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Title: Remembering Everly
Author: J. L. Berg
Series: Lost & Found, #2
On Sale: July 5, 2016
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: $11.99 USD
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After a stunning cliffhanger ending in Forgetting August, USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg delivers the happily ever after that fans have been waiting for in the sequel, REMEMBERING EVERLY.
After two years in a coma, August Kinkaid has forgotten the darkness in his past. But his past hasn’t forgotten him. His beautiful former fiancée, Everly, remembers every tumultuous moment of their stormy relationship. The sizzling passion. The web of lies. And the terrible secret Everly’s been hiding since her last fateful night with August.
Now the truth is out and August remembers everything. As his long-buried memories come flooding back, he begins to understand why Everly would want to move on with her life. Why she would give her heart to another man. And why August should try to forget her once and for all.
But he can’t give up on the only woman he’s ever loved. Even if he has to reopen old wounds—and face the darkest demons of his past—August will do whatever it takes for a second chance with Everly. He let her slip away once. He’s not about to spend the rest of his life remembering Everly when he could be holding her in his arms forever…
WOW!! I hadn’t read the first book in this series so was wary when I realised this was the second in the series but I needn’t have been – it was still a fantastic read and I thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster ride it took me on. With two years in a coma, August Kinkaid is starting to get his memories back and he doesn’t particularly like the man he had become. He still loves Everly but wants to protect her and keep her safe from the traumatic life he unwittingly created for himself. He still has secrets to uncover and wrongs to right but with a manipulative sociopath endangering him and everyone he loves no decisions are going to be easy.
Everly is planning to marry Ryan. She’s had to put her past with August behind her and move forward with her life but things aren’t always so straightforward and as the wedding date approaches there are still decisions for her to make, too! Can she really forget August and move on to a life without him? Does she really love Ryan – or is she seeking a family with him? Perhaps most challenging of all is coping with her future mother-in-law!!
As more memories are revealed August will have many choices ahead. Does he really want to return to living his life as it was before his coma, being the kind of man he now really despises? How can he move away from his business partnership and win back Everly without putting her in danger? Should he even try to do so?
Whilst the road to their HEA is not smooth, learning to fight for it together make it all the more worth achieving and both characters are seen to ‘grow and mature’ as the story progresses. This is a well crafted novel, with many intriguing aspects to keep the reader enthralled. It includes business bad practices, money mismanagement, greed, threats and danger together with romantic choices to be made in this riveting story giving life and love a second chance.
Many thanks to the author and publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review and to the publishers for providing additional materials for this post.
THE LOST & FOUND SERIES
Forgetting August, #1
Remembering Everly, #2
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An excerpt to whet you appetite:
They had the ability to destroy lives, obliterate relationships and sabotage even the strongest partnerships. Big or small . . . it didn’t matter. Even the tiniest white lie had the power to corrode—to shatter and dismantle everything you loved.
I’d carried a secret so big, for so long that sometimes I felt physically weak from its weight. I had thought I could carry its burden to my grave—that eventually its truth would die along with me.
But secrets never die.
They live on far longer than we do, and they always find their way to the surface.
Mine certainly did.
Sitting alone in the apartment I shared with my fiancé, I gently rolled the smooth green stone between my thumb and forefinger, over and over, remembering the day it was returned to me.
In all our years together, I’d never seen August so cold. So lifeless.
It frightened me to my core.
But I still hadn’t told anyone. It had been three days and I had yet to tell my fiancé or best friend about the events that had taken place in that bridal shop. As far as Ryan and Sarah knew, August had rudely interrupted my bridal appointment to tell me he had his memories back—that was all.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Why hadn’t I elaborated? I didn’t want to admit my shame. I couldn’t share this secret, my darkest lie. What would they think of me? I was the reason August had been in that hospital bed for two years. And the worst part? I’d lied about it—to everyone.
Even those closest to me. Even August. I was the worst kind of human.
I knew Ryan would tell me the opposite. He would comfort me as I told him the truth, holding me as I shared my story about the awful truth from that night.
There was no mugger.
There was only me.
Author J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She is the author of the self-pubbed Ready series. 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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