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My name is Maya, and I'm not the same girl I was a month ago. There is an emptiness I carry around in my chest now. A broken heart caused by grief. There are also dark nights where I have trouble breathing as I feel the heavy weight of loss rushing through my veins, painful moments where I can remember my entire being scream in agony as I held onto my father's cold, lifeless My name is Maya, and I'm not the same girl I was a month ago. There is an emptiness I carry around in my chest now. A broken heart caused by grief. There are also dark nights where I have trouble breathing as I feel the heavy weight of loss rushing through my veins, painful moments where I can remember my entire being scream in agony as I held onto my father's cold, lifeless hand. Then there is always a hero to every story, isn't there? A hero who I despised from the moment he opened his mouth. His name is Alexander. He is my inevitable I never expected to find. The one my broken heart leads me to. His existence, his touch, everything he did to make my pain bearable will leave a mark on me forever. Yet, I know that when I'm gone, he'll only remember me as a fading memory.


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My name is Maya, and I'm not the same girl I was a month ago. There is an emptiness I carry around in my chest now. A broken heart caused by grief. There are also dark nights where I have trouble breathing as I feel the heavy weight of loss rushing through my veins, painful moments where I can remember my entire being scream in agony as I held onto my father's cold, lifeless My name is Maya, and I'm not the same girl I was a month ago. There is an emptiness I carry around in my chest now. A broken heart caused by grief. There are also dark nights where I have trouble breathing as I feel the heavy weight of loss rushing through my veins, painful moments where I can remember my entire being scream in agony as I held onto my father's cold, lifeless hand. Then there is always a hero to every story, isn't there? A hero who I despised from the moment he opened his mouth. His name is Alexander. He is my inevitable I never expected to find. The one my broken heart leads me to. His existence, his touch, everything he did to make my pain bearable will leave a mark on me forever. Yet, I know that when I'm gone, he'll only remember me as a fading memory.

30 review for Lost Prelude

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁

    ***** 5 AMAZING STARS ***** Wow... I'm speechless. I feel like I found a hidden gem. This book was written beautifully. It was so moving and breathtaking. Tears fell when I was only a few chapters in. Maya goes to New York to fulfill her father's last wish. This wish was to contact her uncle. In New York, she stayed in her father's favorite hotel, which had a piano in the lobby full of beautiful memories. A panic attack came over Maya as a song played. A song that was played by her father every da ***** 5 AMAZING STARS ***** Wow... I'm speechless. I feel like I found a hidden gem. This book was written beautifully. It was so moving and breathtaking. Tears fell when I was only a few chapters in. Maya goes to New York to fulfill her father's last wish. This wish was to contact her uncle. In New York, she stayed in her father's favorite hotel, which had a piano in the lobby full of beautiful memories. A panic attack came over Maya as a song played. A song that was played by her father every day in memory of her mother. Alexander noticed the pain in Maya and helped her during her panic attack. He had his own demons with his ex-wife. The story doesn't explain what exactly happened between the two, but it was obvious that he was still struggling. The chemistry between Maya and Alexander was inevitable. They comforted each other and made each other stronger. I can't wait to continue their story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tanu Gill

    It was just so-so. Nothing special about either. Rather, there was a whole lot of rush in the built-up of lust and interest from both sides.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dominika

    It was too short to be believable. They hated each other for no reason, than they were nice to each other for no reason and than they slept together. I didn't really feel the connection especially from the hero's side. He slept with different women every night end even the heroine knew it because she was in the hotel room right next to his. It just seemed too unbelievable for him to suddenly change that just after 4 or 5 days that he knew the heroin. It works in some books but it didn't feel bel It was too short to be believable. They hated each other for no reason, than they were nice to each other for no reason and than they slept together. I didn't really feel the connection especially from the hero's side. He slept with different women every night end even the heroine knew it because she was in the hotel room right next to his. It just seemed too unbelievable for him to suddenly change that just after 4 or 5 days that he knew the heroin. It works in some books but it didn't feel believable in this one to me. What I liked was how believable the grieving process was and how the heroine was or wasn't dealing with her dad passing. It gave the book quite a depressing tone but I could really see how much the heroine loved her father. Overall I liked this book although it wasn't anything special. I will pick up other books by this author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Irina Elena

