Lost and Found: Book One of the Emi Lost & Found series
Over the last month or so, my fellow readers have been devouring this series. Loving it, and at some point… sobbing over it. Sobbing is right up my alley! Er… in my book life, that is. I was SO in!
Unfortunately, I came across a little (okay big) hiccup of a spoiler, so… I *knew* things going into book #1, that I shouldn’t have known. For maximum impact and shock value (’cause y’all know I love book-adrenaline surges and sudden sob-fests) I would recommend you do your best to avoid spoilers/comments and any future book synopsis at all cost, with this one. I’m not going to tell you what happens. If it’s good, bad or sad. Shocking or titillating. If it’s a crazy dramatic reveal, or a big ol’ secret. I’m keeping mum, ’cause it’s a BIG part of the series as a whole. And I will admit that my reading experience of book #1 may have been biased, and I don’t think I experienced it the way I should have.
That said. I still have TWO whole books left to read and I think I’m pretty much passed the “spoiler” part. Now… anything goes. And I’m happy that I’ll be jumping in a bit more blindly. I have… “ideas” of what I’m in for, but you know. TWO more books. Anything and everything awaits me. YAY!
So what’s it about? Nate and Emi have been best friends since high school, and all through college. Like the BESTEST!!! And now, as adults, they spend all of their “friend-time” together.
My curiosity was piqued, but Nate and I were never going to be anything more than friends. He was attractive – no, scratch that, he was hot – but we had an arrangement. I liked our arrangement. He was the best friend I’d ever had.
Of course, Nate being the super wealthy hottie artist that he is, dates gorgeous women. And super-supportive Emi stands by and watches. Nate is a serial “fall-in-lover”. He’s not like our usual bad boys, this one. He’s quick to say I love you, he’s quick to think each of his new girlfriends is “the one” and he’s quick to lose ‘em all, ’cause the one thing he won’t sacrifice is his relationship with Emi. Awwww, I adore him! He LOVES Emi with all of his heart.
But does he love her the way she secretly desires him to? And also… what’s the deal with that “perfect kiss” that she once experienced and was still desperately searching for. Who was it? When was it? I have my own suspicions but…
I know that Emi wants something that I can’t give her. I tried. I failed.
Oh and! We get his perspective, too. Mostly him, even. And Emi well… she eventually finds someone she connects with, romantically. I’ll let you enjoy Nate’s reaction to that. Sure, it’s easy to date and “love” while your best friend is always there waiting in the wings, but what happens when she’s not so available?
… there was no Nate without Emi, and no Emi without Nate.
A great, well-written, very sweet read, with moments of angst, deep romance, and sure. A little heartache, too. It’s not out-of-this world angsty or dramatic, or … come to think of it again. Maybe it is in it’s own, quieter way. It didn’t turn my world upside down, and at times I found it a bit slow, but again, knowing what I knew, well, I truly believe my reading experience of this work may not be fairly accurate. This is the first time I’m going to give a review/ star rating on a book that I’m not sure is what I would have given it had I gone into it blindly, and let myself truly get carried away with it.
And that’s the thing. As badly as I wanted to feel certain things, I remained on the outside looking in. I tried. I really did try to set aside what I “knew” (after all, I still had two more books after this one) but I… stayed —> “over there”. *sigh* Watching. Experiencing enough of it to know I liked it, but not enough to know if I loved it.
3.5 to 3.75 stars was how I experienced it. However, had I read not knowing anything, I suspect this is more of a 4 star read, for me.
So I’m going to leave you with reader reactions, who DID go into this blindly, (and insisted I must read #2 & 3) and I’ll let you decide for yourself. I’m fairly confident these are spoiler free. You know you’re in for angst, but you don’t know what. I know they’ve convinced me. I’m in for the long haul! And, after this? She’s got a sort of… spin-off series that she’s started! Check out the reading order guide: Emi Lost & Found Series Reading Order
Kelly: I have no words for this series! Tore me up!!!! Loved it!
Becky: Ohhhh, I loved this series. Hang in there because you have to finish books 2 and 3 to feel satisfied.
Lesa: Great series!! I had the same feelings! Keep going….
Kristen: Loving this….hated the beginning of book 2 but it gets better….cried so hard.
Carey: I’m reading this right now and it’s killing me! On book 2.
Tiffany: yeah Emi makes things to Hard!! I wanted to punch her a few times!!
Teresa: I am reading book 3 now. Book 2 makes me cry so much and I don’t usually cry while reading a book. It is a really great series.
Traci: Omg i’m reading it now too I’m@64% into the series…didn’t think i would stop crying @ one point..
Natalie: Such a good series. Ugly cry face and everything.
Jennifer: Read the bundle first and just finished the prequel last night. This series has put me through the wringer!
Juana: Maryse glad to hear you are finally reading this series, it was a great read with everything you want in a book!
MiliandJami: I’m at the end of book 3… Love the series. Keep reading…
Julie: I’m almost done w book 2 love this series!! And I can’t wait to read contessa after this one! And the prequel! Gah this author writes splendidly !!
Steph: …she is making me so mad and nervous!!!! I don’t want to see what goes wrong!!!!! ……..so I stopped reading!!!! Rrgghhh I’m a wimp!…I just want the “umph” to start again! Haha her writing is so good I don’t want the pain of who ever f’s this up!!! Haha
Jennifer: I loved the prequel, it made me love Nate even more! Also, can we mention the extras at the end of book 3? I normally shut my Kindle down after the last page of the story and don’t usually read any of the other stuff tagged on to the end like promos for other books. It was an unusual accident that I found the extras and they are SO important! I hate for anyone to miss out! One in particular is so powerful for me that it is stuck in my head on replay mode. Great writing!
Tanya: Not sure I can keep reading it! Seriously had to out it down 3 times from crying and not wanting my kids to see me!
Brenae: Just finished the series and I will feel these characters for a long time!
Christine: Absolutely love this series. I can’t wait for Olivia to come out.
Kristina: Yeah. Wanted to poke her in the eye too.
Kristine: I have read them all including the prequel and the first of the contessa series – I absolutely adored them – it was emotional and angsty and I loved it!
Sadie: You guys!!! You MUST move this to the top of your TBR. It was my favorite series of the year. It had everything – emotion, swoon-y moments, angst and beautiful, well-written characters. I can’t get it out of my head!! You must read all 3 books. On to the prequel…
Chrissy: I’m reading book 1 and want to give Emi a wake up call, ugh!
Chrissy: Tears, tears and more tears
Reyna: Keep reading! I absolutely loved this series- I cried like a baby!
Steph: Was crying thru 2nd book last night qrtr the way in…. Whaa whaaa …..
Nikki: KEEP READING! Really, you’ll be glad you did
Ashley: Oh geez, I finished #1 this afternoon. Started #2 since my daughter was still asleep. Stomach dropped, kindle pushed away. Oh dear. It’s going to be a long night.
Check out the reading order guide: http://www.maryse.net/reading-order-guide/lori-l-otto-emi-lost-found-series-reading-order.html