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One mistake can shatter dreams and irrevocably shape the future. Alexis knows this first hand. Even though her memory of that day is hazy, she has spent 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 that shOne mistake can shatter dreams and irrevocably shape the future. Alexis knows this first hand. Even though her memory of that day is hazy, she has spent 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 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. Adam is dark and brooding and strangely charming. The film student is the perfect distraction from the mundane life she’s created for herself. Unfortunately, Adam’s memory isn’t hazy . . . not in the least. And, what she doesn’t remember, he can’t forget....

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Remembering Joy Reviews

  • Aestas Book Blog
    2018-10-07 09:21

    ** FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED **I'd had this book on my reading list for a while now because several readers had recommended it to me and since the sequel, Finding Joy, was recently released, I decided that now was the perfect time to try it out!I don't want to give away anything here so I'll try and only give you a general idea of what the story is about...  The heroine, Alexis, is a career driven woman with a past that has been blocked out of her memory -- an incident too traumatic to remember. But what she doesn't know when she bumps into the hero, Adam, is that not only does he know her from her past but he also remembers everything and he is out for revenge! The only thing he didn't count on was falling in love with the person he wanted to hurt...Even from the first page I was intrigued. Check out this quote:"And that's when I saw her. It had been almost 10 years. My heart fell a little at the thought that 10 years had actually passed. I'd always known that she was here, but I'd never sought it out. It was practically mandatory that I'd keep her distance…. I recognized her immediately. hers was a face I would know anywhere and a face I would never forget."It kinda begs you find out more, does it not? Clearly they had a connection but... what was it? What was it that he remembered but she didn't? ... These were the questions that kept me going.Adam was dark, brooding, charming and utterly mysterious but... with a bit of a dangerous edge to him too. He was fuelled by a build-up of ten years of anger and hurt."I'd thought about her every day for the last 10 years. A part of me wanted to walk away and spend the next 10 years trying to forget her."Alexis on the other hang was convinced that happiness was not in her future and she threw herself into her work as much as possible instead ...."I knew better. The fairytale ending wasn't in the cards for me. I wouldn't even let myself go there."Thankfully, this story was told in alternating POVs -- given the secrecy, it was a much needed element to have both sides of the story there and it was so interesting to see how much each of their realities did not match up with the other.I will say that there were times when his obsession over her and just some of the things he did were borderline creepy and hovered precariously on the "acceptable" line. However, I didn't get creeper vibes off him ever so that's what kept him in my good graces in the beginning. That and an overpowering curiousity to know why the hell he hated her so much because really seemed like a good guy deep down."Who's the bad guy in this scenario," I whispered."Sometimes it's hard to tell, but I think I am."So... about the reason why he hated her -- I obviously won't tell you what it is but I did figure it out relatively soon and I actually think that might have made me enjoy parts of the story more by giving me a better insight into him. Because otherwise his actions really would have been creepy without context. He was a man set on revenge and intent on causing her pain while at the same time falling in love with her. Those two emotional sides of him were such polar opposites that seeing him wrestle with them almost made my head spin at times. Very "hot/cold". But, I guess that's what happens when you fall for the person you secretly hate."Forgiving was not forgetting, and I'd never been able to forget."In the interest of full honesty though, I will say that while I did enjoy the book, there were some parts that were just a little slow for me. It's not that I wasn't interested, but I did find it easy to put down in places. There were also a few things here and there that I kind of squinted my eyes at a little and went 'hmmmm'. And I did also wish that the love scenes had been a little more "there". It's not something that I feel always needs to be in a story but it was just something I missed a little in this one.That being said, I loved that the book had a very different plotline than most and I cared about the characters. I enjoyed a lot of the writing -- there were fun lines in there like "I was only two Americanos into my stake out when..." and a few scenes that had me laughing right out loud.There isn't a cliffhanger per say, but it leaves a lot of questions still unanswered but luckily the sequel, FINDING JOY, is out now and you can read straight through. The sequel tells the conclusion to Alexis and Adam's story :)Rating: 4 stars.**************************** For more of my reviews, book news and updates:✦ Main blog: Aestas Book Blog✦ Facebook Blog Page✦ Twitter

  • Andrea
    2018-09-22 08:07

    Remembering Joy was such a lovely surprise. So striking, mysterious, and heartbreaking, that I hardly know what to say. This is a story that is so intricate, so cleverly mapped out. I can hardly believe this is Jenni Moen's debut novel.Because so much of the beauty of Remembering Joy is the surprising plot and the way it slowly and steadily unfolds, I don't even want to touch that. To be honest, if someone spoiled Remembering Joy for me, I would cut that person. Then break their Kindle.I had only made it as far as twenty-five percent into the book when I decided I had to shout about it on social media. Several of my friends responded to my enthusiasm by saying they would add Remembering Joy to their to-read list. One friend, I'll call her....Karen (Hi, Karen!), asked the question I was waiting for: "Sounds good, but is this the typical 'New Adult'. " Even though I don't categorize Remembering Joy as New Adult, that's a fair question.There is nothing at all typical about Remembering Joy. Yes, there is a heroine who's been shattered by a tragic event from her past, but Alexis is beyond being typecast. There is also a broody man with dark secrets, but Adam isn't a jerk, conceited, or a womanizer. His love for his car and his always awesome graphic t-shirts always made me smile. Seeing Adam and Alexis slowly come together is both irresistible, and like awaiting a tragedy. Their story is emotionally profound and beautiful. They have a very sensual, and almost dangerous chemistry, but Adam and Alexis won't find the answers to their problem between the sheets. Their stories are united by tragedy and pain. In each other, they might find the way out.Good grief. I am thisclose to completely losing it and spilling the story details. I want to gush about the suspense and emotions that make up Remembering Joy. I want to go on and on about how beautifully and truthfully Moen was able to characterize these two lost souls. I will say that Remembering Joy consumed my day, and that I was so blown away that I followed my husband around all day recounting the story. Which, by the way, caused him to say, "Sounds like a good story. Thanks for ruining it for me." (Sorry, babe!) I really need someone to talk about it with!Remembering Joy was an absolute pleasure for me. And I know it is a story I won't soon forget. Please, please read it.

