Book 1, Lost & Found
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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 . . .
They had it all at one point, then he changed and they lost it all. He was mugged and was in a coma for 2 years, woke up and didn't remember anything. Because Everly was still his emergency contact, the hospital contacted her when he woke up. Almost afraid of him because of his insane possessive, obsessive behavior before the mugging, she was hesitant to help him regain his memory. The more time she spent with him, the more she realized that he wasn't the same man as before. Was this her chance to go back to the man she loved so much but had turned into a monster and was now completely changed or stay with Ryan, the gentle, safe, comfortable man she'd fallen in love with?
I've felt a lot of emotions after reading some books but this one might be the most conflicting. I was happy one minute, sad the next and then irritatingly angry after that. I LOVE an author that can bring out such strong emotions in me while reading. One minute I think the story is going one way, then, oh so smoothly, the author changes direction. And the ending? BAM! PLOT TWIST and CLIFFHANGER! I can't wait to read the next book in the Lost & Found series. If you couldn't tell, I am loving it!
Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Emotional well written suspenseful story
If you don't like stories with cliffhangers, turn away now and come back in April 2016 when Remembering Everly releases.
*** END WARNING ***
That said, I've read a number of books with severe cliffhangers and while Forgetting August has a cliffhanger, I really felt so much had been resolved and the cliffhanger provides an interesting transition into the next part of the story - which comes six months from now.
August is a complex character with what every woman in a bad relationship hopes - that her boyfriend can just become someone different. He wakes up after two years in a coma and is a new, gentle man. I love the man he becomes in Forgetting August and how he goes about discovering himself and who he really is. And through his journey of self-discovery, Everly discovers things about herself that she'd buried so deep, they likely never would have otherwise seen the light of day. If ever there are two characters that belong together, it's August and Everly, despite everything they've been through as a couple, and each individually. I really believe that in the follow up - Remembering Everly - that they will find their way back to each other.
The author creates a wonderful, emotional story with flawed characters and secrets abounding. The reader will not see the cliffhanger coming and this reader audibly gasped when I read those final pages. So much has already happened, and so much is left to happen, that will leave the reader on the edge of their seat for the next six months!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.