Review: Lost in Between by KL Kreig

Posted February 20, 2017 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Lost in Between by KL KreigLost In Between (Finding Me Duet Book 1) by KL Kreig
Series: Finding Me #1
three-half-stars
on February 20, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 344
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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.
*warning: 18+ only. Contains foul language, explicit sex and a hot alpha (or two, or three). NOTE: Book 1 in a duet. Conclusion in FOUND UNDERNEATH, out May 2017.

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Review

If you enjoy fake couple romances, you should definitely look into Lost In Between by KL Kreig. Not only is this quite the journey for these characters, but it starts out in an unconventional way as well. Willow isn’t what you would originally expect, but I love how down to earth she still is and how strong her morals are. That probably sounds bad if you know what she does and haven’t read the book, but I swear I don’t mean it that way.

“She’s playing her role brilliantly while I’m trying to play her.”

If that prologue didn’t intrigue you about Willow, you suck. Seriously! How crazy was that? I was instantly hooked and NEEDED to find out more about what was happening. What are all these secrets from her past? What’s happening with this guy? Why is she making these decisions? Even throughout the story, I was always curious about her and why she acted the way she did. From opening up to shutting down in seconds, she had so many different sides to her character. I’m glad that the reader is given little breadcrumbs to follow when finding out all of her secrets.

Shaw is different from other alpha males that I’ve read in the past and I actually really liked it. I don’t even know how to describe it, it was more of a feel that I got with him. He’s so protective of Willow immediately, but yet he takes her fire and challenges it. He sees the vulnerable sides to her and won’t stop until he can peel back all of those layers and dig deep inside. He’s honest with her but will do everything in his power to save this woman whom he has just met. Quite an interesting character.

The title is actually extremely clever and I love how it played into the storyline. Willow is definitely lost and she has been for a long, long time. But at the time of this novel, she was lost in between. Lost in between the girl that she used to be, and the girl that she is with Shaw. The girl that will be gone in just a few short months of time. It’s such a confusing place and I really felt for her. Can’t wait to see where the author goes with this concept in the next book!

“Lock everything else down, because if you don’t, you could easily get lost in between what is and what could never be.”

I don’t know about everyone else, but I felt the chemistry between Shaw and Willow immediately! I craved it, I needed it, I couldn’t wait for them to meet again. He was a cocky, SOB and she was a feisty, scorned woman, what better combo than that? Throw in the help of a little guardian angel by the name of best friend and you’ve got yourself some fun. Plus, their banter and wit was so charming, I loved it.

In a gravelly voice, he tells me, “You feel this thing between us just as much as I do. It’s not going away. It’s going to spread and thicken until it consumes us both, burning so fucking hot and strong it will never be extinguished.”
Yes. That’s precisely what I’m worried about.

It’s alluded to that Shaw and Noah used to partake in some… Extracurricular activities. Um, holy crap. Someone call a fire fighter because I was about to combust.
Boom.
Flames.
Everywhere.
This? Yes, super hot. Plus the little snippets that you get; yeah, good stuff all around. Where can I sign up?

Speaking of Noah, let me just say real quick that I loved him! He was fun and cute and charming. Protective, loyal and knows exactly how to push Shaw’s buttons. He was fantastic and I seriously hope we get to see more of him in the next book.

From knowing this author and reading the synopsis of this book, I’ll be honest, I expected angst and drama. The beginning started off fiery and full of passion, but I found that these aspects mellowed and then started to fade in the second half. Based on how long and detailed this is, I felt like there should’ve been some more developments for this couple. It kind of feels like we read similar situations and scenarios over and over, leading towards the same result. Though I’m still extremely curious about Willow’s past and Shaw’s family, Lost In Between didn’t enthral me as much as I originally had hoped for.

“God, how I want you, Willow. I’m not sure I’ve wanted anyone more.”
“The unattainable is always the most coveted,” she replies without missing a beat. It pisses me off. This is not about the rush of finally getting something just out of reach. She is different from any other woman I’ve met. There is something about her that whispers to me. It sounds suspiciously like mine.

So I’m not sure if I just wasn’t paying attention, or had my head under a rock somewhere, because I did NOT know that there was going to be a book two! That actually explains a lot though because I was getting confused as to the plot and pacing, but a second book totally accounts for that. Prepare yourselves, because this is a doozy of a cliffhanger. I’m excited to see where Shaw and Willow go from here!

‘It takes a special girl to open a boy’s eyes to what’s right in front of him, Willow. But when he realizes it, he’ll fight to the death for her and only her. Don’t settle until you find that man.’

 

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review. 

three-half-stars

About KL Kreig

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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