I didnt notice that I was missing anything or the plot line without reading the other two. So can be read as a stand alone. I'd give the spice level a 4/5 rating. Some points were very steamy. My biggest complaint would be the quickness in which the storyline ran. If you're looking for story about a man trying to find his way out of a stalker situation by marrying someone he doesn't particularly care for, with lots of spice and other LGBQT characters, this would be the quick read for you Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this.
tropes: forced proximity, fake dating - I was approved to read this book as an e-arc on netgalley. Cal, an artist, is being stalked by someone who calls him his soulmate, he decides to hire Grey who owns a public relation firm. But after seeing the two talk, Cal's stalker decides to threaten Grey. Cal and Grey decide to fake date to lure the stalker out and to finally catch them. But there is one catch, Cal and Grey hooked up, one year ago, after a dinner with mutual friends and were unable to forget each other. I really loved this book even though I had trouble getting into it at first, but once I was in, I was hooked. I really loved Cal and Grey, even though they are both really different and had different takes on love, one lost his wife 2 years ago and the other had never been in love, they were both willing to put their heart at risk for the other. I also really loved the thriller sub plot of this book, and liked that the book was more focused on Cal and Grey than on the stalker.
Callum is under house arrest…. well that’s how he sees it anyway. The flamboyant artist is confined to home, in the company of a body guard and private investigator after being sent threatening emails and pictures. It appears there’s a stalker and he’s not sure of the impending risk prior to the biggest exhibition of his career. What’s worse is that Callum’s most recent crunch (and previous one night stand) Grey, ends up on his doorstep, as he’s received threats as well following a photograph being taken of the couple at a function. Callum has two choices - hide away from the stalker, or smoke them out … he chooses the latter with the help of Grey who agrees to a fake marriage. What follows is the spiralling of a crazed stalker … against the feelings developed by Cal and Grey as they spend more time together, embattled against the stalkers threats. Grey is widower who finds himself willing to love again, but Cal doesn’t want to settle down. Grey is a delightful character, and Cal …. Well he’s a bit more high maintenance. A nice story, if but a tad unbelievable with a pretty predictable plot.
Greyson and Cal met via their friends at a dinner party months ago. they had a very special night together - bu didn't tell any of their friends about it. Cal has a long history of being one-and-done. Grey lost his wife in a car accident several years ago - and hasn't had any interest in dating or sex since she passed away. After their night together, neither can stop thinking about the other - but with a stalker targeting Cal and Grey taking on Cal's public relations - its complicated. But when the stalker steps up their game - Cal and Grey agree to "fake" a relationship and wedding to draw the stalker out. I loved both Grey and Cal - and really just wanted to give Cal such a big hug. The forced proximity of this book really worked to bring both guys feelings out quickly. Their interactions and feelings burned so brightly on the pages of the book. I also continue to adore this group of close, found family. This book, and the series as a whole, is such an antidote to toxic masculinity - and I am HERE for it! I received this as an ARC via Netgalley, but these opinions are all my own.
This story is about Cal and Grey. The two met at a party with mutual friends. Grey was recently widowed and having a hard time with his loss. Later that evening he invited Cal to his hotel and room where they spent the night together. Soon after that Cal freaked out and left and the two never talked about what would happen after. They're total opposites, Cal is a free spirited artist who didn't grow up with parents that loved and supported him. Grey is a pr manager, more rational and wants commitment. Fast forward several months and Cal has a stalker and has to hire body guards and hide out in his home. All of a sudden Grey is also being stalked by the same person who finds him being too close with Cal a threat. The two end up living together and come up with the idea of a fake marriage to lure the stalker out of hiding. Can the two trick the stalker? Can they work out their growing feelings for each other and possibly start a life together? Read and find out! I really enjoyed reading this book. Its the third in the series and the spice was fantastic. I did guess who the stalker was halfway through, but it was still very fun to read. Tws; stalking, violence, mental health
‘Are you sure about that ? As I recall, a firm hand is just what you like.’ THIS, is what I’m talking about. I don’t know specifically how my parents screwed me up but I really really like ‘daddy’ vibes. Even mild ones. Cal & Grey had a one-night-stand once and they’re both still not over it. When Cal’s stalker seemingly gets more aggressive, his security team suggests a fake marriage to lure this person out into the open. Grey volunteers. The rest is history. The thriller/romance is on the long list of my favorite subgenres and that’s why I was immediately drawn to this book. The thriller part was more of a subplot however and resolved pretty quickly. Personally I didn’t really mind. At the end of the day, it’s a contemporary romance with an emotionally mature widower and a less emotionally mature serial dater. I may have cried a bit towards the end even with the slightly cringey conversation. FYI, I think the widower angle was handled very well. I usually don’t really like to read about widower characters but thinking about my few other experiences with the trope, I’m pretty sure that this one comes out on top. Also, I think I have a thing for the name Cal. Is it me or is this an objectively sexy name ?
**4.5 Stars** Unforgettable You is a perfect mix of mystery, drama and romance with great friendships and some seriously scorching chemistry between the main characters. I read book two in the series previously but this book can be read as a standalone. It was nice to see some familiar faces return in this book though as all the characers are friends. Cal is an artist who as of late finds himself dealing with a stalker. As the stalker's focus increases in intensity making Cal more nervous, it is agreed that Grey would take over his PR. Grey is one of Cal's best friend's friends and a former one-night stand that he is having trouble forgetting about. When the stalker proves to be making things even more complicated and things get even more dangerous, it puts Cal and Grey in more of a forced proximity situation, which also fuels their chemistry and feelings for each other. I adored Grey and Cal and loved them together. Their chemistry was palpable and I found myself rooting for them from the start. I enjoyed the plot of the story and was engaged from begining to end. I was highly impressed with the writing and story line and look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future. I am voluntarily reviewing an advanced copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
The book Unforgettable You by Ava Olsen is about romance and LGBTQIA. It talks about a New York based artist and illustrator named Cal and Grey who owns a public relation firm in Toronto. Cal and Grey happens to have a one night stand and afterwards things got heated emotionally between them; with Cal been a guy that hardly falls in love and Grey who lost his wife and is still Vulnerable. Cal got his social life messed up because of an invincible stalker who loves him and continue to send threat messages to him. Grey and Cal have to plan an arranged marriage living together for a month to get their stalker out of the bag so they can be able to live their normal social life without fear. Can they be able to control their feelings? This book is really nice, if you are a fan of Intense romance you should tighten your seat belt because things really got heated without any detail left out. I love the characters and how their physique was clearly described as it made it easy for me to paint a clear picture of what this people looks like in real life. Their physique matches the role they played in the book. The houses in the book have so much detailing and a clear picture in my mind as what the houses looks in real life. If you are a fan of same sex fantasy, intense romance then this book is actually for you