When presented with a request to read Lose Me. from a new to us author, I read the synopsis and was immediately curious. It had a quite an interesting combination of ideas: a stunt girl, a surly actor, Greece, Pride and Prejudice, and a possible looming death. Curious? I was too.
There are many things that kept me reading Lose Me.: the descriptions of Corfu's landscape and food had me on Pinterest gazing at a burgeoning wish to travel there in the future; the behind the scenes of filming the movie and Ari's training were things I hadn't really imagined before; and the tension and conflict between Ari and Wes kept me in reader whiplash--will they or won't they figure this out? Throw in some additional subplots involving near death experiences, a secondary character, Ollie, and there was a lot of things happening in this novel. I should also note that there were many intriguing secondary characters that felt like they needed novels of their own--I found myself thinking a lot about Theo and Katia and, really, all of the friends of Ari and Wes; they all had stories that weren't quite fleshed out in a way that led me to think that perhaps some (or all) of them could have their own novels one day.
As much as I enjoyed many aspects of this novel and it's combination of story lines and characters, I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I had an uneven reading experience--some parts almost lost me as a reader and yet there were even larger sections that were quite absorbing. Ultimately, with some additions and deletions and an eagle eye proofreader, I know that all of the things that drew my attention away from what I should've been thinking when reading could easily be fixed and since I read an early copy, I'm can't know how much of what I read was cut and corrected.
Even with its flaws, Lose Me. didn't lose me, it kept me reading and wondering and looking forward to seeing if Frank takes any of the secondary characters and creates novels for them.
Jane Austen meets New Adult fiction in this compulsively readable romance.
"Today is not the day I die."
Ari Demos starts every day with this thought. Fresh out of high school, she's landed a coveted role as a stunt double in a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation starring the Hollywood phenomenon Weston Spencer. But this job isn't going to be easy: Ari will be performing complicated water stunts and driving fast cars along the narrow cliffs of Corfu. One false step and she could lose not only her job, but her life.
And then Wes Spencer, Mr Darcy himself, arrives in Greece. He's got dirty blonde hair, a mile-long yacht and a bored look on that gorgeous face. Ari wants nothing to do with the rich actor boy, but on the day she meets him, she has an accident. One that almost claims her life. And now she can't hide from the truth any longer:
She might be much closer to losing everything than she thought. She might be dying. And the British actor is the last person she'd expect to save her life.
She's a hard-working island girl. He's adored by millions.
Falling in love was never supposed to be a part of the job.
Staying alive was never supposed to be a part of growing up.
Was this story ever meant for a happily ever after?
ABOUT M.C. FRANK: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12048141.M_C_Frank