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Title: Lost in Me
Series: Here and Now #1
Author: Lexi Ryan
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Let me start by saying I don’t know how I am supposed to wait until June to find out what happens next – seriously addictive stuff here.
We have met Hanna previously as a support character in the New Hope books, she is Maggie’s sister (Unbreak Me), one of the twins although she hasn’t always felt as if she fit in with such beautiful sisters.
Hanna is a very relatable character, especially for someone like myself who is a size 16. Hanna’s body and and self perception is very easy to understand and made me confront my own insecurities while reading about hers. Hanna has very low self-esteem yet she manages to be utterly selfless, she puts other people first without asking for anything in return.
For all her issues she has a very positive disposition, she brings optimism to other people where she lacks it herself. Hanna’s confidence is constantly diminished by her over bearing mother, images of Mrs Bennett from Pride and Prejudice came to mind with her characterization, her unwavering focus in getting her daughters married whether it is in their best interest or not. Her constant disparagement of Hanna’s weight/eating habits adds to Hanna’s issues.
Following an accident Hanna losses her short term memory, the story unfolds as current action together with flashbacks as the memories are recovered. The level of frustration and confusion Hanna feels at not knowing the details of her own life was so well portrayed that I was able to empathize fully with Hanna. Initially, even though Hanna can’t remember the last 11 months of her life, her current situation looks perfect, she has everything she ever wanted. Engaged to the man she has had a crush on since she was 13 and running her own bakery is a dream come true. However, the cracks soon begin to appear as memories are regained.
The blend of current action alongside the flashbacks allows the reader to piece together the story alongside Hanna, providing an additional connection to the character while adding to the tension of the plot. Believe me you feel every emotion alongside Hanna.
While the romance is hot and heavy, torn between her long-term crush and a Rock God. There are issues to face with both, although I have my choice even I’m not entirely content with my decision following further insight into the characters. I didn’t feel that this was the main focus of Lost in Me, the title gives the basis away, it is Hanna’s character development that is the central basis to the plot.
There is still so many questions left unanswered, so many memories to be recovered and so many issues to be dealt with – now can you see why I don’t know if I can wait for June.