{Review & Giveaway} Lost in Us by Layla Hagen


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{Review & Giveaway} Lost in Us by Layla HagenLost in Us by Layla Hagen
Series: Lost #1
February 12, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 316

Our Rating

3 Stars

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.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToReadEntrepreneur James has the world at his feet.  He’s successful, rich, handsome, and charismatic, and he has no qualms about using that to get any woman he wants.

Serena is still reeling from the sudden and devastating end of her long-term relationship, and while she may be wallowing inside, outside she’s doing everything she can to get over it and move on.  A no-strings-attached tryst with James seems like the perfect balm, but once they’ve each had a taste, walking away is impossible.


ButJames… I get the attraction; I really do.  But he’s still a walking, talking cliche.  Commitment-phobe, manwhore, you name it, that’s him.  He’s the quintessential rich guy who’s too selfish and self-absorbed to treat women with even the slightest of respect, and Serena’s the idiot who’s just vulnerable enough to fall for it.

And speaking of falling, it happens awfully fast.  A few dates, and these two are fated, it seems.  I could understand if Serena was simply rebounding, but what’s James’s excuse?

div TheVerdictOkay, manwhore rant concluded, Lost in Us is an angsty, drama-filled ride that doesn’t let go until the very last page.  With James’s dark past and Serena’s broken present, these two are practically combustible.  There are constant hurdles and obstacles, more ends and beginnings than is probably healthy, and through it all a pull to each other that neither of them can ignore.  They’re hot and then cold and then just plain on fire.  If you like your romance messy and heated, Lost in Us is most definitely the book for you.



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About Layla Hagen

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



Author: ysar

ysar is a book, blog, and design junkie who would be lost without a mile-long to-do list. Find more of her random crap at ysar.info

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  1. When I’m in the right mood I love to dive into drama-filled romances like these. I’m glad you still enjoyed it even if you didn’t quite click with James. He sounds like the kind of character who has to grow on you. Great review! 🙂

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  2. “They’re hot and then cold and then just plain on fire. ”

    A VERY very accurate description of James and Serena 😀 😀 thank you for the review!!

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