Release Day Blitz, Reviews, and Giveaway: FALL TO YOU: Lexi Ryan

(Here and Now, #2)
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Available June 2, 2014
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FALL TO YOU will be on special at $2.99 on release week only, then the price will increase to $3.99.

Fall to You is the second book in the Here and Now series. It is not a stand-alone and is intended to be read following Lost in Me. Hanna’s story concludes in book three, All for This.

Torn between two men…

When I woke up after the accident, I couldn’t remember anything from the last year—including my relationship with Max Hallowell or anything about Nate Crane. Now my memories are returning, but instead of answering my questions, they’re leaving me with more.

The man who broke my heart and wants to be my future…

Max is all I ever wanted, and now he wants to marry me. He’ll do everything he can to fill my life with love, family, and security. I need those things now more than ever. But can I trust him?

The man who stole my heart and wants to let me go…

Nate never made me promises, and I never asked him to. I’d been on the rebound, looking for a distraction, and he made me feel beautiful and wanted when I needed to feel those things most. He says he has to let me go, but what if I can’t let go of him?

With every revelation and every passing day, I feel more like Alice down the rabbit hole. I’m falling. Who will catch me?

Three Months before Hanna’s Accident

“I want to introduce you to Nate Crane.”
I lift my head and suddenly I’m sucking in air because my eyes are connected with the man who flirted with me earlier. He’d had a hat and sunglasses on in the bar, and I hadn’t recognized him, but this time his identity is clear.
“Hanna, this is Nate Crane. Nate, this is Hanna, my sister.”
His eyes sweep over me the way a guy’s eyes are supposed to sweep over a girl. The way Asher’s eyes sweep over Maggie every time she enters a room. The way William’s eyes sweep over Cally when he doesn’t think she’s looking. It sends a little buzz through me that’s not quite a chill but not quite electric either. Just a nice, warm shimmy of sensation that starts at my core and radiates out through my limbs.
Then I check behind me because I’m sure I’m mistaken. He was just playing around at the bar, right? I mean, guys don’t look at me like that. They look at my sisters like that; they look at my best friends like that.
“Maggie never told me her sister was so gorgeous,” Nate says, putting an end to any debate over his attraction to me.
My cheeks warm with a flush I can feel all the way from my chest to my hairline.
“Maggie, I did tell you I have a thing for sweet girls who blush, didn’t I? Is she my birthday present? I’d say you shouldn’t have, but I’d be lying.” He says all this without taking his eyes off me. His gaze drifts over me again, slower this time, lingering at my waist, my hips, my feet in strappy, heeled sandals. “I was a good boy this year. I deserve her.”
Maggie thumps him in the chest with the back of her hand. “She’s a woman, not some trinket or object that can be given.”
“Oh,” he says, his voice so low I can barely make it out, “I noticed she’s a woman.”
“We met earlier,” I say quickly. “In the bar. He’s just teasing.”
Maggie huffs. “Deserve or not, you can’t have her. Hanna has a boyfriend.”
Oh, no. No, Hanna doesn’t. But I didn’t tell Maggie about Max. It hurt too much to share what I’d learned. I’m too proud to share it. And if I want to keep our split a secret, I couldn’t really tell her if I wanted to. I can’t risk telling anyone.
Nate takes my hand, clearly undeterred by the mention of competition. “Tell me she’s lying. Please? It’s my birthday tomorrow.”
“And you wanted me to jump out of a cake for you?” I retort, but I let him play with my fingers and try to keep my breathing steady. His touch brings back something I didn’t think anyone but Max could make me feel.
“I wouldn’t complain.”
I’m fresh out of spunk, and stare stupidly. Nate Crane is six feet some-odd inches of deliciously tatted, freshly showered rocker. In ripped-up jeans and a Star Wars tee, he exudes a geekiness that’s only amplified by the tattoos peeking out from under the sleeves. The rest of him is essentially a catalogue of every woman’s fantasy. Broad shoulders, narrow hips, shaggy, dark hair still wet from his shower and curling slightly at the ends. Those intense eyes that seem to be smiling at me as he follows the lines of my palm with his calloused fingertips. He hadn’t really been on my radar until this year, when he started performing with Asher at a lot of his tour stops. They’re old friends, apparently.
“You didn’t tell me you were a rock star,” I murmur.
“You didn’t tell me you have a boyfriend,” he counters. 
New Politics—Tonight You’re Perfect
Snow Patrol—Chasing Cars
Sarah McLachlan—Angel
Christina Perri—Human
Brooke Fraser—You Can Close Your Eyes
Ed Sheeran—Kiss Me
Ed Sheeran—Lego House
John Legend—All of Me
Alicia Keys, Adam Levine—Wild Horses

 How is it that four weeks ago I woke up to my dream life and every day it becomes more of a nightmare?

