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Forget Me Not

(SEAL Team 12 #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,290 ratings  ·  149 reviews
The first book in Marliss Melton's SEAL Team Twelve military romantic suspense series offers a riveting look at the hardships faced by both prisoners of war and the families they leave behind--and what happens when they finally come home.

Helen Renault has started her life over thinking that her Navy SEAL husband Gabe was dead, but when Gabe returns he seems different and m
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Forever
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Quick summary
A year ago, Navy SEAL Gabe Renault disappeared following a mission gone bad. He was presumed dead but now he suddenly reappears with no memories of the past three years, including the mission, his imprisonment...and meeting his wife Helen and stepdaughter Mallory.

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Gabe's mission didn't just inadvertently go bad so he's in danger and because of his memory loss, he doesn't know the source nor does anyone else really perceive a threat. Before the mission, his relations
4 ½-5 stars – Romantic Suspense

Forget Me Not, the first book in Melton’s SEAL Team military romance series, is a great romantic suspense read. I had read book #4, Next to Die, without realizing that it was part of a series and was a little bit lost in regards to the characters, so I would recommend reading them in order. This story focuses on Navy SEAL Gabe’s tumultuous return to his estranged wife and stepdaughter after being betrayed on a mission, tortured, and presumed dead. It’s emotionally
Opening Line:"Gunfire rained down on the four-man SEAL squad, ricocheting off the concrete floor and metal walls of the warehouse in Pyongyang Harbour, North Korea.”

Navy SEAL Gabe Renault has no memory of the last three years. He doesn’t remember the mission that went wrong landing him in a North Korean prison camp and he certainly doesn’t remember having a wife and teenage daughter. And while the scars on his body tell a tale of torture he has no idea what they did to him or if he eventually br
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Forget Me Not is an entertaining, fast-paced, romantic suspense novel that focuses on a group of U.S. Navy SEALS. It is the first book in the Seal Team 12 series.

The hero, Gabe Renault, is believed dead after a SEALS mission that went wrong. Gabe had dedicated his life to his SEALS team while letting his relationship with his wife and daughter suffer. Gabe was an emotionally aloof man who believed that to feel and show love for his family was to make him weak. Helen Renault was disillusioned wi
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forget Me Not is a good start to a great series. I particularly enjoyed reading it this 2nd time around, already knowing all of the characters from it and the following books in the series. For me, this book has an intriguing and action packed storyline. I liked the balance of romance and suspense, and really enjoyed the character of Gabe Renault. I liked the way that after suffering something horrific, he came back determined to be a better husband and father, even though he didn't remember his ...more
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I read this last year but it no longer showed as read and the review disappeared.

Some thoughts from a group discussion I participated in which makes them more an analysis of the characters versus a review of the book.

I found Helen a bit contradictory. The book spent a lot of time in her head where she kept thinking she wanted Gabe, but then she wasn't very nice to him. I also thought she should have been happier that he was alive and not dead. When Gabe came back, he was a significantly differen
Book #1 in this series. I enjoyed this entire series. It's modern military-type romance with well developed characters. This book pertains with a marriage that was on the rocks, Gabe is MIA for exacty one year. He's been tortured. During that time, his wife got on with her life. When he returns, he has no memory of his wife or stepdaughter and they struggle to rebuild the marriage while he tries to gain his memory of who framed him. Sounds kinda corny, but this was a neat book. ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance
I want to finish this book before I rate it, but so far, at 76% this book has lost me....

I GIVE UP!!! For a romance suspense, this book has too little of the suspense and too much character trying to redeem himself. (Though I think he's done a damn good job at it from the took too long for the heroine to come around.) There wasn't even that much romance....

Helen - Cold hearted, OTT heroine who has been nothing but cold and suspicious to the hero the whole story just gets on my ner

Helen - 1.5
Mallory - 3.5
the new Gabe - 4+
the base mental health provider - 1.5

3.5 overall, raising to 4 stars. Helen was such a downer, I could almost take back the 4th star. When she "redeems" herself, it was the most unrealistic part of a Navy SEALs story I've ever read. I'm not crazy about her bestie, Leila, either. I suppose she will come out looking as a nicer character in future books in this series.

I'm committed to reading this series with a buddy-ready group, and I look forward
okay, I am such a Sandra Brockmann fan that it's hard to switch to someone else's universe on the same theme, but the book was okay enough that I have reserved the next one in the series from the library.

In this first book of the series there is setup of the Navy Seals team that the books center around with bits of background thrown in for future books of the various players.

The storyline of this book follows Gabe who shows up a year after presumed dead with no memory of the previous 3 years to
First in the SEAL Team 12 series by Marliss Melton. A gripping and heartwrenching story. Helen is ready to get on with her life after learning that her husband, who was listed as missing, is dead. Then a call comes telling her that Gabe is alive but has forgotten the last three years of his life. Gabe is a Navy SEAL and who doesn't love the hunky military man? Having served myself in the Navy, I guess I feel a certain kinship to heroes that do too. The story was close to perfect for me. The righ ...more
Barbara ★
AWESOME! The things our tortured hero went through and then to have amnesia when he is finally found. What an ordeal. Gabe Renault is a wonderful hero and a spectacular person. How come guys like this don't really exist? We could all use one just like Gabe. And in this series there are 12 of them. Hopefully a book for each one.

I found myself annoyed with his wife, Helen but also understood her reasoning. Thank God she eventually comes around. I can't wait to read In the Dark which features Luth
Jul 12, 2008 rated it liked it
If you want to decide if Ms. Melton's books are for you, this is the one to start with. From my (limited) research, this is the book that got the reviews, and cemented her reputation for this sort of thing.

Before we begin: A caveat. Ms. Melton's male characters are SEALS. This is a big deal. While you wait for your books in the post, read up on what the US Navy SEALS do, and how they do it. Read up about what a platoon is, and who does what. The books are peppered with terms like BUD/S, XO, PO1,
Forget Me Not
3 Stars

Suffering from amnesia following his capture and escape after a mission gone wrong, Navy SEAL Gabe Renault returns home to a wife and daughter who are virtual strangers. Believing her husband dead, Helen Renault has moved on with her life and is shocked and distraught not only by his return, but by the changes in his personality. No longer distant and cold, Gabe is a new man who can easily make her love him again. However, Gabe’s memories are slowly returning and a traitor wi
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Not what I was expecting. Forget Me Not starts slow and doesn't pick up the pace until well toward the end. Lots of angst and a heroine, Helen, who doesn't trust the hero, Gabe, let alone aid him. Not much of a romance. As for suspense, you know from the beginning that Miller was a baddie and that he wasn't alone in the theft of the weapons. You just don't know who in the higher ups is also in on it. My favorite character is Helen's daughter, Mallory. Crazy smart and loyal. She is written with j ...more
I enjoyed reading about the SEALS and felt this author did her "homework"! The hero was sexy vulnerable and strong all at the same time, and I definitely felt drawn to him. Unfortunately the heroine annoyed me. There was way too much relief and lack of genuine regret at his death, even supposing that they had been having marital difficulties! She just came across as heartless rather than someone justifiably trying to protect herself from further hurt. She did come around about seventy percent t ...more
Forget Me Not lured me in with a promise of a SEAL returning home with no memories to a wife who no longer loves him and it's all his fault. And it did deliver that. The foundation of their relationship is excellent and so are their reasons for making the choices they do. Plus, there's a military plot. And a cute teenage kid.

