Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Review ~ Forgetting August (Lost & Found, #1) by J.L. Berg

Forgetting August (Lost & Found, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: December 1st 2015

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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 . . .

My Opinion

I really don't know what to make of this book. It's a first by this author for me and I took a chance on it because she's going to be at a signing I'm attending. Whilst it wasn't a bad read, it has me confused about what I actually think of it.

I liked the secrets and how things were drip fed. The big picture was never fully revealed and it kept me reading. I also thought the book was paced well and the amnesia angle was interesting.

Unfortunately, it was the characters I struggled to engage with, especially Everly. She was weak in my eyes, and I think part of that may have come down to the lack of information. Had I known what I do once I reached the end I may have understood more. However, as I read on I didn't like or understand the choices she made. I hated her for messing with Ryan since he was such a sweet guy, and I didn't buy into her growth. It also all seemed so pointless.

For me this book seemed like one big prologue to setting up the next book. I think that's why I'm so confused as to what to think. The story arc wasn't that clear or finite.

Overall it was an interesting read which I'm sure many will like. I may be interested in seeing where the next book goes, but I'm not sure how I feel about this one.


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