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Stark Memory

(Stupid Awesome Love #3)

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She can't remember. He won't forget.

Opal
After years of applying for a botany fellowship, I’ve finally got an interview. The only downside is it’s in the one place I can’t go, New York, where my family died, and my memories were stolen. Going back would be a nightmare.

I can’t remember anything from before waking up in the hospital, and I don’t want to.

My brain is messed up
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Published December 6th 2018
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Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jessica
I’m really torn on how to rate and even review this book. I really liked the plot and idea of the overall story. I love reading stories where characters lose memories and watching Opal remember things was beautiful and hard at times. The author did a great job when it came to pulling the emotions out.

The author pulled me in with the blurb and then the characters were likeable. I also really enjoyed the authors writing style and plan to read more books by her.

I struggled with some things in the
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
This was the first book I read by this author and the story was so beautiful. Several times I became emotional thinking about what I would do if something tragic happened and I lost my entire family and all my memories. The story of Santiago and Opal just makes you believe in soul mates. This book really warmed my soul.

Reviewed by: Paige R.
Sassy Southern
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Santiago and Opal were in love, knowing they've found their one. Unfortunately, he's the only one that remembers it. One day Opal just disappeared, making no effort to contact him. He tried to move forward with his life, but she was always in his mind, and his heart. And when he plans to travel, needing a break from everything, one look at Opal and it's like they were never apart. He never stopped searching for her and he won't let her go again.

Opal has finally received a botany fellowship, but
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LianaReads blog
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
New author and first book that I've read in this series although it's book #3
Love at first sight on their graduation night ,what could go wrong after that? everything is fine until one night when Opal just disappears and Santiago never cease to look for the woman he loves.
After a tragic accident Opal looses her memory or better said her brain wants to wipe away all the bad memories of the unfortunate situation that she has been through and maybe that's why when Santiago finds her in the most une
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This story was amazing. I did not read the first two books in the series but I was able to read it with no issues. This is a story about love, loss, and second chances.

Opal and Santiago spend one summer together after graduating from college. Then after the summer something happens and Opal disappears never to be seen again until one day Santiago see her and she doesn't remember who he is. Opal had something terrible happened to her and her family and she has amnesia. She doesn't remember her pr
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Megan
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Their summer together changed everything, and then she disappeared. Almost two decades later and Santiago catches a ghost in his arms, a ghost who has no clue who he is or what they meant to one another. When Opal is given a chance to live her dreams she slowly comes to the realization that she'll need to address the memories of the past that she's been running from; and who better to help her sift through it all than the handsome blast from her past? Together they traverse memories, heartache, ...more
Erin
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Stark Memory is the third book in the series, but can be enjoyed as a stand alone. I haven't read the first two books, and was able to easily read and follow this book. This book is about second chances and finding yourself, and making amends. So many second chances and reconnecting!

Two college graduates find each other and spend an amazing summer together. Then something happens as the summer ends, and they are torn apart. Years pass and life events affect our characters. But a chance meeting l
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Christine C
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book opens 17 years in the past, when Santiago and Opal meet at Santi’s college graduation party. Opal and her friends had already attended their own party (different colleges in NYC) and they’ve crashed this one. Santiago and Opal bond over their mutual hatred of the graduation song, and love of the ocean and science facts. They begin an intense summer relationship, spending time with each others’ families, and have plans to continue their relationship after Opal goes to grad school in Cal ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Opal and Santiago met at Santi's college graduation party, and they became inseparable that summer, even far as making plans to continue their relationship after she goes to grad school in California. Then she disappears without a word the day before she's set to leave. Fast forward 17 years, Santiago goes to California for a vacation with his brother Nick, to visit friends, and as fate would have it, those friends, are also friends with Opal, and while they are all out one night, Opal literally ...more
Sunny Shelly Reads
3.5 Stars

A chance meeting nearly two decades after Opal disappeared without a trace changes things forever for Santiago.

Opal and Santiago spent one magical summer together right after they graduated college. With promises of forever, the 22-year-olds parted as Opal was heading off to graduate school in California... and Santiago never heard from her again. Seventeen years later, Santiago is visiting friends in California when he sees, of all people, Opal, who is also friends with his friend Gemm
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Shyann
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arc
3.5 stars

Stark Memory is the third book in the Stupid Awesome Love series. I read it as a stand-alone and don’t think it took away from the story at all.
Santiago doesn’t know what happened to his first love from college until she comes back into his life just as suddenly as she left it years before. She doesn’t remember him or the time they spent together and is reluctant to bring painful memories back. But curiosity and a career opportunity brings her to seek out Santiago to learn more about h
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Joyffree
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
One summer - One epic romance - One fatal night
Time has passed for both Opal and Santiago but when fate brings them together once again
Santiago needs answers and closure from the woman who broken his heart
Opal wants to remain in the dark.
Can a once forgotten love be restructured or is it best to leave the past just that - the past
I liked the premises for this storyline the idea of a forgotten love and a second chance
I enjoyed the characters Santiago had such a strong sense of family and love.
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Joyffree
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-tbr
One summer - One epic romance - One fatal night
Time has passed for both Opal and Santiago but when fate brings them together once again
Santiago needs answers and closure from the woman who broken his heart
Opal wants to remain in the dark.
Can a once forgotten love be restructured or is it best to leave the past just that - the past
I liked the premises for this storyline the idea of a forgotten love and a second chance
I enjoyed the characters Santiago had such a strong sense of family and love.
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Jennifer
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author, and while it's the third in a series, I had no problem following along. This is an emotional book, about a couple's second chance, after being torn apart by a tragedy. Be prepared for some heart wrenching, a few tears, and even a few laughs.

Santi and Opal meet one beautiful summer, in New York. It seems to be the perfect, magical summer, after high school, but before college and adulthood really begin. Their connection is instant and pure, and th
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Johnaka- Amity Book Blog
Stark Memory by Ceri Grenelle
“Will she remember? 3 stars”

Santi and Opal met the night of their college graduations and it was basically love at first sight. They had a crazy summer of love and fun and made a plan for the future. Then one day Opal disappeared without a trace. Santi has never stopped searching for Opal and he finds her in the most unlikely place. But there’s a problem, Opal doesn’t remember Santi or her time with him. Will she be able to restore her memories, or will it be too pai
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CS
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written and easy to follow contemporary romance of a coming of age type love that is cut short by tragedy.
On Santiago’s part, he loses the love of his life when Opal disappears after one glorious summer together. He searched for her, never falling out of love with her but was filled with hurt and anger at her disappearance.
Opal has no memory of Santi.
When they fatefully meet again seventeen years later he is filled with resentful emotion, while she is accepting of her lost memories.
This
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Giofab21
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the whole idea of this story. Young love and lose with a weird reunion 17 years later only to find that the woman he loved and never got over moved across the country. It isn't until he confronts her that he finds out she was in an accident that took her family as well as her memories. He still feels the same for her as he did all those years ago and thankfully gets a chance to help her try to remember anything and everything. She has protected herself from remembering in a way to protect ...more
Andrea Thompson
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, adult-romance
Who doesn't love a good amnesia romance? This is a great spin on this trope and honestly there are real-life stories along the lines of this tale and I love the way that they make my heart have the feels!

Santi and Opal are that star-crossed couple everyone knows. Met in college, get married, live happily ever after for real. Except Opal disappears the day before she's supposed to get on a plane and 17 years goes by until fate brings them back together. This story has all the things. A fantastic
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Cassie Ashford
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had its pros and cons for me. In general the story didn’t flow 100% of the time which made it hard to follow at times. The outline of this book is a really good plot. You have Opal and Santiago who spent a steamy summer together and fell in love. Then the next thing you know she has disappeared leaving Santiago questioning everything. Flash forward years in the future when Opal and Santiago meet by pure chance. She is attracted to him but has no memory of their time together. Santiago ...more
Renee Entress
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 star

The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak.

