Review: Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

Posted March 2, 2016 in Review / 15 Comments

Review: Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

Forgetting August

Series: Lost & Found #1
by J.L. Berg
Published by Hachette, Grand Central Publishing on December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

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.

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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 . . .

Addictive Bad Boy Romance

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….


About J.L. Berg

I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were married young, barely out of high school. Everyone told us we were crazy and stupid. We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day. We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.

We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who continue to amaze and inspire me, and are probably making me go a bit insane. I’m obsessed with yoga and pilates and am a complete chocoholic. I apologize in advance for the amount of sweets in my book.

I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years. Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free. After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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15 responses to “Review: Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

  1. BAHAHAHAHA! You kill me with how entertaining you are!! 😀
    I know you were excited about this one, so I’m really glad to see you enjoyed it, Kristin! And the triangle didn’t bother you? The triangle itself would push me away, but Everly sounds like she’s good about it, so maybe I’ll pick it up.
    Love the review, Kristin!

    • It’s funny,though, b/c Everly even says in the beginning something to the affect that she doesn’t want to act like one of those annoying heroines she reads in her books. Ha! Triangles only kill me when the girl doesn’t decide 😉

    • LOVE triangle – threesome was only in my head, dearest roomie!! Ha, my only concrete plans in Chicago is to get flavored popcorn, I’m so out of control!!!

    • I”m pretty darn sure it’s the only two books b/c I, too, have a severe hatred of serials (puke) and romances that don’t get DONE! I’m reading book 2 now so I’ll let you know quick-like! Ps. send some heat up here!!

  2. oh wow…a love triangle you enjoyed. I sometimes have a hard time with those, but it really depends on how the author handles it. I usually don’t mind it, if its obvious who the main couple really is or else I get too disappointed and frustrated if the pair that I want doesn’t end up together hehe Great review hun.