Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Release: Amber reviews Lost in Us by Layla Hagen. #giveaway

Lost in Us by Layla Hagen
Publication date: February 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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.

Amber's Review:

5+ Star Review by Amber Presley Boyd

Ok let me start by saying that I read a lot. No really, let me reiterate I. READ. . . A LOT! I know good stories and occasionally I read some that are just moderately entertaining. So when I say that Lost in Us blew me away I truly mean it! Over the past few years I rediscovered my love of reading and over the past couple I’ve gotten more involved in this community of amazing romance writers becoming friends with some. So when one of my author friends connected me to Layla Hagen, I was pretty sure she was gonna be a cool chick and I was right! So when Layla asked if I would be interesting in reading and providing a review of her debut novel . . . well since you are reading said review you know my answer. Oh my holy wow was I hooked not even more than a few pages in; I mean we had chocolate obsession, tequila shots and a totally hot guy. Yep I’m easily hooked. Not really, I just know good storytelling when I experience it. This is good storytelling. This is really really good storytelling.

This is the story of two broken souls; both seeking something, but both running from their own dark and twisted pasts. Serena says that she doesn’t believe that two broken souls can make a whole, but I think that these two broken souls find a way to show the other what they need even when James and Serena are afraid to face it, afraid to say it, afraid to accept it, afraid to take the chance. Because love is about chances after all and even though James is the king of taking a risk, he doesn’t believe he can risk his heart. While Serena has just shut her heart off after so many heartbreaks, that even when she knows she loves James taking another chance may just either make her whole or rip her apart.  The way that they connected but then tried to fight their rightness kept me up way late with the need to see how it was all going to play out. Not to mention it was sexy as hell at times, full of a fabulous chocolate fantasy worthy of Willy Wonka and a new take on how to drink a tequila shot (orange and cinnamon? James I think may be on to something); well it all made me love this book!

Lost in Us was emotional from the beginning. I identified at times with Serena as well as James. I loved the two of them together. When they were apart I felt just as shattered as they did and I think I cried more reading this book than I had in some time.  It wasn’t always an ugly cry either sometimes I found myself crying because it was just so damn beautiful! Layla is a fabulous writer, I really can’t say that enough and several times I stopped myself and thought “this is her 1st book”?! I can’t wait to read what comes next. I loved these characters and I loved their friends and am excited that Parker and Jess are going to have their own story!

So brava Layla!! And to readers everywhere I can’t recommend Lost in Us enough!



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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