11 April 2014

Title: Lost in Me (Here and Now #1)
Author: Lexi Ryan
Publisher: 216 Pages (April 5th, 2014)
From: the Author
Format: eARC
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: 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.

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.

Lost in Me is not a standalone novel, as the story continues in Here and Now book two, Fall to You, releasing in June.

Review: 4 Stars - Lost In Me is the first title in the Here and Now Series by author Lexi Ryan, which focuses on Hanna who wakes up after an accident to learn she's lost a year of her life due to amnesia. With things in her life completely different from what she last remembers it's throughout the book that we follow along with her as she comes to terms with the life she has now and some shocking revelations she finds out along the way.

Hanna as a character is a mystery. She's not sure who she is, only who she remembers from a year ago. When she wakes up nothing is as it seems and she has no clue what's gone on during this year that's put her where she is now.

One of the great things about this title is that Hanna and her life unfold for her right along with the character. There's a mysterious side of her life and story that captivates the character. She just want's answers and no one seems to want to give them to her. I know I'd have been frustrated and she handles it all pretty well.

With two men fighting for her affections and both with a vastly different agenda, I couldn't wait to see who would end up the guy for Hanna. Both of these guys – Max and Nate are so different from the other. Max with his new Gym and Nate the rock star... I had no idea who she'd find out held her heart.

There's some steam to accompany the mystery. Not as much as I'd have liked but with a girl who's lost a year of her life because she can't remember there was a lot more going on within the many layers of the story to have really missed that.

I know which guy I'd love Hanna to end up with, but I'll keep that close for now and wait to see what happens in the next installment. Because with that ending.. wow, that was a doozy of a piece of info that we were left with. My heart broke for Hanna. It really did.

With some bumps and twists that happen from beginning to end I didn't want to put the book down, nor did I want it to end. I'm thankful that this is a series because there's still a lot we don't know and I have a feeling more bombshells and broken hearts to happen along the way. I highly recommend this book to those who love a great contemporary title with some interesting characters and plot points that'll keep you guessing and making your own guesses along the way. Go read it! It's great!

About the Author: 

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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