Lost in Love

In this second book of the City Love trilogy, three girls share a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood during the summer that will change everything.

Sadie was positive she met her soul mate after having the Knowing about Austin. But after she discovers his major secret, Sadie is crushed and left wondering if she even knows Austin at all. Will she ever be able to trust him again?

Darcy was all about fun boy adventures this summer. Her ex broke up with her right before she left Santa Monica, and the last thing she wanted was another serious relationship. But after Darcy's feelings for Jude grow stronger and her ex moves to New York City to win her back, could she be ready for something real?

Rosanna has gone from seventy-three cents to living the high life. Donovan loves to treat her to the finer things, and would love for Rosanna to open up to him. But telling him everything includes painful memories she wants to forget. Will she let him in...or will Rosanna’s past catch up with her first?

Told from alternating perspectives, Lost in Love weaves a story of first love, first heartbreak, and everything in between.

Lost in Love, by Susane Colasanti

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Blurbs

Teens who are drawn to new-adult titles and dream of romantic, parent-free summer escapades will be well rewarded.

Readers who enjoyed City Love will appreciate the contemporary urban vibe and the promise of more teen adventures to come.

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In this sequel to City Love (2015), introspective Sadie, glamorous Darcy, and altruistic Rosanna continue their summer of love, heartbreak, and personal discovery in New York City, before starting college. The bombshells dropped in the earlier volume are further explored. Sadie must decide whether to trust Austin after the revelation that he’s married, and she is haunted by memories of a violent act that altered her family. Darcy discovers a career path and imperils her relationship with good-hearted Jude as she tries to rekindle a relationship with free spirit Logan. Rosanna holds D at arm’s length, fearful of revealing the poverty and abuse in her past, and worries about one of her young campers. This breezy city-summer story digs deeper into the girls’ internal lives and backstories, but the main drama remains focused on romance, trust, and friendship. Teens who are drawn to new-adult titles and dream of romantic, parent-free summer escapades will be well rewarded.

The second novel in Colasanti’s series about the continuing adventures of three girls spending the summer before college in the Big Apple is aptly named, since there is a clear difference in tone from the first book.

Readers follow the stories of poor, thrifty Rosanna; upbeat, native New Yorker Sadie; and wealthy, spoiled Darcy through experiences, mostly boy-related, that challenge their emotional well-being and cause them to behave in ways that contradict their stereotypes. Rosanna continues to be treated to all the perks of an affluent lifestyle by rich boy D, but her past life intrudes in the form of a blackmail attempt from someone in the children’s day camp where she is working. Through her concern for an at-risk child in the camp, Rosanna discovers how to exorcise her own sad history. Rich girl Darcy’s past also intrudes when ex-boyfriend Logan shows up and tests her resilience in many ways. Sadie’s happy-go-lucky disposition is tested when her soul mate Austin turns out to have deceived her. The good cheer that she lovingly distributes isn’t enough to placate her grown-up dilemma. Sadie’s love for the city of her birth holds the girls (all presumably white) together through multiple dramas.

Readers who enjoyed City Love will appreciate the contemporary urban vibe and the promise of more teen adventures to come.

In this second book of the City Love trilogy, three very different girls share a Manhattan apartment and pursue their career and educational aspirations. They regularly get involved in each others’ love lives, bringing a different mindset and skill set to each situation. Each chapter is told in rotation from each of the three girls’ points of view, an interesting but sometimes confusing technique. It is difficult to keep the girls’ pasts and presents correctly linked to the appropriate girl. Although one is poor, one rich, and one not ready to be serious, all appear stricken with the magic of living in New York City. They continuously clash and come together over boyfriends, secrets, and the typical hazards of apartment sharing.

At first impression, the girls seem a bit shallow, often immaturely reacting to what their boyfriends just said or did; however, toward the end of the book, it becomes apparent that one of the boyfriends is a con artist, and a story line about a possibly abused youth is also well developed. Teens, probably female, will live vicariously through their adventurous, urban experiences and will enjoy their alternative loves and heartbreaks. It is not necessary to read the first installment of City Love to enjoy this sequel, although it would probably fill in a few gaps in the trio’s past.

After finishing City Love with its !!!! ending, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I read it from start to finish, in one sitting. 

