Sunday, April 8, 2018

Review: Lose Me

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Lose Me.

Jane Austen meets K-drama in this compulsively readable New Adult novel of movie stars, golden beaches and intense romance.

“Today is not the day I die.”

Ari Demos, a half Greek stunt girl, starts her every day with this thought. It’s not that her job isn’t dangerous, but she’s been surfing, training and doing sick water stunts for years. Now, just months after graduating from high school, she’s ready for her first job on a real movie set. But on the day before shooting starts, she has an accident.One that almost claims her life. And that’s when she realizes that she can’t hide from the truth any longer: something big and dark is coming, and she’s not sure she will survive it.
Then Wes Spencer arrives on the scene with his expensive yacht, glamorous friends and bored attitude. He’s a British superstar, the famous pirate of a hit TV show that made girls all over the planet swoon at a glimpse of his dirty blonde hair and green eyes, and he’s in Greece to film a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When he meets Ari, he dismisses her as too unimportant. But as it turns out, she isn’t unimportant. In fact, quite the opposite.

Will Wes and Ari fall in love Hollywood style, or will they end up fighting for their lives?

*I received an eCopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

What an emotional trip! This book definitely has its highs and lows, but I ended up enjoying the story. From the start, I was drawn to Ari’s character. I loved her strong spirit and her fearlessness. Wes took longer to grow on me, but I loved his friendship with Ollie, and how he cared for Ari when she needed someone from the start. The story wasn’t so much a Pride and Prejudice retelling as a book about a character who loves classic literature. This fact threw me off for a bit, but I ended up enjoying the story enough that it didn’t matter.

The story is fairly long for a romance and is broken up into two parts. The first one was fast-paced and fun, the second more emotional but not my favorite, and the ending where some much-needed lessons are learned. I really didn’t care for the second part at all, and it almost turned me against this story. While I understand mental illness, the middle part talks about a lot of unhealthy decisions that seemed to exist just for the purpose of causing unneeded drama.

I also didn’t like the author’s paraphrasing of the Bible. I have no problem reading a book where a character finds faith, or even better God, but the Bible isn’t mean to be reworded to fit our needs. That is dangerous and even forbidden according to said Bible. (Deuteronomy 4:2) That said, I did like the quote used, but felt it took away from the original meaning and is misleading for a reader who has not read the Bible.

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