    I don't really know why I read this book. I haven't read this kind of thing in years, and it's not like I felt a particular urge to go back to it last night. I just saw it and my brain went Hey, this is a thing people read, reading is fun, let's read it. It's... okay, it's not a good book. I didn't exactly have the time of my life reading it - I just kind of floated through it until the end and then found myself not really knowing how to feel about it. On one hand, it's got some originality to it, I don't really know why I read this book. I haven't read this kind of thing in years, and it's not like I felt a particular urge to go back to it last night. I just saw it and my brain went Hey, this is a thing people read, reading is fun, let's read it. It's... okay, it's not a good book. I didn't exactly have the time of my life reading it - I just kind of floated through it until the end and then found myself not really knowing how to feel about it. On one hand, it's got some originality to it, something that doesn't feel like it's been done over and over again, even though it has a fairly typical structure. The fact that Maya, the protagonist, meets Alex just as she is trying to get over her father's death allows for an interesting exploration of the way an intense crush and overwhelming grief can interact (although it could've been explored a lot better). Also, the atmosphere the author created - that feeling of being in a luxury hotel surrounded by people who are used to being in a luxury hotel, Maya's utter loneliness, her perceived lack of control over herself and everything surrounding her - is very well done. On the other hand, this is vaguely 50SoG-y, and that doesn't really work in its favor as far as I'm concerned. Alex is domineering, insistent and slightly creepy, and even though his mysteriousness makes me curious to know more, I would also very much like to slap him in the face. He's incredibly attractive, thanks, I get that, but I can't really perceive his charm, the things about his personality that make him attractive, other than the fact that he can take full control just when Maya needs it. The problem is the fact that he also does it when Maya really doesn't need it, and although she talks a big game, when it comes down to it she's pretty spineless, except for her final decision at the end, which is obviously just a big reader-torturing ploy. Furthermore, her relationship with her father kind of weirded me out. I have parents, I get parental love, I'm not some heartless robot. I understand her pain. But at the same time, the fact that she was completely dependent on him and still considers him, and I quote, her whole world is vaguely unsettling. Now, if the author were willing to explore this as a potential issue, something that Maya might need to work through and fully understand herself, that'd be crazy cool. But let's be realistic here - that's not gonna happen. Meh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dayreader Reviews

    I really don't think, I have ever been moved more, by a book, than I was by Lost Prelude. Ella Maise is a rising star, in the book world, Lost Prelude is only her second book. Her writing flowed smoothly and this was so original. It was deep, emotional and conveyed everything I felt when I lost someone who meant everything to me. This is not only an epic love story between Maya and Alexander but, this is also about Maya losing a part of herself. When the book opens up, Maya is in New York, prepar I really don't think, I have ever been moved more, by a book, than I was by Lost Prelude. Ella Maise is a rising star, in the book world, Lost Prelude is only her second book. Her writing flowed smoothly and this was so original. It was deep, emotional and conveyed everything I felt when I lost someone who meant everything to me. This is not only an epic love story between Maya and Alexander but, this is also about Maya losing a part of herself. When the book opens up, Maya is in New York, preparing to meet her uncle. She was worn completely out, had to change hotel rooms twice, and she was without the only person she cared about. She was losing herself in grief. Maya had lost her only person. The one person she had, that was hers. She was an only child, her mother died during childbirth and her father never remarried. He was all that she had. The scene that Ella wrote between Maya and her father took me right back to when I lost my grandmother 5 years ago, she was my person. That emptiness in the pit of my stomach and the tears, she brought it all back. I couldn't sleep last night and I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the book. Thankfully Ella transitioned well and got back with the love story and I was able to get myself back together. When I think back on that now, that is a sign of a truly good book. She provoke the feeling, and the she transitioned to the next topic. The love story was an unique one, it was lovely. I loved how Maya held herself back just a little, not to let herself get hurt. She didn't give herself fully, even when she needed him desperately to take away all the pain. This was just so beautiful. This book was different and I would love feed back on what other think. This would be a great book for book clubs, I can see so many discussion questions. I so hope Ms. Maise will join Waking Up Indie, so we can do the author discussion with her. This book needs to be read and shared. 5 stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Snigdha Prakash

    This author keeps on reminding me that why I love her so damn much. It is amazing to see an author outdoing herself with every book I get hands on. So Lost Prelude is a small read but that does not mean that it is not intense and full of a ride that you just might drown in. Beautifully written and magnificently executed, the book reveals just enough and leaves enough mystery for the reader to get hooked onto the second book. I'm actually itching to start the next one. I liked the characters a lot. I This author keeps on reminding me that why I love her so damn much. It is amazing to see an author outdoing herself with every book I get hands on. So Lost Prelude is a small read but that does not mean that it is not intense and full of a ride that you just might drown in. Beautifully written and magnificently executed, the book reveals just enough and leaves enough mystery for the reader to get hooked onto the second book. I'm actually itching to start the next one. I liked the characters a lot. I think individually and together, Alexander and Maya were pretty good and beautifully portrayed by the author. I can't keep writing this. I need to start the next part. Guys, give this a try. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Enjoyed this story. Both characters are intriguing. For some reason Maya won't tell Alexander where she is from and he can't place her accent. I found it odd Maya had given the hotel where they meet a fake American address. Alexander is mysterious. He also has an interfering ex wife. Maya and Alex begin a sexual relationship but she has made it clear she is leaving in ten days. Ends on a small cliff hanger but concluding book is already published. I read this for free on Kindle Unlimited after en Enjoyed this story. Both characters are intriguing. For some reason Maya won't tell Alexander where she is from and he can't place her accent. I found it odd Maya had given the hotel where they meet a fake American address. Alexander is mysterious. He also has an interfering ex wife. Maya and Alex begin a sexual relationship but she has made it clear she is leaving in ten days. Ends on a small cliff hanger but concluding book is already published. I read this for free on Kindle Unlimited after enjoying another book by this author 'To Love Jason Thorn', which was good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melyssa Winchester

