Title: Remembering Everly
Author: J.L. Berg
Series: Lost & Found #2
Release Date: April 5, 2016
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 . . .
J.L. Berg delivers the breathtaking conclusion to August and Everly’s epic story with Remembering Everly. Picking up where Forgetting August left off, Remembering Everly overflows with heartache, regret, and the lingering echoes of fated love. August and Everly face the fight of their lives as they struggle to recover from the revelations at the end of book one and J.L. Berg does not disappoint, breaking my heart and piecing it back together again several times over before all is said and done. Remembering Everly effortlessly captures the unavoidable chemistry and irrevocable connection our couple shares, fortifying my investment in their happily ever after and keeping me utterly captivated by their unconventional journey. J.L. Berg’s writing is phenomenal, bringing this fictional world to life with her vibrant imagery and conjuring up a storm of emotions that demand to be felt. Remembering Everly is J.L. Berg at her best and I can’t wait to see what this author has in store next!
“ ‘I think I’m ready to try again.’ I’d found my center, and it was about time I found some answers.”
As always, J.L. Berg doesn’t hesitate to put her character through the wring. While Everly exhibited a great deal of growth in the first novel, she still had a lot left to figure out. As Everly once again navigated the sudden upending of her world, she finds herself facing the harsh reality of how her decisions affect the lives of the people who love her. I’m so glad we got to see more of her relationships outside of August in this book. Everly’s interactions with the secondary characters really revealed a lot about her true character and I felt like I got to know her on a much deeper level through these evolving relationships. With her life and love still in total upheaval, Everly’s emotions run high and J.L. Berg expertly captures the fear, uncertainty, and anger she struggles with, as well as the fierce and determined woman she quickly grows into.
“Loving him had always been as easy as breathing. Hating him – that had always been difficult.”
So much of this book belonged to August and I found myself connecting with him in the most unexpected ways. His pain was palpable, gripping me hard and fast. I was captivated by August’s extraordinary character growth as he rediscovered pieces of himself and began to build a picture of his life before. My heart broke for him as he realized the mistakes he’d made and experienced the hurt he had caused Everly from the unique perspective of an outsider. If possible I fell even harder for August this time around, reveling in the thorough unraveling of his character and adoring the emotional depth J.L. Berg has so effortlessly crafted over the course of this novel. I definitely enjoyed the protective, hot-blooded side of August that shows itself in Remembering Everly. He and Everly turn up the heat substantially and give this story a steamy and playful edge that was the perfect balance to all the angst.
“A single tree in a meadow wasn’t any match for Mother Nature’s wrath, but give that tree a mate, and together they could wind their branches, combine their roots, and survive even the darkest of storms.”
Remembering Everly was every bit the emotional ending that this fantastic couple deserved and then some. J.L. Berg delivered something truly special with this heartfelt, genuine, and absolutely one-of-a-kind novel. I loved the unique perspective August had on his own life – re-experiencing his personal journey from the outside and realizing the impact his decisions had on his relationship with Everly. There was plenty of tension and a bit of suspense packed into this book. August’s angst-inducing attempts to untangle his memories had me on edge, anxiously awaiting the moment when all of the pieces would fall into place and the truth about what happened between him and Everly would finally reveal itself. Even when I thought I had it all figured out, J.L. Berg still had a few surprises up her sleeve and I found myself giddy with excitement at some of the unexpected twists this book had in store. I devoured this novel in one sitting, unable to get enough of August and Everly. Their journey was enchanting, heart wrenching, and simply unforgettable. Remembering Everly is an absolute must read!
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Don’t miss the first book in the Lost & Found duet:
Forgetting August (Lost & Found #1)
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.