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Lost in Us

(Lost #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,720 ratings  ·  293 reviews
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...

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Published February 14th 2014 (first published February 12th 2014)
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Julie  Grider
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS. This book was excellent. There were absolutely no reasons to give this novel less than five stars. I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not expecting this. Lost in Us is a New Adult Romance and it is COLLEEN HOOVER good! Yes, I said it - you could put this book up against the leading New Adult Romance authors and it would hold its own.

Lost in Us is a story of two damaged souls afraid of love - one wants it, but won't risk anything t
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 Angsty, Reckless, Chocolate Dream Stars ***

We experience so much growing up as children; these experiences guide us either to be like our siblings…… or to run in the opposite direction doing anything to be different … or to sometimes feel responsible and tied to the sister or brother trying to save them …...

And the one of the big questions can be… am I just like them… do I have the same traits…am I just another crazy time waiting to happen like them… and if something really bad happens bec
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

3.5 stars

So anyone looking for another book with a devastatingly handsome guy whose rich and has blue eyes with commitment issues?

Yes I know the picture you have in your mind? The one and only Christian Grey.
Although this sounds a lot like him it really isn't because there is no BDSM etc in this novel.

Serena is a girl who is walking around with big guilt and hurt. Her sister Kate passed away years ago. She was shot but was also a drug addict etc and did things to potentially put her in harms wa
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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
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok

Title: Lost In Us
Series: Lost in Us #1
Author: Layla Hagen
Release Date: February, 2014
Rating: 2. 5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Being entirely honest I’m not sure what I expected from this story. I think I wanted something that would hold my interest and would be sexy enough to make me like it or If I had a little bit of luck, maybe even love it. Most time I enjoyed it . But there were also so many things that almost made me cry out in frustration and stab mysle
Dee Montoya
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
**2.5 Chocolate Covered Stars**

(BR with Shannon)

When I started reading this book I was super excited because the story had all of my favorites components; sexy and smart male character, independent heroine with a sassy best friend and also really great writing style. Unfortunately for me everything changed when these two lovers fell on a infuriating pattern of braking up and making up.

Serena is a British girl living in San Francisco, she moved to the States to escape the shadow of her sister's d
**A free copy of this book was provided by author in exchange for an honest review**


"I want you to be mine. Only mine."
"Does that mean you also want to be . . . only mine?"
He smiles and leans in, muttering against my cheek. "I do."


That's the thing with reality and dreams—fantasies—if we try hard enough, we can lose ourselves in it. Then we can call our lives real even when they're not.

The real world doesn't seem a good enough place for you. You belong in a dream—a fantasy world. If you
Shannie's ⭐️Lookin' 4 My Next BBF⭐️
(BR with Denisse)
2.5 Makeup your damn mind already stars!!
This is a story that started out really good! Serena is coming out of a 6yr relationship & her friend, Jess, is adamant about making sure Serena finds a good rebound one night stand to help her get back in the saddle.
Serena meets James, Stanford University's "it man" alumni, who is very hot but also very commitment phobic. He's very honest & up front about his manwhore ways with every girl he's with. However, James acts differentl
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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.

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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 meet
Nikki Groom
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I don't know why I'm surprised, but I really enjoyed this one!
Maybe because it comes from a fairly unknown author, no reputation to precede her and very few reviews to influence my decision.
So I just got stuck in, no expectations, no idea of how it was going to go or what was going to happen. All I knew was there had been a couple of hot little teasers which had made my mind up to read it.
I was sucked in from the beginning. By 10% I had pretty much made up my mind that there was a new book boyf
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
One of those books where I didn't believe in the HEA.
H is a pathetic cheating crybaby-wuss.
h is just masochistic. I didn't get why she didn't boink him on the head and just date someone else. That would be realistic.
Also I didn't believe that the love the h said she felt for the H was the real deal. She told him what she liked and he splashed out his money on her and also his attention and lots of flattery. I think the h was just carried away by that plus they were good in bed together. But that
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, arc

Layla Hagen blew me away with Lost In Us! She is an incredible author...she rocks. This book was excellent. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. This New Adult Contemporary Romance is a MUST READ. You will not regret it.

I loved it. It has everything you could ask for : love, laughter, angst, tears,hot scenes,  ans also  good material for a good BOOK BOYFRIEND… you name it, it has it. She has a way with words that makes you connect with the characters.

Lost in Us is the story of Serena and James. I
Tami czenkus
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tami by: layla hagen
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
Anne OK
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads
After seeing all the glowing reviews, I was drawn to this one with great hopes of enjoying the fruits of labor by a new author. It did not take long before I realized this was one long monotonous storyline. Staying with it was a difficult task and I found my mind wandering and lost in the clouds. I had a very difficult time staying with it. Depth in the storyline was unattainable for me. There was a lot of sex without meaningful storyline moments and some high-caliber fantasy dates, along with c ...more
Tia Thomas-Blakey
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I really enjoyed this book. Very well blended with emotion, passion and making the right choices. As I read the book in the beginning I was unsure on how i felt about Serena, because she sounded like me at times, but in the end I totally loved her. James who is total book boyfriend material. I loved how he made her come out of her shell slowly but surely. He fought for her and their love which was simply beautiful. This book is simply just amazing. I have read it twice and it makes me even love ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great debut new adult contemporary romance novel. This one had everything in it. Angst, sadness, love, happiness and hot HOT sex scenes.
Lost In Us is a story between James and Serena. They both have troubled pasts and have lost loved ones and cannot let go. Serena breaks up with her ex and basically stays in her own world and wont take any risks where James is the ultimate risk taker and blows thru woman with out developing any feelings. They meet on a drunken tequila night and this is w
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. Layla Hagen knows how to write a sexy love story filled with angst, despair and desire. Her characters felt real to me. I was cheering Serena and James on, then I wanted to put them in a locked room and not have them come out until they worked out their issues. When I finished Lost in Us I was left wanting more. Maybe Jess & Parker? Or what about James' younger sister Dani? I loved this book til the very end and will read whatever book Layla writes next. I love ...more
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
I had to stop this book at 52% as it was getting nowhere!

