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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Found In Us by Layla Hagen [Book Review,Giveaway & Author Interview]

New Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Publication.Date  July 24, 2014
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services
WebsiteLayla Hagen

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My review copy:I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. 

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**This can be read as a STANDALONE. The second book in the Lost series tells Jessica and Parker's story.**

All Jessica wants -as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating.

And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs.
A bad, bad boy

Dresses come in three lengths, as far as I'm concerned: stay-away-from-me length, buy-me-a-drink length, and take-me-home-with-you length.
Something that has everyone convinced I'm the perfect gentleman. Apart from Jessica. She saw right through me from the beginning. I don't know what tipped her off, but she's more right than she suspects. I'm not a gentleman. I'm just very good at pretending I am. Except when I'm around her. I realized the very first time I saw her that I wouldn't be able to keep my shit together if I was around her for long.  
Letting people near you gives them a chance to stab you in the back when you least expect it. 
Lies can be an efficient protection mechanism until we are strong enough to bear the truth. 

I'm so excited to have the opportunity to interview Layla. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is the second book in the "Lost Series." Let's get started.
Welcome to Bookish Layla. 

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I'd love to become a full-time writer one day. I know the odds of that happening are astronomical, but one can dream, right?

Which writers inspire you?
Oh wow, many. That's a tough question :) I read in various genres (romance, fantasy, sci-fi), and I love lots of authors. A few of them are Jasinda Wilder, J.K.Rowling, and Suzanne Collins.

So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Until now I've only published the Lost series which consists of a prequel novella Lost, Lost in Us and Found in Us. Lost and Lost in Us should be read together, but Found in Us is a standalone.

Give us an insight into your main characters in "Found In Us". What does he/she do that is so special?
Without giving too much away, Jessica and Parker are two people who have to learn to accept love and affection, and who slowly try to teach that one another.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I actually never imagine that. Usually fans send me pics and I'm like yeaaaaaaah, that looks exactly like the MC.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
During the week I try to sneak some writing after work, but it's mostly just sketching out scenes and then properly writing them over the weekend. I need a certain amount of time in order to "get inside the book",so I need to write 6-8 hours at a time. Unfortunately, I can only do that in the weekend.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer! Though sometimes I do take handwritten notes.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I am now more confident in taking risks with my writing than I was before. I guess you'll see what you mean when you read the blurb for Withering Hope :-)

How do you handle bad reviews?
I try to learn something from them if there is valid criticism. But they sting, I won't lie :) They make me doubt a lot.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding time to write. Seriously.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Just keep writing. Even if you think you'll absolutely have to delete what you are writing, do it. After enough "wrong" words, the "right" ones will come. Just don't take a break waiting for inspiration!! It might turn into a very long one.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Ebooks, because I have a kindle app on my phone and I can literally read whenever I have a bit of time.

What book/s are you reading at present?
The Fixed Trilogy :)

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I have two copy-editors and a proofreader. I am a bit manic about spelling (or other types of) errors :-D

What is your favorite motivational phrase.
If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal.

What is your favorite book and why?
This varies, but right now, it's The Hunger Games because I just think it's an excellent example of a strong heroine.

What is your favorite film and why?
Love Actually :-) it just makes me very happy every single time I see it!

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been?
The Hunger Games ;-)

Just give me a second because I have to stop 'swooning' long enough to write this review. I finished this book a week ago and I still can't get Jessica and Parker out of my mind. They are such amazing characters. I loved everything about them. Their flaws. Their hang ups. Their

idiosyncrasies. They were both characters in Layla Hagen's first book in this Lost series "Lost In Us" but they were not the main characters in that story. However, I loved the fact that I knew the back story about them when starting this book. Even though the first book is only a companion to this one, I would suggest reading the first because the first novel is just as good as this one.

This story takes off from the very beginning with Jessica starting a new job and trying really hard to keep her focus on her career. She is the original "party girl" and she is out to prove herself to her parents and herself that she is all grown up now and ready for responsibility. Jessica is a very strong woman and doesn't expect the typical happy ending, she is ready to be alone. She almost expects it, in a way from everything her past taught her.

Parker is also a strong character. He had to grow up fast in order to take over the family businesses. He didn't have much of a childhood and he seems very old for his age, in that he has lived far too much already. Parker is private and doesn't let many people in. He is guarded but he also gives unconditional love to those that prove themselves.

These two characters were so adorable. They didn't want to fall. They didn't think they were "meant to be." They just kept continually being pushed together and they both just didn't know how to handle it.

Layla is a great writer. You can really tell that she cares about her readers, as she spends a lot of time on each character so that the reader just can't help but fall in love. They story is steady, but not rushed. The characters grow throughout the book, but there is not a fast change. Another great thing that Layla did in this book is introduce Dani, just as she introduced Parker and Jessica in the first one. I love the way there was a small back story portrayed. She gives us just enough of Dani's story to get you hooked and waiting for the next installment. 

I loved this book, just as much, if not more than the first novel in the "Lost Series." I'd recommend this book to any new adult, romance fanatics. Layla Hagen is now on my "must read" list.

About the 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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What you can win: 
One e-copy of "Lost In Us" 
One e-copy of "Found In Us"


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