Lost In Us [NOOK Book]

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 "OH MY GOODNESS. This book was excellent. There were absolutely no reasons to give this novel less than five stars." J.P.Grider, author of The Honor Trilogy

"'Lost in Us' is really a spectacular book. It's one of those ones that I don't even know how to review because there are so many things about it that I adored. (...) I couldn't remember the last time I had felt so emotionally entwined with the storyline in a book. I couldn't deny the ...

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Overview

*USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR*

 "OH MY GOODNESS. This book was excellent. There were absolutely no reasons to give this novel less than five stars." J.P.Grider, author of The Honor Trilogy

"'Lost in Us' is really a spectacular book. It's one of those ones that I don't even know how to review because there are so many things about it that I adored. (...) I couldn't remember the last time I had felt so emotionally entwined with the storyline in a book. I couldn't deny the impact this stunning writing had on me, so it just had to get five stars." Sorcha O'Dowd

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.

Electrifying.

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.


*No cliffhanger * This novel is recommended for 17+ due to sexual content and mature themes.*

Te second book in the series, Found in Us, Jessica and Parker's story, is also out.* Each book in the series can be read as a STANDALONE*

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148211570
  • Publisher: layla hagen
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Series: Lost, #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 32,453
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Ok, so, I had no idea what to expect from this novel, and when I

    Ok, so, I had no idea what to expect from this novel, and when I started to read it I knew Layla Hagen has done an awsome job. Her debut novel Lost in us is amazing!

    I'm totally thrilled about the whole story and with Serena and James. There were times when I wanted to whack them with a shovel, but isn't that the whole point of the book, to extract such feelings from the reader? Of course it is, and Layla did a phenomenal job with it.

    The book is emotional, gives us courage and hope, hope that we can deal with everything, our worst demons, but only if we want it hard enough.

    I would recommend everyone to read this book because it is really amazing, you will all be lost in Lost in us.

    Congrats Layla Hagen, you are outstanding, and I hope there will be more books coming from you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Focusing on the relationship between James and Serena, this take

    Focusing on the relationship between James and Serena, this takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows as the two characters struggle with their insecurities and feelings for each other. Both have their own reasons for being the way the are but can they change enough to be able to be together?




    Absolutely loved this book and took to the characters immediately, can't believe that this is the writers debut novel. Layla Hagen is definitely one to look out for!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    Wow!! This was actually a great debut for an author! I'm normal

    Wow!! This was actually a great debut for an author!

    I'm normally a bit contemplative with new authors and this one was no exception but it actually turned out to be an intriguing and captivating read!
    ...
    Serena is a broken down individual that craves to be loved but is too afraid too grasp it. Not after the life ordeals and curve balls that she has been through.

    Serena goes through many highs and lows throughout this story but is so easy to understand that you can't help but cheer her on.

    She meets polar opposite and later love interest James, who may seem like he has it all but that's not entirely the truth. Like Serena, James has scars and demons of his own but has no problem in receiving love but rather the issue of reciprocating it to another.

    And as you can probably guess...

    Together, they mend old hurts, grow as people, and journey through a life altering love filled with passion, decision making, angst, and even lust. And man is it a gratifying emotional roller coaster!!

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this read to anyone hovering over the “buy” button on Amazon!! It shown light to those of us that even at our worst, anything is possible if only you try hard enough to make it worth it! I will now be DEFINITELY looking forward to Layla's future works and can't wait to see what book two (and other future works) will bring!!

    *Review by Kawehi*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    ~I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.~ Lost In U

