Also by this author: Hate Notes, Stuck-Up Suit
on February 25th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook
Source: Amazon
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Narrator: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins

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.



Let’s take a moment and stare at the rugged beauty that is Joseph Cannata…*clears throat*

Sometimes it sucks a little to be a reviewer with deadlines (and one who can’t say no). Many of the books I buy are sitting prettily on my Kindle and I rarely get to read them due to a busy schedule. Pains me because I miss out on a lot of good ones and for some authors it’s impossible to get arcs for ( like Penelope Ward’s) if you’re not in her group of chosen bloggers. Anyhoo…my point is – this was my first book by Penelope Ward as a solo writer and damn did I miss out.

In WHEN AUGUST ENDS, Noah, a photographer in his thirties and Heather, a young woman, who isn’t even of legal drinking age yet, become unlikely friends.

Heather and her mom own property on a lake and a houseboat which they rent out. Noah is their new guest and he intends to stay for a couple of months. From the first moment Noah and Heather feel an irresistible pull towards one another and although Heather would love to act on it, Noah keeps his distance because he thinks he’s too old for her. Heather knows she has to accept Noah’s decision but that doesn’t keep her from being a mischievous little devil who pushes boundaries. She doesn’t know how close to giving in he soon is.

I loved the main characters in this story so much. Heather is an outgoing, bright young woman with a bad taste in music and a positive outlook on life which is a bit of a miracle. Her sister killed herself five years earlier and her mother is battling depression. She takes care of her mom and her plans to go to nursing school are put on hold. Despite it all she looks life right into its face and embraces it. Heather was so honest, a little crazy and quirky and so adorable that even the little stalker episode was cute. I loved that she didn’t tear herself up over embarrassing herself in front of Noah.

“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.”

Noah seems a little grumpy when we meet him but the more we get to know him it becomes obvious that he isn’t at all. He married his childhood friend and when the marriage fell apart he considered it one of his biggest failures in life. A change of pace to find himself again is what we are made to believe is the reason he rents the houseboat.

Before coming to the lake, I hadn’t known what to expect from this place. I sure as hell wasn’t planning to feel so at peace here. It had crossed my mind that I could live this simple life forever.

But why he really came to Heather’s lake remains a mystery for a while. And let me tell you – I was totally blindsided by that twist. Totally didn’t see it coming. I fell in love with Noah because of his integrity, his obvious adoration for Heather, his sense of humor and dirty thoughts. He considered people’s feelings, maybe a little too much sometimes. I loved how Heather’s optimism changed the way he looked at life.

She walked to me and fell into my arms. I held her tightly. For the first time, I let myself breathe her in, hold her the way I wanted to without resisting.
I was a goner.

And can I say how much I loved Heather and Noah’s friendship? It was so heartwarming to see that they got along so well. They made me laugh, especially Heather’s antics, and made my heart hurt a little. The slow burn builds up to a sexual tension that makes you want to smoosh their faces together and yell to get on with it already.

WHEN AUGUST ENDS is a beautiful story about an extraordinary connection between two people who teach one another aspects of life they didn’t consider before and which change them fundamentally and for the better. It’s got a couple of twists and is unexpectedly emotional which made me a little bit teary-eyed…that end and epilogue….oh my heart. I am so glad I got to read this story and I’m so looking forward to reading more books by Penelope Ward.

“In the end, all we have are memories. I don’t have nearly enough memories with you. I want to make some.”


About Penelope Ward

© Angela Rowlings 2013

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

In 2014, Penelope’s fourth novel, Stepbrother Dearest, became the #1 bestselling independently published Kindle ebook of the year on and was credited with igniting an entirely new subgenre of romance.

Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

Penelope can often be found chatting live with her readers in her private Facebook group, Penelope’s Peeps.


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  • Dude! I know right!!! Sometimes I hate that I have no will power to say no to ARCs because I really need time to read books I want to and not just need to. Glad you made the time to read this one babe. It’s still sitting on my TBR because I’m pathetically low on funds and am so not spending anything on books now lol. Fantastic review though dude. I really hope I get to pick it up soon♥

  • Penelope Ward’s books have a habit of gutting me… She’s one of those writers who really doesn’t take the easy route for her characters and the romance can get so complicated. I like her slow burn friends to lovers style reads.
    This one sounds like a good one. I quite like a bit of an age gap… It brings an extra something to the story. 🙂

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