    Title: Lost Prelude Author: Ella Maise Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance Series or Standalone: Series (Alexander & Maya #1) Rating: ★★★★★ Review This book took me by surprise. Having never read this author before, I had no idea what I was going to be in for when I started to read, only going strictly based on the pull of the cover and the story of a girl desperately in need of healing, after losing one of the most important people in her life. By the time I finished the story, I had gotten that a Title: Lost Prelude Author: Ella Maise Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance Series or Standalone: Series (Alexander & Maya #1) Rating: ★★★★★ Review This book took me by surprise. Having never read this author before, I had no idea what I was going to be in for when I started to read, only going strictly based on the pull of the cover and the story of a girl desperately in need of healing, after losing one of the most important people in her life. By the time I finished the story, I had gotten that and so much more. The memories were by far the hardest for me to get through while reading. Not because they weren’t written well, because they were, but because I could see myself in them instead of Maya. The relationship that she has with her father, the undying love and devotion and the loss she experiences when he passes away, I could easily put myself in her shoes, be her because I have that same regard for my own father. There are times where I can’t even imagine breathing again once he’s gone, even though I’m aware that at some point we all have to move on. Just the fear alone of losing him, let alone living after scares me to death and it’s this feeling that made Maya such an incredibly moving character. Enter Alexander. (Yeah I’m gonna be as stubborn about it as Maya was lol). I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of him from the first moment he appears. In fact, there is this air about him throughout most of this book that screams complicated, screams backstory, but you’re kept away from the curtain that would expose it fully. It wasn’t enough to disconnect me though. It was enough to intrigue me. To need to know more. Where at times he comes across as the typical fictional alpha male, there were these other moments throughout where he just melted my damn heart. He cared about Maya despite being unable to completely understand why. He wanted to help her. Heal her. Be there for her. Bring beauty back into her life and by the time I turned the last page, I can say that he did that, even if it was only for a brief period. This story had its fair share of steamy scenes, but what I enjoyed about them more than the steam factor was how they blended into the story and each scene, while raw and sometimes even animalistic with the need presented in it, had it’s place. Every time they were together, it wasn’t just sex. It was feeling and healing and romantic. This is not a happily ever after. In order to get that, I do believe you’re going to need to read both books (which I am now after this review off to do), but it does have epic moments of romance, of love (though not spoken, just clearly visible), and also pain and agony. It’s a combination of the best and worst parts of life and relationships, which for this reader makes it one hell of a read. It wasn’t a pretty book, but it was a beautiful book and I am so glad I took the chance and read it. Now I need to go grab some tissues, have a good cry and attempt to get Maya out of my head.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    A bit on the drama side but it was a nice and easy read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Three Chicks

    Review by Natasha Gentile This book came at me, surprising me. I had no idea that this author was even writing another book. So imagine my joy that it was amazing. I can’t wait for more. My name is Maya, and I'm not the same girl I was a month ago. Meet Maya, a twenty-five year old girl, suffering from the most heartbreaking loss of her life. She has just lost her father, not only was he her father but he was her whole world. They only had each other and they were both okay with that. It was a love Review by Natasha Gentile This book came at me, surprising me. I had no idea that this author was even writing another book. So imagine my joy that it was amazing. I can’t wait for more. My name is Maya, and I'm not the same girl I was a month ago. Meet Maya, a twenty-five year old girl, suffering from the most heartbreaking loss of her life. She has just lost her father, not only was he her father but he was her whole world. They only had each other and they were both okay with that. It was a love so pure it could never end. Until he left her. I let myself go and welcomed the free-fall. As clear as the day, I saw my dad play for his lost love, and I allowed my heart to shatter into a million pieces. At the end what did me in was remembering his face as he turned around and gave me the most heart-breaking smile; filled with so much pain, love and sorrow. Then the world disappeared in front of my eyes. She is now in New York City with emptiness in her chest. An ache in her soul. She has trouble just breathing minute to minute but she has to be there. She made her father a promise and she was going to make sure that she carried it out. While her days are spent searching for the missing piece for her father the nights are spent dark and lonely with the most painful memories of holding her father’s lifeless hand. Then there is always a hero to every story, isn't there? A hero who I despised from the moment he opened his mouth. Meet the man who will want you to climb in your kindle and ball kick him all the way to the moon, Alexander. It was his eyes that had struck something inside me first, though. They were a beautiful shade of haze, blue with brown specks around the iris. It was extraordinary, so vibrant, as if they had a life of their own. There was a different kind of power behind them, a power that could easily render you speechless. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a beautiful smile to match the eyes. Forget about a beautiful one, he didn’t have one at all. He is in her path every step of the way. Berating, arguing, snapping and being the condescending ass that he is. But no matter how much he pushes her buttons, he also sparks her life. He makes her forget. He makes he want to wake up tomorrow instead of drowning today. “Who said we were playing?” “I’m pretty sure that your life is a never-ending play, Alexander. Every move, every decision you make is carefully planned. I doubt you do something without knowing the outcome.” I discreetly glanced at him and saw his body stiffen at my remark. I didn’t want to ruin his night, too, when he was being nice to me on his own, so I changed the subject. She has five days left in New York, five days till she goes back home to her emptiness. She finally gives into him, tries to feel, hopes to feel. He is my inevitable I never expected to find. The one my broken heart leads me to. His existence, his touch, everything he did to make my pain bearable will leave a mark on me forever. The question is what happens when she leaves? Will he let her leave after five days, or will everything be lost in the prelude? I can’t wait for the second part of this story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    CeCe

    This book had it moments. However, I thought that the heroine could be a bit of a b***h at times. I like when a heroine does not give in to the hero right away and knows a player when she sees one. However, her attitude was a bit obnxious sometimes. When Alexander wanted to take her out (piano scene) and she assumed the worst, well I started to assume the worst about her. The flashbacks were unnecessary with Maya's father. I found myself skimming them. Boring. I already got it. She loved and miss This book had it moments. However, I thought that the heroine could be a bit of a b***h at times. I like when a heroine does not give in to the hero right away and knows a player when she sees one. However, her attitude was a bit obnxious sometimes. When Alexander wanted to take her out (piano scene) and she assumed the worst, well I started to assume the worst about her. The flashbacks were unnecessary with Maya's father. I found myself skimming them. Boring. I already got it. She loved and missed her father. Those flashback scenes felt like fillers. Also, the sex scenes were too long. However, I did like the last 20% so I am going to read book 2. I am all about the cliffy/ending. Also, I love when the hero owns the hotel and I do love ex drama.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fanspace Book Blog