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2018-09-23 15:34

    NOW FREEEE - seems like a steamy read..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.

  • J
    2018-10-14 15:12

    Fairly close to a 4.5 stars for me. This was a wonderful story about a girl torn apart by a car crash she had years ago and a boy seeking revenge for what also happened in that accident. The revenge was to be that he would have the girl fall in love with him and then he would break her heart in a million pieces, just as she had broken his heart so many years ago with the death of his sister. But, lies, circumstances and love got in the way of the revenge.He did make her fall in love with him, but he also fell in love along the way. And, it turned out that the circumstances they both thought were fact turned out not to be so factual and the big secret she was keeping was more involved than just the accident itself. These twists made the book all the more interesting.The book ended on a good note, but everything had not been resolved. There is a book #2 (and maybe #3) that will deal with a "life issue" between the lovers that still might force them apart. I enjoyed this book and will read #2 (and come on Adam, you know you want to do this!).

  • Autumn Review
    2018-10-05 09:26

    I found this surprise gem by reading a review of the book on my BFF's blog. She insisted that I would love this book and she usual...right. Remembering Joy was a book I'm not likely to forget anytime soon. It kept me guessing and made me fall in love. Pretty great combination, right?!I won't be discussing what the book is about exactly, because you can get a general idea from the synopsis. So, I'll give you a little idea about how I felt about getting to know these characters. I'll start with Alexis. I liked Alexis immediately. She's smart, sweet, and ambitious. What we learn about her is all in the present, but my favorite parts about getting to know more about her were through her dreams. It wasn't a pleasant experience, per say, but I thought Moen structured this book brilliantly by using her dreams to help the story unfold. While I may not have liked Alexis pre-memory loss, I admire the person she's become as a result. Elusive, mysterious and utterly sexy, Adam stole and broke my heart. Adam is just the kind of guy I'm drawn to. But there is a side to Adam that is haunting, which I suppose was part of his appeal to me. Aside from Adam's dark, mysterious appeal, he's also got a great sense of humor. His t-shirt collection is one I'd like to hi-jack. His inner battle over his feelings for Alexis made me love him even more. It was raw. It was real. It was enthralling. I have to say with as much as I liked Alexis, Adam made this book for me. I know this may be a fairly vague review, but this is the kind of book you experience. And overall, I loved it. There were times where I thought I had the story figured out and some of my guesses were even right, but as I mentioned, the way in which the story unfolds made it special, unique. The ending left me a bit breathless and anxious for the sequel, which is set to release late 2013. It'll be a drop everything and read. If you're looking for something a bit different and will completely pull you in, this is the book for you. Quotes:"You have sex with no strings. You drink your coffee black. You have a good job and can support yourself. You are like a dream come true. Do you drink your whiskey straight, too?"-pg 82~For a second, I forgot why we were here. I loved it when she was like this, so full of good ideas and bad intentions.-pg 242~This girl was going to be my come apart. I was sure of it.-pg 256~As I spilled into her, I felt like I'd succeeded. She had to know what this had meant to me, that she was my everything and that I could be her everything. I didn't know how to convey that feeling in words, but I knew that she felt it nonetheless.-pg 326

  • Bianca
    2018-10-07 15:13

    This review can also be found here: http://brittanyandbiancablabbooks.blo...Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I read this book in one sitting, because I simply could not put it down. Alexis guards her heart like no other. She is not looking for prince charming and avoids relationships with the opposite sex at all costs. This changes when she meets Adam. He is mysterious and brooding, but she feels the connection with him and she doesn’t know why. Adam knows something that Alexis has been trying to forget. I absolutely adored this story. This was one of the most beautiful love stories in that out of pain, loss, and grief, came love. A love so strong that survived the unthinkable. I cried and laughed through this story, enjoying it in its entirety. The electricity between Alexis and Adam was undeniable. It literally oozed out of every page. I enjoyed the author’s style of writing. The flow of the story was amazing. I was on edge at times and could not predict what would happen next. I wasn’t even sure if a happily ever after was possible. However, with love all things are possible.Remembering Joy is not your average love story about two broken people. It is better than that! It is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about two people that are proof that everything happens for a reason. That no matter the circumstance, love really does conquer all. At all times, choose love. Overall, I recommend this book to any lovers of contemporary romance. I cannot stress how many stories sound the same, but not this one! Never have I read about such strong characters like Alexis and Adam. This was definitely a strong debut for the author and I look forward to more of her work.

  • Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
    2018-10-04 09:11

    I don’t remember who recommended this book to me or if I found it browsing on Goodreads, what I do know is that the blurb alone pulled me to it. I read it in 2013 and it was one of my top reads that year. It still is, actually!Right in the beginning we get to know Adam and how he sees a girl from his past, a girl that he hates and he thinks is a snob. The thing is, Adam doesn’t know Alexis at all.Alexis is a girl who fights against her family name and has emerged herself into her work. She has one friend, her work husband, Ethan and he is the only one she goes out with to have some drinks. And in one of these drinking nights she meets Adam.A lot happens in their story, a lot of misanderstandings, a lot of mistery around Alexis past and her nightmares and a lot grows between them, the least expected, specially for Adam: love.Alexis is plagued by nightmares that she knows have something to do with something that happened in her past, but she can’t remember what. Her memory of that day has plagued her for the last 10 years even thought she actually has no memory of it, unless you count her enigmatic dreams.Adam is the knowlegeable one in the couple. He knows something about Alexis past, something that makes him want to destroy her and what better vengeance than getting really close to her to make her suffer? He actually starts messing with her life, like her work and other things.The thing is Adam isn’t a bad person. At all. Nor is Alexis and as he gets to know her, he finally realises that and he falls for her. “I was having trouble sorting through it all. For so many years, I’d hated her. And then recently I’d begun to think that, despite it all, I might actually love her. Now, I didn’t know what I felt.”She is also falling for him despite her fears of having people close to her. “After all, I had no desire to meet someone who I actually had something in common with. I didn’t want someone who would really want to get to know me. I was damaged goods, and I’d learned the hard way that once they learned the truth I wasn’t worth sticking around for.”Remembering Joy is the kind of book I live to find. It has angst, romance and mystery all in one package. But it doesn’t have the kind of angst that makes you want to crawl and fold yourself into a ball and cry for days. Not, it has just the right ammount of angst to make it interesting.Adam is on my list of swoon-worthy book boyfriends. After all he is gorgeous, has tattoos and is hard and sweet at the same time. Alexis is also the kind of heroine I like. She is vunerable, but she isn’t weak. She’s got the sass and the attitude to back it up and as a couple they click so well!!This book made me feel so much and I could relate to both characters, Adam and Alexis. I also loved the twists Jenni did in the story. When you think you had it all figured out, she goes and throws even more at us (one of these “mores”, actually made me smile so much, in such a bittersweet way).I love the dicotomy of the characters, Alexis is this girl that has it all, designer clothes, money, the name, but she actually swims against the flow, she doesn’t want to be definied by her family. She has everything to be this stuck up b***ch and she is such a good, kind and generous person. But then so is Adam. He tries to hide in his tough guy mask, but he is actually a perfect boyfriend.Remembering Joy is truly one of the best books I’ve ever read, it’s hard to explain your feelings on books that make you feel like this one did to me. Yes, it’s all about the feelings, but it is also a very well written book and that helps making the story so believeable and passionate.Remembering Joy is not a standalone but it doesn’t have a cliffhanger, it has a sequel, that I very much enjoyed reading, because, when made right, I love sequels. I always feel sad seeing a book go.I’ve read both books twice now and the second time brought all those great feelings again. Of course, there’s nothing like reading a book for the first time, but then being reminded why you loved it so much was so, so good! It was more than bittersweet, it was love at second sight and I believe that no matter how many times I read them, I’ll fall in love all over again!This book is enchanting, outstanding and it has such a powerful story, you can’t miss it! Phenomenal in its story, in its characters and in how much it makes us feel! Books as entertainment are awesome, but then you find one that is the real deal, a book that makes you feel this much and you’re ruined! Thank you so much Jenni Moen for writing this and sharing it with us!As I said, it has all the qualities of the books I most enjoy (no matter if they are dark or “vanilla”, or funny or angsty, all of them have some common qualities) and one of the best ones is that we can see the story (not only the characters) grow. We can see it starting one way and, because of it being so well executed and consistent, we can see how and where it’s going. And let me tell you, it’s a true joy seeing where this story leads its characters (and Jenni leads the story).Complete post here: https://beautyandthebeastlybooks.word...

  • Vanessa
    2018-09-23 09:31

    Somewhere Between 4 – 4.5 Forgiving Stars So you know those moments in life that you wish you could have back? And you can’t let them go, so you torture yourself with the questions; What if I would’ve left the house 10 minutes earlier? What if I would’ve taken a different route? What if I would’ve let that text go and not tried to check my phone while driving?Remembering Joyis the story of two people, on different ends of a tragedy, dealing with loss, who have never been able to move on. As soon as I read the blurb for this story, I was captivated. It’s a totally unique concept and it hooked me. Alexis has surrendered herself to a life of loneliness. She’s got a shield of armor up against any kind of relationship prospect. Adam is consumed with anger and a need for revenge. He thinks that he’s outsmarted fate when the perfect opportunity presents itself for some payback. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has an agenda of its own. I connected with Alexis and sympathized for her. I like that she wasn’t one of these prototypical whiny heroines that I just want to smack. And Adam, well Adam is sexy as hell but scary as fuck! I spent the entire first half of the book hating and completely terrified of him! What was I doing with this woman? How could someone who elicited such fury in me also make me want her so much? If I kept this up, it wouldn’t end well. While it started out strong for me, I did have a few issues, mainly with the first half of the book. After the initial start, the story was a little slow for a bit until things started to pick back up. Also, the writing itself didn’t flow for me during the first half of the book. It could’ve used more steam too. What is it with romance authors lately fading to black on the sex scenes?!?! Umm, not OK! We need it and the story needs it. That’s where the intimacy is, the passion…when a story skips it, I feel like I know the couple that much less. We get a dual POV in this one which is great. I loved being in Adam’s head. The last 35% or so of the book was 5 stars all the way for me. I have to seriously commend this author for not ending this one in a cliff hanger because, believe me, she totally could have! All the ingredients were there. But, have no fear; it isn’t a cliffy ending at all. We get a complete story, left very open for a continuation. For her debut book, I thought Jenni Moen did a very good job and I am very intrigued to see where this story goes. I cannot wait for book 2,Finding Joybecause honestly, there are couples that have their shit to overcome, and then there are Adam and Allie. They have more than a mountain ahead of them! We were two broken people, but maybe, between the two of us, we could come up with a whole person.ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews, book updates and other craziness visit our blog at

