The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Summary: Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers. So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.
I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book. And I guess it says a great deal about how much I LOVE this book and this series that I had already read it 5 times before its release date. I can’t pretend to be anything like objective when it comes to Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes. I love their relationship, with all its complications and twists and turns. I love how every character in this book is painted in vivid color. I love the voices of the characters – oh, man, the voices – Jamie’s wry, smart, adrenaline-fueled narration, and the fact that we get several chapters of Charlotte’s cool, precise voice at the helm (because Jamie is basically unconscious for that period, naturally). I want these books to be blankets, so I can build myself a fort out of them and never emerge.
THE LAST OF AUGUST is out now.