09 September 2013

What Endures by Katie Lee - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

What Endures
Release Date: August 1st, 2013
Contemporary New Adult

Jason Kincaid is young, hot and successful.

An All-Star outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, he finally had everything he ever wanted, including a second chance with his high school sweetheart, Megan Williams.
But their hopes for a ‘happily-ever-after’ are dashed by tragedy.

A horrific car accident wipes out most of Jason's memories. Unable to recall anything from the last fifteen years of his life, Jason is suddenly adrift, his once charmed life now in ruins.
 Megan finds herself in the untenable position of having to deal with the fact that the man she’s helping to rebuild his life may look, and even act, like her beloved fiancé, but in reality, isn’t any longer.

Trying to protect herself, as well as Jason, Megan fights the attraction between them. . .to no avail. As their potent connection inevitably draws them closer, Megan wonders,

With the memories of their relationship gone, can love endure? 

Where exactly would you start if you’re told that the person whom you love and meant the world to you could not recall anything about you? 
The book started with a tragedy hits baseball superstar Jason Kincaid. A car accident caused him to lose his memory of 15 years. He couldn’t recall anything, including reuniting with his high school sweetheart, Megan Williams. Their hopes and plans were suddenly lost along with his memories. 
Megan, on the other hand, tries to grasp reality as she help Jason build up his life from pieces. To him, she is no longer his fiancée but a very good friend. The doctors advised her to allow Jason to regain his memory rather than feeding him bits and pieces that might overwhelm his brain. 
While some memories are worth remembering, some are painful enough to remain buried and forgotten. Jason has clearly forgotten half of his life, and he’s about to do some things for the first time, experience pain all over again, and perhaps fall in love with the same woman who had her heart for the third time. 
Amnesia is a complicated disorder. You don’t have a memory pill for you to have your memories back in a jiffy. The sad thing is – even therapy can’t assure that you will remember everything you have forgotten. 
I love most of the characters – especially Megan, Jason and of course, Tyler. Megan, among all characters had endured a lot. The love of her life suddenly could not recall her, and no matter how much she wanted to be in his arms, or how much she wanted to kiss him – she couldn’t. So, she opted to take care of him instead, pretending to be his friend and supported him throughout his ordeal. But a secret does not remain secret for long. Oh heck, I wanted to know what happened between them, what caused their drift when they were young and how did they meet again and rekindled their love. And like Jason, I patiently waited until the right time came along or until someone opens the can of worms. 
Tyler on the other hand is also amazing! He’s Megan’s best friend and Jason’s ex-step brother. I think besides Jason, he’s the only sane member of the family. I like him a lot because he’s always there for the both his friends. He checks in them, pushed them subtly (or not) together and wants nothing but their happiness! (I wish he has his happy ending too). 
It’s true that sometimes, some things are best forgotten. But love? It doesn’t forget. Jason may not knew who Megan was, but in his heart, he knew that she was someone special to him. First page and I was hooked to What Endures. It was sweet, painful, funny and refreshing. I was rooting for both characters and hoping that none of them give up. I enjoyed reading it and would be looking forward for Katie Lee’s future works. 

*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

I know the love is still there. Jason may not remember it now, but that doesn’t mean he won’t remember it. You don’t just forget a love like that. And it doesn’t just go away. No matter what. Nothing so ordinary like a car crash can erase something like what you guys had. 

“When you were in the hospital, in that coma, all I was praying for was for you to wake up, Jason. I wanted you to wake up and get another chance at life.” She looked at him and could see that her words were making an impact. “You got that second chance. This is a new start for you. Don’t waste it by looking back.”

Again, that ‘flash’ appeared in his mind. Megan, in his arms, looking so content and happy. For that one brief instant this morning, he had seen that same look. It had felt so right and familiar. And his lips still tingled with that all-too-brief kiss, knowing that if such brief contact could ignite that kind of reaction, what would a longer, deeper kiss invoke? All he knew was, he wanted to find out because when she had been in his arms, it was like all the scattered pieces of his life had aligned perfectly in that one moment.

But see the thing about memories? They’re a double-edged sword. You get the good but there’s also the bad. And you can’t decide which memories you get to keep and which ones you don’t. You get it all.

“That old saying ‘forgive and forget’? No one ever tells you it’s not forgiving that’s hard. It’s forgetting about it. ‘Cause no matter how much you don’t want to, you remember.”

“Besides, haven’t you ever thought that the best things are hard because they make you value them more? The things you really have to work for makes you appreciate them so much more.” 

Katie Lee has had a lifelong love affair with books. She fell in love with her first book in the second grade and hasn’t looked back since. She first took up writing as a hobby, wanting to craft her own magical adventures, and through the love and encouragement of family and friends, decided to get serious about writing and share her stories with the world.

She currently resides in Maryland in the United States. She works for the government during the day, and her spare time is devoted to writing. She gains inspiration from all sorts of things, but mostly from the fun and adventurous trips she takes when she can.  She loves hearing from her readers so drop her a note!


(1) $25 Amazon gift card (INT)
(2) Signed print copies of What Endures (US only)

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