Forgetting August by J.L. Berg – BECKY’S REVIEW

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I’m a new fan of J.L. Berg and I was given an advanced reader copy


5 stars


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 thatthis 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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J.L. Berg is a pretty new-to-me author; we’ve only recently been acquainted but she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. When the chance to review and promote her latest, Forgetting August, I jumped at the chance. I am so glad that I did! Forgetting August is easily one of my top books of 2015, and it most likely makes the top 5 of 2015 for me.

There are many things that I love about this story. First, I love J.L. Berg’s approach to the second chance theme and the importance of making the most out of your second chance. August and Everly’s relationship ended horrifically and Everly gets a second chance at love. But it seems like she wastes the opportunity because she chooses someone safe and comfortable. She rightfully deserves that kind of relationship but to me, it didn’t feel right or true. J.L. Berg gives August Kincaid a second chance at life. Here’s another thing that I loved about this book: August doesn’t try to find out who he was in the past; instead, he tries to figure out who he is now.

And then August and Everly get their second chance together. Some readers might find it difficult to understand why Everly leaves Jason for August, who was emotionally abusive. It was a little difficult for me to accept. However, Everly and August didn’t have a proper end to their relationship. A coma doesn’t necessarily equal a break-up. Even though Everly sort-of moved on, August was always there. After thinking about Everly and August’s second chance, it seemed natural for them to rekindle the romance. It seemed like the right thing for Everly to do because she needed to get to know new August.

The other great thing about this book? The cliffhanger ending. I know a lot of readers don’t like cliffhangers. I’m impatient too, trust me. I can’t wait for the conclusion. However, it’s perfect because the ending sets up what I feel is the closure that Everly truly needs. Everly is lost in the world of new August but because new August and old August are such polar opposites, Everly truly can’t move on with August. Likewise, because August is focusing on moving forward and figuring out himself now, he can’t truly deal with the past he can’t remember. I love this! I love that she sets all of this up to resolve itself in the next book. I’m literally salivating because I know J.L. Berg is setting up her readers to go on this amazing emotional healing process and I can’t wait. Here’s my heart J.L. Berg; I know you’re going to break it and I trust you’re going to put it back together.

If you’re a fan of J.L. Berg, then you definitely need to read this. If J.L. Berg is a new author for you, then you need to read this. If you’re a fan of second-chance romances, then you need to read this. And then you can join me in waiting impatiently for Remembering Everly.

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