    ARC was given via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Lost Prelude is an heartbreaking, sexy, short read. It's a different story than what I'm used to reading, this heroine was broken and when a guy came barreling into her life she wanted nothing to do with him, though granted he was very much an asshole at the start of the book. In Lost Prelude we meet a twenty-five year old woman named Maya who is suffering the most devastating loss of her life. Her mother died during child birth, and ARC was given via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Lost Prelude is an heartbreaking, sexy, short read. It's a different story than what I'm used to reading, this heroine was broken and when a guy came barreling into her life she wanted nothing to do with him, though granted he was very much an asshole at the start of the book. In Lost Prelude we meet a twenty-five year old woman named Maya who is suffering the most devastating loss of her life. Her mother died during child birth, and she has no other family. And now she has just lost her father. Maya and her father had a bond like no other. They had a love that was pure and real. They only had each other in the world...and then he leaves. "My dad...I lost my dad." My voice broke, and hot tears rolled down my face, yet again. "Oh, sweetheart..." he murmured and sighed, pulling my head into his chest. I hung on to him like he was my lifeline, like he was the only person anchoring me to the earth.I gripped his white shirt tighter-staining it with my tears-in my fists and he let me cry my heart out for the most amazing man I'd lost." Next we meet the hero. His name is Alexander. And he is an asshole, plain and simple. "It was his eyes that had struck something inside me first, though. They were a beautiful shade of haze, blue with brown specks around the iris. It was extraordinary, so vibrant, as if they had a life of their own. There was a different kind of power behind them, a power that could easily render you speechless." Alex is somehow always around where Maya is and he always has to have a say in everything. He literally has no filter between his brain and his mouth and that made me want to kill him. But I also loved him for his non-existent filter because whatever he said always rose a reaction out of Maya and she forgot about her father for a split second. Alex made Maya forget, he made her feel like she wasn't grieving for a moment or two. The two start off hating one another, to being low key friends, to being friends with benefits. You think you know where this is leading? If you guessed they fall for each other, you're right. But the thing is she's visiting New York for a few days and then she'll be gone. These two characters were deep, and developed well for a novel this short. It was a beautiful read full of flashbacks of Maya with her father, and her grieving process. Every little bit of this book reached my heart and slowly crushed it. I loved every moment of it. There were some pretty funny one-liners in this novel too such as... "A penis couldn't act like a magic wand and erase my grief completely." My Rating: 5 wonderful stars. ****************************************** Fanspace Book Blog Like my Facebook page Follow me on Twitter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This is a combo review for both Lost Prelude and Lost Heartbeats. No spoilers give but I must state a proclaimer!!.... Lost Prelude MUST be read prior to Lost Heartbeats. They go hand in hand. “I still feel it. Do you?” I choose to read this series by the covers alone. I didn’t pay any attention to the synopsis before I quickly clicked buy and buy. I started reading instantly forgetting my list of reads I try to stick with. I could tell with in the first chapter that I would be telling my bookies This is a combo review for both Lost Prelude and Lost Heartbeats. No spoilers give but I must state a proclaimer!!.... Lost Prelude MUST be read prior to Lost Heartbeats. They go hand in hand. “I still feel it. Do you?” I choose to read this series by the covers alone. I didn’t pay any attention to the synopsis before I quickly clicked buy and buy. I started reading instantly forgetting my list of reads I try to stick with. I could tell with in the first chapter that I would be telling my bookies to read this series and come the end of book one I was do that exact thing. “Maybe at another time this could’ve turned into something.” “I believe it’s already something, Maya” I enjoyed the cat and mouse game. I enjoyed that Maya was strong but when that wall crashed I was thrilled Alexander was there. Lost Prelude was just the kind of start two characters need to hook you so you continue reading. Yes, Lost Prelude is exactly as it sounds, prelude…don’t expect a marriage proposal. But expect a ride that will have you smiling and gripping your legs! “So you aren’t like how you are with me with other people?” “Definitely not.” “God, I like that.” Something that I am fond of beside the connection as the characters fall is angst. I love feeling their love and their power behind it but I also LOVE to feel other things. The angst given, it starts in Lost Prelude but the majority you see in Lost Heartbeats had me one happy camper. Even though I was upset with Alexander at one of the monumental times in his relationship with Maya I loved it all the same. The torn feeling for doing something he had to do compared to what he should have done was felt so vividly. It’s all about the old and new. How to make it work. How to make one the priority. “I missed you. I’m here because of you, and I want to stay because of you. Since the first day I saw you, I’ve been slowly falling for you, and I’ve decided that I’m going to keep you.” Having Alexanders POV in Lost Heartbeats was a prize for me. I had wished for it in Lost Prelude just because I was a greedy reader and wanted in his head. But, now being finished with both, if we had his POV in Prelude the elusiveness of his character wouldn’t have impacted the storyline as it did. I really didn’t want ALL of those answers so quickly. I hate long series about the same couple because 90% of the time book after book after book you lose why you love and fell for those characters and your love for the story is lessoned. I 100% believe with the fantastic writing, the incredibly built characters, and the distinctive falling type of love they have that I really could read more and more of Alexander and Maya. I loved how it all concluded and pleased with how their life has been fulfilled, I just want more. Plain and simple and I must say wanting more rather than screaming make it stop is a huge plus. I fell hard for these characters and their story, I fell for the unique storyline and I fell for the writing that sucked me in. I’m falling for you a little more every time you give me your smile, sweetheart Unforgettable 5 stars!!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I saw the blurb for this book and was intrigued. The last few weeks I have come across some awesome blurbs but then when I download the sample the book falls flat. So I downloaded the sample, one-clicked and devoured in 2 hours. No lie. I am not a fan of cliffhangers...at all. I avoid them like the plague. HOWEVER, I do make the occasional exception and this is one of them. I promise you won't be disappointed. That being said...here's my review. Ella Maise wrote Maya and Alex as these deep, comp I saw the blurb for this book and was intrigued. The last few weeks I have come across some awesome blurbs but then when I download the sample the book falls flat. So I downloaded the sample, one-clicked and devoured in 2 hours. No lie. I am not a fan of cliffhangers...at all. I avoid them like the plague. HOWEVER, I do make the occasional exception and this is one of them. I promise you won't be disappointed. That being said...here's my review. Ella Maise wrote Maya and Alex as these deep, complex characters. You have NO idea where this story is going or how you will get there because she leaves you these breadcrumbs along the way that keep you wanting more. We start off with this overwhelming grief that Maya has. We aren't sure what or who caused the grief, just that she is drowning in it. My heart hurt for her and broke for her and somehow through this writing, Ella made sure that Maya didn't come off as whiny or pathetic. Maya came off as just a lonely person trying to sort through the aftermath of her loss. I loved her and desperately wanted to save her. Alexander Ross is an enigma. We have nothing to go by on him except Maya's perception of him which happens to be spot on for the most part. He is aloof, wealthy and a playboy. We learn that he too is damaged but we have no idea to what extent. What we do see by the end of this book is that he cares about Maya in some way, shape or form. He just doesn't know it or want to admit it. At first I wanted to dislike him but Ella Maise slowly made me love him too. After all the feels, the love and the heartbreak we are left with a sense that Maya did the right thing to save her heart and herself. It did leave me deeply wounded and wanting more and if this book is any indication, we are in for a LOT more feels.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    What I initially loved about Lost prelude was if you had read To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise you will have read about the newer book Olive was writing about Alexander and Maya. You don't need to have read To Love Jason Thorn, but it was kinda cool and original to start Lost Prelude and already have a 'slight clue'. Very clever! I should also add that Lost Prelude is nothing like To Love Jason Thorn. If you are looking for unicorns, rainbows and all things happy, this book is probably not for y What I initially loved about Lost prelude was if you had read To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise you will have read about the newer book Olive was writing about Alexander and Maya. You don't need to have read To Love Jason Thorn, but it was kinda cool and original to start Lost Prelude and already have a 'slight clue'. Very clever! I should also add that Lost Prelude is nothing like To Love Jason Thorn. If you are looking for unicorns, rainbows and all things happy, this book is probably not for you. At times its heart wrenching. I felt so much pain for Maya and as for Alexander and his past too... Well, I did well up a few times. The worst of it, the damn end! Seriously Ella Maise, what are you trying to do to us! I consumed this book on my birthday, it was beautiful and hard to read at times. I just wanted to dive into the book and make everything better for Maya. The story is so sweet and depressing, the characters in depth and enticing and that stories pace, although slow at times, it was also just right. I loved this book even if it did sadden me so much. In comparison to To Love Jason Thorn, they are nothing alike. However, the writing style and detail put into this book cannot be ignored. I am a huge fan of Ella Maise now and definitely will continue to read her work. This was also another free read as its currently available on Amazon Unlimited for Kindle. Highly recommended 4 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book was actual hard to get into for me. I don't know if it was the depressing tone, the very long flashbacks or that I just didn't feel any connection between the main characters. Every time Maya seen Alex she acted disappointed and every time Alex seen Maya he acted like she was beneath him. I never felt lust or even attraction. Then about half way they had sex and I for once seen some vulnerability with Alex and my interest was perked. But Maya was too sad, mad and gloomy character to enj The book was actual hard to get into for me. I don't know if it was the depressing tone, the very long flashbacks or that I just didn't feel any connection between the main characters. Every time Maya seen Alex she acted disappointed and every time Alex seen Maya he acted like she was beneath him. I never felt lust or even attraction. Then about half way they had sex and I for once seen some vulnerability with Alex and my interest was perked. But Maya was too sad, mad and gloomy character to enjoy or even want to continue reading about. All gloom and doom. But Alex, his brother and his ex made it pretty lively. I think I even think that assistant Adam was more interesting. I read reviews about other readers complaining Alex didn't chase Maya. He let her go. I for one disagree. He begged her to stay, he demanded, he sent his assistant to babysit and he went to the airport. What more did she want from the man?! After 10 days if she was expecting him to give his undying love that's insane. I know she had to leave. I get that but I think her expectations on how he should act were too high. Even for Prince Charming! But again the gloom and doom. But I like Alex and I am hoping he gets a hea so off to the next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    This book was different from all others and that's a good thing. It's not a long story but packs a powerful punch. You have Maya who visits NYC to finish something for her dad who passed away recently. She meets Alexander who pushes all her buttons the wrong way. They finally give in to each other but she is only there for a few days so will she stay or go? We are left needing more and only getting Maya's side, I hope we get some Alexander POV in the next one! This book was different from all others and that's a good thing. It's not a long story but packs a powerful punch. You have Maya who visits NYC to finish something for her dad who passed away recently. She meets Alexander who pushes all her buttons the wrong way. They finally give in to each other but she is only there for a few days so will she stay or go? We are left needing more and only getting Maya's side, I hope we get some Alexander POV in the next one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Literati Literature Lovers

