When August Ends - Penelope Ward

When August Ends

By Penelope Ward

  • Release Date: 2019-02-25
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Size: 1.5 MB
Score: 4
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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

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.


  • Beautiful story!

    By 141115
    This book me laugh out loud so hard at some of the antics! It was awkward and embarrassing at times but also sweet and emotional as hell! It was slow burning but very interesting to read! Loved it!
  • slow burn romance

    By Sandy Sch
    WHEN AUGUST ENDS by Penelope Ward is a contemporary, adult stand alone, erotic romance story line focusing on twenty year old, waitress/college student Heather Chadwick. and thirty-four year old photographer Noah Cavallari. Told from dual first person perspectives (Noah and Heather) WHEN AUGUST ENDS follows the building relationship between twenty year old, waitress/college student Heather Chadwick. and thirty-four year old photographer Noah Cavallari. Noah Cavallari is taking some time off from his busy photography business, and rented a boathouse up in New Hampshire, on Lake Winipessaukee. Coming face to face with Heather Chadwick, the owner’s twenty year old daughter, stirred something in Noah he had no business pursuing. Heather Chadwick’s attraction to, and seduction of Noah is met with refusal and rejection, but a last minute date for Heather forces Noah to look deep to understand from where his jealousy and need had come. What ensues is the slow building relationship and romance between Heather and Noah, and the potential fall-out as Noah keeps secret his real reason for coming to New Hampshire as his time in the lake house comes to a close. Heather Chadwick has always wanted to be a nurse but her mother’s disabilities force Heather to become care-taker to a woman who struggles with mental illness. Still grieving the loss of someone close, Heather struggles with what was, and what will never be. Noah Cavallari battles his attraction to Heather knowing his secrets could destroy the precarious foundation upon which their growing relationship is starting to build, a relationship he will pursue as time passes them by. The relationship between Noah and Heather is one of immediate attraction but Noah struggles with their fourteen year age difference, as well as the secrets he has yet to reveal. Heather knows that her attraction to Noah is currently one-sided, an attraction that comes with heartbreak and jealousy on both sides of the equation. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Heather’s mother Alice, and her estranged father Rick Chadwick, as well as friends Chrissy , and ex-boyfriend Eric; Noah’s ex Olivia, and his father Neil Cavallari. WHEN AUGUST ENDS is a story of older man / younger woman, secrets, lies, guilt and second chances. The premise is engaging and intriguing ;the romance is a slow burn rejection and attraction; the characters are colorful and energetic. WHEN AUGUST ENDS is a sexy, character driven story of love .