Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review: Lost and Found

Title Lost and Found

Series Emi Lost and Found, book 1

Author Lori L. Otto

Release Date March 24, 2011

Independent and sensitive, idealistic and hopeful, Emi Hennigan lives her life with optimism and an open mind. Between sharing a tiny Manhattan apartment with her fun-loving roommate and spending most of her free time with her heart-breaker friend, Emi’s seen enough failed relationships to know what to avoid in her quest to find her true love. Not only that, but a single moment from her past lingers in her mind, setting high expectations for every man she dates.

Emi’s best friend, artist and hopeless romantic Nate Wilson, has been her closest companion all of their adult lives. After swearing off love with Emi in a silly high school pact, Nate has been seeing other women in hopes of finding one that evokes stronger feelings than the ones he’s been harboring for Emi since he was a teen. Over the span of a year, boundaries are crossed, feelings are confessed, and their unique friendship begins to blossom into something more.

Through Nate’s eyes, an atypical romance unfolds, disrupting the comfortable safe haven their friendship has provided. With a promising future ahead of them both, fate intervenes to bring two soul mates together.

Now that I've read the first book, I think it was a perfect idea to read the prequel (which is free, by the way!) first. In fact, if you're thinking about starting this series, I have a few suggestions. One, stay away from all reviews that have spoilers (I didn't mark any spoilers in this review because I'm pretty sure I don't touch on anything that's not included already in the blurb)! This should be a given, but I feel like it's especially important for this series! Big things happen in this book and I certainly don't want them to be ruined for you. Two, don't read the blurbs for the other books beforehand! You know what, actually stay away from the blurbs period until you're completely done with this series. I made, what I consider, a mistake by reading the blurb for the second book whenever I finished this one and it kind of spoiled something for me. Third, read the prequel before the first book. I know it can be read before or after, but I think it fits best before. It not only gives you some history to Emi and Nate, but it sheds some light on why they do the things they do in this book. Okay, those are my three suggestions for starting this series. Onward to the review!

Lost and Found is told from Nate's point of view. Through his eyes, we see just how special Emi is to him. He struggles with his feelings and his doubt that he could ever be worthy of her. Throughout the book, he makes some rather poor choices, but everything he does brings him closer to the woman he loves. (It's funny how life works out.) I fell in love with Nate. He's a wonderful, loving, and romantic guy... even with all of his flaws.

As for Emi, the woman of his dreams, I had very mixed feelings towards her through the majority of the book. I was frustrated, annoyed, sad, and even understanding. I can't count the number of times I wanted to shake her and tell her to wake up (I'll be honest, there were a few times I wanted to do this with Nate as well). However, by the end of the book, I had fallen in love with her, too. I believe she grew up and became more confident and secure with her friendship turned relationship with Nate.

Lost and Found ends on a giant cliffhanger. It's pretty clear what has happened, though. I hardly knew that one single word could crush all the hope that I had built up for two people the way the last word of this book did. I am both eager and worried to start the next book. For everyone else, start the prequel and enjoy the series that is Emi Lost and Found.


5 out of 5 stars

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