    ~I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.~

    Lost In Us is the story of Serena and James. Serena has taken great care to control her life by not taking any risks after the tragic death of her sister, Kate. James is a successful entrepreneur who thrives on taking risks except when it comes to his heart. These two meet in a bar where Serena has gone to forget the breakup with her longtime boyfriend. James is a player with a capital “P.” Serena thinks this is what she needs to forget her pain. However, when these two beautiful, broken souls collide, life will never be the same for either one of them.Honestly, when I began reading this book, I thought it would be just another story where boy meets girl. They fall in lust then love, only to run from their feelings by breaking up, and finally see clearly and have their HEA. It did follow that pattern up to a point. There is tons of angst and drama, but the author really delves much deeper into their psyches which makes the story much deeper. I did get highly frustrated with each character. I mean how many times can one couple break up in the first weeks of a relationship??? But, as I came to see, these two carry so much guilt from losing their loved ones. Serena feels guilty not helping her sister more with her drug addiction. James blames his jealousy for causing the death of his fiancée. I still felt like slapping the hell out of them though. Serena was so hung up on James not saying those three magic words, “I love you.” His actions clearly showed his feelings!!! How many men set up a special picnic in a forest to release balloons in memory of your dead sister on her birthday? What more could she want? Then, I got mad at him for not saying “I love you” when his actions told her exactly what his feelings were. To elicit these emotions in a reader is a mark of great talent in a writer though. When I feel sadness, frustration and finally happiness while reading, I know I have really enjoyed a book because I’m invested in the characters.
    I found a quote in the book that sums up the book perfectly.James to Serena. “I’m sorry I clung to the past. That I allowed it to terrify me so much. Losing someone we love shapes us, punches us in the gut until we bend and break, But, we must never let that pain define us.”Even though my emotions were all over the place, I greatly enjoyed James’ and Serena’s story. It was filled with drama, love, and plenty of hot sex scenes. I am anxiously awaiting her second book in the series which will be about two strong secondary characters, Jess and Parker. These two look like they may generate even more drama and sex!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2015

    Love the connection James and Serena make, they are kindred spir

    Love the connection James and Serena make, they are kindred spirits, both dealing with loss and guilt, can they heal each other? Believe they are worthy of love? James has built an empire for himself and a lonely existence by only allowing himself one night stands with no attachments. Then he crosses paths with Serena, a woman that pushes his buttons and wants him to be a better man. Serena has been living in her bubble following her sister's death. She works at all costs to control her life to keep herself safe. When her boyfriend of 6 years breaks up with her, she is sent down a new path. Meeting James wakens her up but her fear remains. Will she be able to push through the fear and grab onto something wonderful? Can James convince himself that he is worthy of Serena's love? 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Disappointing

    I am pretty surprised by all the positive reviews! As a matter of fact i rarely write reviews but felt compelled to write one for this ridiculous story. The heroine Serena totally ruined this story for me. I honestly rolled my eyes at her over and over. The constant back and forth between Serena and James drove me bonkers! I liked James but Serena was a spineless, selfish, nitwit. I actually could not buy into their happily ever after because there is no way it could remotely last and James would be better off without her. I skipped large sections of this book because it was so redundant. Save your money.

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  • Posted August 3, 2014

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    Sooo I¿m not sure I can actually review Lost in Us because weell

    Sooo I’m not sure I can actually review Lost in Us because weelll I didn’t exactly finish it. I couldn’t. I honestly made it around the 50% mark skipped to the last 2 chapters which I skimmed and officially gave up. For whatever reason I could not connect with the story nor the characters. I was surprised by my lack of interest in this one especially since I’ve read so many reviews saying how awesome it was.




     The main thing that did not work for me was the fact that I could not connect with the characters.




     Serena was a complete bore for me. I’m not alone in this feeling either her ex-boyfriend whom she was with for six years basically left her for the same reason. It seem like she couldn’t get through the basic male - female interactions without the advice of friend Jess. It’s like come on.
    I thought my one connection with her would be the fact that she’s from my favorite place in the world (that I’ve never visit) London, but her excessive use of the word Lark (which I still have no idea of the meaning) ruined that for me.




     As for James he didn’t stand out either. While my passion for wealthy, broken, alpha type males his bipolar-ness was a tad much for me. After the death of his high school love he decides to go on this whoring around binge until he meets Serena than its this painful cat and mouse game between the two. 




    Will I ever try to read Lost in Us again probably not.  **arc copy gifted by author in exchange for my honest opinion** Review previously posted under 2nd pen name

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Serena and James continue their story in Lost in Us.  Serena tri

    Serena and James continue their story in Lost in Us.  Serena tries to overcome her fear of taking risks and playing it safe.  James pushes her to let go of her fear and trust him to make sure she has fun and sees that there is more to life.  They both are struggling to overcome grief from childhood losses and the guilt they carry.  James tries to show Serena that he will go to any lengths to keep her in his life after he sees that she is what he wants.  Serena constantly gives into her fear of risk and, although she admits that she needs to change, she does not follow through.  The ending was nice but would have like to see more of the couple in the future.  Would have been nice after reading about their rocky relationship to have some kind of peek into how they are getting along in the future.  I will read the next book in this series.  If you are okay with books that are full of angst and a roller coaster ride, along with the uncertainty of the H and h being able to stay together, this book is for you.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    I was really surprised by Lost In Us I didn´t know what to expec