We got embroiled in the Hanna, Max, and Nate story line in Lost In Me. Hanna awoke in a hospital with amnesia to find her whole life had changed from what she remembered. She now has two men in her life, a new business, and some positive life changes. But the last year is a blank on how she got there.

Past and present events were revealed slowly in the first book, and it continued in this book as we learn more about what happened in the missing time in Hanna's life as well as the fall out in the present. How her previously non existent love life was complicated not only by one man who she had been crushing on since she was a teen, but also a sensitive rocker not looking for long term.

I can't really go into details about this book without giving away major spoilers. But oh my, it was just one twist after another. The past and present were addressed in Hanna, Max, and Nate's points of views both before and after the accident. Some of the lost events are just coming back to her and we learn as she does and have the same emotional reaction. Some questions are answered and some are left, and there are some shocking surprises.
There is love, lust, betrayal, promises, secrets, miscommunication, and a whole bunch of drama. I was immediately sucked back into the complicated world of Hanna and the two men who care about her and who she has conflicting and confusing feelings for. Their relationships are complicated, full of lust, longing, love, need, mistrust, insecurities, and secrets. I have to say that I fell for both men and had a hard time choosing a favorite. They are both charismatic, protective, caring, and sexy. Max made mistakes but  is trying to own up to them and wants a future with her. Nate did not think he wanted a relationship, but is finding it harder to deny their connection.  They are both good for Hanna in different ways, but that also causes pain and guilt too. Hanna not only has to face her feelings for the men, but also face her insecurities about herself as well as to continue deal with her returning memory flashes. This has been a growth experience for her that started with the accident and memory loss, but became much more. And issues in the present just continue to bring more conflict and complications to an already fragile situation causing more tension, heartbreak, and confusion.

Sometimes I have difficulty with love triangle stories. But I am enjoying this series and I am just as confused as Hanna is about these two men. They both have some issues, but the positive outweigh the negatives. And the way that the story is handled, it is not really a matter of cheating so it was easier to take. The author was careful not to cross that line with these characters.

Lexi Ryan has done it again. She grabbed my heart with her beautifully broken characters, threw them into difficult situations, and gave them a story that I was unable to put down. I just kept flipping pages and reeling at all that happened. And was left (just like I knew I would be) with my mouth hanging open and needing more. It made me frustrated, swoon, broke my heart, put it back together, stomped on it again, made me gasp, and totally had my attention. It really made me think, wonder, and try to piece it all together while trying to figure out how it could all work out so I will be happy (and my happiness is of course the most important). I seriously cannot wait for the conclusion of this trilogy All for This to find out how it all will ultimately play out. I enjoyed seeing more with the other residents of New Hope especially Will and Cally (Wish I May),  and Maggie and Asher (Unbreak Me). And we also got a little tease about her twin sister Lizzy's story that I would like to see develop as well.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I never thought I’d love a series full of cliffhangers as much as I love this one. Seriously. I don’t like cliffhangers. But every once in a while I read one to check that feeling, and for a change I am not cursing at the end of the book. Ok, I’m cursing, but not at the lack of resolution. I’m cursing that I don’t have the third book in my hands. Right. Now. Or yesterday.

In Fall to You, we finally get Nate’s and Max’s points of view. Where Lost in Me was told completely from Hanna’s amnesia riddled point of view, Fall to You flips between Hanna, Max, and Nate. As more memories come back to Hanna, we learn more of the period leading up to her accident. And the present day scenes flip between all three, giving us insight into what they all were going through. 

Hanna’s memories are coming back, and the confusion she feels grows with each new revelation. I can’t even imagine being in her place. Every twist that she learns about the previous year, particularly the events of the weeks leading to her accident, just adds more questions to her story rather than leaving things answered. 

While reading Lost in Me (book 1) I was rooting for Nate the whole time. I didn’t like Max at all. There was just something about him that rubbed me the wrong way. But getting inside his head more here, and watching him react to and fight for Hanna, he has redeemed himself in my mind. Max is so good to her. Willing to move past everything as he learns more, despite the pain he feels over their separation.

Nate found his way into my heart early on. Usually in a competition between a rocker and a regular good guy, I’ll pick the good guy. But Nate? There is something so vulnerable about him when he’s with Hanna. 

I was floored at some of the things that happen in Fall to You. There was nothing easy about any decision made during the course of the present days, and learning about the past certainly didn’t ease any conflict either. Just when I thought I had things figured out, a new twist would pop up, throwing a wench in everything I thought I knew. And I loved every minute of it. 

And the cliffhanger at the end of this one? I love it and can’t wait for the final book!

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
(Here and Now #1)
Our 4.5 to 5 star reviews
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(Here and Now, #3)
Expected release August 2014

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Lexi Ryan Website | Facebook | Twitter

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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