The first book in the series took place over approximately two weeks college summer session in New York City. Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna were adjusting to life in New York and LOVING it. Sadie made an intense connection with fellow intern Austin, Darcy was enjoying herself as 'Summer Fun Darcy' after a bad breakup back home in California, and socially-aware Rosanna started a relationship with the impossibly wealthy Donovan who really does like her despite her lack of money and social graces. The end of City Love stopped abruptly (cliffhanger!) with some big reveals that changed the course of the summer for these girls. Whew

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti picks up only a couple of days after the end of the first book and takes place over another few weeks during the same summer.

-Austin's massive secret has perilously threatened his relationship with Sadie, and Sadie is reeling from this

-Darcy's summer of fun has been completely upended because her ex-boyfriend Logan secretly flew in from California to profess his regret over breaking up with her just as she was beginning to fall for Jude (which was totally not in her Summer Fun Darcy plans)

-Rosanna's plan to reinvent herself and shed the baggage from her past is proving difficult because her past has followed her to New York plus even though she has tried not to, she can't help but fall for the impossibly wealthy Donovan, even though wealth is something that she is morally opposed to

The girls all reacted so strongly to what was going on around them and to them that it kept me super-interested in the story as it unfolded. I rolled my eyes, I smiled, I gasped, and I shook my head at different places in the story and I enjoyed it all so much; all of this made the story better, I think. I FELT INVESTED in these things that were happening.

I couldn't put this book down. I wanted good things for these girls and when the ending came - BOOM, another shocker of an ending! I loved it, though. I'm so excited to see what happens with the next installment. I only wish I didn't have to wait so long for it!

Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna have a great friendship. I love their loyalty. These girls love romance, but they aren't letting the boys come first. There is some stress happening in their individual lives, but these girls have resolved to be friends. There may be a moment or two when stress gives way to lashing out for a moment, but these girls are solid and I hope they remain loyal to one another and understanding of one another throughout this series. I have high hopes for them! I LOVE what this author has done with these girls so far in terms of friendships/roommates at this place in life. LOVE. When I was at this place in my life, I felt emotions that were all over the place (I still do). ALSO! The setting in this series is a character on its own. It's so hard not to hop a plane and just go there.

I recommend Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti for readers that enjoy summer reading, great reading about friendships, college, and summer romance. I can't believe I have to wait a whole year for the conclusion to this trilogy! I NEED TO KNOW what will happen!

I can’t tell you how much I love this series and all its warm fuzzies and random acts of kindness things. This book makes me want to be a nicer, kinder, and better people person. I guess that’s what good books do. They make you want to change because of the how you relate to what the characters do and their personalities.

I love Sadie, Rosanna, and Darcy all the same and equally, because they’re three different girls who have different stories, lives, and beliefs about love. The only thing they have in common is their city love for New York. The place feels beautiful and all majestic as told in their different points of view and it makes you want to reach that place someday even if you’re from the other side of the world. I love how the girls deal distinctly about their relationships, especially heartbreaks. It actually gives you an idea of how to deal with it even if you’ve never been in a relationship. All the boys in this book are boyfriend goals but Donovan is my favourite. I can relate to all of the girls but I’m more of the Rosanna of the three.

I adore books about girl power and amazing sisterhood goals so much. They’re not just focused on a love triangle or saving the world but on minimal events that really happen in real life. You gotta get this book if you love fluffy, light, and super adorable contemporaries. Even if you don’t you gotta get it still. I love love love love this series so much it hurts. Rating: 5/5 stars

*Lost in Love is the second book in Colasanti's City Love trilogy which begins with City Love. This review contains major spoilers for the first book.*

Sadie thought Austin was her soulmate and that her summer before college was going to be filled with the epic love she'd always dreamed of. When Sadie finds out that Austin has been lying to her, she isn't sure how to reconcile her dream guy with the flawed one trying so hard to make amends and win her back.

Darcy planned to spend her first summer in New York City exploring and having lots of drama-free boy adventures. Summer Fun Darcy is just getting the hang of things when Darcy's ex shows up in New York to win her back. One grand gesture can say a lot. But can one flight really make up for weeks of heartbreak?

Rosanna never expected to find love when she moved to New York for college--especially not with an amazing guy who is wealthy like D. Now that things are getting serious with D, Rosanna has to decide how much she's willing to reveal about her past before they move forward.

