Monday 7 April 2014

Lost In Me by Lexi Ryan - Book Review

From the Blurb:

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.

The Review:

Hanna wakes up to find her memories from the last year have completely disappeared. She's thinner than she used to be and engaged to the man of her dreams. But the seeming perfection of her new life is tainted by unanswered questions. Her doctor has concerns for her health and safety, and the man in her bed the night she returns home is not her fiancé.

This is a mystery romance that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, but don't pick this one up thinking you'll get a satisfying ending. Book 1 of the three part Here and Now series is completely addictive, but leaves the reader with more questions than answers. And Book 2 isn't out until June! AH!

I'm always a little hesitant when starting novels written in the present tense; it just doesn't sit well with me. But it is perfect for this story, which is, after all, about the "here and now", as Hanna investigates her new life and attempts to find answers about her past. She is a very relatable heroine. I felt for her right from the start. She's dangerously self conscious, but also has a drive to take control of her life.

Unfortunately, that's a little complicated when you don't know how your life fits together.

It's difficult to talk about the romance in this story without giving away spoilers, but I will say that this is a love-triangle story with no clear hero. Hanna's fiancé, Max, is bound up in secrets and deception, while her sexy night time visitor, Nate, is no less enigmatic. Where Lexi Ryan will take these three as the series progresses is unclear, particularly given the cliffhanger at the end of Lost in Me, but I so need to know!

The end of this novel does become a little choppy, as the narrative increasingly flicks between present day and Hanna's recovering memories, but that is my only criticism of this thoroughly addictive read. While this is a romance, it is the mystery of this novel that holds it together. I just can't wait to find out what happens! 

Lost In Me by Lexi Ryan was released on April 7, 2014, and is available from Amazon.

This book was given to Love Reading Romance in exchange for an honest review, via AToMR Tours.