Friday, April 1, 2016

Read-A-Long + Giveaway + Excerpt: Forgetting August (Lost & Found #1) by J.L. Berg

Title: Forgetting August
Series: Lost & Found #1
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Second Chance
Publish Date: December 1, 2015

Follow Along with the Read-A-Long:
Day One: Monday, March 28th – Shelf_Life, Reading Adventurously, and Love Affair with Fiction
Day Three: Wednesday, March 30th – Peace, Love,Books, Ineffable Book Blog, and Love Affair with Fiction
Day Four: Thursday, March 31st – Have Words WillScribble, T&L Book Reviews, and Love Affair with Fiction

Day Five: Friday, April 1st – Pop Fizz ClinkRead, Battery Operated Book Blog, and Love Affair with Fiction

Favorite Quotes:
“As my lips eagerly met his, I hoped and prayed I’d made the right choice, because a life with August was going to be anything but simple.”

“Sometimes love and passion isn’t enough. When I awoke the next day, she was gone. And I was left with a pile of pictures and a lifeless house of memories.”

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 . . .

J.L. Berg wrote a fantastic book here. Love triangles are always tricky in my book, they are hit or miss and Forgetting August was definitely a hit. It is done in two points of view –Everly and August’s. When we meet Everly she is engaged to a very nice man –Ryan– after being in an abusive relationship with August (who is in a coma). It all seems to be going great until Everly hears that August has woken up from his coma with no memories.
August is someone you should immediately hate considering his abusive past but you cannot help but feel bad for him. That is a testament to the author; getting someone to sympathize with a character that wasn’t the best person previously is a feat. It is interesting to me that when he awakens he doesn’t continue his abusive tendencies; he has a completely different personality than before.
Everly has problems coping with the abuse, and then with August’s condition, all the while being engaged to an incredible man.
Berg takes you through their stages of finding themselves and whom they should ultimately be with, until the very end you are wondering what will happen. Forgetting August has love, heat, confusion and, of course, the big cliffhanger ending!

“Let me just open the windows. I want more light on your skin.”

I watched him move toward the large windows that faced the cliffs, pushing back the curtains that were used to block out the sun when it became too bright late in the afternoon. Right now, sunset was just about to take over the sky, the last rays of the day surrendering to the evening stars. 

“Perfect.” His voice followed his footsteps as he made his way back to the couch. “Now, I think you need to get naked.” 

I agreed, reaching for the clasp behind me. My bra came undone easily and slowly fell from my shoulders, as the camera clicked away. Raising one arm at a time, I let it fall to the floor as his heated gaze watched from behind the lens. 

Wanting him to enjoy this as much as possible, I slowly stood, widening my stance as my fingers slipped under the thin fabric of my panties. August backed up, readjusting the angle to encompass my new position, as the camera continued to click. With a sensual grace I hadn’t known I possessed, I gently slid the last piece of clothing from my body until it hit the floor. 

I heard the camera hit the glass of the coffee table as August quickly setting it down. His hands shook as his eyes met mine. Dark, heated, and filled with purpose, his gaze was locked and I was his target.   
His belt and jeans hit the floor and then I watched him move— slowly stalking me, like a predator. My thighs tightened and my breath hitched as his naked body moved toward mine. 

As if he were a magnet, I felt his pull and instantly responded, moving toward him without thought. 

Discussion Questions:
1) If you were Everly, how would you tell your friends about leaving Ryan and getting back together with August?

2) UHM, HELLO, HOW ABOUT THAT ENDING! Did you see that coming? What did you think?

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.

He's forgotten his past, but it hasn't forgotten him. After losing two years of his life trapped in a coma, August Kincaid will do anything to win back the love of his life. But his past threatens to destroy his second chance at happiness, it's Everly who is in danger of paying for his crimes.

 Pre-order Remembering Everly!


Author J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South.  She is the author of the self-pubbed Ready series, which has sold over 100,000 copies.  Married to her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. 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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