After a month together in the city they all love Sadie, Darcy and Rosanna know they're lucky to have found each other as roommates and friends. They'll need each other more than ever as they try to figure out what comes next in Lost in Love (2016) by Susane Colasanti. Each girl is at a crossroad in Lost in Love and forced to make some hard decisions about who they want to be (and sometimes who they want to be with) as the series moves forward.

Still reeling from news about Austin's secret marriage, Sadie has to pull herself together after their breakup and her subsequent depression. Sadie is honest with herself and readers about how hard it is to move forward and she is willing to put in the work to get to her next, best self--no easy feat with Austin badgering her for a second chance.

Darcy thought she had put heartbreak behind her but she doesn't quite know what it means when her ex-boyfriend flies all the way to New York to try and win her back. This plot thread takes an interesting turn and adds a bit of mystery to the story as Darcy and readers try to figure out if there are ulterior motives at play.

Rosanna, meanwhile, is trying to reconcile her dwindling funds in New York with the lavish lifestyle her boyfriend has to offer. Still haunted by her past in Chicago, Rosanna is suspicious of anyone offering her genuine friendship (or something more) when she still feels so broken. Most of Rosanna's arc focuses on her struggles with honesty and balancing who she is with who she wants to become in her new home. While the decision again leaves some things uncertain for book three, her final resolution here is empowering.

Colasanti delivers another fast-paced, summery diversion with New York City as a vibrant backdrop in this story that alternates first person point of view between Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna. With romance, adventure and a lot of self-discovery, Lost in Love is another excellent City Love installment that will leave fans satisfied but eager for the conclusion of this contemporary trilogy.

This book was an amazing city romance. This book had a ton more drama in it than City Love did, and it was more serious at times. It wasn’t as light-hearted and fun as the first book was, with introducing each character and having all the fun dates. This dealt with more of the ups and downs that come with relationships and life. Not everything is always sunshine and rainbows. There’s jealousy, heartbreak, and manipulation. When you think something is right and good and it turns out bad, keeps getting worse...

Overall this was an amazing sequel. I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did!

*Review contains spoilers*

In this sequel to City Love, Sadie, Darcy and Rosanna are still living together in the University of New York apartment as in the previous book, and the story picks up where the previous book stopped. Sadie is heartbroken because she found out that her boyfriend Austin was already married, so he betrayed her ánd his wife. Later on in the story, as she already decided to move on and forget him, she bumps into him at her internship, where he pleads to talk to her. Will she take him back or not? She also is involved in the Random Acts of Kindness movement, where she teams up to spread warm fuzzies all across New York, which was just awesome of her. She also tries to cope with the tragic accident on the subway that killed her unborn sister.

Darcy tries to help Sadie over her heartbreak. Although she has her own boyfriend issues with Logan: he wants her back and has come over to New York to see her again. They do fun things together, like taking a trapeze class, to figure it out. And Darcy, who has no culinary skills, tries to impress him with a homecooked dinner. Will the love between them sparkle up again?

Rosanna goes to South Beach, Miami with her boyfriend D, and starts to work as a counselor at a Lower East Side day camp, where she tries to help a girl who seems to her has problems. The girl at camp reminds her of herself, when something very serious happened to her in her childhood. During the story, she finds out something about D, and it isn't very good...

Lost in Love is just an amazing and thrilling sequel to City Love!! I was so looking forward to read this sequel, and made a little happy dance when I found an ARC in the mail. The love lives and NYC adventures of the three main characters were again breathtaking and perfect for every book lover who happens to love New York. I found the characters of Sadie, Darcy and Rosanna even more interesting than in the previous book. The author deepened out their characters, all of them undergo a certain difficulty to overcome, but the similarity between them is they are all finding out more about themselves, which was just very interesting to read. This all set against the backdrop of the most exciting city in the world. The first book was already fabulous, but this second book just tops it!!

Last summer I picked up City Love by Susane Colasanti, and found it to be a really fun summer read. So of course I was excited to finally start Lost in Love, especially after that pretty massive cliffhanger ending in City Love, and I was dying to know what was going to happen next.

