Series: Here and Now #1
Published by Self-pub on April 5th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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<p><em>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.</em></p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p><em>Lost in Me is not a standalone novel, as the story continues in Here and Now book two, Fall to You, releasing in June.</em></p>
After checking out a raving review for this book at Lovin’ Los Libros, I just had to take advantage of the one-click option (curse you Amazon!) and I immediately downloaded Lost in Me and dove in!
I’m always intrigued by amnesia storylines, especially if there is a romance. In this particular case our main character, Hanna, wakes up in the hospital not remembering anything from the past 11 months after a supposed fall down the stairs. In that time, everything about her life had changed. She lost weight, opened up a bakery and is suddenly engaged to the man of her dreams, Max. But what happened that night she fell down the stairs and lost her memory? And is her life as great as it now seems to be?
Apparently this series is a spin-off of another series by the author, New Hope. The characters cross over but as someone who did not read the previous series I can honestly confirm you do not need to. This is definitely Hanna’s story and I must admit I am now interested in checking out more about the secondary characters in the other books. But back to Lost in Me…
Right from the get go Hanna seems completely enamoured by Max and though she doesn’t remember how it happened, she is happy about the turn of events that suddenly landed her in his lap, pun intended. And trust me, it doesn’t take her long to return there. But on the first night home from the hospital, she wakes up to a stranger in her bed who seems to know her intimately and her whole world is once again thrown upside down. So many questions surround these missing months in Hanna’s life and we just start to unravel them piece by piece with this installment in the series.
What is always great about amnesia stories, especially this one, is that you don’t know who to trust. I instantly became suspicious of everyone, and I do mean everyone. Her mom, her twin, the fiancé, and the stranger named Nate… Hanna not so much. In fact, I’d say even though she is trying to figure out what she missed, she embraces her new life a hell of a lot faster and easier than I ever would. This part of the book threw me a little, how easily she was able to accept Max as her fiancé even though they weren’t together in any of her memories. She had no problems getting physical right away and had no problems planning a wedding to take place only a few weeks after the memory loss. So bizarre to me, but I went with it. And I was so conflicted with the love triangle she finds herself involved in! Nate, the mysterious stranger, seemed genuine with his disappointment on Hanna’s new engagement, and genuine with his feelings for her. I can honestly say I trust one of the guys more than the other but the fact is they were both equally swoon-worthy many times, but also far from perfect. Both have hidden secrets for us to discover and we just scratched the surface. And man, the chemistry with both men was hot!
I flew through this book, anxious to find out what happened to Hanna and what she might do next. She made a lot of questionable decisions in the beginning but by the end I was right on track with her decision-making, all leading to one big cliffhanger. I must admit I guessed it way ahead of time but man, it really left me hanging at a place that could turn everything around once again. Combine that with all we have left to discover and I’m hooked. I’m absolutely looking forward to the next installment in June!