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Lost (Lost Series) by [Hagen, Layla]
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**Lost is a prequel novella to Lost in Us and can be read before or after. **

Whatever might help him forget his past and numb the pain, James has tried it all: booze, car races, fights, and then some. Especially women. College offers plenty of opportunities for everything. . . Especially when you have a trust fund to spend.

Serena spirals deeper and deeper into a hurricane of pain. But no matter how far she falls, there’s no redemption from the overwhelming guilt.

Two souls consumed by their pasts fight to learn how to survive. But all hope seems to be lost.

Until they meet each other.

**Book 0.5 in the Lost Series. This is not a standalone. However, Lost in Us (book 1) is already available**
*This novel is recommended for 17+ due to sexual content and mature themes.*

Length: ~ 50 pages

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Layla Hagen (8 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IWD65I8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,627 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars I forgot it was a novella and was shocked to reach the end! 25 October 2015
By Liv - Published on
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Minor spoilers alert!!!

My first novel in the Lost series was actually Caught in Us (Lost #3). In this prequel novella Lost, we meet Serena and James and find out what they individually went through before they became the adults they would later become.

I felt a lot of sympathy for nerdy Serena because I grew up with close family members who were drug addicts. We met Serena in her high school years and into her college years. She was lost in her grief and misplaced guilt over her family member's drug related death. Her gal pal, Jess tried her best to pull her our of her misery and force her to have some occasional fun. Ultimately, I thought it was very healthy of Serena to channel her energy into her studies and into pursuing a college degree to improve her income earning potential.

A favorite Serena quote:
‘I wish my skin could come off as easily. I wish I could break out of my skin. Peel it, scratch it off layer by layer, and then be someone else. Someone better.’

I can so relate to wanting to be someone better, someone different than my current incarnation just like Serena. Unfortunately, it’s so much easier thought of than done.

James was an awesome big brother in Caught in Us, so I knew the crazy phase he was going through in his senior year of high school and into his early college years wouldn't last. It was interesting to see what caused him to behave that way. Sometimes therapy isn't the only answer either. His dad also played an important role in waking him up to his reality, and from there, he really came into his own.

A favorite James quote:
‘I'm not sure when work became an addiction, but it was my first safe addiction, so I kept it up.’

Things start to move into mature young adult/new adult territory once James noticed Serena at an event important to them both for different reasons. His lascivious thoughts about her had me grinning. Thank goodness boys will always be boys in that manner!

The novella ended on a bit of a cliffhanger to me. I was fortunate to have some time left on my lunch break walk to download Lost in Us (Lost #1) and dove right into chapter 1. There is also a preview of chapter 1 at the end of the novella.

I'm looking forward to spending my Saturday reading Lost in Us because I'm really curious to see how these two troubled adults complement each other in a romantic pairing. Both of their lives were touched by tragedy at a young age when life is supposed to be full opportunities and not death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you enjoyed Lost in Us! 27 March 2014
By Lori Palle - Published on
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“A relationship wouldn’t be bad for me. It’d be bad for whoever I’d be in it with.”—James

This novella is a great addition to the Lost in Us story. First off, I need to emphasize *addition*. This is no way its own story, and although you can read it before or after the novel, I’d read it afterwards since many of the surprises in the characters’ backgrounds are talked about here. So, if you’re planning on reading both, hold off on this one. If you’ve read Lost in Us already, then hurry up and read the novella; you’ll love it! If you’re not sure if you want to read these books…ok fine then, read this novella, and then you’ll have to hear my ‘I told you so’ since you’ll be picking up Lost in Us after.

“Since I was to blame for a life lost, I shouldn’t be able to live mine normally either. Serves me right.”—Serena

OK! Let’s talk content! We get to see both view points of Serena and James as they both go through some really, really…really, really low points in their lives during several points in time over the course of seven years (give or take). The story takes place *after* the major events that so severely effect them so we are seeing the aftermath a few months after. There are still plenty of summaries while seeing specific snippets of how they cope with their respective tragedies. I liked seeing their mindset shift as they try to recover.

“Her eyes. I know that look in them. Haunted and lost.”—James

So we have a plenty of dark spots in their lives (f-bombs warning). This would be a huge bummer except for the fact that we get the fabulous ending of the novella, which is when their lives start to intertwine, and we can see what impact Serena has on James without even knowing it (very low heat rating on the romance scale—this is before their relationship after all!). Plus, coupled with little easter eggs that fans of Lost in Us will recognize, this is a must read if you enjoyed Lost in Us. This is a 5 out of 5 for me!

“Tequila makes for great conversation.”—James

(Originally posted on my blog; I received a review copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to get "Lost" 3 December 2015
By MAustin - Published on
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Lost by Layla Hagen is the prequel novella for the Lost series.
Romance, Hot Alpha

Lost is a great read, I really liked getting to see James and Serena backgrounds. You will get a better understanding on why Serena hid her emotions and why James blew his trust fund.
James and Serena have a connection with tragedy and loss, and they support each other so well. There were some twists and it does end in a cliffhanger. Make sure you have Lost in Us on hand, you will want to start right away.

Thank you Layla for a great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Read 5 January 2016
By Kristen Piersa - Published on
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I was so surprised that this great book was a debut novel by a new author. Like um, really? Seriously?

Serena carries a secret guilt that she did not do enough to save her sister's life who was a drug addict. James has his own secrets. Serena is heartbroken over breaking up with her last boyfriend. James does not want a commitment. But when the two collide, sparks fly. She struggles to trust him, not to give her heart away while letting herself be swept by a very handsome James. James sweeps her off her feet without realizing that this time, he can't stay away from her. That she is different. That she will change him.

Watching them heal each other and fall in love was written beautifully. It made me immediately jump into the second book because it got me that hooked in. This author should definitely be on your radar if you're looking for good books. And what's more, if you're looking for a great series, start with this.

At the time of reading this, I discovered that the third book is now available to read. Guess what I'm doing? Yes, I am buying it immediately and jumping into it feet first! It's just as great as the first two. But lucky you, you can get all of them in a box set. That's a sweet deal and well worth the price! Be aware that each book is about a different couple, but in the same circle and it all flows together beautifully.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel to understand the backgrounds of the couple 26 October 2014
By Cyn - Published on
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Lost is the prequel to Lost in Us, I lost it set up the story well to read the follow up book. I enjoyed it so much that I have now bought Lost in US. It gives you a lot of background that you would not know otherwise. Lost gives just enough information to hook the read to want to read more. It gives the background on why James's jealousy begins and where it could possibly come from. This book gives you understanding on their struggle and why they are the way they are. I like knowing the background on each character.

This is a wonderful add to the series. If anything it isn’t long enough, it leaves you wanting more.

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