The story is again told from our three main characters points of view. I actually really enjoy books that are written this way, as I feel we get SO much more information when it comes from all of the characters involved. I liked being able to see a little bit about each girl, and what was going on in their lives. Things weren't so great for them in this book, unfortunately, but that bond that was beginning to form between Sadie, Rosanna and Darcy in the first book is starting to get even stronger as the story goes along, and I'm enjoying watching the friendship between them grow.

The storyline for the book follows along the same storyline for City Love, so if you've read that book, you will know what to expect from Lost in Love. The story felt a bit darker this time around, as there were so many hearts being broken and so much going on, it felt a bit different than the first book. I'm curious for the third book in the series, however, as I'm super curious to know how it will all end for these three friends.

Overall, if you like a good summer read, you should definitely check out the City Love series. These books are really fun reads, and, as I mentioned before, I'm super curious to get my hands on the third book in the series to see what's going to happen next!!

THE STORY

Lisa: City Love ended with quite an open-ending feeling. Becca and I were really looking forward to seeing what happened next for this group of girls. Lost in Love picks up exactly where City Love leaves off. And if you’ve read City Love, then you know it left off with allllll kinds of drama in that Manhattan apartment!! This group of girls experienced love in the city, as they had desired… but that love was filled with more drama than you’d see on the big screen! Relationships aren’t easy, especially when you’re trying to find yourself in the process. No parents, no rules, and the entire city of New York to spend your summer in = an entertaining beach read win!

Becca: Very well said, Lisa! After all of the drama in City Love, I was very eager to pick up Lost in Love and see where the adventures in NYC took these girls next. In case you haven’t read City Love yet, I will share that both books are told from the 3 POVs of our 3 main characters, Sadie, Darcy and Rosanna. Each is sharing the story of their Summer in the City before their freshman year of college. There are lots of ups and downs, lots of romantic happenings and also a story of finding true friendships.

THE CHARACTERS

Becca: Since each girl is telling their own story, we get to know each of them very well. In City Love I saw them each in a certain way: Rosanna, the pessimistic worrier; Sadie, the happy, optimistic one; and Darcy, the fun loving free spirit. In Lost in Love, we really see other sides of each girl and I loved that! We see Darcy’s vulnerable side, Sadie’s darker side and Rosanna’s fighting spirit (just a little but it is emerging). I really liked getting to know each girl better and I thought that Susane Colasanti did an awesome job developing each of them even more. I liked how there was a bit less focus on the guys in their lives in this one (although that is a part of the story too), and more focus on each girl and how they interacted with one another. I have to say that Sadie is my favorite! Rosanna and Darcy have some flaws that had me eye rolling at times, but in truth, their differences is what makes this group of girls and their friendship really work.

Lisa: I totally agree with Becca. Compared to City Love, this story focused much more on the girls and their growth, rather than simply the romances. I don’t know that I could pick a favorite girl…I honestly loved them all!! Even Darcy, which is saying a lot. They all did things that made me want to slap them…but what teenager doesn’t?! I’m really pleased with how realistic and relatable this story turned out to be.

TO SUM UP:

Lisa: Any issues I had with City Love seemed to be sucessfully quashed with Lost in Love. City Love left me wanting more…a LOT more, and luckily, Lost in Love gave that to me! I felt we got a much deeper story into these three friends and their lives, and I really appreciated that. This story was quite character-driven, which is always a plus for me. Overall, this was a cute, fun, entertaining read that’s perfect for a day at the beach. You’ll definitely need to read the first book though, or you’ll miss wayyyyyy too much. So grab a copy of City Love, sit back, and soak up those rays while taking in the summer before college with these three strangers-turned-friends!

Becca: My favorite part of this book was the summer descriptions of NYC. I truly felt as if I was there and experiencing the sounds, the smells and ALL of the sights! I almost wanted to take notes on places to visit next time I go! It was truly magical!

I was quite surprised that this book had a very open ending and that there will be a third (and I believe final) book in the series. I will definitely be picking that one up because I need to see how the story ends for each girl in their relationships and their friendship.

As Lisa said this was such a great Summer read! So light and breezy and fun! I really recommend it as a perfect beach read! The first one as well if you haven’t read that yet!

If you have not picked up the first book in the trilogy City Love, then you are missing out!! (I highly suggest you run to the nearest bookstore and pick it up before reading ahead). I have always been a huge fan of Susane and this book reminds why. The writing flows so well you get lost in the book and you find yourself in New York with Rosanna, Sadie and Darcy. Much like the first book in this trilogy, I could not put it down once I got started. I wanted to find out what happened and what was going to happen next. Three very different girls in one huge city...you know it's going to be good!

