Lost Ones (Bad Idea Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Love! Love! Love! So many emotions, so many feelings. All the characters were just amazing. I never want to stop. So yes Bad Idea series is getting so much more then I ever expected...sorry I had to add more. Their story will stay with you long after reading. I'm still enthralled by this series and this book. "Saudade" is my favorite and once you read this you'll understand and love it too.
Going into Lost Ones, I knew that Nicole French was exceedingly talented. Her books are very character driven, and multilayered. They are exceedingly well written. Since Lost Ones is the second book in a trilogy, I knew that I loved the characters and I was excited to resume the tale of love between Nico and Layla. Having said all this, I cannot adequately express the emotions that Nicole summoned in me between the pages of this book. I read it and immediately wanted to start it over from the beginning. I saw so much character progression between Bad Idea and Lost Ones. More then I was prepared for. By the end of Bad Idea, Nico and Layla have discovered a love that is life altering. But they also discovered that to love that completely, one must be willing to let the other person go. Lost Ones continues with hardships and obstacles that exist aren’t limited to distance. Nico must learn what it is to live away from the only city he has ever known, and Layla’s world completely collapses. Those issues are really just the tip of the iceberg. Lost Ones contains elements which were hard to read due to the subject matter. The angst in this book is jacked up about a trillion percent… and while romance readers take for granted that ever present HEA, they shouldn’t discount the journey their hero and heroine must undertake to reach that HEA.
I am not ashamed of my social media stocking of all things Nicole French [ 😉 ] or my endless requests for book three – when book two isn’t even released to the public yet. (Thank the lord I am a blogger and got this before that because I was having Nico withdrawls…) In discussing Lost Ones, it was suggested that I was completely in denial and potentially too close to certain characters of this story, BUT that’s just rubbish! Ha-Ha. I thoroughly LOVED this book and wouldn’t hesitate to offer it as a ten star read. Clearly with the early reviews I am seeing I am not the only one who feels strongly about this book. Also, I have no doubt that one day Nicole French will someday have a traditional publishing deal like many A-list authors as opposed to being an indie author. Her storytelling abilities exceed many of these so-called A-list authors that I have read. But don’t take my word for it. You should absolutely buy the book and read it for yourself. I am sure you will agree with my critique of both the author and the books she has released to date.
Layla and Nico are outstanding characters, trying desperately to navigate their way through their daily lives, knowing that they can't be together, but are lost when they're apart. Their struggles are real, the emotions and desires even more so. Layla's world is shattered and no matter how she tries to cope or fix it, she fails. The traumas that she undergoes, at the hand of another, broke my heart. Nico is a man who continually shows his strength and love. He is an amazing man who will do just about anything for the woman that he loves - even keeping secrets. These two really belong together - but it is stubbornness and dreams that often interfere. So often it is said, in order to truly understand love we must set that who we love free in hope they will return - this is definitely true for Layla and Nico.
A stunning story that had me inexplicably trapped from beginning to end. Cannot wait to see where Ms French takes this story next. Once again an absolutely highly recommended read.
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FIVE BRILLIANT STARS (not nearly enough though)
This book! This series! I don’t think I have ever felt so personally and emotionally invested in the outcome of the relationship of fictional characters before. But that is what Nicole French does to you with Nico and Layla.
I can’t even begin to describe how amazing this book is. It is heartbreaking in its beauty and emotionally charged scenes. Every character in the book feels real. Even the city of New York is a character in and of itself. And the descriptions of the different locales where the story takes place make you feel as though you are there, seeing them through the character’s eyes, exactly as they do.
So many events happen to keep Nico and Layla apart, even as they constantly gravitate back to each other. Their story is so heart wrenching and deep you cannot help but be pulled in, waiting, wondering if they will ever get their happily ever after.