In Review: Lost in Me (Here and Now #1) by Lexi Ryan

Posted April 18, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 5 Comments

In Review: Lost in Me (Here and Now #1) by Lexi RyanLost in Me by Lexi Ryan
Series: Here and Now #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: April 7, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 216 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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.

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In Review My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed Lexi Ryan’s New Hope series. (Especially Cally and Will’s story.) I was really looking forward to this spinoff and I wasn’t at all disappointed!

I wasn’t sure how it would work with the main character having amnesia, but it was great! Hanna was fantastic and easy to relate to – minus the whole amnesia thing. She was real and believable. A girl with self-esteem and body issues, she wakes up in the hospital with selective memory loss, engaged to the guy she’d had a crush on for years and with seemingly, all of her dreams coming true. As she uncovers more about her life, she realizes there’s more to *everything* than meets the eye and maybe, just maybe, she wasn’t as happy as she thought she was. In addition to her loving fiancé, it appears she has a boyfriend on the side and the two couldn’t be more different. Hello love triangle! (But it wasn’t an annoying one.) 🙂

Lost in Me was a fantastic journey of self-discovery. It had sweet and sexy moments. The chemistry between Hanna and Max was good, but it didn’t begin to compare to the electricity between her and Nate. Yowza. Things were seriously intense between them. There were several moments in this book where I literally gasped. The plot twists and turns definitely kept me interested in this book. It was a quick read. I had an emotional connection to Hanna. I wanted her to regain her memories and find a way to be *truly* happy.

If you plan to read this book, avoid spoilers like the plague. Seriously. I ended up having the biggest of the big reveals ruined for me because someone was irresponsible on Facebook. (Tag your spoilers as such, folks. I shouldn’t see them in my inbox notifications without even opening the message!) That could have easily ruined my experience with the book, but the characters, writing and unique plot wouldn’t allow that to happen. I was still utterly enamored with the Hanna’s story. This one ends with one heck of a cliffhanger and I’ll be waiting with baited breath until the second book is released!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About Lexi Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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