Forgetting AugustSeries: Lost & Found #1
by J.L. Berg
Published by Hachette, Grand Central Publishing on December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
She can forgive, but can she forget?
Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn't matter that she's moved on, that she's about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can't hurt her-because he's in a coma. Except that he's not anymore.
August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she's the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.
Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .
I just couldn’t ignore this story. Oh, I tried. I saw the beautiful cover, read the synopsis, and thought, “Score!” But then I skimmed reviews and saw the dreaded cliffhanger and ‘story continued in book two’ dribble. I hung my head and walked away.
And then it happened. Like walking into a coffee shop and seeing the hot guy you’re crushing on that you don’t think you could ever land. You look again and realize the guy is really his twin brother! Thoughts of a threesome run rampant in your head… WAIT!! STOP! ∗shakes head∗ Wrong dream…
Actually, that twin brother is a metaphor for book two of this series. You’ve just spotted book two out in the wild of ARCs so you know you’ll have closure immediately after reading book one.
Damn, ever since I started picturing threesomes I’ve lost track of my metaphor. Well, this certainly is not boding well for my review.
Point is, I found Remembering Everly so BOOM! I ran and quickly grabbed both books for review and I’m so happy I did!!!
I have not read a book by Ms. Berg before but I’m happy to report that she is extremely capable of writing dual POVs. I find that sometimes the male “voice”, when it’s written by a female author, is weak or the opposite, too much every girl’s wet dream. Ever read a male protagonist who says all the right things? Boring! August Kincaid is anything BUT boring.
August is a completely clean slate when he wakes up from a coma with no memory of his life before the coma. While putting the puzzle pieces together of who he is and how he got there, he finds out that he had a girlfriend before his accident, who wants nothing to do with him.
When Everly finds out that her worse nightmare has woken up from a coma, she imagines the new life she’s made for herself without August is going to come crumbling down around her. Should she run? Should she be mad? And why the heck does he want to see her?
This was such a unique idea for a story and Ms. Berg definitely made the most of every aspect to the story. It definitely helped the plot that we saw both sides to the story. With an added touch of suspense, I found myself running back to my eReader to find out what was going to happen next. Because when life is going good, you know it won’t last… at least in make believe land.
And would you believe the love triangle didn’t bother me? I guess because it’s such a main feature to the story and because Everly wasn’t obnoxious about it. I think it was the first time I didn’t want to punch the heroine in the throat.
And of course that’s how we judge all books….