April 8, 2014

Book Review: Lost in Us by Layla Hagen

Lost in Us by Layla Hagen
Publication date: February 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Serena has learned to live with her past, locking her secrets and nightmares deep inside her. But when her boyfriend of six years abruptly leaves her, she’s catapulted back into pain, nursing a broken heart. When indulging in mountains of chocolate doesn’t work, Serena decides the best way to deal with her shattered heart is to indulge in something else. A rebound . . .

The night she swaps her usual Sprite for tequila, she meets James. The encounter is breathtaking.
And best not repeated.

James is a successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A man who has amassed a fortune by taking risks. A man who has shunned commitment completely, and still does. He’s the exact opposite of Serena. But sometimes opposites attract. Sometimes they give in to burning passion. Sometimes opposites are perfect for each other.

James is everything her damaged soul could want. His kisses are intoxicating, his touch out of this world. He makes her forget. He grants her peace from her pain. But as they grow closer, Serena discovers she isn’t the only one with a past. James carries the scars of a past much darker than hers. One that has left him damaged, hurt, and wary of love. A past that gives him the power to shatter her.

Now James and Serena must find a way to mend one another. Or risk losing each other forever.

Lost in Us (Lost, #1)Lost in Us by Layla Hagen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book sucked me in right from the start, lost me in the middle, and then finished up okay.

Serena and James were good main characters, but they came across as a little too immature for my tastes. I always try to prepare myself for a lot of angst and rash decisions when I read New Adult, but this one just took it a little too far. In the beginning when James and Serena meet and fall in love it was perfect. They both had traumatic pasts that they are still dealing with, and they seemed to bring out the best in each other. But when things start to get serious and James gets cold feet, things started to go downhill. I think the best way to describe it would be by saying that they are both drama queens. They both overreact, do stupid things that don't make any sense, and they are both stubborn and prideful. But they can also change their minds and drop their convictions at the drop of a hat and then be making out again. Hot and cold, push and pull. When it's done the right way it makes a book fantastic - when it's overdone it makes me lose interest in the story, and that's what happened here.

The story did get better towards the end when James and Serena are making one last try. It was the do or die moment when they both have to decide to either take a chance and love each other, or just walk away forever. I loved how it all ended up, and it was enough to bring this book up to 3 stars for me. This book had a lot of potential to be a great read, but just lost it's way a little bit.

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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough 

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  1. Great review, Jessica! Glad you liked it even if you started having issues with it after a while. It sounds like an intense romance and I like how much chemistry they seem to have!

  2. Thanks so much for the review!! I am glad you enjoyed the ending :-D :-D


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