Remembering Everly by JL Berg
Date of Publication: April 5, 2016
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.
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Title: Remembering Everly
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Series (Lost & Found Duet #2)
Rating: ★★★ 1/2 Stars (Rounded to 4 For Goodreads & Amazon)
As I said previously in the review written for the first book in this duet, Forgetting August, I think the underlying story here, apart from the romance was very well done. Original, intriguing and even at times intense.
That same feeling was also prevalent again here with this one, though this installment seemed to take a route that based on the events of the first, I didn’t entirely see coming.
There was far more suspense in this story than the last, but since I enjoy stories that make me think, that aspect of the story was really a no brainer for me. I loved when secrets and truths were exposed and more pieces to the August and Everly puzzle were given. Especially with the cliff-hanger that was dropped at the end of the first book.
I was invested in seeing this couple, who despite the way a lot of the story went, I felt deserved to be together, reach their happy end. I swear, given everything that happened if there was two people that deserved to come out the other side, it was these two. Add in their friends and the impression all of them made on me throughout both tales, and I just needed to see things even out for all.
I did get that. The author delivered in that regard and by the time the story was finished, I felt that I’d gotten everything I wanted from it. An intriguing and intense second chance love story, answers to all of my nagging questions and just the right amount of suspense to make it work.
Where this book fell short for me though was the amount of time that August and Everly spent apart in this story. Or rather, the lack of them being together. Add to that, August’s reasoning throughout (what I did actually understand because I have known people that often times make the wrong moves based on their need to protect) and well, it fell short for me. I wanted more of them together. I wanted more of that bond that before he lost his memories (and subsequently regained them), we’re supposed to believe they had. The bond we were shown they had. I wanted him to pull his head out of his butt far sooner than he did.
What did surprise me with this story though given the way I felt about it in the first, I wasn’t as bothered by the tug of war between Everly, August and Ryan. While I might not have walked away from August the way she did that day, I did understand her motivations and I did enjoy the growth that over the course of this book came as she came more into her own. Doing things for herself and not because of or for the men in her life. I was okay with the parting of ways between her and Ryan and especially welcomed the way it all turned out for him in the end as well.
So while this book may not have hit all of the same markers as the first did for me, it was still a very enjoyable read and one that I’m extremely glad that I took. Especially since it introduced me to an author that at the time, I wasn’t familiar with and can how check out more from in the future.
I think if you’re a fan of second chance romances, stories with the right amount of suspense and intrigue or even other books by this author, you’ll enjoy this.
My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before official release. August and Everly’s journey is one that I’m glad I took the chance on.
About the Author
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.