Thursday, April 10, 2014

Release Week Blitz: Lost in Me by Lexi Ryan (Review + Giveaway)

Lost in Me (Here and Now #1)
Lost in Me is the first book in the Here and Now series, a spin-off of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Hope series. This sexy amnesia love triangle is intended for mature readers.

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The last thing I remember is having drinks at Brady’s and trying to avoid eye-contact with my life-long crush—the gorgeous, unattainable Maximilian Hallowell. They tell me that was a year ago, but I have no memories of anything since then. What I do have is this ring on my finger that Max says he gave me, and this much-thinner body I’ve dreamed of most of my life. Aside from a case of retrograde amnesia, everything seems almost...perfect.

But the deeper I immerse myself into this new world of mine—planning a wedding to a man I don't remember dating, attempting to run a business I don't remember starting—the clearer it becomes that nothing is as it seems. Do I have the life I’ve always wanted or is it a facade propped up by secrets I don't even know I have?

I need answers before I marry Max, and the only person who seems to have them is the angry, tatted, sexy-as-sin rocker Nate Crane. And Nate wants me for himself.

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Lost in Me is not a standalone novel, as the story continues in Here and Now book two, FALL TO YOU, releasing in June.

Author Bio:
Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.
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First line:
When Maximilian Hallowell winks at me, my heart somersaults like an overzealous toddler at her first gymnastics class.
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4 cakes out of 5
Maybe I'm just easily amused, but it entertains me that Unbreak Me is in three POVs, Wish I May is in two, and Lost in Me is in one. Yeah, I'm probably the only one entertained, but, hey, there's a fun fact for you guys.

Second order of business. I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW!!! And I mean right now. I'm anxious to find out whose lying to Hanna, how she solves everything, and, most importantly, who she ends up with. Personally, I'm Team Nate. I love him. Plus, I think Max is a lying scumbag. I don't trust him one bit.

Hanna's reaction to her amnesia was unusual. But, it made sense. Last she remembered she was a fat girl crushing on the guy who didn't know she existed. Now, she's got the body she's always wanted and is engaged to the man of her dreams. She's happy. But, nothing is as it seems. As she learns about what happened over the past year from her family and friends, she realizes her life may not have been as perfect as she thought. Especially when she meets Nate the rock star. She's heart aches for him but she has no recollection of him. Nate. Sweet, sexy, broken Nate. I hope we learn more about Nate in the sequel.

I realized as I was re-reading Wish I May (after I had finished Lost in Me), that the last night Hanna remembers actually takes place in Wish I May. That was cool. It also helped me figure out how much time had passed between Wish I May and Lost in Me. I have this thing about knowing how much time has passed in between books....

Lost in Me really made me think about several interesting things. Like, what would I do if I woke up engaged to a man I don't remember being in a relationship with? I really enjoyed that about this book, that it made me think. I can't wait to see what Lexi has in store for readers in Fall to You.

Check out my reviews for the other books set in New Hope:
Unbreak Me (New Hope #1)
Stolen Wishes (New Hope #1.5)
Wish I May (New Hope #2) 

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