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Summary

Ever since Jay Coal’s best friend saved his life in high school, he’s harbored a secret love. But Angel is straight, and his thrilling work as a movie stuntman takes him all over the world, while Jay has never left Pine Cove. When Angel finally comes back to town, a suspicious work accident leaves him in the dark, and only Jay can light the way.

It’s a second chance for Angel Shields. Trustworthy Jay helps him recover from the accident, and Angel starts to see him in a different light. But are these feelings of attraction new? Or has he always had a secret crush on his best friend? Thanks to the accident, Angel can’t trust his own memories to tell him. Maybe all that matters is how he feels now?

Their life-long friendship is at risk if they make a move, but this chemistry is unforgettable. With more dangers ahead than answers, will they even get the chance to explore this love that’s waiting for them down the end of memory lane?

Book five of Pine Cove, Memory Lane is a steamy, stand-alone MM romance novel with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliff-hanger.

©2021 HJ Welch (P)2021 HJ Welch

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Entertaining Story

This was the first book in the series that I listened to, and I had no issues jumping in. I could tell the side characters probably had their own stories, but nothing that interfered with the storyline here.

Jay and and Angel have been friends forever. Jay was secretly in love with his supposed straight best friend. It took an accident and a little short term amnesia to jumpstart their unexpected relationship,

These characters were fun, friendly, and easy to relate to. They made you want to jump in the story and hang out. This was an easy, fairly low angst, and not too much drama. It does touch on homophobic behavior as well as biphobia. I was happy with how it was wrapped up, and pleased with the mc’s HEA.

Nick J. Russo did a great job with the characters. He’s always fun to listen to. He uses just the right amount of enthusiasm, along with various other emotions, into each character and easily has you feeling what the characters do.

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Awesome

This was such a great audiobook.
Definitely a must listen addition to a great series.
I can’t wait to listen to what comes next.

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So awesome

I adored this one as I do all of HJ Welch’s stories. I’m looking forward to even more from them!

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I preferred the audio to ebook

This return to Pine Cove was a sweet friends to lovers tale with a side order of memory loss to help things on there way. I liked Angel and his willingness to explore his new-found bisexuality. Jay infuriated me. He made assumptions all the time without asking Angel's input on situations. In the ebook I thought it descended into the melodramatic by the end but the narrator softened the impact of this for me.
All the other couples from the previous books appear in this. However there is no need to have read or listened to any of the other books in the series.

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  • 24-05-21

Great friend to lovers romance

Lovely best friends to lovers romance, Jay and Angel have fated mates written all over them. They were always there for each other growing up and when back in the same town together nothing has changed.

A well written book with some intense moments and a very satisfying HEA, great listen.

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A favorite series just gets better

This book has it all! Two of my favorite tropes, friends to lovers and the classic amnesia/head injury one which assists in the friends to lovers but also allows for hurt/comfort. Jay and Angel are both wonderful men and it was delightful seeing them find their way to each other while their close friends see it coming from a mile away. There is a nice little mystery (Welch reminds me of E. Davies in the skill with which both integrate a mystery and some hissable homophobic characters into their stories). I fell in love with H.J. Welch because of the previous entry in this series, Bright Horizon, and this one is equally good. May this series run for a long, long time. Nick J. Russo is perfect in his performance. I loved his take on the two main characters, he made the bad guy satisfyingly nasty and the happy ending as warm and loving as written.

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Incredibly sweet best friends to lovers romance

I really enjoyed this very sweet best friends to lovers romance. This is a bit of a slow burn as Jay and Angel both believe Angel is straight and always has been. It takes an accident and a little amnesia for Angel to start seeing Jay with new eyes and realize what is right in front of him. I appreciated the slow development of Angel's sexual awareness, as well as Jay working through his own feelings of inadequacy compared to Angel's ex. I also really liked that when Jay blew off Angels' coming out as just him supporting Jay and the LGBT students, they didn't let it sit and fester, but talked it out. The story felt pretty low-angst to me, except for right near the end, but there is a near-fatal car crash, short-term memory loss, homophobic protests, and a bomb threat. Be aware if any of these will distress you. There is some suspense and drama from the protesters and a nasty ex. but everything works out at the end . This is a great addition to the series, but also works just fine as a standalone.

