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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


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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.


I immediately got lost in this book! It was such a captivating read that I could not put down until I was done, luckily, my nook’s charge lasted long enough for that happen!

James and Serena have a definite chemistry together. You can sense it like sparks off a live wire.  But these characters have so much more that sparks.  

Serena is out of a long relationship and looking for a night of a simple fling when she meets James at a college party (even though he’s not in college anymore) and starts talking. She is immediately entranced with him (tequila can do that to you). Of course, nothing happens, but there is a chance for something more and so this amazing, heartbreaking, yet magical story begins.

The characters were written with great depth and a great backstory. There is no joy in their past’s and it is effecting their future. The ability to love, to trust, to be open, and to be honest is something that the characters struggle with in one way or another throughout this story. You watch them take a step forward to having a chance together, but then their past causes them to fall back. Eventually, it will make them or break them. Can you be with someone and be willing to work through everything or run away at the first chance you get when you can’t handle life anymore?

Ms. Hagen wrote a story that will wrap itself around your pinky finger and never let you go. This story is not your run of the mill romance, but one that makes you think, makes you jump for joy, wipe away tears, and flip the page because you cannot wait another second to find out what happens.

If you are looking for something that is hands down 5 stars, this is it.

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Displaying LaylaPic.jpgAUTHOR BIO:

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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