Title: Lose Me
Author: M.C. Frank
Publisher: M.C. Frank, 2017 (April 11)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
**I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**
So, I was emailed awhile back by M.C. Frank, as I am a dedicated subscriber and Twitter follower, if I wanted to review her new book, Lose Me. Now, to be honest, I have only read ONE other contemporary book before, so I’m not a good judge here. I have realized now that this genre is so not my forté. This has nothing to do with Frank’s book…I just cannot handle the feels, the characters, the drama.
Does that mean this book was bad? No. Quite the opposite.
This book was very very good.
And I was in agony the whole time.
I think from now on, because of my gigantic heart and my emotional nature, I’m going to stick to fantasy romance. I just can’t do the feels: I was crying, I couldn’t stop reading, I wanted to smack the MC with the book but it was a PDF and she’s imaginary. Those are all probably normal “contemporary read” emotions, and I don’t think I can do that. I’m too much of a wreck inside.
So let me give you a run-down as to why if you’re a fan of contemporary books, this is a must-read.
Ari has a secret.
As a stunt girl for a new movie (a retelling of Pride and Prejudice), she must do extreme stunts. She’s trained for this and it’s her big break, doing stunts for a movie starring Wes Spencer, a big-time actor everyone watched grow up on “The Water Wars.” As a TV star and playboy, Ari doesn’t have a desire to be near him. But when an accident causes her almost to drown, it’s Spencer that saves her.
No one knows Ari’s secret: she has a ticking time-bomb in her head. Every day Ari reminds herself that she won’t die, and that she can’t bring anyone close to her into her illness. But Wes Spencer, the man she originally wanted nothing to do with, suddenly wants something to do with her. Ari does not understand: she’s nothing special, she’s not a movie star. She’s a stunt girl with a tendency to get hurt around one of the sexiest men alive. She’s not immune to his charm, and soon, she realizes that despite her desire to keep people from getting too close, Wes is already closer than he should be.
Before she knows it, everything comes crashing down. Wes knows there’s something wrong…but she can’t tell him. After the movie wraps, he’ll go home, and Ari will be in Corfu, alone with her illness, if even alive. She can’t put Wes through it.
But how can she push him away when he won’t go anywhere?
Apparently Wes needs saving as much as Ari does.
Normally with YA reads I include this section. As this book is NA, I’m going to skip this. There’s no reason to even think of considering it for use in a school setting. So moving on.
I would say, with this being an NA novel, that 16 and up is best. There’s not a ton of inappropriate language, but there are some steamy scenes. Honestly, the scenes never get that bad, or else I would even go older. But I think it’s implied enough to where it’s best to err on the side of caution. Just know though that nothing naughty really happens like in some NA books, and this book does border on YA. I think the author was trying to be cautious and I respect that A LOT.
This book gutted me. Ari goes through so much; Wes goes through so much. If you like character-driven books, this book is so for you. Yes, Ari drove me crazy with keeping Wes away, but I’m thinking that’s maybe what happens when you go through what she went through. Many of you know my feelings towards Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse series. I have the same feelings towards Ari. Kestrel always thought she was doing what was best for Arin, even though she was torturing him. Well, Ari does the same thing.
I get where she is coming from, I really do. But I can’t STAND characters like that…the ones that keep secrets for “the good of the person” when it’s obviously making things worse. So I’m thinking I’m not a contemporary girl. I’m glad I read this because I couldn’t put it down and it was so good…but it was an emotional roller-coaster. Straight-up feels City.
You think you’ve been there? NO, YOU HAVE NOT!
Not until you read Lose Me.
And you know what?
Little story to tell you: when I was younger, I was addicted to these books by Lurleen McDaniel. They were all about someone who was dying and I couldn’t stop buying them. One of my favorites was Too Young To Die (I think it’s been rereleased recently). Now I’m not saying that this book is like those, but when I was younger I just couldn’t get enough. Now, I’m a little more fragile. I’m a little more sensitive. If this book had broke my heart, I would be shattered on the floor. It didn’t, thank goodness, but I would.
So because of the quality of the story and not how I feel towards contemporary, I give Lose Me ★★★★☆. Mainly because it deserves every one. So that takes me to my rating System:
If you are faint of heart like me, just be warned, “You will feel.”
You can’t avoid it, my friend.
So that’s all from me on Lose Me. I’m currently jumping back into my comfort zone with Long May She Reign before Overdrive snatches it from me. Whatcha reading? Are you excited for my upcoming giveaway? (It’s coming….dun, dun dun!!)
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