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Lost and Found: Emi Lost & Found Series : Book One Paperback – March 24, 2011
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About the Author
After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Lori Otto worked in the billboard industry for ten years. Frustrated with trying to communicate entire messages in “seven seconds or less,” she decided to leave outdoor advertising and return to her love of creative writing.
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Afte reading the prequel and now Lost and Found I am hooked. The angst, the emotion of it all. Lost and Found ends on a cliffhanger..... and my heart is breaking thinking about what may be to come. I am in love with this series!
Nate and Emi have been best friends for 13 years. No friends with benefits... just friends. They have both had relationships with other people, but they are the one constant in each others lives.... Until things start to change.
Nate has loved Emi for 13 years. He knows she will never feel the same about him, and even if she did he doesn't deserve her. Nate "loves" every girl he is with, equating sex with love, and he has a lot of sex. He has to figure out what love really is, and now to prove to his one true love that he means it!
I absolutely love Nate and Emi's relationship. I love their witty back and forth banter, I love how they love each other even as friends only, and more. I love how you can feel their sexual tension in this book, but more than that you can feel the pressure of the words not spoken, the feelings not mentioned, the dreams waiting to be realized.
I have a feeling, by the time I finish this series..... it will own me. This series was never even on my radar until I come across the cover and it peaked my interest. Now I am wondering why more people are not talking about this series!!!
So Nate dates a series of disposable girlfriends, up to Kiersten, a successful, strong attorney, whose only real requirement of Nate is that he cease all contact with Emi--Kiersten doesn't think men and women can truly be friends, and she doesn't want to share Nate's affections. The way Nate handles this--the way he botches everything--made me cringe.
Then Nate--an artist--gets a job creating art for a series of new nightclubs; the impresario funding the clubs is a fan of Nate's work, and thus Nate is off to L.A, then Vegas, then back to New York.
In L.A., Nate's painting is fueled by the pain he feels in having blown it forever with Emi. He misses his best friend, Emi, and he misses the "what-could-have-been" Emi, his coulda-been lover and life-partner.
This book was agonizing for me to read, because I have been where Nate was, and I screwed things up by over-thinking, by being afraid to wager my best-friendship on a true-love that might not work out. I did this in my life, and I just groaned every time Nate does it in "Lost and Found."
Lori L. Otto has created, in Nate and Emi, a sort of Harry and Sally, only stripped of all the false cuteness. When they are together as friends, they laugh together, and they have built this foundation of extra-romantic love. Their families know each other, and they include each other in certain traditional activities (Emi always accompanies Nate, along with his mother and stepfather, to hear the Christmas Carolers in Central Park, e.g.).
These characters are wonderfully drawn. "Lost and Found" is told through Nate's eyes, and through his eyes, we can see that Emi is far from perfect. We hear Nate's thoughts and feelings--the way he processes outside information--but from this vantage point, we can see empirically how stubbornly stupid Nate is when it comes to Emi. He misreads signals from her, and even botches his conclusions when he tries to use logic.
Love scoffs at logic, and vice versa. You can't test for love like you can for a thyroid deficiency or anemia. There is nothing to examine beneath a microscope. Sometimes, you just have to take the chance and jump, and only your ultimate success or failure will show your results.
These two characters, Nat and Emi, keep kicking out their own guts, trying to avoid what they both seem to feel. Why?? we keep asking. Why??
To write more than this would reveal spoilers. It's not like giving the spoiler at the end of a James Patterson novel--they guy with the tattoo's MOTHER killed Alex Cross*. "Lost and Found" shows so many layers these two have together, that to describe any events once Nate goes to L.A.--and the book goes through, Vegas, and back to NYC by the holidays--wouldn't be fair to potential readers.
As I said, it was agonizing for me to read, because I've been where Nate is, and I screwed it up as bad as he keeps screwing it up. Like I was, Nate is tedious, self-absorbed, and unconsciously cruel at times. I mean, how many chances will he get, before Emi is forever lost to him?
The ending is like a punch to the solar plexus.
This is book one in a trilogy. At least there are two more books as I write this--and I bought them before I started this review. I swear to God I couldn't handle more than that.
*-Not a real James Patterson spoiler (at least, not that I know of...yet)
"Like ya, Em"
I have reviewer's block. I literally just finished, and I just don't even know what to say! I want to scream. Loud! I want to read book 2 (it's probably going to keep me up all night), but I promised myself that I would try to review all my books before I start another. I'm dying over here! So, in case you didn't pick up on this yet, it's a cliffhanger! It's all good though because Time Stands Still (Emi Lost & Found #2) is out, and you can dive right in!
Hmm... so how can I sum this up? I went into this book completely blind. I had no idea what I was in for, but I had heard "It's emotional, but it'll put you back together in the end." This book is about two best friends that have thoroughly friend-zoned themselves for many years. The first chapter is told in Emi's POV, so I knew right away that Emi had it bad for Nate. Nate was a little more complicated though. I wasn't sure what he wanted for much of the book. He was a little a lot frustrating at times. Total playboy. The rest of the book is told through his POV, which kind of surprised me! I was expecting alternating POV's after the first couple of chapters, but was pleasantly surprised when I kept reading and it was all Nate. I think I needed to see it from his POV so that I could get him, love him, and cherish him with Emi (even though he was pretty boneheaded at times).
"I'm not a placeholder, Nate. I'm not the bookmark that waits for the next chapter of your life to come along. I'm a human being. I thought I was your friend."
There were a few places in the book in which I was completely furious with Nate!! I decided that maybe they just shouldn't be together at one point. Nate was right in saying that Emi deserved better. She deserved for him to be better for her on multiple occasions. This is definitely a different kind of romance. Both characters have other relationships in the book. For much of the book Emi and Nate are just friends.
"I don't want to be the girl in the periphery. I want to be the one you always see."
Needless to say, if you are a reader that likes instant gratification, this may not be the read for you. However, if you are like me and you relish slow, character building romances, I just struck gold! When I say 'slow' I don't mean that the book was slow -- for me anyway. I couldn't stop reading this one, and when I had to take a break, it was still on my mind. The way I see it -- the more build up, the more intense in the end. And it got better for both Nate and Emi in the end. So much better. All those little moments that broke my heart made everything so much sweeter. This next quote sums up my biggest fear though!
"Everything was too easy. It's too perfect. Everything just coming together like this? Can you believe it?"
No I couldn't believe it!! I was scared -- just like Emi. I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. I was just hoping it wasn't a very heavy shoe. That ending has left me feeling like it's going to be a pretty heavy shoe though. I can't be sure because I won't know until I start book two. I've been wallowing in my own misery through this whole review while sipping on my rum and coke. Yep, the stress made me skip the wine and jump straight to the liquor. I need to wrap this review up so I can dive into book two (before I lose my mind).
P.S. I loved this book and am so, so impressed with the writing. It's slow to build but incredibly engaging. I can't wait to finish the series!