Forgive and Forget

  • by Charlie Cochet
  • Narrated by John Solo
  • 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He's hot. He's dangerous. And he can't remember anything.
As the owner of Apple'n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew - Bea, Elsie, and Donnie - Joe couldn't be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.
Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated - and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can't deny something sweet is in the works. He isn't one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.


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Enjoyable and worth a listen.

Set in contemporary New York yet the story has a vintage, country feel to it with lots of home baking. Joe Applin’s Apple’n Pies cafe/shop is a safe haven for customers of all ages and a pie paradise. It’s his home as well as his place of work. He’s a popular guy and not just because of his scrummy pies. Joe’s lonely, but doesn’t flirt back with the guys who show an interest in him and drop subtle hints. He’s been hurt before and is rebuilding his life after his ex all but ruined his life.

That is until he meets nice and sexy ‘Tom’. Unfortunately, Tom has lost his memory, although he knows he can’t go to the hospital or contact the police about his attack for some reason. His background is a mystery for most of the story, although there are a few clues along the way. Joe, and even Tom himself, know he’s not a baddie and can be trusted.

Talking of baddies, Joe’s ex makes a couple of appearances to add a little more angst to the mix and makes Joe fear losing all he’s built up in his new business.

If you like the antics between Dex and his team mates in THIRDS, you’ll also enjoy the horseplay and banter between Joe and his terrible trio of a workforce—Bea, Donnie and Elsie.

Joe’s a nice guy. He’s thirty-eight, but appears much younger in his speech and actions—and not just because of the narrator’s voice for him. Yes, he’s insecure, scatty, and has quirky habits, but he’s kind and considerate. And Tom falls for him.

I especially enjoyed the excitement and action as the mystery of Tom’s situation comes to a head towards the end and the scenes along the way when Tom and Joe are alone. There’d been an almost immediate attraction between them and Joe surprises himself by acting boldly with this guy he knows very little about.

Although professionally performed, the narrator’s voice grated at times. It was almost as if he was shouting. He redeemed himself, however, with the husky and sexy characterization of Tom.

Overall, an enjoyable audiobook featuring a sweet romance with a mystery to unravel and a little angst.
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- Lily G Blunt "Lily reads, writes, and reviews m/m romance."

Funny, sweet, solid narration

When I read these “Dreamspun Desires” I have to remember that it’s a little bit like going in the “way back machine” (anyone remember that reference?) and to a time when readers were a bit less concerned with probability or realism or … well you get the idea.

So, we set suspend our disbelief and we embrace our love for ooey gooey love stories and viola! – you have a Dreamspun Desire book!

In this case, there is a super sweet baker named Joe who has a little pie shop in Manhattan (first suspension of disbelief) where he lives and works with some crazy folks and sells a lot of pies – but he’s very lonely. He’s been hurt in the past and doesn’t ever leave his apartment for fun (2nd suspension).

One day he hears a scuffle in the garden in the back and finds an injured man who tells him “No police, no hospital” so he takes him upstairs to his apartment so he can heal. (3rd suspension)

Once he awakens, the mystery man (later called Tom) can’t remember his name or job but he has a bunch of other memories – like movies, sexual preferences, the fact that he’s not involved in a relationship.

Over time the two grow close, some other crazy stuff happens with the folks who are after “Tom” and another amazing co-incidence occurs (4th suspension).

Now, don’t think I didn’t like this story, because I did – but… I really had to remember that it wasn’t supposed to be “real”. It was fun, cute, lovey dovey (which I adore) and sweet.

If you’re in the mood for real, keep looking, but if you want a light-hearted escape from reality with fun characters and sweet moments – this is the book for you!


John Solo is a frequent choice for this genre and he definitely knows his way around a story. He is good at pacing, emotion and smexy times. I like his deep voice and most of the time, I find him easy to listen to. For the most part this was a good narration, my only issue was Bea – she sounded more like a wizened sailor than an older lady friend. All in all this is a good way to experience this story.

Overall 4 of 5 stars
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- Morgan A Skye

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC