My Review: Muscle Memory by Stylo Fantome

My Review:  Muscle Memory by Stylo FantomeMuscle Memory by Stylo Fantôme
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Genres: Romance, Second Chance Romance
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Her lips, the way she feels, how she moves against me. Her voice when she laughs, her eyes when she cries. Her soul connected to mine, for better or for worse, for all eternity.

I don't remember.

A blank face. Unrecognizable. The darkness and impenetrable fog, day after day after day. Who am I? And for that matter, who is she?

I can't remember.

Two sides of the same coin - one wants to remember, and the other wants to stay forgotten. Which side will win? Can he trust his heart to bring him back to her? Or will she stay lost in the fog forever?

I might never remember.

My Review

Muscle Memory by Author Stylo Fantôme is a standalone novel.

“We’re two parts of a whole, always making up for the other one. We couldn’t survive without each other.”

Oh my gosh!  I ALWAYS anticipate new novels from this author.  This is like a double-edge sword for a reader. The anticipation level at an all-time high, I took a deep breath and tried to dispel the nerve-racking pre-read jitters.  After reading the first chapter I had to ask myself the question, “Why?”  Why was I so concerned that I may not feel a connection?  Why was I scared that I wouldn’t get that tingle one feels when they’re hooked to words and can’t pull their eyes from the page?  Because, let me tell you, I took a complete heart-dive into this novel from the first pages and never looked back. What a feeling!

“My brain forgot,” he said. “And my heart wasn’t sure. But my gah soul … how could I ever forget it belongs to you?”

I craved this novel!  Just like one cannot simply have one potato chip and feel appeased, one chapter was not enough. I needed more and more.  Constantly in awe of what was developing in the story, apprehension became my close friend and a box of tissues my bedmate.

“I wasn’t alone. She was always there. Always looking for me. Caring about me. I was never alone.”

I loved how the author switched from past to present, giving us a trail of bread crumbs and personality traits to follow.  This definitely played-up Jon’s character in a fascinating way.  How he saw himself and life then and now.  How he viewed intimacy.  How he indulged in having fun.  I cannot express to you how much I adored Delaney.  This woman! She was fearless, long-suffering, brave, compassionate, and kind.

“I don’t know her, but she’s in my blood and in my bones and in my body. I wake up reaching for her, but can’t remember her ever being there. I turn around to look for her, then realize she was never with me. She’s my ghost, she haunts me. I don’t remember her, but I know her.”

Here’s the thing, I knew that even with all of the emotional turmoil in Jon’s life, a twist was coming…because it’s a Stylo Fantôme book, and that is a staple.  Seriously, just after this thought, the bottom fell out.  No. Freaking. Way!  And then I lost all composure and kept falling and falling and falling.  I was reminded that love knows its owner.  A great love is never forgotten, and an epic love is ALWAYS one memory away. I felt the longing, the desperation, the confusion.  I just wanted for my people to be together and be happy.  So, I waded through the words, with tears and laughter as the backdrop, and hoped to surface with some semblance of a smile on my face.

“You were the best time of my whole life. Thank you for that.”

I cannot say this journey was easy, but the end rivaled any high that an adrenaline junkie could experience.  Muscle Memory was one of the most intoxicating and emotional second chance novels I have read to date.  It touched a place so deep in my heart and soul that it will remain there in its own special place.

“In love we trust.”

5 Stars

About Stylo Fantôme

Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.


I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.


Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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