Author: Layla Hagen
Publish Date: Feb. 12, 2014
Length: 316 pages
Tour Organizer: Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours
Description (from Amazon): 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.
My Review: I started off really liking Lost in Us because I liked the adventure and the challenge that James presented to Serena. He convinces her to do things she would have never thought to do which is what she needs because she is used to living her life safely and always knowing her next step. So it is a pleasant surprise when James does not tell her what they are doing on dates and is constantly surprising her.
However, I did not like how James continuously ran back to Natalie whenever he was upset. I understand why because of the eventual explanation but I do not understand how Serena continued to go back to him even though he was always with another women. Or why James could never see how much it hurt Serena that he did it.
Also, I did not like the friend interventions. I think that Jess, although she meant well, she was constantly going behind Serena's back to James. It works out alright in the end but I just can't but think that if one of my friends had kept doing what I asked her not to, we would no longer be friends, or at least not as close.
Similarly, James' friends don't hesitate to speak their minds about the relationship to Serena. They were more than happy to blame Serena for the fact that James decided to distance himself from Natalie but they couldn't understand how this might be hurtful to Serena. They also couldn't seem to understand that there should not be another women who is that important to James, especially a woman who has expressed attraction and a desire to steal James. I think that a relationship is between two people and friends should not be that involved.
Overall: In general, I liked Lost in Us. I really appreciated that there was not a cliffhanger ending. I also liked the sense of adventure throughout the novel that complemented the romance. I give this novel 3.5 - 4 stakes.
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