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Caught Up in Us

(Caught Up in Love #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  11,808 ratings  ·  835 reviews
A second chance at first love...

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night—but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own s
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Published January 20th 2013 by Lauren Blakely (first published January 18th 2013)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
It was okay. There was just something missing. I don't know if it was because it was so short or I just didn't connect but It was just a meh read for me. ...more
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A second chance at first love...

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night—but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as he
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
3 Favorite Mistaken Stars!

Kat met Bryan in the summer before she went to college. He was five years older, her brother best-friend and they were celebrating the end of college.
They had an instant connection, a powerful affair but he ended all up in the end of college.
Now, five years later Kat is in her last year of college and is building a jewelry business called “My favorite mistake”, and a business mentor is assigned to her.
Well, and the mentor is nothing else but Bryan, still hot, still
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 52%

Nothing but the typical NA I've read a million times already. I just cannot finish this. I mean the main character do what she swears over and over again she won't do. And the guy was just not doing it for me. Urgh. So glad this was just an Amazon freebie. Just wasn't worth my time.
Lauren Blakely
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, of course I have to give it 5 stars! xoxo
Stacey is Sassy
I wasn't caught up in this one...

Bugger, this went from I really liked to I need to speed this sucker up to finish it. Unfortunately, the immaturity was made even more pronounced by the narrator. She made a 28-year-old male sound like a high school kid.

I'm going back in time for a re-read/listen of The Bride by Julie Garwood, then I'll give this series another crack. I can't write it off until I give it one more chance.


I really liked this story, my only complaint was the characters wer
Monica Murphy
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's cute and sexy with a great couple and a fun story. Plenty of sexual tension too - I love it when a couple wants to get naked but can't. So there's all this restrained tension between them and it's just delicious. ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
1½ stars - Kat Harper is ready to graduate with her MBA from NYU. One of her last classes is one in which she’s mentored by someone already successful in the business world. She’s shocked when Bryan, the guy she fell for, and her brother’s best friend, when she was 17 walks in and even more shocked when he’s assigned as her mentor. He suddenly and unexpectedly broke up with her just before she was set to move to New York City full time for college. She’s determined to act like she’s completely o ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

I liked Kat and Bryan’s story. They have a great dynamic together with the flirty banter and sexy phone calls. Kat really tried to resist Bryan, especially since he broke up with her without an explanation five years ago. But, being around him reminds her exactly how much she still really cares about him. And, because Kat is the kind of gal who takes risks, she took the chance to go for what she wanted instead of playing the jaded ex-girlfriend. That doesn’t mean she still didn’t have
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
I love that Lauren Blakely has zero drama from other women or men. Even in 2nd chance romances like this.. The story concentrates on falling into love again and their past just doesn't have to be detailed.. I don't like Bryans reason for the break up 5 years ago.. But he made up for it absolutely over the top amazing.
Loved all the movie moments and how they had the most entertaining banter. I could so see movies based on this authors books.
She's just one of my top favs hands down.

Absolutely s
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: october-2020
Wholesome fun read but hated the writing. It was more telling not showing and I got so bored with all the calls.
Anne OK
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Irresistible and engaging contemporary romance. Delightful characters who shared a summer love that ended as fall arrived. Five years later they come face to face with each other and the feelings that never faded. Both are older and wiser but still their relationship is confronted with obstacles on both sides. Kat is just finishing her MBA and is an up and coming jewelry designer. Bryan, who is her senior by five years, has an established and very successful business that is facing a lawsuit by ...more
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Me: "So have you read Caught Up in Us yet? I'm about 50% through and having a little bit of a rough time with it."

Anonymous Blogger: "No.. I'm starting it this week. Shoot..It's not good?"

Me: "It's not bad, I'm starting to get into the story, but the plot's just not as well written as I hoped. The flow is off and things kind of come out of nowhere."

Anonymous Blogger: "Ugh I hate that. It's not that consistent it sounds like."

Me: "It's like there's suppose to be all this sexual tension, but then
Love N. Books
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book took me FOREVER to read. And really, that is a huge compliment. This was one of those books that I easily could have finished in an afternoon, but I kept putting it down and walking away so I could savor it, absorb it, roll in it. I didn't want to finish. I didn't want it to end. But sadly, it did end.

Yes, this is a fairy tale, a too-good-to-be-true love story and I LOVED that. Sometimes you need a book where everything falls into place neatly and isn't the real-life hustle and stress!
Early on, I really enjoyed this story. It started out sweet and funny. Then, it just all went downhill for me. Maybe it was the never-ending phone sex, or the cheesy, childish dialogue, but the characters lost their appeal about halfway through. It just didn't work for me. I give this one 2 1/2 stars for the strong start and the, blessedly, short length. Unfortunately, this isn't a series I'll be continuing. ...more
This novel had potential. Unfortunately, there were too many holes in the storyline. Furthermore, the hero's rationale for his past behavior (which led to the hero & heroine's breakup— a precipitating factor in this novel) was just asinine. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

This is going to be a quick review. :)

Caught Up in Us is another book for my "liked it but didn't love it" shelf. This is the second book I have read in this series and I just didn't love it as much as the other book. I loved Playing with Her Heart, which is book #4.