    I was really surprised by Lost In Us I didn´t know what to expect to be completly honest, maybe a typical nice but boring romantic novel… But in the first chapters I noticed that it was a really good choice to give this book a chance! I mean whats not to love? A good and interesting love story plus some pretty steamy scenes!!
    Serena and James are the main characters and they are so different yet so alike. Both of them are being constantly harassed by they own demons and they had learn to live with them but maybe no to fight them and overcome them and finally leaving them in the past where they belong. Instead they had being keeping them from achieving different goals for each of them 
    Its very interesting to see how they relationship develops and how they keep to messing it all up even when they try to help each other out. But if you can´t let go and forgive yourself, how can you help other person that is being hunted by guilt just like you?
    All I can say is that this book is very good not only because all those steamy scenes where you wish you could be Serena, but because Layla created amazing characters that deal with really deep issues along the book and how she makes them go trough it is what keeps you glued to the book until the end
    And for Gods sake WHERE CAN I FIND A JAMES?? Like what bar is that?? Seriously Layla, spill it out
    I can´t wait to read the novella about them and what exactly happened that many years ago, the final key to understand both James and Serena
    PS: In the summer the talented Layla Hagen will relase a second book, but it will be the turn of Parker and Jess what really happened between them? And why Jess seems to avoid Parker at all costs? AND THIS GIRL OVER HERE CANT WAIT FOR IT!!!

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    I'm not that big on NA romances because it tends to be too chees

    I'm not that big on NA romances because it tends to be too cheesy for my taste, but this one I enjoyed.


    I have still yet to find an NA that doesn't get in my nerves by the cheesiness, but this book is close. So. Fricking. Close.




    I enjoyed following Serena and James's love story. how they overcame their guilt form their pasts, how they helped each other heal and let go, how they did things together. I didn't see a cheesy scene in here, but it's either I'm melting into a puddle in their sweetness or I'm burning up with irritation. I guess that's good, because for me a book that doesn't rile me up is boring. this one--oh, how Serena riled me up in the end. For a second there I wanted to dump her into a river of sense, but when I look at it from her point of view I understood her fears and doubts. I guess no one really wants to go again in the roller coaster of relationship when the last ride has more downs than ups.




    I find James really sweet. For a man who is supposed to have shunned relationships completely, he sure did a good job in making sure he gets Serena. This book put me in that moment of bitterness that I haven't met someone as awesome as this hero. Book boyfriends are really ruining the real guys for me. lol.




    In some point I hated it because some parts are a little similar to the other books I've read. I'm looking for a whole new twist and issues. The unusual ones. I don't regret taking the time to read this, though. It's sweet, hot, and romantic. It's good, and I hope the next book is just as good, or better. :)

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    Layla Hagen blew me away with her debut novel!!! I received a




    Layla Hagen blew me away with her debut novel!!! I received an arc copy of lost in us when I was debating in a new book to start and Layla was kind enough to share a copy with me....
    Were to start... I totally got enthralled with James and Serena and their story!! I went into this book blindly and absolutely loved it and left me wanting more and more. The damage of their pasts drive these two and they take you on an emotional rollercoaster that is lost in us. The deep seeded pain within James and Serena is so heartbreaking and awakening all at once, Serenas fear of absolutely letting go battles with the love she has for James and his pain from the lost and guilt they both have make for an intense ride throughout the entire book. There were times that I wanted to throw my kindle out the window and then I wanted to hug it and not let it go and for it never to end. Phenomenal and emotionally draining to say the least. I can't wait to read more about all of the characters we are introduced to. Kudos to you Layla!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    This book is a must read for romance lovers. I could not put it

    This book is a must read for romance lovers. I could not put it down from page 1. It left me stalking the author waiting for news on more books from her.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Lost in us is a wonderful read. I recommend you read Lost by Lay

    Lost in us is a wonderful read. I recommend you read Lost by Layla to get a big of Serena and James background. This book was a great read 
    For me. It was a nice bonding moment with my sister when we discovered that we where reading it at the same time. 

