Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Shhh…I have a secret. I received an ARC of Lexi Blake’s Lost in You for an honest review, and I…didn’t remember signing up for it. I have posted promos for her because her blurbs intrigue me and I LOVE to help out authors. I know it can be difficult to get readers to read your books, so I figure I can use the space of a blog and social media to get eyes on books. That’s a grand thing. Getting people to read? Yes!
Well, anyways. An ARC for Lost in You landed on my Kindle and me, being a lover of romance, figured I should read it. Right? It’s what I love to do. After reading the blurb, it sounded intriguing. Romantic suspense – check. Secrets – check. Chemistry off the page – check. All of these qualities in the blurb called to my little romantic heart, and I was in. So here’s my review in bullets:
- I struggled at first to get into the story, not because Lexi Blake isn’t exciting. I struggled because I hadn’t read the first two books in this series, Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten. Blake really tries to give enough background to help a new reader, but I found myself getting lost in the many characters of this story. There are two main characters, the hero and heroine: Robert and Ariel. That was easy to figure out. However, Robert comes with a group of guys: The Lost Boys (Tucker, Dante, Sasha, Owen, Jax, Theo…). A few of them have books, but several didn’t, and I found myself lost to remember everyone. There are also men in charge of the McKay-Taggert and Knight group, the group trying to help The Lost Boys understand their pasts while protecting them. Plus there are women: Ariel, Kim, Rebecca, et al. I spent the first half of the story simply getting my head around the characters and some of the back story for Ariel and Robert. That caused the story to drag for me. Now, remember, this isn’t Lexi Blake’s fault. Her writing is impeccable, and she’s careful to give the details necessary to get your mind around the characters and the backstory. I’m simply noting this for first-time readers of Lexi Blake and this series; this isn’t really a standalone. I mean, it could be, but I think you’d do well to read the first two books in the series to really help you with this story. Now, that I’ve read Lost in You, I feel prepared for the next book, Tucker and Veronica’s story. And it sounds like a BIG one.
- I loved Ariel and Robert. They truly complete each other. Besides his past coming back to haunt them, there isn’t anything horrible between them. Their pasts are the only issues that complicate their relationship. Beyond that, their chemistry is palpable from the story; they are $exy incarnate. You’ll love Robert for his kind but dominating nature, for his compassion, for his adoration of Ariel. And you’ll love Ariel’s strength and her compassion to help The Lost Boys find their past in order to help their future. They are good people, good characters.
- Now, this story can be confusing in trying to determine what it is. There is definitely some romantic suspense here. Actually, I should say there is a lot of it. It’s got spycraft and intrigue for days. However, with that, it is also a BDSM story. I have to be honest. I struggled with the BDSM part because I’ve read a lot of those stories, like whole books focused on those relationships. And this reads as BDSM – light, and it feels slightly manufactured. Again, I didn’t read the first two books of this series, and I’m fairly certain I’m missing something here, but I didn’t think this needed to even be a part of the story. It’s like it added another confusing layer to the book. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good BDSM story. That isn’t the issue. It just seems like something that isn’t necessary. I’d love the romantic suspense espionage-type story on its own. But again, this is probably just me, a new reader of Lexi Blake.
There is so much to like about this book: the characters, the story, the $ex. I’m thankful that I accidentally signed up to read this book. It definitely grabbed my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat, so to speak. I recommend Lexi Blake’s Lost in You, but I do recommend reading the first of the series before doing so. I know it will make you appreciate this book even more.
In love and romance,