Monday 25 February 2019

✤ Penelope Ward ✤ WHEN AUGUST ENDS ✤

©  Bianca  Janeane 

A sexy standalone age-gap Romance
• 25 February 2019
• Cover Model: Joseph Cannata
4.25 Stars

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone tale of forbidden summer love.

What do you do when a sexy, older man moves into your family’s summer rental?

Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourselfover and over. Things didn’t exactly get off on the right foot with Noah Cavallari. Our first encounter was embarrassing, to say the least.

But despite that, I found myself waking up every day with a newfound energy. Nothing exciting ever happened on the lakenot until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. He’d booked it for the entire summerand I was still trying to figure out why.

When my mother became ill, I inherited the responsibility of making sure our guests were well taken care of. I should have been in college. Instead, I was living my best lifeas a maid.

Dark, handsome, and mysterious, everything about Noah screamed forbidden.

I knew he was just passing through town for the summer.

I knew he was probably too old for me.

Yet, I was drawn to him.

Not to mention, he tried to save my life when he mistakenly thought I was drowning.

I wanted him and made no secret of it.

His own attempts to warn me away soon gave way to late-night moonlight chats by the lake. We were slowly easing into a friendship that was gearing up to explode into something I might not recover from.

Because he’s leaving at the end of the summer.

And I have no idea what I’ll do when August ends.

ARC received for an honest review

I love a book with an artsy kind of guy in it, and Noah is all that.

Heather is stuck in her home town through no fault of her own, and is happy(ish) with her lot in life.

Until Noah.  Man, the sparks do fly - well from Heather's side of things - when she meets the man who is in town for the summer.

I mean, I don't blame her for throwing herself at him - I would definitely have done the same!

This is a pretty slow burn of a story.  A lot of the time it is just flirty conversations and no we can't do this.  I know the age difference will be an issue for some people, however this didn't bother me, as helloooo, they are both adults!

I liked how they brought each other out of their shell, and brought the best out in each other.

As much as this made me smile,  there were some sadder moments too.

This book made me want to rent a boathouse by a lake, and live the quiet life.

I can't wait to see what Ms Ward brings us next.

Heather is twenty years old. She's not going to college like she'd planned - she's at home at their lake house in New Hampshire, because her mom can't take care of the place and the little boat house they rent out. So Heather stayed.
Enter Noah.
He's rented the little house for the whole summer.
Heather is hugely mega and totally attracted to the mysterious older guy.

How much older is he anyway?? ☺
The only important thing is that she wants him - bad!
But he's not all that interested ... or is he??
But she's way too young for him! Right?

I loved this book!
I kinda hate age gap romances - that's why it's so crazy that this is my 5th one this year already! So weird. My age limit is 7/8 years, but it's a bit more here. It didn't bother me much. Heather is a very old soul. She's had to be the grown-up for a long while now.
But of course poor Noah still thinks he's too old - plus we're still not sure why he's checked out of his real life for the summer? Why is he here?

It's so worth it!
It's adorable and funny and beautiful and heartbreaking and mysterious.
I really enjoyed reading it!

A few tiny little things I didn't love. I still really adored the book - but those things are in my head and I have to get them out!!!! But don't be scared! ☺

It was a bit too slow-burnish. Almost nothing really happens in this book. Yes, we have adorable and fun moments - even some exciting ones, but not much happens for most of the book. I wanted something a tiny bit ... more!

The cover! Beautiful. Hot guy. But the Noah in the book was a bit too softish for my tastes. Most of the time at least. He doesn't act like the tough guy on the cover led us to expect he would. But I still loved him!

And then .... the writing was a bit weird. The way they talk... like a lawyer would talk to a ... professor while reading the will of his late grandfather who was a ... politician. So very formal and with so many 10 dollar words that young people would never use in a casual conversation. And then in the next line they say GONNA. Or HE BOOKED IT OUT OF HERE! 'Gonna' btw. was the most used word in this book! Sooo weird. Choose one way to talk! Or have one person talk this way and the other person that way. But not both in the exact same way and with the same expressions - that's the author speaking and not the characters! :(

WHEN AUGUST ENDS was a really adorable and fun love story with some very heartbreaking moments! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Noah - this one is MINE!!!
and I mean the Noah in the book and Joseph on the cover!!! 


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

Other books from Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Cocky Bastard

Stuck-Up Suit

Playboy Pilot

Stepbrother Dearest

Neighbor Dearest


Mack Daddy