Here is the gist of the story.

Having your heart broken at a young age is never easy but Kat moved on (sort of) and grew to be a smart and beautiful women. And Brian has his own regrets. Sometimes it is the unspoken words t
This is perfect for anyone looking for a second chance romance with a sweet and sexy vibe. Kat fell in love with her brother's friend five years earlier when they had a secret summer romance. Just as Kat declared her love for Bryan, he broke off their relationship without ever saying he loved her . He goes on to make a successful career and Kat works hard at College and setting up her own fledgling business.

When their paths cross again Kat tries to remain aloof but the passion never died for ei
J. Kahele

Eh. The writing was really good and the characters were written well but the story overall was just okay. I felt the plot was drawn out too much.
Kay is finishing her last year of college. One of her classes in business, requires she has a mentor and she beyond belief when she walks in to see Bryan. Her first love, the man who had shattered her heart at the tender age of 17. To make matters worse, he is assigned as her mentor and now she forced to face her past, the pain she thought she left
Geri Reads
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quirky, and lighthearted romance. Really loved Kat's and Jill's character. Loved the movie references -- Casablanca, Love, Actually, Perfect Pitch not to mention Les Mis (not the movie but the musical) and Eponine!! This book made me happy. I like happy. Will definitely check out the other books in the series. ...more
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Lauren Blakely has stormed onto the contemporary romance scene with her debut new novel, Caught Up in Us, the first book of the series, providing us with humor, steamy phone sex, and love that is lost then found again. I can only say that, although Ms. Blakely’s writing style is uniquely her own however, I honestly put her up there with a couple of my favorites such as Jill Shalvis and Carly Phillips.

Losing your first love is hard, seei
*4- Stars*

Very simple story, but still enjoyable. The conflict was kind of superficial and the resolutions were way too easy. As was the reconciliation. But it was quick and easy with a sweet ending.

I listened to the audio and thought it was good. I had previously listened to this narrator, Emily Durante, and thought her male characters were awful, but this book didn't have the same issues. The books were published 4 years apart, this was the later one, so it is good to see she has improved.

Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
It didn't exactly knock my socks off, but it's cute, sweet, sexy and I'm always up for a second chance love story. ...more
This one was a little disappointing. I went in really liking the premise. Girl gets her first love. Then gets her heart broken by first love. Then girl is matched up with boy as her business adviser. She's still hurt and wants answers. Sounds interesting right? Well, it wasn't so much.

When she was 17, Kat fell in love with her older brothers friend, Bryan. They ended up having a secret relationship but ultimately Bryan ended things with Kat. Scorned, Kat turned her heartbreak into a jewelry busi
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh what a cute story !
A short romantic book that will make you dream.
I loved everything about them characters.
Bryan broke Kat's heart when they were young (college young), and five years later they meet again. I wanted a more 'hard to get' vibe but I understand her. If the love of your life comes back, I wouldn't resist.

Such a cute thing to read after a hard story ! Loved it.
Caroline Vincent
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Valentine’s Day is coming close and what better time to read a sexy contemporary novel! The perfect book to dive into for romantics and lovers! It is about Kat, who found in Bryan the love of her life at the age of 17 during a sizzly summer romance, in between High School and University. The love Kat feels is so strong that it defines her life from now on. The ensuing broken heart turns out to be an inspiration of creativity to shape Kat’s future.


Kat is 17 when she first meets her bro
Triin from T's Bookish Moments
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, steamy, sexy
From my blog.

“My first love. He was my first favorite mistake.”

If I were a rock star, I’d have Taylor Swifted him and written one of those anthemic I don’t love you anymore songs.

"I make jewelry. I drink caramel machiattos. I wear Hello Kitty to bed. Of course I love romantic comedies," I said with a smile as we neared my house. But I didn’t just love them. I wanted to live within them. I wanted a love like in the movies.

My thoughts:

Swoon... What a perfectly sweet story without any real angs
Daisy Sloan
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

The thrill of young love. A romance that should have lasted forever, but ended with the summer. My favorite mistake.

Kat Harper falls in love with her brother’s best friend Bryan. They spend the summer going to movies and hiding their romance from her brother. They fall in love. But then, for no reason, Bryan breaks it off with Kat. “I have to go.” That’s all she gets. No explanation. No apologies. Nothing.

Five years later she’s matched with Bryan as her mentor for a class she needs to gradua
Mags Pereira
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book about a summer love that ended in heart break. Who hasn't had a crush on your brothers best buddy? Been there. Done that. They say time heals all but as you read this book you will find out that it's not necessarily the case. Kat has to work with Bryan. yes, he's the one who broke her heart 5 summers ago. Unfortunately due to the circumstances, whatever feeling mighty still be there need to be put aside.

My heart ached for Kat. She had to face her past dead on. Dealing with someon
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story in the present moved really slowly because there weren't too many interactions between the H and h at the beginning. A lot of words were spent on Kat remembering the past and talking herself out of falling for H again. And then she does exactly that, the first time they are not in public. I never got the sense of why this guy was so great. Yes, he is rich, successful, good looking and likes movies but there should be more...

When things started moving, the characters did not react very
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