Layers by Sigal Ehrlich
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
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-absorb, 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…
Book Review ~ ‘Layers’ by Sigal Ehrlich ~ 5 Stars!
I’m not new to the fictional world of rich business men and strong girls who keep them on their toes, but there was something about ‘Layers’ that made this book seem so much more real to me than some of the others like it in this genre. ‘Layers’ was a really well crafted story that brought into play a number of real-life issues that made the storyline seem more realistic and relatable to the reader.
Starting with the main characters, I clicked with them straight away, which really highlights Sigal Ehrlich’s talent as an author, for she was able to have the main characters do things that we may not agree with, but still sympathise with them afterwards. We are first introduced to Hayley when she leaves a club with her planned one-night stand, and although I felt saddened that Hayley was acting in such a way, knowing already that she deserved better, I really felt her pain when her senses returned to her and the obvious emotional scarring from her past left her unable to follow through with going home with the man. I empathised with her immediately, and liked how we saw her emotional issues fight against her mind, causing her to retreat home on her own, fearful of continuing on the path she’d set out on. Natasha was a great best friend who gave some of the more emotional parts of the novel become slightly more light-hearted, bringing reprieve to the reader and to Hayley, which I absolutely adored. The author has exceptional talent in creating a perfect balance of raw emotion and heart-warming humour.
And now I come to Mr. Stark. Oh, well what can I say about our lovely Daniel. At first he started off as the egotistical company owner which I hoped I would grow to like, but I had no idea how much I would connect to him as a character. I loved how well matched he and Hayley were despite their obvious differences. From the start, the sarcastic yet flirty rapport they had with each other had me laughing and swooning in equal measure.
But there was something about Daniel as a person that really drew me in. He originally makes his intentions clear to Hayley by having sex with her whilst purposely avoiding kissing her, and I really admired Hayley for telling him that she wouldn’t accept his proposal of no-feelings-of-any-kind-allowed-at-all-EVER sex as I really loved her sticking up for herself and basically telling him that she deserved better than that. But despite all this, the reason that I held out hope for Daniel was because of his determination to make his relationship with Hayley right again. It’s all too often in books that the sexy alpha male hero seduces the heroine with sweet words and ‘sexy time’ that the issues that caused the separation are just ignored for a while. But Daniel made a real attempt to understand Hayley’s feelings. He moved past some of his own barriers and issues and tried his hardest to make it up to Hayley on her own terms. I really admired him for that which is why I know that these two are the perfect couple.
The drama in this novel was perfectly paced. Little issues cropped up throughout and I liked that Daniel and Hayley mostly worked them through as they came up, not letting them grow into pointless arguments. Being vague to avoid spoilers, I really liked how Hayley stood up for herself after a horrible incident happens between her and Daniel and tells him that under no certain terms that she deserves someone who trusts her wholly. It gave the ending to the first book of the series a wonderful starting point for the future, in which they must build up their trust in each other, as that is the most important thing to them.
And wow, that ending! I was absolutely heartbroken for Hayley, as the only person she needed in her utter devastation was Daniel. I can’t wait to see Daniel come to save the day… and I know he will. He HAS to…umm…right?? Please? 😉
‘Layers’ was the start of a beautiful love story, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
ARC kindly provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunity in exchange for an honest review.