    as an amateur storyteller myself, i know how very precious and scary it can be to put your words out for the masses to read. these characters and their lives have become such a vital part of your everyday that you worry about the hands that will now help shape their future. in some ways, it is offering a bit of yourself up for scrutiny and it is therefore tantamount to help support author’s just beginning their careers. i was lucky enough to get a change to read ella maise’s first novel, lost pre as an amateur storyteller myself, i know how very precious and scary it can be to put your words out for the masses to read. these characters and their lives have become such a vital part of your everyday that you worry about the hands that will now help shape their future. in some ways, it is offering a bit of yourself up for scrutiny and it is therefore tantamount to help support author’s just beginning their careers. i was lucky enough to get a change to read ella maise’s first novel, lost prelude. i was hopeful that this story and its author would connect with my heart; and while it was a bit of bumpy start it did not take long for maya to have tears streaming down my face. this is a story of loss and love so profound that you are never sure you will find a way to pick up the pieces. i lived part of maya’s story so vividly that i was easily back to being that lost and broken 16-year old. this is not light summer romance but one of depth and complexity that come with living and scars. i was immersed in the give and take of alexander and maya and i can hardly wait to see what the next portion of their journey entails. my only complaint, as it were, was bits of eluded background that were never addressed. i wanted to know more about alex’s sleazy brother and what occurred in his past relationship that seemed to make him incapable of trusting or moving on. i really hope that when we visit these characters again these questions will be more fully answered. i think ella maise is going to have a long career as she writes stories that eviscerate the very essence of your heart. if such complex characters are her introduction, i am eager to see how each new story will grow and strengthen her voice as a storyteller. as always, these are my own personal opinions and preferences as a reader.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shivangi Rai

