Saturday, December 5, 2015

Forgetting August (Lost & Found #1) by J.L. Berg: Release Blitz Review & Excerpt


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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Review by Michelle:

Oh for the love of angst! J.L. Berg, as always, draws you in with her captivating characters, her distinctive storylines, and an onslaught of emotions. Forgetting August combines waking from a coma with amnesia, a shady past, an ex-girlfriend, and a new lover culminating in a unique and enthralling twist on your typical memory loss and second chance love stories.

Some of my favorite characters are those that I can't seem to make up my mind about. August Kincaid is a shining example of just such a conundrum. Should I love August or should I hate him? Am I drawn to him, repulsed by him, or a bit of both? Can someone's personality really do a complete 180 and does the fact that he doesn't remember his former self help or hinder this? While still admittedly largely undecided, one thing is for certain, you just can't help but feel for August despite his seemingly despicable past as he awakens with no one by his side, no memories of anyone or anything of importance to him before his coma, and no direction. As he becomes staunchly determined to change his ways with this fresh start, to right his wrongs, and become the polar opposite of what he once was, the empathy only grows. As for August's past, there is no doubt that what he did to Everly is horrible and wrong and abusive, still you just can't help wondering what the background and the rest of the story really is.

August isn't the only one worthy of compassion. Everly was the victim of August's domineering and oppressive ways before his attack, she has spent two years of her life attempting to recover from the trauma, to find herself, and to move on and now she must face August again and reconcile her residual feelings for a man she has considered a monster for years to find he is no longer that man and wants to be different. While some of her actions will leave you frustrated and cursing her name, above all else, you can't help but admire Everly's strength and tenacity.

The connection between August and Everly is magical, commanding, and unyielding. A bond that outlived mistreatment, the passage of time, and even the loss of all recollection. A draw that is constantly tugging at the both of them even though Everly knows better, even though she wants to refuse it, even though she has the love of another. A magnetism that August cannot deny even though he can't remember their shared history, even though he knows it is best left alone. A love he still feels down to his bones even though she is really no more than a stranger to him now.

Mysteries abound as we are ever so slowly clued in to August and Everly's life before his attack, August's attitude and behavior before the coma, and most importantly the truth behind the attack, keeping you engrossed and feverishly flipping pages to find out more. There are so many facets to this story. There is of course August's condition. There is Everly's struggle with the past and her healing process. There is a new man in the picture making August's recovery and the decision to forgive all the more difficult. There is much more than meets the eye in August's past. And there is a powerful and touching romance just begging to be rekindled. To top it all off, a shocking twist and a huge cliffhanger ending will leave you breathless and anxious for more.

Forgetting August is a suspenseful and gripping rollercoaster ride sure to make you gasp and cringe, laugh and sigh, stand up and beg for more, and offer up your first born for a glimpse into the conclusion of this stunning love story. Start the countdown, just 3 more months until Remembering Everly!

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

About the Author:

I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were married young, barely out of high school. Everyone told us we were crazy and stupid. We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day. We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.

We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who continue to amaze and inspire me, and are probably making me go a bit insane. I’m obsessed with yoga and pilates and am a complete chocoholic. I apologize in advance for the amount of sweets in my book.

I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years. Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free. After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.

I am represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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My hand shook as I pulled the box into my lap, preparing myself for what may lay hidden within. I felt nervous and sick with anticipation. I suddenly wanted to flee, but where would I go? And how would I get there? Moving my leg took more concentration than I was willing to admit and I was still attached to what looked to be a hundred monitoring devices.

The box stared back at me, waiting...wondering when I would crack its lip and finally divulge the secrets it had been keeping for so long.

What if I didn't like what I found? What if I did?

Taking a deep breath, I placed my hand on the lip and pulled, knowing there was only one way to find out.

All neatly arranged inside, I found clothes, a wallet and a scattering of other personal belongings. I immediately went for the wallet, knowing it would hold the most information. Everything else forgotten, my fingers traced the smooth edges of the soft leather as I bent it open.

There staring back at me was a picture of my own face. Because of the mirror across the room near the sink, I'd managed to catch a glimpse of my reflection a time or two since awaking here hours earlier.

The man looking up at me on the California driver’s license photo was a stark contrast to the person I was today.

Cold empty green eyes looked through me, as if the world and everything in it were beneath him. With a crisp white shirt and flawless green tie and jacket, there was no smile permeating through the lens--not even a hint of emotion was showing. My now long, unkempt hair had been trimmed short and neat, matching the impeccable persona that could be seen even through the tiny picture.

My attention turned towards the address.

1023 Sea Cliff Lane, San Francisco.

I looked out the window, trying to see if anything beyond its paned glass brought back any hints or memories of a life I once led.

San Francisco.

Even though the driver’s license confirmed what the nurse had already told me, I still felt no connection with the city below. Nothing called out to me, nothing held my attention.

Was there anyone down there that would remember my name?

I dug further through the wallet, finding a couple hundred dollars in cash, as well as several credit cards and a few membership cards to places I'd never heard of, but apparently belonged to.

Or had belonged to.

What happened to your life when you went into a coma? Did you disappear? Cease to exist or did life carry on? I looked at the address on my driver’s license and wondered if I still had a home...a bank account? I wasn't dead, but who had been paying my bills for the last two?

Did I have money to pay the bills?


Suddenly, all I wanted was to slip back into that coma and never wake up again.

And then I saw her.

It was just a glimpse at first, the edge of a picture sticking out from inside the wallet--a wisp of hair that had me pulling at it to see it properly.

With the golden gate bridge as our backdrop, a much younger, carefree version of myself held a girl in my arms and suddenly the world didn't feel so lonely anymore. Copper red hair tumbled down her back like a fiery mane. Her bright blue eyes sparkled as if she held untold secrets waiting to be revealed. In my own eyes, I didn't see harshness or the rigid void of nothing. I saw her, reflecting back in spades, the love radiating between us.

I flipped the photo over, hoping for something...anything that would tell me who this girl was.

There was nothing but a date and a name.

August and Everly - 2005


She had a name.

Now all I had to do was find her.

Forever Romance and J.L. Berg invite readers to join them for a Facebook party on December 9 from 7 – 10 PM EST to celebrate FORGETTING AUGUST. In addition to fun guests and giveaways, there will be a great discussion about the book as J.L. Berg takes fan questions. RSVP here <>

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