However. A lot of this book - and I do mean a lot - is just the main characters thinking So Much about the whys of their relationship. Be it Gabe's behaviour in the past, hi
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I only gave this book a 3 cause of the strong dislike I have for Helen. She is the poorest excuse of a wife. Sure she may have gone through some emotional issues with her husband. But the treatment he gets from her after returning from being tortured by terrorists for almost a year is disgusting and an embarrassment for military wives everywhere...oh and by the way...I'm a military spouse ...more
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Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Forget Me Not was the first book in Marliss Melton's Seal Team 12's series. This is my first book by Marliss Melton and I really enjoyed the book. It centers around Gabe when he returns from a mission that he was presumed dead on. He has no memories of the last three years so not only does he not remember the mission but he doesn't remember his wife Helen or his stepdaughter Mallory. His relationship with his wife was not healthy prior to his mission and Helen let's Gabe know quickly that she wa ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Helen Renault is shocked when her presumed dead husband is found alive. One year ago, Gabe was on a mission in North Korea that went terribly wrong. Now he has returned home with no memory of the last three years, including Helen and his step-daughter, Mallory. Helen is glad he is alive, but is not ready to resume their troubled marriage. She soon realizes that Gabe has changed drastically. He is no longer secretive and emotionally distant. He treats her daughter like his own and actually listen ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you love romantic suspense novels featuring Navy SEALS, this is the one for you, too. In the first series of the Navy Seal 12, we're introduced to Gabe Renault and his wife Helen. This isn't an ordinary love story. Before Gabe's mission went awry, he was focused on his team. Then he was left for dead and traumatized with memory loss. He doesn't remember Helen or his stepdaughter Mallory or anything on their relationship. Helen, a bit weary and wanted an independent life and to divorce Gabe, l ...more
Jacqueline J
I really liked most of this book. I liked the hero who couldn't remember his family. His struggles to become a better father and husband the second time around were well done. His struggles with PTSD were also well done and interesting. I liked the dynamic between him and his step daughter. He was coming back blind into a situation that wasnt' ideal the first time around. The book succeeded for me pretty much all around until the end. Then it was just chock full of improbably military stuff. Too ...more
This book is extremely hard for me to classify. One thing I have decided was that it was just an okay read, one where I didn't like it really, but I didn't hate it either. I can't even put my finger on what I didn't enjoy about the book either! I can't speak about the characters, because I just don't care about them. I'm left with more unanswered questions than anything else in this story, and that might contribute to my apathy about this book. Now, the author could be using that as a ploy to ge ...more
This book almost had 4 stars until the plot takes an unbelievable twist at the end. Still, Melton's writing about PTSD and the struggles Gage, Helen, and Mallory went through trying to reconnect were very well done and moving. Decent suspense plot line, too. I look forward to the next installment.

I reread this book because, even though I gave it the lowest rating of all the Seal Team 12 books, it's the one that has stuck with me. I keep thinking about the main story, the second chanc
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this first book in Marliss Melton's SEAL Team Twelve series, even more than Suzanne Brockmann's SEAL series. I tend to like romantic suspense that is heavier on the romance, and this book had that. It was focused on the development of Helen and Gabe's shattered marriage. I loved the suspense parts as well. There was one big "WTF" moment for me though: when the "cop" asked Mallory to go with him, she didn't even ask for identification! That was way too stupid...I would have belie ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Really, really did NOT like this book. The heroine, Helen, is mean-spirited, annoying, and selfish. Gabe (her husband) has been through hell, and she still is capable of being nasty to him throughout the book. She did not deserve him. The only reason I gave the book two stars was because it was an easy, fast read.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-15
I really enjoyed this 1st book in her Seal Team 12 series!
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aka Marliss Moon.

Marliss Melton is the author of over a dozen counterterrorist/romantic suspense stories, including two Navy SEALs series (SEAL Team 12 and Echo Platoon), a counterterrorist Taskforce Trilogy, three novellas, and two short stories. She relies on her experience as a military spouse and on her many contacts in the Spec Ops and Intelligence communities to pen realistic and heartfelt s

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SEAL Team 12 (8 books)
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  • Don't Let Go (SEAL Team 12, #5)
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