Lost in Me – Review

Lost in Me

Lost in Me

What it’s all about

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.

WHat I thought

Well now what did I think?

I read Lost in Me about a month ago now. I had of course heard of Lexi Ryan, in fact we followed each other on twitter and had quite often tweeted back and forth. We had actually tweeted – about my clumsiness and lack of grace – just before I read her book. It wasn’t until I had read the book and went lookoking for her on twitter to tell her how bloody amazing it was that I realised and put the two together!

My sister in law had asked me what to read soon after I finished. I asked her what she was looking for. She said “I don’t know. I want something different. All the books are really good but its the same sh*t every time.” Only she still wanted all that stuff too.

My response? “Lost in Me by Lexi Ryan.” It has everything I always look for. Packed with drama, angst, strong characters – you know the one you are rooting for and then the one you hope gets run over by a bus type of thing. I’m sure i’m missing something. Oh Yes. Sex. There is definitely sex. The best thing about this book though is that it is different.

Hanna has always wanted one thing. Max. She wakes up after an accident with memory loss to find not only does she have Max but she has the body she always dreamed of having. She goes back into her life – not having all the pieces of the jigsaw but still somewhat content and hopeful that all the pieces fall into place. And hopefully before her wedding.

Though when the pieces start falling into place they just don’t seem to fit as they should. She wakes up with another man in her bed. After almost freaking out she realises he poses no danger. Her heart knows this man even if her head doesn’t.

Then she gets the shock of her life!!

Nothing is as it seems to be. Or is it? I do love a bit of mind fuckery!

OK I know that’s all pretty vague. I am telling you no more. This is a book that I insist that you read. It is very well written. brilliantly thought out and definitely has your imagination working over time. Or maybe that’s just me, I am always reading between the lines trying to work out what is going on and whats going to happen next. I absolutely can’t wait until next month so I can get the next installment of this. It’s going to be fantastic! You know what they say – “careful what you wish for, you might just get it!”

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Sometimes it Lasts

sometimes it lasts

Cage York has to choose between a love of the game and a love of the girl in this sultry Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

After waiting for his big break, bad boy Cage York is finally called up to prove his worth in the college baseball arena. But when Cage’s girlfriend, Eva, mourns the sudden loss of her father, it’s not Cage’s comforting arms she runs to, but those of her former fiancé’s twin brother, Jeremy.

Torn between his baseball dream and the girl of his dreams, Cage must prove he’s worthy of Eva’s love, or risk losing her to Jeremy forever.

Oh boy!!

First of all I must clear up something. I LOVE Abbi Glines‘ books. Like really love them. All of them. I don’t think the woman has written a mediocre story. The reason though that I have never reviewed an Abbi Glines book before is because I was late to the party. So late. Man did I kick myself for that. I kept seeing tweets about her books and several times tweeted her saying I’m finally getting to start your books. She ALWAYS replied. Always. I can’t begin to imagine how many tweets these authors get every day but I am pretty sure she makes an effort to acknowledge them all. Anyway it was a while before I got around to reading them, you know – so many books, so little time and all that. Well not anymore. My to be read pile is HUGE. This book released yesterday and wasn’t even in my to be read pile. Why? It didn’t need to be, it’s a given now, when Abbi releases a book I drop everything and pick it up.

So we all fell in love with Cage way back in Because of Low and were delighted when we got his own story in While it Lasts. The boy is so damn hot one book was never going to be enough and I know I jumped for Joy when I found out we would be getting another healthy dose of Cage in Sometimes it Lasts. Was it worth the wait? YES, HELL YES. I bought it yesterday morning with the intentions of reading it last night. While waiting for the water to heat up to clean the kitchen I was having a cup of coffee and said I would flick through the first few pages. In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, “Big mistake. Huge.” Like I was ever going to put it down again. My children were lucky to be fed never mind my housework completed.

Anyway, right there from the prologue Abbi Glines managed to get me sucked in. Sucked in with tears streaming down my face. Oh yeah, and a tummy full of angst (I am sure it is no coincidence that Abbi is critique partners with another queen of angst and intensity – Elizabeth Reyes!) . When reading the first few chapters all I could think was “how the hell did he manage to screw that up”, especially when we knew Jeremy was waiting there in the wings and now she has his ring on her finger!

The following are my favourite lines in the whole book, I kid you not – I had butterflies and reread it a few times!

Cage shook his head slowly and dropped his hands from his chest. Then he took two long strides to stand in front of me. He leaned down, putting a hand on each side of the rocking chair until his eyes were level with mine and only inches away. “Make no mistake. There will always be an us. You can pretend like what we had never happened. You can ignore your feelings. Hell, baby, you can even marry Jeremy fucking Beasley. But there will always be an us. No one and nothing can change that.”

