on October 10, 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Romance
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According to Hayley love is a subject of ridicule, a myth created by hopeless romantics.
When Hayley makes a resolution to declare her loose lifestyle era R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…
That is until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected, mid-thirties business man who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships as well as his strict preserve of his private life.
Opinionated, sharp tongued Hayley accidently steps into his office leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed.
Both Hayley and Daniel can’t avoid the immediate instigation of the attraction between them.
In a unanimously agreed upon verdict by Hayley and her two best friends, Ian the gay self-absorbed, aspiring model and Natasha the witty, borderline neurotic soul mate, Daniel Stark is to be Hayley’s pure physical attraction, emotions aside era closure.
Will it indeed be a closure, or a beginning to something neither Hayley nor Daniel ever bargained for…
I think maybe I have a love/hate relationship with this book.
There I said it.
It’s not you it’s me.
Let’s start with what I liked and see if we can make any sense of why I feel this way.
I liked Hayley. I’m a sucker for strong, independent, take no prisoners, own who you are chicks. I liked Hayley’s style not just her dress code but her attitude. She’s fun, she’s sassy, witty, just an all around nice girl/woman.
I loved her friends Natasha and Ian. Although I’m a bit tired of the obligatory gay friend in all my books lately. But Ian is fun and he made me laugh and I like to laugh so I’m giving this gay friend a pass. 🙂 Natasha is also fun and spunky and very similar to Hayley. I liked the banter between the 3 besties.
I LOVED the “first encounter” between Hayley and Daniel. The author really caught my attention at that point. I thought it was hilarious and embarrassing and fun. Albeit a little arrogant on Daniel’s part but still fun. I had really high hopes at this point.
I was super happy that Hayley didn’t fall all over herself to accept a job just because Daniel offered. May sound petty but I was worried it would be another one of those stories about a domineering alpha and a love interest not only in his bedroom but in his workplace.
I also thought the writing was pretty great. Especially for a first time author. Sentences made sense. Things weren’t choppy.
This is where I find myself veering off though.
First I have a question.
When reading, do you ever find yourself hearing the words with an accent in your head?
Oh my goodness that sounds crazy but honestly it makes sense in my head. See there is a particular book that stands out to me. I heard all the characters in my head speaking in their appropriate accents. Can anyone say Lord Jesse from This Man? Maybe it’s because I lived in England. Maybe it’s just because. But I heard every single word of that book in my head clearly with British accents. I loved it.
So where am I going with this? Well this book sounded suspiciously the same way in my head. Even though the story is set in the good ole USA.
This is where I’m wondering if it’s me and not you? Was it the writing? Was it the way the sentences were worded? Was it specific words?
But it bugged me.
I also had trouble with the plot. Like big trouble. See in the beginning of the book I thought Hayley was swearing off all her meaningless one night stands. She was looking for something more stable or nothing or I don’t even know. But she falls head over heels for Daniel pretty much immediately. It wasn’t clear to me what even set her on the original path of one night stands. It’s mentioned one other time when a guy calls and she ignores it and Daniel questions her. But that’s pretty much it.
I also didn’t understand anything at all about Daniel. I mean we’re given bits and pieces (more than Hayley) about his upbringing. We even meet his mother. But we never get a clear picture of the man. He’s absolutely horrible to the people who work for him. I’m shocked anyone sticks around with the way he talks to them. LAWSUIT!!! But not even Hayley questions his behavior towards his employees. I would think workplace morale would be so very low. And his poor assistant. I think she cried way too much. I wouldn’t have stuck around that’s for sure.
Yet Hayley sees him differently. I just didn’t. And that my friends is the problem for me. I can tell you any words you want to hear but unless I convey the meaning behind those words, unless I make you feel them, you won’t get it. You won’t connect to the characters. So as a couple I just didn’t FEEL Hayley and Daniel. I found the plot to be weak and predictable.
So is the plot just about these two hooking up and starting a relationship? Is it about Hayley overcoming something that happened in her past? What about Daniel? The main thing that happens in this book that’s all angst was weak as well. There could have been so much more set up to it. I just felt like there was not enough foundation for the big blow up.
With all of that said I wouldn’t deter anyone from reading Layers. I think it’s a good enough story that people will really enjoy it. I plan on reading and reviewing book 2, Inner Core next if that says anything. If I didn’t like Layers I would definitely not read book 2.
On a side note, there was one blaring mistake that bugged me so bad I was freaking out LOL. It happens at the end of the book and makes no difference in the story. There is a remark that there’s a four hour difference between San Francisco and DC. Yep that’s the error.
So go forth and read Layers. I’d love to know what you all think of it!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*