WHEN AUGUST ENDS by Penelope Ward is now available!

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WHEN AUGUST ENDS, a standalone contemporary romance novel by New York Times, USA Today
and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling
Author Penelope Ward is LIVE
and now a USA Today bestseller!

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PWWhenAugustEndsBookCover5x8_HIGH.jpgWhat 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.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

I always look forward to reading Ward’s contemporary romances and When August Ends is not only one of those books you pick up and have trouble putting down, but also broaches a subject I’m familiar with. So what, may you ask is it! Well…this stand-alone is overflowing with starting points, one of them being the age gap. Also, the author’s shorter sentences arrived like a gift since extended prose can at times make for a bulky read. And true to the author’s style, she hasn’t held back with the flirtatious witty wordplay. Totally necessary I might add, as the heroine most certainly deserves someone to brighten up her days.

‘Someone had to run things, and I was the winner of that responsibility by default.’ 

I couldn’t help but like Heather. She’s incredibly selfless, has had a raw deal and is handling the whole situation really well considering her age. And even though her hopes and dreams for the future aren’t in arm’s reach, I thought her matter-of-fact attitude mature beyond her years. In a nutshell, she’s an exemplary daughter and gets on with a job she feels duly tied to the best way she can. A past happening simmers in the background, the feeling of abandonment left me crushed. However, someone’s about to help her out in more ways than she could ever have expected.

“Sometimes you have to know when to walk away, even if it’s without your shoe. You know what I’m saying?” 

Noah’s taken time out and rented a guest boathouse on the family property until the end of August. Ladies, I wasn’t the only one counting down the weeks. Although this guy… his moral compass, his willingness to do the right thing impressed me beyond words, he’s tight-lipped and brusque. This part of his character I didn’t dislike a bit since little-big actions showed me there was much more to him than meets the eye.

“Life is made up of little moments that don’t seem that important at the time, but in retrospect they’re what get you to where you are.” 

Hmm…Noah fancies Heather, but won’t act on it as he knows it’s wrong in every way. He’s also aware that she has a crush on him. Lol, there’s nothing like drawing attention to oneself which she does pretty well in one scene. Roaring with laughter, this wasn’t going to be the only scenario which tickled me pink. So why is he holding back when the attraction is undeniable? I’d rather not make this known; nonetheless, it doesn’t need a calculator to come up with at least one right answer! Adoring how their friendship grew, their chats were a pleasure to read… How Noah slowly opens up to her, his sound advice and his reasoning behind his stance are realistically narrated. And his cigar smoking…loved this touch.

“You show people with your actions what kind of a person you are. You live your life with purpose, just like I try to. That’s probably the biggest thing we have in common.” 

You’ll all want someone like Noah’s father in your lives. Regardless of his son’s doubts and fears, this marvellous man is always there for him. And a delicate health issue told with compassion brought to light just how this silent malady affects loved ones. The tasteful steaminess sneaks up on you at the right moment in the story, and despite being a low-angst-slow-burn romance, the twist took me by surprise and literally sealed the deal for me.

‘My attraction to her would have to stay my dirty little secret, because I wouldn’t be laying a hand on her.’ 

The author’s creative narrative from dual perspectives in past tense overflows with engaging banter, keeping this love story moving at a pleasing pace. Emotional and sensitive, Noah and Heather’s tale is not one you’ll want to miss. Ooh, and for all of you animal lovers, your hearts will melt when you meet Bonnie and Clyde, their mascots. Bravo!

EXCERPT

When August Ends 

© 2019 Penelope Ward
All rights reserved 

 
Noah stood up and walked off the porch to put his cigar out on the cement. When he returned, he remained standing across from me. I was reminded of just how tall he was as he towered over me. A breeze blew his scent—a mix of cigar and cologne—in my direction. The same smell saturated the shirt I was wearing. I could’ve breathed it in all night. His nearness was doing things to my body I hadn’t ever felt.Noah looked around. “You mentioned some stuff around here needs to be repaired. What specifically?”
I blew out a breath. Even thinking about it was exhausting. “So much. I’d have to make a list.”“Why don’t you do that? Make a list. I’m pretty good with my hands. I’ll see if there’s anything I can help with while I’m here.”He’d lost me at pretty good with my hands. My imagination was running wild. Shit. I imagined those hands doing a lot of things—mostly to me.“I can’t let you do that.”“You’d be stupid not to take me up on it. I came for a change of pace, but the truth is, too much quiet isn’t good. I like to keep busy.”Biting my bottom lip, I shook my head. “I don’t know…”“Make the list,” he insisted.Noah was right. It would be dumb not to take him up on his offer. It wasn’t like there was anyone else knocking down our door to help.I tilted my head. “What would be in it for you?”His expression turned dark. “People don’t always have to have ulterior motives.”

Suddenly feeling bold, I said, “I thought maybe you would want me to go out with you in exchange.”

Did you hear that? It was a record screeching.

I admit, that was ballsy, but being around him brought out my flirtatious side. Maybe his cologne and cigar smoke were going to my head.

“You’re joking, right?”

Okay. I shouldn’t have asked.

“Actually, I—”

“I’m practically old enough to be your father.”

Really? That’s how he saw me? I knew he was older than me…but he didn’t seem that old. No way. I’d pegged him as early thirties, though I truly had no idea how old he was.

I shook my head. “No, you’re not. That’s a lie. An older brother, maybe. How old are you?”

Instead of answering, he took two steps forward. “Let me make something clear.”

“Okay…”

“I was not insinuating anything by offering to help. And I will not be asking you out, propositioning you, or going anywhere near you, for that matter. We clear on that?”

Okay, then.

I swallowed. Disappointment washed over me as I cleared my throat. “Yes.”

“Good.” He made his way toward the door, turning around one last time. “You’d better go. It was nice chatting. Get me the list tomorrow.”

He disappeared into the house, leaving me on the porch to wallow in his lingering smell and feeling like a complete and utter idiot.

 

COVER CREDITS

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Cover Model: Joseph Cannata

Cover Photography: Adam Zivo

 

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Ward PicMeet Penelope

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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