Review: Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

Posted December 20, 2015 by carolin in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Books, Release day / 0 Comments

Review: Forgetting August by J.L. BergForgetting August by J.L. Berg
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Published by Grand Central Publishing on December 1st 2015
Genres: Romance
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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 . . .

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— 3 stars —

“Forgetting August” is the story of August Kincaide. He was in a coma for 26 months and his awakening is a medical wonder. But even though he’s awake, he’s lost his memory, a complete amnesia. So, apart from random things he remembers here and there, his old life is a black hole. That’s why the pretty redhead suddenly standing in his hospital room and glaring daggers at him doesn’t really ring a bell, even though his heart says something else…

This plot… I was really so enamored with the whole story of amnesia and the two maybe falling in love with each other again. Hence, I really, REALLY wanted to like this book. But I just couldn’t, at least not completely.

The pace of a book is a very important point for me. But since it is sometimes necessary for the story to build up slowly, I just have to go with the flow – even though I’m really one for fast-paced and angsty books. I’m living with the motto “cut the unnecessary crap”, as well in my real life as in my books. So, whenever an author prolongs her/his book with being too over descriptive with little things, that are not important in the grand scheme, I lose interest pretty quick. “Forgetting August” could have probably been a very enthralling, fast-paced read, if only it hadn’t been so overly explicit with everything… Everything but the sex. Um, just mentioning it. Sometimes, a book with adults works with only very little descriptive sex. But I missed it in this case.

Another issue – big issue – for me was the female MC. She played the two men in her life, IMO. Even though there technically was no cheating, for me it felt that way. There was sort of a love-triangle going on and even though she was only ever exclusive with one man, she treated the other like a consolation prize, as long as August was still recovering and trying to get his memory back.

After all the afore mentioned issues, I was then rewarded with a cliffhanger. Sigh. I knew it was coming, but it dampened my mood further, despite my knowledge. At this point, August was the only good thing for me in “Forgetting August”, but then he did a 180 and that was the ultimate out for me. If it would have come earlier in the book, I seriously would have DNF’ed it. And that is exactly why I won’t continue with this series.

I’m very sorry, that I couldn’t connect with the book and I can imagine someone else loving it, so everyone should give it a try despite my rather sober review. The writing style is good and I even laughed a few times, I can imagine that being a big plus for the majority of the readers.

All in all, I rate “Forgetting August” with 3 stars and can recommend to give it a try.






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