We pick up right where we left off with Rosanna and her relationship with D. I think that her past really holds her back and it's for a very good reason. But I do think that Rosanna needs to open up more with D and really tell him how she feels. D also needs to give Rosanna a break and understand that she feels like the jealous girlfriend for a reason. Now I'm not one to go and spoil a book, especially if you haven't read the first one and are already lost, but D seriously needs to prioritize and realize that Rosanna is a great girl that would keep him grounded and she is actually trying to open up to him by the end of the book.

Darcy has her ex back...oh great. I got a weird vibe from Logan the second he showed up. I knew he was going to be doing some sketch but Susane totally blew it out the park with that plot (seriously, read the book!) because that caught me completely off guard! Logan needs to be gone but I want Darcy to get sweet, sweet revenge. I can't wait to see how that is going to play out. I think Darcy could use a little tough love and I'm kinda glad Rosanna gives it to her because Darcy is in major need of it. She needs to realize that she can't just go around fixing things (or people's lives) with money and I hope Rosanna is able to open up to Darcy and Sadie about her past so that maybe Darcy can learn a bit more about compassion.

I felt so bad for Sadie. I literally wanted to crawl into the book and give her a hug. Austin was an ass (excuse the language) and I don't really think he deserves a second chance because he cheated on his wife. What's to stop him from doing it again? Sadie deserves so much better and I actually wanted to see more of Danny and see if a relationship blossomed with Sadie. Her optimism is so contagious, even if she is fictional. It is so refreshing having someone like her because she radiates positivity even if is she struggling with some of her own demons. I hope that Austin sees her as we, the readers, do and he realizes that she deserves the best he has to offer.

Is it too early to begin a countdown for the third book? I want to know how Susane is going to tie up all the loose ends and to see where each of these girls ends up. I think the girls really developed a bit more this time around because you can see where they each grew and how they tried new things even if it is just a summer version of themselves. I may have to start a countdown after all. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

I'm a huge fan of Colasanti's and this was another great installment in her City Love trilogy, but again with the huge cliffhangers!! At least some threads from the first book were answered (like why Addison is so out to get Rosanna), but more questions and reveals were uncovered. I don't want to say too much more about the book itself for fear of spoiling it, but Colasanti does a wonderful job characterizing each of the girls and providing each of them with a lot of depth and backstory.

I really enjoy spending time with these girls, and the best scenes are the ones in which two or all three of them are together, being great friends to each other. It's great to see a romantic trilogy that is as much about romance as it is about the power of friendship. I cannot wait to get my hands on the final book, but will miss these girls when it's all over!!

Videos

A dorktastic Epic Reads author fun facts video in which I geek out over The Office, David Letterman, and my Top Five Husbands List.

Do you love Sadie’s warm fuzzies from the City Love trilogy? You can totally make your own with the help of this Epic Reads DIYA video!

In this interview with Justine Magazine, I share what you can expect from Lost in Love and reveal the title of the third City Love trilogy book!

Live from my living room, stoked for Lost in Love!

playlist

The Lost in Love playlist has lots of longing, nostalgia, and dreaming big. Listen on Spotify.

1. "Hello" - Adele

2. "This Is Not a Love Song" - Daddy Yankee

3. "Story of My Life" - One Direction

4. "I'm a Ruin" - Marina and the Diamonds

5. "New York City" - The Chainsmokers

6. "Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons

7. "Yellow" - Coldplay

8. "Try" - Sidsel Endresen

9. "Good for You" - Selena Gomez

10. "The Night Before" - The Beatles

11. "Wildest Dreams" - Taylor Swift

12. "Want" - The Cure

cover art

Check out the gorgeous cover of Lost in Love! Looks like all three books of the City Love trilogy will have printed cases. HEART EYES.

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podcast

In this HarperAudio Presents podcast, I discuss how soul mates, sisterhood, and self-discovery inspired the City Love trilogy.

excerpt

This Barnes & Noble Readout from the first chapter of Lost in Love gives you a hint of what happens after City Love. Spoiler alert!

audiobook

Are you an audiobook person? Listen to an excerpt of Lost in Love here.