The narration by Nick Russo is fantastic. I especially love his voicing of Emory. All the characters had distinct and easily recognizable voices. The delivery and pacing were perfect.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Fantastic

Another fantastic addition to the series by HJ Welch. Jay and Angels story is great and kept me hooked till the end. A friends to lovers story that new and interesting. Nick J Russo did a magnificent job with the narration as always.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Wonderful Friends to Lovers Romance

What a wonderful story!

Best friends-to-lovers, amnesia, and a sexual awakening... some of my all-time favorite tropes. In Memory Lane H.J. Welch blends them all together, and it works brilliantly.

For these two besties, who finally get back in touch with each other after a long separation, falling in love just comes naturally. Jay and Angel have great chemistry, and as the story evolves, all their buried emotions start to surface, and it flows from there. Nicely done!

The series is narrated by Nick J. Russo, and Memory Lane is the fifth story. Some characters pop in and out, but basically each of these novels stands alone. (I'm listening to them completely out of order, and H.J. Welch makes it easy to follow along.)

A wonderful, feel good series, which I highly recommend.

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An adorable friends-to-lovers story

Angel and Jay's romance was much sweeter and more emotional than I expected, and I loved every second! I've always been a fan of a good best-friends-to-lovers story, and the added dash of suspense and self discovery made this one particularly captivating. Despite the accident that set Jay and Angel on a path towards romance, their journey was remarkably low angst. Sure, Jay and Angel had some serious self-reflection to do in this book, but they never took their fears and insecurities out on each other. Their time together was wonderfully domestic, and the way the two of them were so comfortable around each other made me feel like the jump from platonic to romantic wouldn't be as daunting as it seemed. It warmed my heart to see how supportive their group of Pine Grove friends were, and Angel's movie set co-workers were just as amazing. When things started to heat up between these best friends, it felt like all the missing pieces were finally slotting into place. Granted, it did take Jay and Angel a lot longer than I thought it would to work through their communication barrier, but it was worth the wait to see how adorable and loved-up they were towards the end. Despite a few moments where I was really scared that outsider interference would strain their new relationship past its breaking point, Angel and Jay proved that nothing could come between their bond. Nick Russo's narration was very nicely done, and even though this story had over a dozen characters it was easy for me to tell them apart.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.   

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 03-06-21

Cute friends to lovers romance

This was an adorable friends to lovers romance. The characters were sweet together and relatable.

The storyline was promising and the writing style was engaging.

The narrator performed an amazing audio delivery and narration

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  • kp
  • 22-05-21

Loved!

Nick J. Russo knocks it out of the park with his narration of Memory Lane by HJ Welch.
Memory Lane is a wonderful addition to the Pine Cove series. It can be listened to as a stand alone.
This is a best friends to lovers, bisexual awakening story that I devoured.
Even though they have a long history together things feel brand new now. While Jay has always had feelings for Angel, he never thought they could go anywhere as Angel was straight.
While Angel is confused by his new feelings for Jay he is open to see where things will go.
I loved going on their journey to their HEA! Great story!

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  • Leah Brock
  • 21-05-21

Jay and Angel's Best-Friends-to-Lovers Story

As someone who hasn’t read the first 3 books of this series, I do agree that it’s a stand-alone story, but there are supporting characters from previous books that I feel would make the experience a little fuller. I think I’m going to backtrack and read those stories too.

As a result of an accident, stuntman Angel suffers from temporary amnesia. His best friend Jay, who is secretly in love with him, tells hospital staff he is Angel’s fiance. A journey of bisexual awakening begins for Angel. What will this mean for Jay and Angel’s friendship?

My favorite trope from the book is the amnesia storyline. Welch uses this to brilliant effect. Angel has always identified as straight but the memory loss, and Jay pretending to be his fiance, has made him see himself in a different light. Jay, for his part, seems to have a tougher time dealing with this revelation. Welch tells a story of two best friends getting to know each other again in light of Angel’s finding his true self and falling in love. It’s a well-told story, filled with emotion that leads to the happily-ever-after.

