Title: Lost In Us
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Release Date: October 13, 2014
A Lost in You Novella
Life is supposed to be about following your dreams, taking risks and getting lost in love.
I have my dream job.
Hadley is definitely a risk.
Getting lost in love with her is the easiest thing I’ve ever done.
After falling for Hadley and Ryan in Lost in You, I was excited to get a glimpse at their future in Lost in Us. Let’s just say, it wasn’t at all what I expected. From the start, Heidi completely threw me for a loop. A significant amount of time has passed since the end of Lost in You and Hadley and Ryan are vastly different people. I didn’t expect this novella to be quite the emotional rollercoaster that it was, but it had me gripping the edges of my kindle while I battled with myself over whether I should throw it across the room or just pray for the skills to read faster.
Heidi has developed both characters significantly since we saw them last. She made it clear that Hadley and Ryan were no longer two people completely consumed by young love, but rather time had turned them into adults with dreams and responsibilities that couldn’t always coincide effortlessly. I loved the change in Ryan. The lost seventeen year old is long gone and in his place, Heidi has given us the voice of a man who has finally learned his worth. He stole a little more of my heart in this book. Hadley, on the other hand, is forced to face the challenges of balancing her demanding career and building the personal future she so desperately wants. She undergoes considerable growth over the course of this story, as she navigates life out of the limelight.
As much as I’d love to hate it, the storyline of this novella was captivating. Ryan was a much stronger, sexier personality, while Hadley became more relatable with the appearance of her insecurities, flaws and sometimes-selfish nature. I can appreciate the happily ever after more when a story is honest and the characters imperfect. Lost in Us took the couple I loved and made their story more tangible. It was touching and heartbreaking and satisfying all at once. It took a while for my emotions to level out after reading this one. Heidi had me all over the map as we experienced the ups and downs of adult life with Ryan and Hadley. Lost in Us is a raw, emotional novella that will keep you rooting for these two and remembering why you fell for them in the first place.
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Lost in You (Lost in You #1)
Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.