Eva and Cage are for ‘Always’. OK so they aren’t together but he didn’t ever think that she would be with someone else. She was his and he had to make her see that, no matter the cost.

So it begins. This is an absolute must read for all Abbi Glines fans. If you haven’t read Abbi Glines before then, like me a few months ago, you just have no idea what you are missing. Please go out and get yourself a copy of Breathe, the first book in the Sea Breeze series. There are 5 so you are in for a treat and you never know, by the time you catch up number 6 – Misbehaving will probably be available because this woman is a machine!

As for me I am looking forward to more of my lovely Woods when Simple Perfection comes out next month!

Noah (5th Street #1)

Noah

Meet Veronica Cruz, or Ronni as you will come to know her. At only 28 she has been virtually severed from the rest of the civilisation. After taking a career break to care for her dying mother, Veronica is now in Limbo. Her mother passed away now she doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. She wants to go back to work but has put on 40lbs and there is no way she is going back looking like that. She has turne into a frump, her clothes don’t fit her and she feels she has aged 10 years.

Enter Nellie, Veronica’s best friend. Nellie has brought Ronni a present, a pass to 5th Street. A Gym in East LA that isn’t like all those other gyms, full of love me do’s and exhibition artists. Nellie got two free 1 week passes. If her weight is the thing that is holding Ronni back from living her life then they would just have to do something about it.

Noah Quintanilla works at 5th Street, the well-known boxing Gym. He is just holding out for Jack, the Gym’s owner to let him start training, he is ready and anxious to start. Things start looking up for Noah when Jack tell him today is his luck day. He points to the two ladies and tells Noah to get to work.

Underneath the baggy clothes and extra few pounds Noah see’s not only a determination and motivation he never expected to see from Veronica but also into the heart of someone who is fast becoming one of the closest friends he has ever had. When circumstances find Noah renting a room for Veronica, he just can’t help the feelings that continue to grow. It’s not all one-sided either, but Veronica is adamant that with an 8 year age gap – there is just no question, it’s a non issue they cannot have a relationship. With Nellie’s own life hitting the skids Veronica has even more time on her hands, and now spending time with Noah not only at the gym but at home as well, she has to continually fight the feelings that just keep building in her.

After losing all her excess weight and deciding it was now time to get her life back on track, Veronica starts to make plans about going back to work and reviving her social life. With a big fight on the Horizon after months out of action due to an injury, Noah gets stuck in to his training, though is distracted every time someone tries to make a move on Veronica in the Gym.

Can Noah keep his head in the game? Will his attraction to Veronica spell disaster for his boxing career? Can Veronica stop thinking about Noah’s age for long enough to listen to her heart or is she so hell-bent on believing a 20-year-old couldn’t be on the same page as her that she may just throw away the best thing to ever happen to her?

Welcome back Elizabeth Reyes, we have missed you! Hot off the heels of the delectable Moreno Brothers we are now in East LA with the boxers of 5th Street Gym. Wow, what my imagination can do with the tasty descriptions of these boys. I’m fanning myself here as I write. If you were a fan of the Moreno Brothers then you will just love 5th Street. We meet Noah, Gio, Hector and Abel. Four boys sure to get the heart beating faster.

All the intensity we have come to expect from Reyes is there in spades. You can almost feel all the emotions bouncing off the page (or in my case screen ;)). Noah has it bad for Ronni, but what the hell can he do to get her to see that he is ready. He might only be twenty, but when you were brought up the way he was age doesn’t mean shit. She has to realise that life experience doesn’t come with age, hell there are men out there ten years older that aren’t half the man he is at 20. But how is he going to make her see that. Veronica can’t help the building attraction or how she feels when she is with him but there are other things she has to concentrate on first, like getting back to work, reviving her social life and get her confidence back.

As the lines start to blur with, good night kisses and lingering hugs – how will Noah react to Veronica’s social life plans. Will he manage to get her to give in to her heart, prove to her that age is just an illusion or is her stubbornness and her dinners with her ex going to break Noah’s heart and ruin the best relationship he’s ever had?

I absolutely love this book, and the best thing is that when you read this there are two more waiting for you. I have read them and I can’t recommend them highly enough. I started Noah on Friday and finished Hector today, and already I am pining for Abel. It is due later this year and Elizabeth Reyes assures me its her longest book. I for one can’t wait!

You can buy Noah on Kobo Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes

To read about the Moreno Brothers or the interview the wonderful Elizabeth Reyes did with me when i reviewed the series click here