This is Opal and Santiago’s story. Opal and Santiago were in love but when Opal disappears Santiago is lost. She was just gone with no explanation and he tried to move on with his life but could never forget her. When he sees her again, after more than 20 years he knows this is his chance to get her back. But she does not remember him at all. Can he help her remember him and the love they shared? Will she ever be able to remember and if
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HeartBreaker
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This was one very nice book.

I really liked how it started.Santi and Opal met at the graduation party and it's love at first sight.They really got me with that scene.It was the best part of this book for me.So they met,fall in love,spen the summer together and then Opal disperses.And then Snti finds her at the most unusual place at the most unusual time.
I'm not gonna say more about plot.

In general I liked this book.It was a nice mixture of love-at first-site,romance and comedy.
I loved the charact
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Mary
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Opal and Santiago's story! It's an emotional roller coaster ride but a beautiful story. They meet after graduation and spend a wonderful summer falling in love. A tragedy occurs and she disappears. Fast forward many years later and he catches her. Things get interesting after that. It's a captivating story with some romance, steam, drama, family issues and tragedy. I liked the characters and thought the story was well written. Although this is the third story in the "Stupid Awesome Lov ...more
Tracie Simister
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I gave this Book a rating of 5 ✩’s
Title: Stark Memory
Series: Stupid Awesome Love Book 3
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Author: Ceri Grenelle
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: Dec 6, 2018
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I voluntarily received a Courtesy Copy of this book from Enticing Journey and am choosing to leave a review.
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What I liked/Didn’t Like:
This was my first book by this author and it was fantastic. Funny and witty while being r
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Tammy M.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another homerun for Ceri Grenelle. I cannot get enough of this author! I laughed, I cried, I mourned the loss of Opal, and I celebrated her triumphant return. Santi is beautiful and complex. These two together are dynamite and a match, an epic love story tested by time, distance, and tragedy. "He took gasps of me like the first breath of air after years of suffocation. That's what it felt like for me as well... I just hadn't known I'd been suffocating." A+, would read again and again.

I received
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booksiflove
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an arc for an honest review!

This was my first book by this author, and I was really excited about it. Blurb sounded interesting.
Because, let’s face it, what would you do in this situation?! I honestly don’t know!
It’s a good story, well written, good flow, interesting plot. But in some parts, the story stopped flowing, and it dragged too long around in some ways.
But that’s just my opinion.
Barbara
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This is Opal and Santiago's second chance after seventeen years apart through no fault of their own. Opal lost her memory when she lost all of her family and they still have not come back, and Santiago was one of them. A story that kept me hoping for a happy ending for these two. A book I would recommend.
Tanya
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Her past is hidden in the mist of the accident she suffered. She does not want to remember. She is trying to get a botany fellowship and she finally has one but in the last place she wants to go. When he sees her he knows she is safe. He had been surprised when she just disappeared. She just does not remember him now. What will be do?.will.She finally remember him? See how it will go

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ga Books LoverX
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a freaking crazy plot line! We have met the characters before and now it is time for Santiago to escape NY and try to find himself, just who would have thought he would come face to face with the best thing he ever knew in his past- Opal, only she doesn't remember him. How in the world does he take that..... read and find out!

This book is filled with twists and turns but has the familiar sweet and super freaking steamy trademark of Ceri Grenelle!
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I really liked this book, but in some areas it just kind of dragged on a bit too much. This was a beautiful story and really makes you think about what would you do if you were in this situation. I could really feel the pain that Opal and Santi were experiencing and that is a true talent from the author. This is my first book by Ceri and I definitely look forward to reading more.
Paige Rubino
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had read this book earlier and I re-read it as part of this series and it is still so beautiful. And it made me think of my friends and family and how I would feel if something tragic happened and I list everything, including my memories. The story of Santiago and Opal just makes you believe in soul mates
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