    For some it might feel rushed, but personally I felt that this dynamic duo was meant to be together. Faith. Had their lives collude. They had struggles, and the 
    Past didn't help. I enjoyed it because it helps to see how people struggle with hardship and must find a way to let go to move on. Can't wait to read more by this writer. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    I loved reading Lost in Us. If you haven't read the prequel nove

    I loved reading Lost in Us. If you haven't read the prequel novella Lost, I suggest you read it first. You don't need it to read Lost in You but it helps with character development. After reading Lost I knew had had to read Lost in Us. In Lost we meet James and Serena and learn a little about their pasts.

    Lost in Us is James and Serena's story. It's starts with Serena meeting James while out drinking a bar. Both James and Serena have pasts that have damaged them.. They seem to be their own worst enemies when it comes to their relationship. I first I wasn't a big fan of James, but as I read on James won me over.

    I loved James' friend Parker. He had some great insightful stuff to say to Serena towards the end of the book. I can't wait to read, Found In Us, Parker and Jessica's story.

    Lost in Us is a great story and an easy book to pick up and get lost in.

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  • Posted April 12, 2014

    ¿Lost in Us¿ is really a spectacular book. It¿s one of those one

    ‘Lost in Us’ is really a spectacular book. It’s one of those ones that I don’t even know how to review because there are so many things about it that I adored. Layla Hagen has created and emotional, heartbreaking and stunning literary debut with this story, and days after reading this book I am still caught up in the world, the characters and the storylines.

    At first I was a little unsure of how to rate this book as I felt the first quarter of the story was very fast-paced, almost so quick that I was a little surprised at how serious and deep rooted James and Serena’s feelings for each other were. So with this at the forefront of my mind I continued reading a little dubious, only to be blown away by the incredible story that followed. When making my decision between 4 and 5 stars I just knew that I couldn’t remember the last time I had felt so emotionally entwined with the storyline in a book. My heart ached so much whilst reading of Serena’s struggles with her feelings for James, and I honestly felt my heart break when they couldn’t be together, because I really admired Serena for putting her feelings first and not letting James walk all over her, but the pain that she felt when they were apart had me sobbing and holding my chest.

    I couldn’t deny the impact this stunning writing had on me, so it just had to get five stars, so I say now to any potential readers, if you are a bit unsure of fast-paced starts, do try to get past that as the story that follows and the strength of the writing is just phenomenal.

    I loved Serena as a character. She was just so human and so real to me. I loved her strength, yet admired how she let herself wallow in her pain for a time but didn’t let it win and have her crawling back to James. It always annoys me when young girls show no emotion, I think, we’re young, hormonal and we damn well need to cry. Serena did that and I admired her so much for it, for showing her emotions and not being ashamed to admit that she missed the man she loved.

    James was one of those characters that had to grow on me. He had deep-rooted issues (which I love in characters) and had to overcome them. I liked how Serena didn’t fall to his feet everytime he apologised, and I liked how he had to understand that her feelings were just as important as his. His desperation to get her back was commendable, but I felt offended on Serena’s behalf when his friends said that it was her being selfish. What I liked was how James had to grow past his issues to understand the importance of Serena’s feelings and the way that their relationship plays out, whilst rocky, is beautiful and meaningful.

    This was a beautiful story and I can’t begin to express how much I loved it. 5 Stars!

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    Loved it! Have you ever started reading a book that you can¿t s

    Loved it!

    Have you ever started reading a book that you can’t stop thinking about after putting it down? You know, when you have to get back to real life and those pesky responsibilities. Yeah, this book did that for me. Work? Who can work when James is about to surprise Serena with another one of his romantic, unpredictable interludes!? I love it when I find a treasure of a book like this. The story and characters just stay with me during and long after I’m finished.

    Layla Hagan knows how to grab the reader, keep a tight grip throughout the story, and right when you think the hold loosens she twists and pulls you even further. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

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    Layla Hagen's Lost in Us was quite a roller coaster. It was emot

    Layla Hagen's Lost in Us was quite a roller coaster. It was emotionally exhausting, but I don't mean that in a bad way.  The characters and their lack of communication were frustrating, but I can't fault an author for making me feel. 

