Release Blitz and Reviews: All For This: Lexi Ryan

ALL FOR THIS (Here and Now #3)
Lexi Ryan
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**ALL FOR THIS is book three in the Here and Now series. It is not a stand-alone and it’s intended to be read after LOST IN ME and FALL TO YOU.**

What if you would never remember the day you made the most important decision of your life?

That’s what they’re telling me about the day of my accident—the day I put on Max’s ring and chose him over Nate. I’m counting on the wisdom behind a decision I don’t remember making.

Max is amazing—sexy, sweet, and kind. I was starting to believe happily-ever-after might be in my future after all. Then the unthinkable happened and my world imploded. If I’m going to make this work with Max, I need my missing memories, or at least answers from about those five days before my accident. 

But what does my future hold if those answers aren’t anything like I imagined?

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I have been anxiously awaiting the conclusion of Hanna, Max, and Nate's story that has developed through Lost in Me and Fall to You. This is a spoiler free review for book three All For This, but will contain spoilers for the first two books.

To catch up where we left off...we have....

A love triangle is definitely hitting its highest peak.
One woman still missing four days of memories from an accident and confused about choices she previously made. 
Two men who love her and she loves, but both offer different possible futures. 
A couple of recent developments that add to the already complicated scenario. 

Hanna's life is full of choices, decisions, mystery, and drama. She went from a girl with no love life and serious insecurities, to a girl with holes in her memory and two men in her life. These two men are willing to fight for her, but she is still so unsure of what she wanted during the missing days and what she still wants and what is best for all involved. She is pulled in two different directions and each one has challenges associated with it. She is scared to make the wrong choice, scared of getting hurt and hurting them. She has been through so much since her accident, but she is strong, has a good heart, and is determined to make the best of her life and continue moving forward. And her choices have ramifications for the others involved.

"I think it's time for me to look beyond the here and now. Here and now is all I let myself think about this summer, and look where that got me?"
Max...The guy she has been in love with forever, but never thought she could have. He was her dream guy. He did not always see the real Hanna, but now he is willing to do anything to be with her. He has already sacrificed so much for her and has tried to be there for her. He is sweet, charming, devoted, patient, kind, and shares the same need for a stable home in New Hope near family and friends. 

If I could package the intensity of my love in  a single gesture, if I could prove to her how hard I'm willing to hold on, she wouldn't doubt us for a second.

Nate...the broody rocker with past issues, life situations, and obligations that keep him at a distance. He is intense, charismatic, and his feelings run deep. Now that he knows how life can change in an instant, he is more open to going after what he wants. And due to other new developments he is even more determined. But he is more of a wild card than Max. His life is complicated and he never planned on wanting a real relationship. 

"It's different because you're mine more than you were ever his. You might love him, but you need me. And if you choose him, you'll always wonder if you and I could have made it work."

I loved both of them just as Hanna did They both really loved and cared for her. And despite the fact that they both made mistakes and had issues and fears, they both had potential to really be good for her. But I still had a favorite and was rooting for him the whole time. 

"What if I won, Hanna? What if I fought for you and I won? I'm not the prize here. You are."

It was enthralling, intriguing, and put all of the pieces together of the remaining last days of Hanna's memory lapse. There were twists and turns. Just when I would think I had it figured out, something would shift and change it. We FINALLY  get all of the answers and everything comes together to a satisfactory conclusion. I found myself totally captivated by the story, but also dying to move faster so I could get to the end so see how it was all going to come out. It had me wondering, tense, frustrated, nervous, swooning, and totally invested. 

Lexi Ryan gave me everything I needed for the ending of this trilogy. This entire trilogy has been just mesmerizing, mysterious, romantic, intense, and sweet. The cliffhangers in the first two books left me breathless and ready for more with these deep, lovable characters. And this one brought it all home. We got to hear about the confusion and conflict in Hanna, Max, and Nate's points of views allowing us to identify with all of them.  I also enjoyed spending time with  the other characters from New Hope that filter into this series: Hanna's sister Maggie and Asher (Unbreak Me), Cally and Will (Wish I May), her other sisters, Krystal, Liz, and Abby; and newer characters, Nix, and Sam.  And even some of the other characters I have loved to hate showed a bit of growth of in this one.  I am looking forward to Hanna's twin sister, Liz's story next since there were teasers thrown out in this one.

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

I have been waiting for All for This since I finished Lost In Me. Hanna’s plight and the confusion of sorting her life have captured my curiosity from the very beginning, and waiting for the answers to be revealed built an anticipation that made this last book a treasure trove.

“You can leave, but you’re taking my heart with you. You can choose him, but part of you will always be mine.”

I loved the way all these stories came together and how the missing five days were revealed. Hanna, Max, Nate, Hanna’s sisters, Meredith, Janelle. So many interconnected stories that don’t mean nearly as much on their own but together have so much more impact.

All the secrets that have been hiding in the back of Hanna’s mind start to come together, either because her memory returns, or she finally convinces her friends and family to help her reconstruct those last few days. Told in a series of present day scenes mixed with memories from the days leading up to her accident, the story contains narration from all three major players -- Hanna, Max, and Nate.

Hanna is learning more about herself by having to dig into the pervious year (and especially the week leading up to her accident) that she would have never realized if she had continued on her chosen path without question. Removing her own memories, even with the added frustration that brings, showed her the truth behind her own actions and those of the people around her. 

Max has been a constant in Hanna's life since she woke up from the hospital. He is thoughtful, sweet, and caring when it comes to Hanna and the ones he love. He is a fantastic father to his daughter, and has been willing to let Hanna come to her own conclusions about her memory, even as he refused to step too far into the background. Every time she needs him, he sweeps in to save the day.

In contrast, Nate is in and out of the story. As a famous rocker, he has a persona to live up to, while also keeping his son the center of his world. While he loves Hanna, he is willing to step back and let her made her decision without his interference.

“I’m here because I can’t choose either one of them, and I need to break it off with both.”

After the way Fall to You ended, I was even more torn about who Hanna should choose. I could easily see Hanna choosing either man and, at that point, being truly happy with either. I had a favorite, but having been disappointed before, I didn’t want to fall too far in love with one option. So I started reading All For This with a pretty open mind. As I read, my mind kept filing away little details that swayed me more completely to one man over the other. Over and over. And one of the things I loved most at the end of this trilogy? No one really felt like the wrong choice. Only a better choice for Hanna and for himself.

This whole trilogy captured my attention (and patience) in a way many trilogies fail. I am not a patient person by nature, so waiting for a publishing schedule to learn the whole story is not something I often choose. I am picky about the cliffhanger-type series I pick up. But this one? I couldn’t not read it. The amnesia, the relationships she couldn’t remember, the whole mystery behind what happened, I learned to wait. And loved every minute of the reading. And the waiting. I still haven't read the New Hope Trilogy that this is a spin-off from, but it has been moved to the top of my pleasure read pile, and the as yet unattached characters have also piqued my curiosity and attention. This trilogy has pushed Lexi Ryan into the group of my favorite authors, and she will be one I return to often.

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

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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.

FALL TO YO(Here and Now, #2)
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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?
Lexi Ryan

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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