  • Rute Sousa
    2018-10-06 15:33

    I'm very frustrated right now. I loved romance that have revenge, some darkness, flawed characters, hate, love, angst, regret, things that are common in real life. This book seemed address some those things. So I decided to read it. But it didn't work for me. I didn't finished at 82%. Some of the things that I didn't like:1) Sex without protection. This really make me sick. How can someone who is 26 years old, has a degree from Columbia University, picks a random guy at a bar in NY and has sex with him without a condom !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?2) Hero saying to heroine: "I'm not good for you". "sigh" "eyes rolling". Every romance that I read recently had this same sentence. I'm done. A real bad guy will never say that, because you know... he's bad, and a good guy would not have a reason to say this because he's good.3) The heroine helps a 14 yrs teenager through a social program called "Big Sister", this girl got pregnant and the heroine's thought is: "Why haven't I talked to her about sex?". Like she had some good advice to say to the girl!!! She herself had unprotected sex!!!!4) The reason why the H wants revenge. (view spoiler)[He thinks she is bad and did bad things, but in the end you know what??? She isn't really bad!! She just looks like. Actually, she is only a victim too. So the H gives up the revenge and all live happily ever after. Please authors have some guts and write about someone who is bad from begining until the end. (hide spoiler)]5) The unrealistic things. (view spoiler)[How can you kill someone and not know anything about it? She had amnesia. Ok. But 10 years have past. Someone who knew her would have let slip something to her, at some point in the last 10 years! Maybe in facebook? She had no curiosity to see any reports about the accident??? Also, I don't know nothing about US laws, but here in Brasil kill someone while driving over the speed limit is a crime and charges are pressed. The point is: I can't believe that she lived 10 years without know anything. (hide spoiler)]

  • Elena Love
    2018-09-25 13:32

    Alexis works every day to prove that she can reach the expectations other people had for her but she's not okay.She's broken,tired and lonely and when she meets Adam she feels like something might happen.At the beginning they have a "no strings attached" relationship that turns out to be more than they both imagined.But Adam has a plan.He just wants to break Alexi's heart and get revenge for something she can't remember and has nightmares about,and something that Adam can't forget.But when he gets to meet her,he realizes that looks are deceiving and he finds himself falling for her.But can they make it happen?Or will Adam's plan ruin everything in the end?And, what she doesn’t remember, he can’t forget. Seriously?When I read the description I knew I had to read this book.I started it feeling a bit unsure though but then I couldn't stop reading.The story was so emotional and I fell in love with the plot and the characters.What happened ten years ago to make Adam want to get revenge wasn't revealed until later in the story and the characters talked about it but never said what exactly happened.That's one of the things that kept me on edge from the moment I started reading the book.I also had to keep reading to see what would happen and if Adam and Alexis were going to end up together!Remembering Joy was soooo good an the writing was just fantastic.This is one of those books with the extraordinary in my opinion writing that makes you not want to stop reading.The story is told from both their perspectives and it helps you understand the characters better.At first I couldn't understand why Adam wanted to get revenge and hated Alexis but the revelation of what happened was so heartbreaking.The characters were amazing and even though I didn't agree with what Adam had in mind at first,I could also understand why he wanted revenge.This was a heartbreaking story about love,loss,revenge and of course...forgiveness.I highly highly recommend it! A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review!

  •  Dani
    2018-09-28 11:31

    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.

  • Kim Person
    2018-09-24 09:31

    WOW!!!! For stumbling upon a book that I never heard of while I was clicking on Amazon I'm so freaking HAPPY ~ it's like finding a hidden gem ~ AMAZING book! Full Review To Come!

  • Ana
    2018-10-01 07:20

    Absolutely amazing book. Beautifully written. Loved it! Can't wait to get more of Allie and Adam.

