Friday, April 18, 2014

Lost in Me Book Blitz: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Lost in Me book blitz! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for 4 $25 gift cards. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Lost in Me (Here and Now, #1)
Release date: April 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Here and Now #1

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.


My Rating: 4 Roses

A lovely, emotional book filled with tons of secrets, Lost in Me was a wonderful New Adult read. I really liked this delightfully deep book. It was just lovely.

Hanna was a good heroine. It was difficult to get a full read on her character at first, because we switch between pre-accident Hanna and a very confused post-accident Hanna. But, by the end, I decided that I liked her. She was a very real character, one who was doing the best she could. I had one issue with her though, and it was that I wished she had played a more active role in finding out what had happened. She knew something was off and, yet, she didn't seem that interesting in finding out what it was. All the secrets kind of fell into her lap. Other than that, though, I liked her.

I'm usually not a fan of love triangles, but this was one, while I didn't love it, worked okay. It made sense in the context, because Hanna didn't remember everything that had happened with them and was understandably confused about it. In both cases, there was tons of steaminess to go around, so be ready for a HOT book.

Nate and Max were both truly adorable. We see Max more than we see Nate in this book, since it takes Hanna a while to realize something was off about her engagement. Max was a sweetie, though he definitely had some unsavory secrets. I really liked him, but he wasn't my favorite. We don't see much of Nate (I assume we will see more of him in book 2 after that ending) but I already really liked him from what little we do get. I could already tell that he was very sweet, loyal to those he loved, and had a very haunted past. I can't wait to see more of him in the next book.

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The secrets hidden in Hanna's missing year were truly shocking and I never saw any of them coming. They weren't all uncovered, but they definitely have me intrigued to find out that full truth. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was one hell of a cliffhanger. I'm anxious for book 2, so that I can find out what happens next. Can't wait to read it!

Lost in Me was a wonderful New Adult romance. I really liked this fantastic book. It was deep, emotional, and full of truly surprising secrets. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

When I return to the party, I immediately spot Nate sitting in a chair beside Asher, his guitar in his big hands, his dark hair falling over one eye as he jots notes on a piece of paper. Something twists in my chest at the sight of him. I want to tell myself it’s regret or fear—anything but the longing I know it to be.

Maggie and Lizzy motion me over from the bar, but I shake my head and stay by the stairs. As if he senses me, Nate lifts his head and his eyes immediately lock with mine.

I might not understand the tangle of emotions in my chest, but there’s no mistaking the anger that flashes over his face when he sees me, and because I’m a coward, I can’t face it.

I run back upstairs.

“Where’s she going?” I hear Maggie ask.

“She wasn’t feeling great,” Lizzy says. “I’ll check on her.”

I’m in the hallway when I feel her behind me, her hand on my shoulder.

“What’s wrong?”

Everything. “Nothing. The doctor said the headaches and dizziness might give me a problem for a few days. A party probably wasn’t the best idea.”

Her expression is more worried than disappointed. “Let me take you home.”

“No. It’s a beautiful night, and I’d actually like the fresh air. And I think I’m going to swing by the club and see Max.”

“Okay,” she whispers. “Promise you’ll call me if I can help?”

I take in a long, slow breath. “Go back down there and have a good time.”

“Oh, right.” Her eyes light up. “I have a rocker to seduce.”

My stomach lurches, but I force a smile. “Right.”

I watch her go back down before I turn back to the basket of cell phones by the stairs. After shuffling through it, I pull out the few phones I don’t recognize as belonging to me or one of my sisters.

I hit the buttons to bring them to life and swipe all three screens to unlock them. One screen, no doubt Asher’s, has a picture of Maggie and Zoe as the wallpaper, one has a young woman I don’t recognize, and the other has Storm Troopers.

There’s no question in my mind that the Storm Trooper phone belongs to the man with the Hulk tattoo and the Spider-Man shirt. The idea of this hard-ass rocker being a closet geek is so adorable. I soften toward him without wanting to.

Before I can think it through, I’m swiping my fingers across the screen and pulling up Nate’s text messages. It doesn’t take long for me to find a thread with my name.

The last one I sent was the day of my accident.

Hanna: Left you a message. We need to talk when you get into town.

What did I want to talk to him about? Was I going to tell him I was marrying Max? I scroll back through some harmless if flirty Good morning and Good to hear your voice tonight texts before I land on a conversation so damning it makes my hands shake.

The hallway is empty, but I can’t risk anyone else seeing these. I take the phone out onto the back patio, sink into a chair, and scroll back to the beginning of the incriminating conversation. I don’t take a single breath while I read it.

Nate: Did you remember to take your gift home with you?

Hanna: I did. God knows what airport security thought of it when they searched my bag.

Nate: I’m sure they’ve seen worse. Glad you have it with you.

Hanna: It’s a sorry substitute for you.

Nate: I’ll make it up to you when I get to Indiana. I’m coming straight to your place and keeping you in bed for days.

Hanna: Hmm. That sounds kind of boring.

Nate: Get naked, woman. I want to tell you how to use my gift.

Hanna: Bossy.

Nate: Only because it makes you wet.

Hanna: Naked.

Nate: In bed?

Hanna: I’ve been in bed since you first texted. I have a 6 a.m. running date tomorrow.

Nate: You should cancel it. I don’t want you running off those curves.

Hanna: You’re the only one who likes my so-called “curves.”

Nate: Who else matters?

Hanna: Good point. I miss your face.

Nate: I miss yours too. You know what else I miss?

Hanna: Tell me.

Nate: The sound you make when I touch your breasts. The feel of your nipples against my tongue. I miss sliding my hand between your legs and finding you wet. I miss the taste of you. The feel of your heels against my back as I take your clit between my lips. But mostly, I miss holding you in my arms. So fucking perfect. So completely mine.


I don’t know what I expected. Maybe it was supposed to be like in the movies, where the amnesia patient sees something from her past and suddenly everything comes flooding back to her. But there’s no memory here, and my half of this conversation might as well have been written by another woman.

When I lift my head, Nate is standing in front of me, hands tucked in his pockets, his eyes bored.

“See anything good?” he asks.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 4 $25 gift cards. Open INT. Ends April 22.
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About the Author:

Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.



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