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Remembering Everly, the second book in the Lost & Found duet, picks up right after the cliffhanger in Forgetting August. I found myself reaching for my kindle to start the next book immediately in hopes of getting answers to the questions swirling around in my head. The Lost & Found duet has an intriguing storyline that grabbed my attention completely and had me wondering how it will all work out in the end.
They had the ability to destroy lives, obliterate relationships and sabotage even the strongest partnerships. Big or small…it didn’t matter. Even the tiniest white lie had the power to corrode—to shatter and dismantle everything you loved.
At the end of the first book, we learn the truth behind what actually put August in the coma. It’s a startling revelation that seems to push August even further from Everly and causes his old self to reemerge. Nothing is ever as it seems and over time we learn that there were a lot of misunderstandings between Everly and August and the reasons for August’s actions.
In this book, we find Everly and Ryan going full speed ahead planning their wedding – again. She has accepted she is never going to be enough for August and believes she belongs with Ryan. What happens though when you discover that maybe the one you are marrying isn’t really the one for you at all? That the one you think about first when a disaster could strike is not your fiancé?
August starts to understand why the old August was the way he was. Even though he doesn’t want to revert back to his old ways, like before, he pushes Everly away to protect her. We don’t understand why he does this until his memories start resurfacing and we get a clearer picture of what was going on in old August’s head. We know he still loves her, but we don’t know if there’s a future for the two of them.
Was there a way back to Everly? Or had I burned all the bridges that marked my path back to my happily ever after?
This book had twists and turns that left me guessing what would happen next. I figured out a few of the surprises but enjoyed the outcome nonetheless. I thought the premise of book was great and I haven’t read another book quite like it. I liked that the book was written from alternating POVs and enjoyed J.L. Berg’s writing style. I will definitely read more from this author.
So why not a higher rating? I did enjoy this book; however, I did not think it was as strong as the first book in the duet. I did not see as much character growth as I would have liked. Everly is trying to find herself, and be independent, yet she never really does this. I felt that August was a bit weak in this book when we learn what was going on with Trent. Also, I would have like to see August and Everly together more. As the story went on, I started to feel a little disconnected to them and some of their actions that would usually would bother me didn’t.Overall though, Remembering Everly was enjoyable and I did have a hard time putting it down.
“I’ll still always want to give you the world.”
“And I’ll still only want just you.”
*ARC provided by RockStarLit via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
The Lost & Found series