    Serena and James had immediate chemistry. Neither of them were looking for anything serious, but it didn't take long for them to head down that path. But it was a rocky one. There was no doubt in my mind that they had real feelings for each other, but their pasts and all the baggage that comes with it, is holding them back. Each of these characters had their faults. Serena was quick to run away, but after she'd been hurt in the past, I can't completely blame her. James lost someone he loved in a tragic accident years ago and it's definitely impacted the way he treats women. He doesn't do relationships. He's upfront with Serena about this, but his actions betray his words and it seems like something real is growing between them. Something aside from the obvious attraction and sexual chemistry.

    Serena wasn't the strongest female character I've run across, but she wasn't the weakest either. She would have greatly benefitted from a backbone. She was terrified of being hurt, so at the merest indication James wasn't all in, she ran. But then she'd run back. She couldn't fight it. James was a sexy, accomplished businessman accustomed to living life on the edge. He had some pretty jerkish tendencies, but I couldn't fault her for falling under his spell. Who hasn't fallen for the bad boy once or twice in their lives? Together Serena and James were fiery, when they weren't fighting. Ok, they were plenty fiery when they were fighting, but that wasn't my favorite type of passion they shared. 

    Lost in Us is really more of a 3.5 star read, but I don't give half stars. I enjoyed Layla's writing style and the characters (even when I wanted to strangle them!), but I wish it had been a little longer. These were complex characters with a complicated relationship and, while things were well resolved, I just wanted a little more closure. I'm hoping to get more of Serena and James in Found in Us, the second book in this series. I'm really looking forward to the second book to find out more about the connection between Jessica and Parker.

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

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    Sooo I¿m not sure I can actually review Lost in Us because weell

    Sooo I’m not sure I can actually review Lost in Us because weelll I didn’t exactly finish it. I couldn’t. I honestly made it around the 50% mark skipped to the last 2 chapters which I skimmed and officially gave up. For whatever reason I could not connect with the story nor the characters. I was surprised by my lack of interest in this one especially since I’ve read so many reviews saying how awesome it was.




     The main thing that did not work for me was the fact that I could not connect with the characters.




     Serena was a complete bore for me. I’m not alone in this feeling either her ex-boyfriend whom she was with for six years basically left her for the same reason. It seem like she couldn’t get through the basic male - female interactions without the advice of friend Jess. It’s like come on.
    I thought my one connection with her would be the fact that she’s from my favorite place in the world (that I’ve never visit) London, but her excessive use of the word Lark (which I still have no idea of the meaning) ruined that for me.




     As for James he didn’t stand out either. While my passion for wealthy, broken, alpha type males his bipolar-ness was a tad much for me. After the death of his high school love he decides to go on this whoring around binge until he meets Serena than its this painful cat and mouse game between the two. 




    Will I ever try to read Lost in Us again probably not. 




    **The author graciously provided me with an arc copy in exchange for my honest opinion**
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    This was a great book!! I had tears in my eyes several times thr

    This was a great book!! I had tears in my eyes several times throughout this book, almost shed a couple too, laughed outloud and would just shake my head. 




    I loved Serenas character because she was somewhat conflicted but at the same time she was very straight forward also. She was so smart and had her future game plan down unlike a lot of college kids. 




    Jess was hilarious and will literally make you LOL.. She is the party girl but she also had her act together again very refreshing. Although she was a party girl she was very smart and a great best friend to Serena also.




    James Cohen... Yummmmm... He is, what they call him in the book the next Mark Zuckerburg. He's very wealthy mainly slef made but very smart as well. James is such a ladies man but can be such a romatic fool also. I loved this troubled rich boy so much. He truly made this book an awesome read!!




    Layla is such an awesome author and I look forward to reading more by her. I really do enjoy the emotional roller coaster type books and this was a slightly emotional book. I look forward to reading more by her soon. Five stars have been granted :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    This may be one of my favorite contemporary romance novels I've

    This may be one of my favorite contemporary romance novels I've read yet! Hagen does an amazing job of creating characters that are likable, giving them great depth and back stories, and inserting romance and steamy scenes in where appropriate. I love that Serena, the main character, is young; refreshing to have a romantic novel involve people who are in there early 20s. There are twists and turns as Serena and her love interest, James, battle their pasts, expectations of one another, and their own personal barriers to love as they work their way towards one another. Hagen weaves an excellent story that you won't be able to put down!

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