Hope this book will be a better read for you.

D xo
Aug 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was awful. And stupid. And unrealistic. And annoying. I basically hated it. And only finished it because I'm trying very hard not to DNF books.

This was the author of Withering Hope; which I LOVED. I didn't even realize that until I finished this book. I never would have guessed she would have written this pile of horseshit.

I don't even know where to start. Our female protagonist, Serena, meets our male protagonist, James. What ensues is insta-lust, insta-love, insta-everything. They do
Shona Reid
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Layla Blew me away with her début novel Lost in Us.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book and by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Funny, emotional and heart wrenching.

Dreams show you who you are. Fears show you who you don't want to be.

They say opposites attract and they weren't wrong. You could feel the pull between Serena and James right away.

Serena gets so drunk on tequila and looks at James like she wants to take him to bed. Their first time speaking James is cocky
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2014
Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock for an honest review. I’m literally laying here with a 102 fever at 5 in the morning writing this. I could not stop reading this book I had to know what was going to happen. I give this book 5 fangs. This book is about a woman named Serena who’s boyfriend of 6 years up and leaves her. Struggling to get over the breakup Serena’s best friend Jess takes her out in the hopes of getting a nicely tanned rebound, that’s when she spots James. Its gets crazy at ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author.

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
Liah B
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5!! Bright stars! This book had so many turns. It's a young adult contemporary romance. The characters were written so well. There were moments I wants to choke the leading lady. But how many of us have had a young love where we judge just about everything?! *raised hands*

I won't give away the story. But when this book comes out it will be worth the read! 2/17/14!!! Congrats Layla!!!
Rebecca Ritchey
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I read this book in one day. Layla Hagen knows how to write a sexy love story filled with angst, despair and desire. Layla thank you for the ARC of this book. I can not wait to read you next book.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Damn me and my inability to put down a book and throw it in the DNF pile!

I found both Serena and James insufferable. Their constant childish drama just grated on my nerves after awhile. Two things saved it from being a one star. First, there were very few typos or grammar problems. Second, I liked the part where Serena and James released the balloons, I found that very sweet.

James is a 28 year old entrepreneur. He's hot! He's reckless! He's rich! He's a manwhore! He's completely anti-commitment!
Roseanna Mcclain
Nov 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-2-stars
I dont like giving bad reviews because I know how hard it is to write novels then to have someone criticize it. However, I would hope that the author would take it as not so much negative criticism but just my opinion.

I guess im the minority here. I had to stop at 78%. i didnt think i could finish it. I was skipping pages to find dialog. I couldn't connect with the characters. Yes I got back ground stories from the first book, but the connection just wasn't there. Everything happened too fast.
Aubrey Mac
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I was given an ARC from the author for an honest review.

AMAZING! I have read the book twice because I loved it so much. I wanted to make sure I did not miss anything. I was completely in love with both characters from the very start. I have a thing for broken characters who don't think they deserve to be loved. James and Serena both believe they are unlovable.

James is a good man even though he thinks other wise. Serena believes that being happy comes at a price. A price she in many ways does not
Jessika Harper
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I was fortunate enough to win an ARC provided by the author**

From the very beginning.I liked.this book. I couldn't put it down! The saying "opposites attract" is absolutely perfect for this story.

There is Serena, who likes to shut down and avoid people, yet has a quirkiness about her.

James, who is rich. A risk taker, an adrenaline junkie, also a commitment phobe.

I love that her pushes her to take risk, find herself, and do what she wants. This story is filled with laughter, sadness, love, hur
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent read! I really enjoyed James and Serena, as well as the supporting characters. I like the traits the author gave each of them. I don't read contemporary romance as often as I did in my younger years, but this book was truly wonderful. Flawed characters with depth and passion. If you love a good romance that will leave your eyes a bit teary, this will be a book for you. It also has some steamy parts. Smooth flowing story line. Easy to get into. Difficult to put down. I liked this book s ...more
Kristal Taylor
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh what a great book. This is Definitely a 5 star book. I just pick this up to take a break from the series I was reading and I couldn't stop. I adored Serena. I love that she’s so different than the women that James usually goes after and that they have such a great connection between them. Even though they are opposite in so many ways—especially when it comes to risk-taking—they have so many things in common to make a physical relationship transform into an emotional one as well. If yo ...more
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Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a 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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Lost (3 books)
  • Found in Us (Lost, #2)
  • Caught in Us (Lost, #3)