Things We Lost (Loving Locksley Book 1) By Shae Banks. I’m a sucker for a second chance type stories and this one didn’t disappoint but it was a bit predictable but I truly enjoyed Nathalie and Jason’s story. Each of them having their own crosses to bare and stories to tell. This is my first read by this author but I’ll definitely be looking for more, the author does a wonderful job of writing a sweet story with characters I really connected with. It’s well written and paced nicely. It’s on the shorter side but that doesn’t hold it back any. I’m glad to give this story a four star review and recommend it. I’m excited to see where the author takes readers next.
This is my first book by Shae Banks. And luckily for me it won’t be my last. The main characters are Nathalie and Jason who knew each other from childhood. They lost touch after high school when Jason left for college, never to return.
This story seems to prove the theory of “it’s a small world”. Some of the events surrounding Nathalie seem to be fate but how do we really know that Jason didn’t have his hands in it. The coincidences seem a little too easy.
Nathalie has a new job and new boss but along comes an old love. The mix seems to be more than Nathalie can handle.
Jason has a point to prove, not only to himself but to his family and to Nathalie. The past is just that, in the past. Things have changed and Jason wants Nat to see that he has changed too.
I am looking forward to reading more from Banks and hopefully this series as well.
This was a book that was easy to get into the story. At least for me since, i love second chance romance novels. So it starts close to the beginning when they “bump” into each other. She does seem a bit bitter about the past and how he ghosted her; but who wouldn’t. He obviously insisted and it does take fruit since they do get involved again. But obviously the story has many pains to overcome before the happy ever after. I love her bestie, her personality is like the best friend you want to have. I love that they both have a failed past, since it makes it feel more realistic. Since everyone wants to move on even if they really never do. Will you be able to join the journey with them?
Things We Lost (Loving Locksley Book 1) written by Shae Banks is the first book I’ve read by this author. This book had strong characters and the story kept me interested to find out what was going to happen. I wasn’t sure which way this book was going to go but we all secretly hope, second chances turn into a happily ever after.
Nathalie Johnson walked into an interview she was overqualified for. She wanted this new job because she was sick of the commute and had no challenge in her current job. She was hired on the spot. When she is goes out to celebrate with her best friend ( pretty much her only friend ) Haylie she runs right into the last person she expected to see, her ex-boyfriend Jason Locksley, someone she hasn’t seen in thirteen years. She is shocked to see him and wants to hate him for how he hurt her in the past but there’s no way to deny the attraction they still have to each other. Jason keeps showing up begging for a chance to explain and finally, Nat agrees to meet him for coffee and then eventually dinner.
Both Nat and Jase have secrets. When your trying to start over, secrets can ruin any chance you have.
When Nat find out part of Jase’s secret, she automatically thinks the worst and doesn’t let him explain.
When Nat’s past comes creeping into her future, who will she turn to? Will she be able to count of Jase for support? Also the connection between Jase and Nat is crazy. Not sure if I’d be able to handle that kind of pressure. I thought this was a great read and couldn’t seem to put the book down. It was a happy, hopeful read I found myself rooting for this second chance romance.
Review by @xchellex
Things We Lost by Shae Banks is the first book of the Loving Locksley series. For some reason I didn’t realize this was the beginning of a series and was quite distressed thinking that my questions weren’t being answered but thankfully this is just the beginning of the series and there is more to come.
Nathalie is starting another new chapter in her life in so many ways and she’s clueless to the depth of the changes to come. She has come so far from her past and keeps on going up. She was not ready to run into Jason Locksley even after twelve years.
I’m trying to be patient to find out what’s going to happen next, especially to see if I’m right in my thinking.
This is a cliffhanger and worth the read.
Things We Lost (Loving Locksley Book 1) by Shae Banks
Let me start by saying, this was such a great book. I love second chance romances, and this one was very interesting. I connected with Nat, I felt for all she had been through. And Jason, I really really liked him. I did, i so did. He explained the past asked for forgiveness and tried to earn her trust back. If the book ended at this point, it still would have been a great read.
But, we get sucker punched, for lack of a better phrase. I didn’t see it coming, I had no idea, no little voice saying “wait for it”, nothing. And then after that, a small scene and then over. Do we get more? Heaven help me I need to know more here and I will be waiting with bated breath and festering feelings as I’m so confused why I feel ok about this books actions! I haven’t felt this way in quite some time. Im on both sides of the fence here and i need to know where to go!
I will be reading more from this author and hopefully we get more dual pov as the small snippet from Jason left me wanting more on his side. Ugh going to dive into some ice cream to drown my traitorous feelings over here lol
Nathalie and Jason were high school sweethearts, until he up and left for university without saying goodbye. Running into each other years later brings with it a possibility at second chances. Nathalie’s past has left her scarred and untrusting. Can she find it in herself to trust Jason or will her past come back to haunt her? The story line was so good and the characters are great! This is the first I’ve read from Shae Banks and I cannot wait for the next book! While it doesn’t end a cliff hanger, you know there is more to come for these two and I need to know what it is!
Things We Lost is the first book in the Loving Locksley series. It tells us the story of a second chance romance between Jason Locksley and his childhood sweetheart Nathalie. Nathalie hadn’t seen Jason since he left her 13 years earlier without looking back. When she bumps into him the same day she gets a new job that will move her closer to home, she is reluctant to rekindle their flame but Jason doesn’t give up easily.
I enjoyed this book although I did keep waiting for a wow moment which didn’t come. The lead characters were well-written and the story moved along at a good pace. I liked the fact that the characters could meet up after many years and try to start again, despite the mistakes they had both made in their life. Nathalie’s straight-talking best friend was a breath of fresh air too, although once Jason came on the scene there was not as much from her.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what Shae Banks has next for the characters.
Things We Lost by Shae Banks a four-star read that you won’t want to lose. I enjoyed this story and the writing but I do have to admit that its not my favourite second chance romance, that being said I cant wait to see more from this author in particular where she will go with the rest of the Loving Locksley series as the writing is good. Nathalie Johnson and Jason Locksley have a good story, its well plotted and is very real, and just like most relationships it ebbs and flows but also there isn’t any fireworks, well not enough to make it memorable. This story shows us great promise.
Review by @saraoxo
Well this was another new author and one of those I went in blind reads. Things We Lost is the first book of the Loving Locksley Series from Shae Banks. I was immediately drawn in by the gorgeous and bold cover. It just screamed “read me!” I must say I was over all pleased with the book and I did enjoy it. I will be back for the next novel in the series and see how things progress. However, this book was just maybe a tad shy of that five star, knock my socks off reads. I kept waiting for that spin or twist that would elevate the story to that level and things stayed relatively fluid and steady from beginning to end. It was a short quick read though so Banks kept it brief and didn’t drag out the usual story line longer than necessary.
Nathalie Johnson never figured she would see Jason Locksley again. He crushed her when he disappeared from her life thirteen years prior to this chance run in she finds herself in. Rather easily she gives into his requests for a second chance, but of course there will be obstacles and old wounds that will need to be healed before they can truly have a chance at true love. Will they ever get their happily ever after? Definitely a solid four-star rainy afternoon read! I look forward to seeing what will come next in the series!