  • Ashley Christin
    2018-09-28 09:31

    5 Addicting Stars!I had the pleasure of meeting Jenni Moen and her BFF Elizabeth over this past weekend. After talking with these awesome girls and hearing about Jenni’s book, Remembering Joy, I just had to get my hands on this book! I was hooked from the first chapter but also found myself wanting to scream! I needed the truth! WHY can’t she remember!! WHY OH WHY!! But, that’s one of the many things I loved about this book, being kept on my toes! I didn’t foresee ANYTHING that happened! That is rare for me, normally I see it coming but what Allie’s reasons are for not wanting a relationship are FAR from what I thought, and from some certain things mentioned in the book I thought, ummm hmmmmmmmmm but, then NOPE!!! Lol If that makes any sense to ya’ll! If you like a good story with great twist, this is the book for you! I can’t wait for book 2, even though there is a second book coming out it does not leave you too far out on the ledge.I’d learned the hard way that once they learned the truth I wasn’t worth sticking around for. - AlexisRemembering Joy, is a story about Revenge, love, loss and how to move past events that you cannot control. From the first chapter I was hooked, I mean who doesn’t love a good story about revenge?I wasn’t going to be alone for long. She was about to get my worst . And, she deserved every bit of it. – AdamAdam is waiting for his friend Burke at a bar that is for sure not his scene. Suites and ties and stick up there ass people with way too much money are not Adams normal crowd. When he looks up from taking a drink of his beer, BAM he sees HER.Alexis is just trying to live her life, after picking up enough of the pieces that she knew, she took off and started over in New York. Working for her fathers firm she is just trying to live up to her last name and the expectations that come along with it. She does NOT do relationships. So when she sees Adam at the bar she thinks he is a perfect escape.Returning my gaze to my mark, I said, “Don’t be silly, Ethan. This is going to be fun.” - AlexisAlexis never expects Adam to slowly start to break down the walls she has put up around her life. All the while Adam is just trying to get close as he can get, I mean keep your friends close and your enemies closer right??As if I didn’t have better things to do than stalk a girl. A girl who I was pretty sure I wouldn’t even be able to speak to without tearing off her head and shitting down her neck. – AdamAlthough, somewhere in this game Adam is playing the lines are starting to blur.“I’m not good for you, Allie,” he whispered. “And you aren’t good for me.”- AdamEverything comes crashing down on Alexis, one night changes her forever.How will Alexis pick of the pieces of her “life”? This changes everything. Remembering Joy takes you through a journey of revenge story that slowly turns into a love story. But, how can their lives ever be the same again? How can their love story ever have a happy ending? They are faced with many obstacles to overcome, the accident only being one.“I’m a dead end, Adam.” And at that moment, that was exactly how I felt inside ... a dead end. -AlexisSomehow, some way ... no matter what happened ... we would find common ground. I loved her. She loved me. And that would be enough. – AdamBut, will it? You will have to read Remembering Joy to find out, and I promise this is a story you don’t want to miss! -Ashley Christin<3Blogger at Fiction's Our Addiction, Click here to follow us! LIKE fiction's Our Addiction on FB!

  • BookHookup
    2018-10-02 13:17

    This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.3 stars I loved the premise of this story, and how it would be laced with darkness and heart ache. However, I just never connected with most of it until about 80% through. It’s not that I didn’t like it, in fact the ending has me wanting to read book 2…but it was just so damn slow for so long that makes me feel like it was just a fair read for me.There was a bit of mystery in the beginning as to why Adam was hell bent on something, but soon I was able to piece together what would happen and could predict most of the story. I read the words that Adam and Alexis were drawn to each other, but just never felt it. Maybe part was due to so much fade to black. While it doesn’t need to be super naughty and explicit, I needed more detail to feel the magic of every tough, every look, every kiss. I don’t know if Adam was a good kisser, and as a greedy reader I neeeeed to know these things.What did I like? The level of layers to this story, that even as I read it was hard to wrap my brain around just how it would work out, and they could all live with it. Definitely easier said than done…which is why I think Adam and Alexis’s story isn’t even close to being finished. I think both are in a better place than when I first met them, but the wounds definitely go deep, and there’s going to be an additional character to keep it even more emotionally charged.Will I read book 2? Most likely. I think I will get what I was looking for from these characters as they have had time to grow and the author has gotten to know them too. I will definitely read more of her work as I think there is so much potential for stories to transport me to a place where I wrangle with my emotions.Give it a try and let me know what you think!Happy reading!

  • Breeze
    2018-10-20 09:29

    Although the book alternates between Adam and Alexis POV's we get a lot more Alexis. The strange thing for me was Adam's POV was more memorable. Jenni Moen does a great job writing a males prospective.Alexis is a very sweet woman and yes we know her past due to a reoccurring nightmare that fills in blanks as we read. And, yes it is predictable how she and Adam lives have crossed, but! there still is a slight twist to her amnesia!Adam, the first night when he had "revenge" sex with her was so uncomfortable, almost weird but it sets the pace for him in this story.He runs hot, cold, mean, sweet and she rides along with it because to her he's not her future, no man is. I like the way his friends contradict his personality; they all say he's sweet, "a doll" but she sees brooding and meanness fleeting at times but noticeable and puzzling to her all the same. The scene where he is in his kitchen, hands on the counter while he slowly bangs his head on the cabinets was perfect statement of how torn he becomes with what he's keeping from her and what he's done to her!(view spoiler)[The end of this story, when the shit hits the fan was the best part of this book. Adam's fights and fights hard and I loved it/him!! Alexis is so smart and her good bye was heart wrenching, they are heart wrenching! How can he possibly bring her home to meet his his girlfriend ?? (hide spoiler)]The side friendships are really great. Carly and Burke and the best friend Ethan; what a guy!I really like Adam. I like that while he was being an epic douche he still was faithful and protective- how can he be both? Good writing!I should add....we are seriously cut out of their sex scenes! That was really disappointing!

