Book Review: Getting Lost (The Island Book One) by Marie Morgan

Getting_Lost_The_Island_Book1_MarieMorgan_SFWTitle: Getting Lost (The Island, Book One)

Author: Marie Morgan

Genre: Erotica, Novella

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Cicily Welling lost everything she cared about. On a dangerous path of self-destruction, she finds a website announcing The Island, saying how they can help those with “emotional problems.”

With much trepidation, she fills out the form and clicks submit, launching herself into a world she never knew existed. It all starts with him. He tells her she’ll heal and makes grand promises that she’ll never be a doormat again.

Now, getting lost is the only way she’ll be able to find herself. In this first book of The Island trilogy, Cicily finds out just how delicious getting lost can be.

First of all, Getting Lost is the first book in The Island series, and it’s a novella. It’s been a while since I read erotica, and I forgot how enjoyable it can be. The plot is well-constructed and shows how the heroine gradually lets go of control, and of all her problems. Some parts were skipped over a little too easily though, and there’s definitely no sign of true romance, even though the main character insists being in love with one of the other characters and several secondary characters insist they’ve fallen for her.

Cicily Welling’s life was turned upside down when her parents and little brother passed away in a car accident, and her boyfriend turned out to be cheating on her. She’s been trying to find the pieces of her life back, but it’s been hard. When she gets in touch with someone saying he can help her, he talks about The Island, a place that can help those with emotional problems. Unaware of what she’s signing up for, Cicily leaves for The Island.

The Island however, is kind of like a haven for people who are into bondage, the dom/slave relationship, and all that. It’s all about letting go – of problems, of pain, of control. I was wondering how legal it would be to advertise a place like that with nothing more than saying it’s a place where you can heal and get help for your emotional problems, but either way, it actually works as some sort of catharsis for Cicily.

However, even as the book progresses, she still struggles with giving up control. What follows are some extremely hot scenes, relationships being explored, and the slow struggle for Cicily to give up control and let go of her problems.

The book was written well, and the pacing was fast, but not too fast. I’m still wondering how letting go control will help Cicily deal with her troubles, but I’ll guess we’ll learn more about that in the second book in this series.

There was one thing that annoyed me though. The declarations of love. Cicily falls in love with one of the other characters on the island. He supposedly falls in love with her as well, but so do certain others. It all seems too easily, like “I love you” really means “I’m attracted to you”. The latter would’ve worked great for me, or maybe even “I want you”, or something along those lines, but “I love you?” Doesn’t really fit the bill of what they’re trying to say.

Apart from that, this was an excellent read. I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Cicily.


  1. I’m so excited you enjoyed my book! Even more thrilled that you’re awaiting the next book! Some mysterious and exciting things are coming for Cicilly. Thank you for your review! ~ MM


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