Monday, May 23, 2016

#Review: Forgetting August by J.L. Berg - 3.5 Wine Glasses

25058499Title: Forgetting August
Series: Lost & Found #1
Author: J.L. Berg
Format: ebook, 384 pages
Published: December 1st 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455536717
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

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 . . .

Crystal's Thoughts:
Forgetting August is my first read from author J.L. Berg, and a captivating story that I could not put down. Full of angst, turmoil, mystery, and thrills, the story follows a young woman named Everly who escaped a controlling, borderline-abusive relationship and has found a second chance at love. But when her ex wakes up from a coma, that second chance becomes somewhat...convoluted...

With no memory of his past and only a picture of Everly to go on, August embarks on a journey for answers, will he like those he finds though? From Everly's skittishness and distrust, August knows he was not a good man. But what could have made him turn on the one woman he loved? The author weaves together an intriguing plot, where I was desperate to piece together the puzzle of Everly's memories of the past and August's present day persona, trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

August and Everly had an undeniable chemistry but a complicated past full of secrets. The story-line was teeming with conflict, especially when you throw in Everly's current relationship. Honestly, the story had some very frustrating moments, and I waffled back and forth with my opinion of Everly. Especially with the way she bounced back and forth between the two men whenever things got tough. This heroine is definitely a runner. And while I loved, loved, loved the story itself and read through the night turning the pages as fast as I could, near the end I just wanted to throw my kindle across the room. Yep, it was one of those endings. Warning: Love triangle and cliffhanger. Thankfully for you, the sequel is now available and you won't have to wait to see if redemption is in the cards for August. I'm looking forward to the next installment and hope there is a happy ending in sight for all of these characters.

Suggested Reading Order:
Forgetting August (Lost & Found, #1) 

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