    How can you find someone when you are at your worst? How can you believe in a happily ever after after all that you loved is taken from you? The answer is YOU NEED SOMEONE LIKE ALEXANDER ROSS. The brooding asshole who got into Maya's life and changed it. Became her inevitable. P.S: Is this the book that Olive was writing in Ella Maise To love Jason Thorne? (view spoiler)[ Maya comes to New York to work on what her father always wanted. (Late father) he wanted to connect with his brother and beco How can you find someone when you are at your worst? How can you believe in a happily ever after after all that you loved is taken from you? The answer is YOU NEED SOMEONE LIKE ALEXANDER ROSS. The brooding asshole who got into Maya's life and changed it. Became her inevitable. P.S: Is this the book that Olive was writing in Ella Maise To love Jason Thorne? (view spoiler)[ Maya comes to New York to work on what her father always wanted. (Late father) he wanted to connect with his brother and become a family again but she found that not only her uncle is dead but there is no way he can now read the letters her father wrote to him asking for forgiveness and telling him about his life-his love and daughter. What she didn't expect to find was the one man who can change everything for her. He changed all the game plan. Took all her sorrows, let her cry, became her strength. But the time was limited for them. They needed to part and she has to go. And she left Alexander alone to try to piece back what he really thought of her. (hide spoiler)] I now want to know what Alex has to say to this. What his motives and his life is about in the next book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zoey Derrick

    about 2 hours... that was how long it took me to devour this book. half a box of kleenex was required to get me through it. WOW!! Ella Maise is a newer author and certainly new to me. The Book Nuts told me too - it's all Kelley's fault.... and while I am glad she did, she'll be getting a bill for a box of kleenex. Okay so enough about the tears and....yup more tears... I could relate to this book. Though I didn't have quite the emotional attachment to my father as Maya did, it wasn't all that lon about 2 hours... that was how long it took me to devour this book. half a box of kleenex was required to get me through it. WOW!! Ella Maise is a newer author and certainly new to me. The Book Nuts told me too - it's all Kelley's fault.... and while I am glad she did, she'll be getting a bill for a box of kleenex. Okay so enough about the tears and....yup more tears... I could relate to this book. Though I didn't have quite the emotional attachment to my father as Maya did, it wasn't all that long ago that I experienced something very similar, but MAN, what a way to cope. I don't like spoilers... so I won't give you any. This book made me laugh, cry, roll my eyes a few times and even shiver with anticipation of what crazy nonsense Alexander was going to pull next. The Author delivered a magnificent story that had me hooked from 6% going forward and I highly recommend this book to anyone. Oh - yeah there is a cliffhanger - thank god book 2 was out.. because yeah, I stayed up til 2:30 in the morning reading both books! Well Done Ella - you're well on your way!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Mariampillai

    This was a decent read. It follows a young woman named Maya, who is grieving the death of her father. He was the only family she had. She goes to New York and runs into Alexander. They do not see eye to eye in the beginning, but Alexander soon realizes that she is different. He helps mend her broken heart. The story was a bit confusing at times and I thought it lacked in a lot of parts throughout the book. There was no characterization of who the characters actually are. I would like to know mor This was a decent read. It follows a young woman named Maya, who is grieving the death of her father. He was the only family she had. She goes to New York and runs into Alexander. They do not see eye to eye in the beginning, but Alexander soon realizes that she is different. He helps mend her broken heart. The story was a bit confusing at times and I thought it lacked in a lot of parts throughout the book. There was no characterization of who the characters actually are. I would like to know more about Maya and Alexander, which made them flat and not interesting at times. However, I still want to find out if they have a chance at a HEA, so I am ready for Lost Heartbeats, book 2! Overall, an okay book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann

    Somewhere between 3 and 3 1/2 stars. There were glimpses of greatness but I had a hard time with a few things. The heroine was all over the place - I just couldn't get a handle on her character. One minute she's "woe is me" and the next she's spitting barbs at the hero (oh, and then f***ing his brains out). And since there's only the heroines POV she quickly got on my nerves. I'm guessing we'll get the hero's POV in book two (why can't authors just combine them in one book??!!). Much of the dialo Somewhere between 3 and 3 1/2 stars. There were glimpses of greatness but I had a hard time with a few things. The heroine was all over the place - I just couldn't get a handle on her character. One minute she's "woe is me" and the next she's spitting barbs at the hero (oh, and then f***ing his brains out). And since there's only the heroines POV she quickly got on my nerves. I'm guessing we'll get the hero's POV in book two (why can't authors just combine them in one book??!!). Much of the dialog felt stilted. While it's grammatically correct, it isn't how people speak, ya know what I mean? Again, glimpses of great writing and an interesting story line. Will give the second book a go.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Felecia Hickman- amaya

    This is the first book in a long time that completely captivated me from the beginning. From word one I was addicted Alexander and Maya we just perfectly flawed. I found myself sucked into their story. I was reading everywhere I went work, home, red lights , and waiting in traffic I simply could not stop until I finished. I'm so glad I didn't read this until the second book was out I'm not sure my heart could withstand the waiting. This book will make you feel every thing from rage to bliss. It' This is the first book in a long time that completely captivated me from the beginning. From word one I was addicted Alexander and Maya we just perfectly flawed. I found myself sucked into their story. I was reading everywhere I went work, home, red lights , and waiting in traffic I simply could not stop until I finished. I'm so glad I didn't read this until the second book was out I'm not sure my heart could withstand the waiting. This book will make you feel every thing from rage to bliss. It's will take you on a heartbreakingly beautiful journey of loss and love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I really liked this book. The premise is a little weak but oh, so romantic. I have feeling Jackson will be an issue in book 2. I enjoyed the character Adam and aunt Helen. Alex was a douche for a lot of the book...maybe someone else will find him differently. He seems like he could be redeemed???

  25. 4 out of 5

    Avalon

    Very cheesy Can I start by saying the writing was confusing--it needed more editing. We have two immature characters who act like they have no life. Maya is beyond annoying. I often found myself rolling my eyes. I hope Book 2 is better.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tahsin

    This story is really unbelievable. For the vast majority of the book they hate each other - and then they love each other? But they don't, they're just sleeping together. There was nothing to believe here. This story is really unbelievable. For the vast majority of the book they hate each other - and then they love each other? But they don't, they're just sleeping together. There was nothing to believe here.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra Reads

    Really liked it. Although it was too short. Can't wait for more. Really liked it. Although it was too short. Can't wait for more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Morgan

    This is a great book. It's emotional and has a good storyline. I was sucked in to the characters and couldn't put it down until I finished it. This is a great book. It's emotional and has a good storyline. I was sucked in to the characters and couldn't put it down until I finished it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Ella Maise's writing is amazing (no doubt), but I felt like something was missing in the plot. Not sure what but I didn't like ending the book with a missing piece (despite the cliffhanger). Ella Maise's writing is amazing (no doubt), but I felt like something was missing in the plot. Not sure what but I didn't like ending the book with a missing piece (despite the cliffhanger).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachida

    Poeehhh read it in one day. I couldn't put of away. I recognised sooo very much of my own feelings when I just lost my father. The numbnes, the overwhelming pain. The search for something anything just to make it go away. Grief really can be consumming. I really did feel the connection between Maya and Alexander. Only the ' hot ' scenes were'nt somehow real to me. I could not really enjoy them. I think, sorry for me to say this, it wasn't really original. It was... ok, been there done that kind Poeehhh read it in one day. I couldn't put of away. I recognised sooo very much of my own feelings when I just lost my father. The numbnes, the overwhelming pain. The search for something anything just to make it go away. Grief really can be consumming. I really did feel the connection between Maya and Alexander. Only the ' hot ' scenes were'nt somehow real to me. I could not really enjoy them. I think, sorry for me to say this, it wasn't really original. It was... ok, been there done that kind of feeling. Maybe because this is my third book in a row of.Ella. I don't know. But that was the only reason for my rating to.drop to 4. I can't wait to read the next.part

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