  • Gwen ~the Book Diva
    2018-10-11 12:08

    4 stars! ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.I felt really bad for this book at first. I'd just finished Try by Ella Frank and loved to hell out of that book. Usually, my next read after something like that doesn't get a fair chance because my expectations have been raised. Luckily, Remembering Joy was strong enough to hold it's own with me. I enjoyed it a lot!Remembering Joy was a great story about two broken and unhappy people trying to live life after the devastating accident that destroyed them both. I knew from the very beginning that Adam was up to no good but I understood the drive that he had. I loved that Allie didn't make excuses for the things that she's done, she was very strong in that aspect. I respected that about her. There were a few little things that irked me and kept me from giving it 5 stars. I felt the writing was choppy in the beginning which didn't allow me to connect with the story right away but it got progressively better or maybe I just got used to it. The last 30% or so really got my attention and boosted it's star rating. I like my love scenes to be more descriptive, it doesn't have to be down and dirty raunchy but enough to give to make me tingle. It was a shame to be so vague in those moments with someone as hot as Adam. But again not everyone needs or wants to got there with their writing and I respect that. Overall a good read!For more reviews, book updates and other craziness visit our blog at us on FB: us Twitter:

  • Samantha ♔ Sam's Book Basket
    2018-10-19 14:20

    4.5 – 5 STARS!!!FULL REVIEW HERE: CLICKETY CLICK ;)THIS BOOK WAS FANTABULOUSLY AWESOME!!!Honestly, this is the first ARC I've ever given a 5 stars to. Usually it's only around 4 stars and below but I LOVED THIS BOOK. I was planning to rush through it but thank God I didn't because I enjoyed it immensely.**COPY PROVIDED BY AUTHOR/CBL BOOK TOURS**Remembering Joy taught me about the meaning of forgiveness and having to move on from the past and trudge on forward. The story was not only compelling but it touched my heart (as horribly cliché as that sounds) and struck me deep. It was beautiful, hilarious and painfully saddening."If I didn't know better, I would say that we were absolutely perfect together."

  • Lindsey
    2018-10-01 15:16

    Totally loved 4.5 stars... Only thing for not getting 5 stars is the ending. I felt very unsatisfied. I know the author was leaving the door open for a sequel but ugh, I'm over sequels. By the time book 2 comes out in 6 months I will have read 200 more books and will have forgotten this one. Anyways, things I loved 1. The suspense..... I was just dying for him to tell her.... 2. I hated Adam at first but I loved him in the end. 3. I loved the duel point of views 4. I love love loved the romance. Finally an adult book with adult characters and adult issues and even an adult romance but when they dead sex we didn't have to read ever detail. I'm not comfortable with that. I loved how this author found a good balance without being young adult and also without getting ronchy. Now that I'm writing a review.... I'm really glad there will be another book. I'm very excited to read more about these characters and ohhhh a baby and he was the one in the bar??!!!!!! This will be good!!!

  • Carrie
    2018-10-02 08:07

    This story starts with Adam. Adams see's Alexis in a bar and immediately recognizes her from his past. As the reader you understand that Adam hates Alexis but the reason is unclear. Adam decides its time for a little payback. What an intricately woven story. I figured out the main secret in the story pretty quickly but that didn't stop me from enjoying the slow reveal. And there were quite a few twists and turns along the way that I didn't see coming. This story is told from both Adam and Alexis' POV. In the first half of the book we only get short narrations form Adam's POV. Most of the story is told from Alexis which keeps the reader guessing as to what is going on in Adam's head. But about halfway the opposite happens. We see more of Adam's POV and less of Alexis'. I wish I still had more of Alexi's POV when the ship starts sinking. I wanted to feel her anguish. I live for the inner turmoil.

  • Kelle
    2018-09-26 13:27

    ARC received from author for honest review3.5 stars Remembering Joy was a good book, interesting concept for a story but started off a bit slow and choppy. Was predictable in some areas but considering this is Jenni Moen's debut I have to give her credit for a nice start.The writing started to get smoother after about the half way point. Adam's POVs were definitely my favorite, I feel like I got more out of his. Alexis seemed to be a strong heroine at the beginning but once her relationship with Adam progressed she started getting whiny, IMO.The sex scenes lacked for me but that's probably just my problem, I like a good hot sex scene.As I said though, good concept for a story interested in seeing where the author takes it next.

  • Lilian
    2018-09-21 15:10

    Ok If you're looking for a book with revenge, lies, secrets, heartbreak, roller-coaster of emotions and finding a way to heal and forgive, then this is it.I will say I did enjoy it. But some parts I felt like the book was taking forever to get to the point. There is going to be a book two, some things are yet to be resolved. For .99 cents it was a good read.4 Stars!

  • Lauren Greenberg
    2018-10-18 13:25

    4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this storyline..refreshing to read something a little bit different.

  • Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
    2018-09-27 08:33

    Aghhhh this book did a number on my emotions! I admit that I was worried about this book because of the kid on the cover. It’s no secret that I don’t like kids in books (I’ve DNF books that have kids in them) but this one was highly recommended by Andrea @ Bookish Babe. Once I read her review, I knew I had to give it a shot. The summary of this book is so vague that I didn’t really know what it was about. I realize now that that’s the only way the author could have done it to keep the mystery of the book. I loved that I didn’t really know what the hell was going on. This book wasn’t anything like what I was expecting, it ended up being so much better! It’s probably one of my favorite books.At first, this starts off like any other typical book: boy and girl meet at bar. Adam and Alexis even seemed like your typical characters. I quickly realized these two were far from what I was expecting. This is not your average girl meets boy and falls in love story. Not at all! Adam’s character was pure brilliance, he gave me the chills in minute while making me swoon for him the next minute. Adam is hurt and angry, he needs to make someone pay for something that’s happened to him in the past and Alexis happens to be the perfect person. His ultimate plan here is to gain her trust, get Alexis to fall in love with him, then break her down slowly. But the more time he spends with her, pretending to like her, he starts liking her a little bit more and hating her a little bit less. But he doesn’t let this small problem get in the way of his plans. He slowly gets Alexis to start falling for him, while sabotaging her life little by little. The closer he gets to her, the more she gets under his skin. He starts to realize that Alexis isn’t the person he thought she was and he wants a real shot at a relationship with her. Too bad she might hate him once she realizes who he is ans the things he’s done.I was willing to concede a few things. One, I now understood the tern ‘hate fuck.’ And, surprisingly, I hadn’t liked it as much as I’d expected. In fact, I hadn’t liked it at all. It turned out that I didn’t wear a guilty conscience well.Two, Alexis was more than just a pretty face. Sure, she would stop a man in his tracks, but she wasn’t the vapid train wreck that I’d thought.Three, only two weeks into this experiment, and she’d already figured out how to push my buttons. If the circumstances had been different, I would have been in real trouble with this one.Yes, I realize that his make Adam sound like a horrible asshole. And he can be at times, but he also is really sweet guy. I love when an author can make me second guess right and wrong. I loved Adam and Alexis in spite of their faults. There were so many amazing characters that made me love this book even more. Ethan! Holy hell, Ethan needs his own book like now! Check out my character interview with Adam and Ethan!Remembering Joy was so brilliantly and beautifully written, I can’t believe this is Jenni Moen’s debut novel! I was instantly hooked from the beginning, even if I didn’t quite understand what the hell was going on at the time. This is so much more than a love story. Remembering Joy is a highly emotional and intense story about love, forgiveness and acceptance that will stay with you. I just finished it a few hours ago and I already want to reread it to be able to re-experience the clusterfuck of emotions this book put me through. This is such a hard review to write without spoiling anything. You guys are just gonna have to give it a shot. Even though this is my first book by this author, it will definitely not be my last. I am very must looking forward to more books by her!5 out of 5 stars!***Read full review & more of my reviews at Mostly YA Book Obsessed

  • Heather
    2018-10-05 08:11

    Oh.My.Word. This was an absolutely AMAZING book. Beautifully written. I was pulled in from page 1.This book is sitting on Amazon with 5 stars. 58 reviews. 5 stars. That doesn’t happen very often once the reviews start rolling in. I think this is her first book too. This is the only one showing on her Amazon author page and on her Goodreads page. I cannot believe that this was a debut novel. (I do, but you know what I mean.)Adam. Poor Adam. He’s been through hell. He isn’t typically the way he is towards Allie, but you’ve got to understand why. He knows her from their past. She, on the other hand, does not know this stranger who doesn’t share much about himself, he’s mysterious, he’s sexy, he appears to be a contradiction from what his friends say he is.My heart hurt for Alexis too though. She has been through a hell she can’t remember. Alexis closes herself off from men. She doesn’t want a relationship. No strings attached works great for her.There’s this attraction though. She can’t stop thinking of him. He has an ulterior motive. Forgiveness needs to be had. Is it possible for both of them to forgive themselves and each other. I’ll never tell. totally me a couple of timesThe best friends, the friends, I loved everyone in this book. There was one character I wasn’t sure I was going to like (I won’t give it away) but I ended up loving him for his heart. This is just a beautiful painful gorgeous love story and I could not put it down. 376 pages and I read it in a couple of hours. Literally I was carrying it around and shushing everyone in my life because seriously mama is reading a really good book.I want more more more. I want to know what happens with the “little sister”. Does anything develop over what she proposes to Alexis? (It’s not a cliff hanger ending, I promise, I just loved the story so much, I never wanted it to end.)Jenni Moen, absolutely amazing book! You are going on my favorite author list and Remembering Joy is going on the perfect romance shelf. It’ll probably end up on the Book Boyfriend Shelf too.I am so glad I was involved in this tour. This is one of those books that I just feel lucky to have heard about and have gotten to enjoy. That was a read I would have been sad to miss.I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Celeste
    2018-10-07 12:14

    This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.3 stars I loved the premise of this story, and how it would be laced with darkness and heart ache. However, I just never connected with most of it until about 80% through. It’s not that I didn’t like it, in fact the ending has me wanting to read book 2…but it was just so damn slow for so long that makes me feel like it was just a fair read for me.There was a bit of mystery in the beginning as to why Adam was hell bent on something, but soon I was able to piece together what would happen and could predict most of the story. I read the words that Adam and Alexis were drawn to each other, but just never felt it. Maybe part was due to so much fade to black. While it doesn’t need to be super naughty and explicit, I needed more detail to feel the magic of every tough, every look, every kiss. I don’t know if Adam was a good kisser, and as a greedy reader I neeeeed to know these things.What did I like? The level of layers to this story, that even as I read it was hard to wrap my brain around just how it would work out, and they could all live with it. Definitely easier said than done…which is why I think Adam and Alexis’s story isn’t even close to being finished. I think both are in a better place than when I first met them, but the wounds definitely go deep, and there’s going to be an additional character to keep it even more emotionally charged.Will I read book 2? Most likely. I think I will get what I was looking for from these characters as they have had time to grow and the author has gotten to know them too. I will definitely read more of her work as I think there is so much potential for stories to transport me to a place where I wrangle with my emotions.Give it a try and let me know what you think!Happy reading!

