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Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Lost for You by Jayne Frost

I’m a first time reader of Jayne Frost and while I had some issues with this story, I will say she’s pretty damn good at creating imperfect but interesting characters.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 12, 2018

When I was eighteen, I stood at the precipice of stardom. I had the record deal. And the tour to back it up. But I succumbed to the pressure of that life. The dark side.

Now, I skate on the fringe. My brother is the genius guitarist for the band Caged, and I’m the one who helped make that happen. I’m happy to run my bars and my land development company.

Sure I am.

And then I meet her—Taryn Ayers—the music manager behind the three biggest bands in the country. She doesn’t know I’m Cam’s older brother. Or that I’ve got a secret that makes her world and mine fundamentally incompatible.
Problem is, I want to know Taryn.

But do I want her to know me?

Lost For You is a STAND ALONE New Adult Romance with recurring characters. Pick up books 1-3 to get the full experience!
Intended for mature audiences due to hot as sin rockstars a

What’s it About? Chase is a recovering addict trying to keep control of his life and run his bars and other business interests. Then he meets music manager Taryn and the sparks fly. However things don't come easy to them, Taryn is carrying around a lot of emotions since she lost close friends in a tragic accident. Chase himself has his own demons to fight but with a connection as strong as theirs it just might be worth the fight.

Overall reaction to the story? Lost for you is a rollercoaster ride filled with chaotic emotions and imperfect characters. There’s plenty of angst between the two lead characters that make for one heck of a story. Jayne Frost has a solid way of telling a story that makes it seem so real and may have you believing, even for a split second, that Chase and Taryn ARE real and what you’re reading is an actual account of their lives. That said, the characters are really put through the ringer which created no end of drama and conflict that could be a bit much if you’re looking for an easy read. I had trouble with Taryn’s docile doormat persona (You know I hate wimpy heroines), and there was a revolving door of supporting characters that made my head spin, but all in all it wasn’t a bad way to be introduced to a new-to-me-author.

Describe the hero in five words: Charming. Caring. Stubborn. Struggling. Imperfect.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Chase is a recovering addict. He’s been through the worst and gone to rehab but of course that doesn’t mean he’s cured. His struggle to maintain control over his life was one thing I could relate to on a basic level and that made me like the guy. He was a fighter and though he had his moments where I was like “Really dude? REALLY?” I couldn’t help but want him to conquer his demons and earn the affection of the woman he wanted. I am warning right now that there is drug use in this book so if that is something you don’t want to read about then this is not the book for you.

Describe the heroine in five words: Traumatized. Stubborn. Lonely. Indecisive. Pushover.
Did you like her? 40% yes, 60% no.
Why? I sympathized with Taryn in the beginning. She had something very tragic happen to her and it was clear she didn’t really know how to cope. That’s understandable and her raw and honest reactions were what had me on her side initially. However as the plot went along she became somewhat of a doormat to her “friends” and by the time she did stand up for herself I was already done with her. Nevermind her role in the love triangle that frustrated me, it was the fact that she just let people walk all over her that really just had me throwing up my hands and saying “Whatever.”

Let’s talk about the romance: Chase and Taryn don’t lack for a physical connection but it was the emotional one that I felt was lacking in development and page time. I wanted more of them getting to know each other out of bed, hanging out, and building a solid foundation for their romance. I never doubted their connection but the actual building of the relationship left me feeling unsatisfied. I think there was too much attention put on the individual conflicts and outside influences rather than focusing on what was happening between them. Lost for You IS a classified as a romance so I was expecting more on that front. loved how Frost didn’t shy away from building Chase and Taryn as individuals but that didn’t follow over into their status as a couple. Which if it had would have been amazing!

How about that supporting cast? Too. Many. Characters. I love secondary/supporting characters in romance but there should be a cutoff as to how many and how much page time they have. There were a lot of characters coming in and out of the story, making it feel more like an ensemble cast rather than Chase and Taryn’s story. Technically Lost for You is supposed to be able to read as a standalone but nope, not with all these characters, I was confused and got disconnected to the book several times trying to figure out who was who and how they fit in with Chase and Taryn’s story.

Click It or Skip It? I think if you’ve read the previous books and enjoyed them then you’ll enjoy this one. If you’re new to it like me, pass it up and get the first book instead. The realness of the characters’ as individuals is great but the relationship building could use some work.

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