Release Blitz & Review: When August Ends by Penelope Ward

Posted February 25, 2019 by Amber in New Releases, Release Blitz, Release Day, Release Tour, Review / 0 Comments

by Penelope Ward
Genres: Romance



A Standalone Contemporary Romance Novel

NY Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope Ward


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

Well, apparently, you make a fool of yourself—over 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 lake—not until Noah moved into the small boathouse on our property. He’d booked it for the entire summer…and 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 life…as 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.



Amber’s Review:

Unlike other Penelope Ward books, this one took a little bit for me to get into it. I think the writing seemed a bit off…or just a bit different from her other works. The structure seemed to be trying to be a bit younger feeling to me…if that makes sense.

But after a while, I was in total Penelope overload and not willing to put the book down.

This was an entertaining story. It’s been described as a friends to lovers troupe but I don’t really agree with this description. Yes, Noah and Heather do become great friends, but that is not how their relationship started off. In fact, Heather is immediately drawn to Noah in a sexual nature during their first meeting. And she goes as far as to tell Noah. She does not beat around the bush but is very blatant at her attraction. I think it was this blatant behavior that I really liked in Heather’s. character.

Noah on the other hand tells Heather that he is not here to have a relationship with her. That his time is limited until the end of the summer. He even goes on to promise Heather’s mother that he is not interested in a relationship with Heather…and she is skeptical.

These are some interesting characters with a unique and interesting connection. But of course, you have to read 90% of the story before their connection is revealed…and I’m not about to spoil it here.

In typical Penelope Ward fashion, readers are intrigued by her characters and their story and When August Ends doesn’t fail to intrigue. A worthy read for any romance fan.


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About the Author:

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor.

Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over one-point-five million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

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