Lost in Between by KL Kreig is LIVE!
"Clear a space on the top shelf of book boyfriends….there’s a new man claiming a top spot and his name is Shaw Mercer." - Totally Booked Blog
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When I read the blurb for Lost In Between, I was sold! Let’s be honest, just the mention of a dirty talking, dominant alpha was enough for me! Then, I saw that the author was K. L. Kreig, and you have to have been living under a rock not to have been subjected to the hype surrounding her previous book, Black Swan, so at that point there was no question that I was going to read this book! Needless to say, I went into this one with excitement and high expectations, and while it didn’t exactly turn out the way I thought it would, I still enjoyed it.
Shaw Mercer is rich, sexy, and successful, in other words, not the type of guy that would normally have to pay for a date. His father, the mayor, is up for re-election, and his campaign advisor suggests that his son, a well-known ladies man with a penchant for threesomes, settle down with one girl to help keep the focus on him instead of his siblings. Between his younger sister recovering from a drug addiction, his older sister’s husband’s wandering eye, and his brother identifying with the opposite gender, the press would have a field day with his family. Shaw agrees to thrust himself into the spotlight to protect them and prevent his father’s campaign from turning into a media circus. The only problem is he never plans on settling down with any woman. It simply doesn’t fit into his life plan. The sole female he can think of to ask this type of favor will likely get the wrong idea. Shaw really doesn’t want or need that type of complication, so when his best friend, Noah, comes up with an alternative solution to his problem, he is all ears.
Willow Blackwell has had a hard life. First, her older sister died of an accidental drug overdose. Then, her father committed suicide leaving her to take care of her mother that needs round the clock care due to Alzheimer’s. Paying for her mother’s medical expenses is no easy feat, which is why when Shaw makes her the offer of a lifetime, there is no way she can say no.
They say everyone has a price, and in this case, the price was $250,000. That’s how much Shaw agrees to pay Willow to pretend to be his girlfriend for four months. Audiobook narrator by day, and escort by night, Willow is used to serving as glorified arm candy for a price. Of course, there are rules and limits that go along with obtaining her services. No one is allowed to have her real name, her address, or her body. Shaw and his $250,000 has her breaking all the rules.
Lost in Between got my attention right away, and held it for a while. Somewhere around the middle though, I started to feel like it was dragging a little. Thankfully, it picked back up again eventually, and I was more or less satisfied with the ending considering we are getting another book to complete the story.
My biggest problem aside from the pacing was the inconsistency of Shaw’s character. One minute, he sounds like the alpha playboy that he is, and the next, he sounds like a lovesick puppy. He claims she is his, and that he never want to let her go. Then, he talks about how he is going to leave her in four months. It was so back and forth that it made me dizzy. Not to mention, Shaw’s feelings for Willow bordered on instalove and seemed too much too soon for me. I guess we are supposed to believe he is just deep in denial, but it was a bit ridiculous in my opinion.
I would still recommend this book to fans of the fake romance trope despite any problems I may have had with the story. Willow’s selflessness, strength, and sass made her a heroine that I could respect and more than that, I liked. Shaw’s dirty mouth and dominance coupled with his fierce loyalty and love for the people he cares about endeared him to me from the beginning. Put these two together and I was in love! I absolutely felt their connection and the sex scenes were hot! If you are a fan of this author’s work or the blurb sounds appealing to you, I think you should give this one a try!
We all have one.
Having read Black Swan Affair that really messed up with my sanity because of the issues delivered, I was so eager to read Lost In Between. Well, you cannot blame me. BSA is my first book of the author and it left lasting impression, so needless to say, I was having high expectations in this book. The blurb alone and that cover caught my interest stat and I'll be honest it took me until almost the end to realize that it was a duet. That's saying something right? I read this book blind and I might have overlooked the "duet" plastered on the cover because hello? It's KL Kreig and that book I read from her before stirred my senses plus this is fake relationships with an alpha man and hot scenes. Who wouldn't be a goner?
First few pages and I was captivated, really. I devoured it. I was so curious as to what the story will do me. I love the thrill, I love that the heroine is something out of the ordinary I was used to. I wanted her depth and I wanted her past to burn into my system reading her story. What made her the way she is.
“We look pretty, we adorn our clients, we dote, we mingle, we act the part we’re given, and we go home at the end of the ‘date’ a few hundred or thousand dollars richer, with our legs shut and our pride intact.”
And then entered Shaw Mercer, let's be honest here, the name alone screams sex. Can melt panties with heat of that juices soaking it, and what's even hotter? The thought of sharing women with his buddy. Scorching. And reading that bar scene had me plead for a menage. Pervert, yes! And I really do not mind. It's what makes this book even more interesting and it kept me turning on the pages in anticipation. That and the fact that he's an alpha.
“It’s more than just paper, sweetheart. My hands will be on you. Touching you, stroking you, holding you. My lips will graze your ear, your neck, your shoulder, your mouth. Especially your mouth. You need to get used to it, because I’ll be doing it. A. Lot.”
I'm gonna be totally honest here, reading this book gives me conflicting emotions. I really cannot deny the fact that I'm loving it. I am liking it. That first few chapters really do me and I am so excited to read what's behind everything. I love how there's a mystery lurking that needed to be solved and I love how it was written this way. But admittedly, it was so hard for me to connect with Willow and Shaw. It felt off and I am not having any strong connection into their chemistry. I dis not feel satiated.Yes, scorching scenes and sexual tension was portrayed but it lacks that spark that will give you butterflies. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't that bad actually, because to be honest the plot of the story is really good and in fact I was trying to solve the mystery as well. I even shed a tear or two, because seriously when you read the book, there's really more than what's beneath them. There's more to the story. But then, I feel like there's something missing. Inconsistency perhaps? Or just plain chemistry or that angst this kind of plots usually brings? Or is it me?
But even then, who knows what's gonna happen next?It's just the first part of he book anyway.
We all have one. A price. That magic number that will get us to agree to do anything, be anything. Don’t sit on your gold-plated high horse and say you don’t because you do. Everyone does. Each of us has something we covet enough that we’d sell ourselves to have it. What’s my tipping point, you ask? Apparently a cool quarter mil will do the trick. What does one do for 250 large, you wonder? Anything the infamous, gorgeous playboy of Seattle wants. For the next four months I’ll be Shaw Mercer’s arm candy, his beck and call girl, his faux girlfriend. I’ll be his to command, mold, push and pull in any direction he sees fit. I’ll fight falling into bed with him. I’ll fight falling in love with him even harder. I’ll fail at both. And when my past and present collide in the most unexpected of ways, I’ll learn that while one man’s love for me has never died, the only man’s love I really want will never be mine.
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About the Author:
As a USA Today Bestselling author, I write stories that are deeply emotional with flawed characters, because humans ARE flawed and if we read about perfect characters living in their perfect world, first of all, snoozer, but secondly, we never experience the gratification of redemption. Outside of writing, I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).
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