About FORGETTING AUGUST
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 . . .
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I usually don’t read NA fiction….it’s generally too erotic for my taste, but when I read the blurb for Forgetting August, I just couldn’t resist. While there was definitely more steam than I’m used to, I was pleasantly surprised by how little it mattered and how much I enjoyed this book. It was a really great read! It pulls you in from page one and doesn’t ever let go.
This is one of those stories that not only begs for, but thrived from the dual POV from which it’s told. Because the novel was told both from August’s and Everly’s perspective, I grew very attached to both characters. After reading the blurb, and getting inside Everly’s head a little, I desperately wanted to hate August. The way she tells it, he’s a monster. The August Everly remembers almost gave off a Christian Grey vibe, but for some reason, wasn’t nearly as sexy. To put it simply, he was just an emotionally abusive d-bag.
However, when we are finally given August’s point of view, you can’t help but pity the guy. Not only does he not remember who he once was, but he can’t identify with that person at all. I actually grew to feel sorry for him and like him a whole lot more than I liked Everly. While I could appreciate her plight, and I can’t honestly say that I know what I would do in her situation, I don’t feel as though she handled it well.
That aside, this was a fabulous, emotionally complex, and thoroughly satisfying read. The best part? Just when you think it’s been tied up in a neat little bow, the game totally changes and you realize you’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg. The last 10 or so pages of Forgetting August left me with more questions than answers and a major itch to know what happens next in Remembering Everly (Due out July 2016)!
About J.L. Berg
Author J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She is the author of the self-pubbed Ready series, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Married to her high school sweetheart, she and her husband have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.
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