  • books are love
    2018-10-05 09:17

    This is a very poignant book. Alexis has a past she can't remember but can't escape. It has changed her for the good. Adam has a anger from his past that has caused him to hate. Hate to where he sees red and wants to hurt the person who has caused him the inexplicable pain he has that it seeps into his whole world. Unfortunately both have the same past just different effects from it.Adam is a very sweet guy just has so much pain that it causes him to do not nice things. He has been in relationships that hurt and his past that caused destruction of the beauty in his life that just is too much. So when he see Alexis his past collides with his presence in a dizzying way. He formulates what he wants or what he thinks he wants. What puts a monkey wrench in this plan? Alexis.alexis has closed herself off to pain. She has a wall the size of the great wall of China up to keep anyone from hurting her. Her past has changed how she leads her life. But she doesn't remember all that has caused this change and it haunts her. What crumbles her wall? Adam.Adam and Alexis against all their walls and issues begin to fall for one another. As this is happening Alexis is confronting personal issues such as her Big Sister problems, her work issues and how she feels about herself. Meanwhile Adam who wants to hate Alexis is seeing the new Alexis and is confused by what he sees her as and what she is now. he is starting to feel for her and let her in. As this is happening those walls are coming down and feelings are coming about. They start out by just wanting no strings attached relationship but this evolves into a genuine love. But what happens if either discovers the past? Will they stay together despite all the issues and insecurities? I think you just need to pick up this beautifully written and poignant book to find out. I can say I look forward to the next book and finding out more about them and this relationship.

  • For the Love of Books
    2018-09-22 07:25

    5 stars peeps! This book is wow, just WOW! I just finished reading Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen and let me tell you, I feel like I am just stepping off of a rollercoaster. I have felt almost every emotion under the sun while reading this book. I have laughed and cried with these characters (I have also gotten so incredibly frustrated with them that I was yelling at the screen while reading… shhh, don’t tell anyone, lol). Jenni Moen has written this book so well, that by the second or third chapter, you feel like you are just as emotionally invested in the story as if it was happening to you. This book definitely makes it onto my list of favorite books.So, let me tell you a little bit about the two main characters. First you have Adam, the brooding hottie film student with a secret and a personal vendetta. I absolutely fell in love with Adam, but he could be SO infuriating at times. I just wanted to reach into the book and smack him upside the head to knock some sense into him. Then you have Alexis. From the outside she seems like a polished attorney who has it all together, but on the inside, she’s barely holding on to herself and keeps herself emotionally distant after a mistake in her past changed her future. Even though their worlds are completely different, there is something about Adam that she is instantly drawn to. She quickly realizes that no strings attached may not be the way she wants to live her life any more, especially when it comes to him. Can she forget about the mistakes in her past that continue to haunt her? And after she finds out about Adam’s secret, will she still want the strings that he’s begun tying to her heart?All I have to say is GO BUY THIS BOOK! You most definitely will not regret it. This book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, but it will leave you wanting more, more, more! I can’t wait to continue Alexis and Adam’s story in the sequel J ~Lauren

  • Jessica Figueroa
    2018-10-08 14:14

    Alexis moved to New York ten years ago to get away from a memory or lack of one from an accident. Her memory should've came back but never did and was able to get past it. After meeting the handsome and mysterious Adam her memories seem to becoming back in the form of dreams that leave her restless when she wakes.Adam wasn't expecting to see Alexis after all those years, he knew that she was in the area but just didn't realized how close she's been all this time. He has a plan to get back at her, its simple enough, win her heart then break it. Maybe then she'll pay for what shes done. After getting to know her, he knows he's in over his head. She's a different person from when he seen her last. Now Adam is in too deep and his plan just might ruin everything. Predictable and enjoyable. This is a book about forgiving, loving and letting things go. Alexis thought she was the only one who was damaged that day but realized there was more to the story then she was lead to believe. I loved that there was more than one point of view, I got to see the conflicting thoughts of Adam and knowing Alexis real feeling about what's going on with her life. I liked that there was a flashback/dream that made the readers understand better about what happened. Little by little you can see the dream getting darker and putting the pieces together to know what happened. I loved all the characters and loved the connection between Alexis and Adam. From what I know this is the author's first book and did a great job. This book was well-written and not at all what I expect from a new author. This is great start for this author and I look forwards to seeing what this author comes up with next!Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend you lovely readers to check it out. 5 of 5 stars!

  • Taryn Lee
    2018-09-30 14:28

    ~I received an ARC from Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review~This book... How do I describe it? Let's see. Amazing. Gut wrenching. Emotional. Beautiful. I love when I get an ARC that is so amazing, I'm going out of my mind to get the next book. Jenni Moen is a terrific writer and I love her characters.Alexis Harper is a junior associate at a law firm in New York. One night after work she meets a guy named Adam Hale at The Library, a bar around the corner from her work. She goes home with him. In the morning, she has a very awkward goodbye, yet it's not really goodbye. She keeps running into Adam in a city of 3 million. I love Alexis and Adam. Throughout the story we find out that they are connected through something a lot more drastic and emotional than just a simple one night stand. I think Jenni Moen put her heart into these characters. There were times when I hated what Adam was doing, but I completely understood what he went through. And there were times when I felt like I was about to watch a train crash, but I couldn't stop. This was such an emotional read. I got so invested in the characters that I felt their pain. I also enjoyed the supporting characters so much. (I hope Burke and Carly get their own book... hint hint Jenni Moen!)Overall, I recommend everyone reads it. You may think you know what's going to happen but it all shapes up and plays out in ways you never thought possible.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Read by Taryn Lee on November 12, 2013Reviewed by Taryn Lee on November 20, 2013