Nick J Russo’s narration is wonderful, as always. His voice-acting matches the tone of Welch’s story perfectly.

This audiobook was given to me for free and at my request as a review copy. This is my voluntary opinion of it.

Highly recommended.

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  • BookWyrm
  • 20-05-21

Worth waiting for

There’s a lot to like about this story, especially figuring out bisexuality and coming out later in life. BUT, there were things that irritated me as well, namely the obliviousness of Jay and Angel (Jay during the book and Angel the 16 years prior) and the amount of repetitive filler included by the author because of it. Overall though, I enjoyed listening to this and Nick J. Russo does well narrating, providing emotion without going overboard, and making the various characters distinctive enough to identify.

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  • AndreaRomance
  • 19-05-21

Comfort read

Jay has been in love with his best friend Angel since they were sixteen. But Angel is straight—or so it seems. After Angel is in a car crash and loses part of his memory, he stays with Jay to recuperate. As parts of his memory return, Angel realizes he might be bisexual. And he might return Jay's feelings after all.

Friends to loves, bi-awakening romance is probably my favorite trope. HJ Welch handles it beautifully in this story. It's a slow burn, full of longing. Jay and Angel are sweet and genuine, and they're adorable together. The side characters are fun and provide a strong sense of community. While the plot is strong, it's the characters that make this book such a pleasure to read.

Nick J. Russo does an amazing job with the narration. His voice has a gentle, soothing quality without ever being boring. Each character is distinct and the emotions faithful to the text.

Thanks, Gay Romance Reviews, for the audio ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • JKS
  • 19-05-21

sweet best friends to lovers story

Memory Lane is Book 5 in the Pine Cove series, though each book can standalone. This is a beautifully written story about best friends to lovers and second chances. Jay and Angel have been friends since grade school but haven't seen each other in sixteen years. While working on a film set, in their home town, Angel is in a car accident and sustained some memory loss. Jay happens to tell the nurses at the hospital that he's Angel's fiancé to get any information on him, though Jay has always thought Angel was straight. I love Jay and Angel's journey as they discover their more than friendly love for each other as Jay helps Angel recover in his home. This is a sweet story that had me engaged from beginning to end. I recommend this book and series.
Narrator Nick J. Russo has a marvelous job in bringing these characters to life. He really was a treat to listen to.

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  • MagicalAM
  • 18-05-21

Best Friends Romance

This book has all the m/m tropes: straight best friend, memory loss, bisexual awakening, and a little fake fiancé action to round it out. I really like the way the book discussed bisexuality and Angel’s coming out. A lot of m/m stories do not treat bisexuals well – or ignore the existence of bisexuals completely. The story starts and ends with a fair amount of action, but drags a bit in the middle. There’s a lot of internal monologues by the MCs, which I don’t enjoy as it tends to make the story slow down. If you’ve read/listened to other books in this series those characters pop up through the book. Nick Russo does a great job narrating as always.

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  • Heather R
  • 06-06-21

Loved this addition to the series.

I really like this series and this newest addition didn’t not disappoint. I liked the story, characters, and it was one of the best small town books I’ve read.

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  • SarahH
  • 28-05-21

Best friends to lovers

This is such a good series and I adored this book. I love a best friends to lovers book and this one hit all the right spots. Both men are gorgeous characters - they love each other wholeheartedly, are caring, supportive and fun. While Jay has always known he loved Angel, it took Angel more time to realise that the love he felt for Jay wasn’t platonic. I really enjoyed how they moved from friends to so much more. They had doubts and insecurities, but their desire to be with the other overcame everything. Such a lovely book.

As always Nick J Russo did an incredible job with the narration - I love his voice.

I received an arc of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review

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  • Diane
  • 26-05-21

Love this Series

Angel moves away after school to become a stuntman. After an accident leaves him blind he returns home. Jay has had a crush on Angel since he saved his life in high school. Jay helps Angel recover and they have great chemistry together. This was a well written story. Nick Russo does such a great job narrating this story.

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review.