Serena has known for some time what she would do with her life, While Serena struggles to hold tightly to the path she has set for herself, but when her boyfriend of 6 years leaves her (and her plans) in the dust, James tempts her with both his body and his wild ways.
In Found in Us, Serena’s best friend and roommate Jessica finds herself repeatedly thrust into social situations with James’ cousin, Parker, to whom she is undeniably attracted. However, Parker has already turned her down once, and Jessica has trust issues with men, so her defenses are up, despite the advances Parker has begun making.
I loved that the theme of salvation and self-realization was continued from the first installment in the series, and, in particular, I was impressed by the way Hagen incorporated London’s geography (old city and new city) and the London Eye into the developing relationship between Jessica and Parker.
With the third installment, Caught in Us, Hagen returned to the quality of writing seen in the first book, Lost in Us, and I was once again captured by the story. In fact, this may have been my favorite of all three.
Caught in Us, begins during the senior year of high school for James’s little sister, Dani. A self-proclaimed nerd who has been granted early acceptance to Oxford, contingent on upkeep of her grades, Dani is also lonely and inexperienced. Her parents barely pay attention to her, she’s never been kissed, and she has no date to the prom. Overall, things look pretty bleak, and Dani isn’t quite sure how to turn them around. Until Damon walks into her English class—and her life.
On the surface, Damon is a bad-boy who doesn’t care about anyone or anything. But Dani sees beyond that from the beginning, and she and Damon begin a beautiful relationship that also causes a downward spiral in Dani’s good girl image.
I loved everything about Damon from the moment he stepped into the story. He is the whole package—depth, sweetness, danger—and he treasures Dani, which I think is something most women want to feel. And to hear the words he speaks to her? Now that is panty-melting in its own special way.