Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch

Lost By Nadia Simonenko

Summary: Sometimes you need someone else to help you find your way.

Maria's life was torn apart when she was fifteen, and for seven years she's kept her terrible secret hidden from the world. Now, in her final semester of college, she still struggles against paralyzing fear just trying to speak up in class, and the terror and helplessness linger on in her nightmares.

Across campus, Owen sees his scars in the mirror every morning while he gets ready for class. They remind him of the broken home he left behind, the father he hates and fears, and the little sister he couldn't protect. Now, in his final semester of college, he's scared that he may have to return to the hell he called home after staying away for almost five years.

When Owen becomes a teaching assistant for one of Maria's classes, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. As the two learn each other's secrets and grow closer, they realize that although they may be lost, they're not alone anymore.

This new adult contemporary romance is recommended for ages 17+ due to heavy subject matter.

Review: Lost is a brutal and intense story about two broken people coming together. When I first picked this up I was wary about whether I could actually read this. It starts off with a warning about the content of the story and saying it may cause triggers for people, that being said I began reading and after a few intense pages I found myself pulled into the story and couldn't put it down. Next thing I knew it was 5am!

I love Owen and Maria together! They bring out the best in each other and help each other heal from the terrible events of their past. It was so refreshing to see a NA novel where the main characters didn't fall in love and then suddenly everything was perfect! I'm so glad that the author decided to let them continue to heal together as opposing to just say “hey they found each other now I'm done story's over!”

And I can I just say that as a social swing dancer I was SOOOOO excited that she threw that in there! It's such an awesome thing to do! I love it! I highly approve! :)
 
Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS
 
Reviewed by: Anna