Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

Posted March 3, 2016 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments

Forgetting August by J.L. BergForgetting August by J.L. Berg
Series: Lost and Found #1
Format: eBook
Published by Grand Central Publishing Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Love to Hate, Love Triangle, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Mystery, Romance, Second Chances
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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 . . .

I have read a couple of books where one of the main characters is suffering from amnesia, and honestly some times it works and sometimes, at least for me, it falls flat. In this case, I kind of loved it. Okay, I really actually loved it completely. This book is the perfect amount of trying to figure out who someone is and who that someone was. This book was super emotional, even though one party really had no idea what had happened in his life to make it the way that it was, but man, this was a great journey to go on. Also the was this book ending, I seriously remember being super bummed that I had to wait for the next book to come out, because I wanted to devour it all in the same night.

So our heroine in this story is Everly, whose name I kind of love. When the story starts its very clear that she has some emotional trauma that she is trying to move beyond. Her life is settled now though, she has a fiancee and enjoys her simple job at the coffee house and is really kind of picking up with her life and moving forward. I can’t even explain to you how much I wanted to know what had happened to her in the past, and then WHAM, her ex wakes up from his years long coma and if I thought I wanted to know what happened before, it was like a million times more after he woke up! I loved Everly. I was really impressed by her. She is a strong woman who is moving on with her life, and when her ex wakes up she is kind to him, even when nothing about their past says she should be. It’s funny because I really thought after seeing her with a really great guy (the current guy) almost as soon as she interacts with August, I was pulling for them to work it out. They had a palpable pull to them, you just felt it in your gut that they should be together.

Now August, oh August, that’s a complicated story right there. You can’t help but feel for the guy, I mean he wakes up from a coma and finds he really has no one. He has no memory of his life before hand. No family. No girlfriend. All he has is medical doctors trying to get better and when he gets home he has a house he doesn’t remember, and lots of money he has no idea how he got. All he knows is that Everly sees to hate him, that he did something to really her, and truly bothers him. But even though he doesn’t remember her or their life together, he feels most at peace when she’s around. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to stay away from the one person who makes you feel grounded when you really have nothing. Learning about August’s past did make me judge him, but it made me ask more questions, more questions that I can’t wait to get answers about when the next book comes. I have so many feelings about August, and they all go in so many different directions, but the one thing I can’t help but feel is that without a doubt, even with the ending, he loves her. And I love them.

This book was so much fun to read. There were great emotional scenes and upheaval, interesting secondary characters, and underlying mystery that I want answers to so bad. It was just everything I wanted the book to me and more. I can’t wait for the next book, one of my easiest book recommendations to make this year.

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.

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.

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