Lost in Us

Lost in Us

by Layla Hagen

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*A sizzling romance from a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR*

After Serena's boyfriend of six years abruptly leaves her, she indulges in mountains of chocolate. When that doesn't mend her broken heart, her friends convince her that a night out is just what the doctor ordered.

That night she meets James. The encounter is breath-taking. 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.

His kisses are intoxicating, his touch out of this world. But as they grow closer, Serena discovers she isn't the only one with broken heart.

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.*

*This is a new edition with content changes (May 2018)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148211570
Publisher: Layla Hagen
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Series: Layla Hagen's Lost Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,967
File size: 383 KB

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Lost In Us 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was pretty good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to be finished with this book. I found the characters lacked chemistry.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
~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!
Kawehi More than 1 year ago
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*
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........ but, truthfully, too long.
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I love this book! The storyline is awesome and keeps you drawn in and I seriously love these characters! I can't wait to read the rest of this series and whatever else's Layla come out with! One of my new favorite authors:)!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The relationship that locks the two characters together keeps you invested in this book. Very well written and naturally flowing, this author is definitely one to watch for!
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Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
“Of course it is dangerous. But it’s also thrilling.” He presses the elevator button, and the doors open immediately. “It makes me feel like I live life at its fullest every single moment. And what’s the point, if you don’t live life at its fullest? There is beauty in risk, Serena. I can show you that.” “I can’t wait,” I say, just before the elevator doors close, leaving me alone in the empty room. Minor spoilers alert!!! That quoted excerpt sums up college senior Serena McLewis and young entrepreneur James Cohen’s romantic dynamic pretty well. POV: Serena’s except for the James’s POV in the Epilogue What I liked about it? Pretty much everything – the premise of two characters, damaged at an early age, finding each other and healing each other in a complimentary way, check; the immediate chemistry, double check; the timeframe (more than a couple of weeks), triple check! What bugged me about Serena and James’s love story? Their back-and-forth changing attitudes about what they wanted from each other. But that vacillating behavior is entirely normal for most twenty-something year old adults, so this was only a minor irritant. The typos here and there, particularly in James’s POV epilogue chapter, were also a little distracting, but hopefully they will be updated in the future. I had a lot of favorite moments – the masquerade party, the penthouse weekend, the chocolate factory tour, and many smaller reflective moments that Serena had about grief, guilt and how her attraction to James was changing her for the better. One standout moment for me: “You deserve someone better. You deserve someone perfect.” “I want you.” You are perfect for me, is what I can’t say out loud. Because nothing but another broken soul could be perfect for me. “You do?” he asks under his breath. “After everything I just told you?” “Yes,” I whisper and without giving him any notice, I press my lips to his. For one frozen second I just stand like that, terrified that he will step back. Or push me away. But he doesn’t. He pegs one hand at the back of my head, the other one around my waist, taking over the kiss. My mind, my heart. Taking all of me over. Our bodies are pressed against each other in a tender passion, searching for gratification in every touch, every breath. Until we run out of breath. Literally.’ I love the feeling of being immersed in a love story even without dual POVs. It was a great way to spend my Saturday and part of my Sunday morning. I’ve now read Caught in Us (Lost #3) and Lost (Lost #0.5), so up next for me soon is book 2, Found in Us. It tells Patrick and Jessica’s how I love to hate you turned love story , and I suspect it’s going to be another winner of a read for me.
ksburnsie More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! The characters are believable and easy to identify with. James can woo me anytime! Highly recommend.
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JenReadsALotJY More than 1 year ago
Hooked...hanging on the edge for more. I'm a sucker for a hot, broken leading man and a strong woman. This book and series met my needs. I couldn't download the next one fast enough. Real, interesting believable characters that made me care about them and enough heat between them to make the Nook to hot to hold! LOVED.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional , loved it
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting and sizzling story that grips your emotions and plays tug of war with your heart! Serena and James compel you to feel and Ms. Hagen's ability to draw pictures with words immerse you in their life and loves. Excellent story
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
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? 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago