Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Review: Forgetting August by JL Berg

Forgetting August (Lost & Found #1)
By JL Berg
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Source: Publisher
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 been on such a romance kick lately (I mean, when am I not?), especially damaged romances. When I read the synopsis for this one, I couldn't wait to see if this one was going to give me the emotional roller coaster ride I was looking for. 

Everly sees him everywhere, but she knows it's impossible he would be anywhere near her. That part of her life is over and she is engaged to an amazing man who truly cares about her. But one phone call changes everything. August is awake. Everly never wants to think about him again, but when she discovers that August has no memory of his past, specifically of the man he had become near the end of their relationship, Everly finds herself drawn back into August's life. Is he really a changed man, though, or did the old August never really leave? 

Wow, this book. When it first started off, I was so into it. I mean, from what we learned from Everly, August was a horrible man near the end of their relationship and it was for the better that she got out of the relationship. When we got to see August post-coma with no memory of who he was, it was heartbreaking watching him love Everly without even knowing her and not understanding the horrible person he used to be. I was so torn between wanting Everly to give August a second chance and for Everly to stay far away to punish August for the man he used to be. So heartbreaking!

While the beginning and middle were awesome, I was not a fan of how wishy-washy Everly was. She literally changed her mind about who she wanted to be with at least three times, and every time she changed her mind, the man had his arms wide open for her. Ugh. I got so tired of her decisions by the end! And that ending did not make me happy. At all. But I still want to read the next book just to see what happens next!

In the end, this book had some serious emotions but made me pretty frustrated by the end. Either way, I still enjoyed Everly's struggle over whether or not she could give her heart to August again. Even as the reader, I had no idea what I wanted her to do! If you want a book that pulls you in and makes you conflicted over what you want for the characters, you should pick up Forgetting August.

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