Contemporary Romance

Review: Layers

Layers
Layers by Sigal Ehrlich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Fairy tales do happen… the slutty princess who did not believe in love, who used to take advantage of innocent men, who finally got enchanted by a handsome, slightly deranged prince… They’re both committed to an asylum in a faraway kingdom, doing it like bunnies till the end of days.”

So if that’s not enough to classify this as a savvy, sexy yet sweet story about two people meeting by feisty chance

Some of the coffee manages to spill on my white blouse… I murmur “Fuck me,” under my breath.
“Is that a request?”
Standing there is the very picture of hot, tall and sinful.

and exploring their connection because they find in one another more than amusement and instant chemistry, they discover in each other what they weren’t looking for much less thought they wanted or needed I don’t know what is.

Although I really enjoyed Daniel and Hayley’s interactions and the appearance her best friends Ian and Tasha, I was a bit disappointed at the halfway mark because other lots of cheeky and carnal exchanges, I knew very little about our hero and heroine other than the fact that Daniel is a mercurial domineering and impulsive man and Haley just didn’t believe in love. Not that this bothers me at all. Their sweet and tender moments were perfect and led them to a deeper connection. And we do eventually find out more about the recluse and witness how he converts Hayley into a love believer in his very unique Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde way.

“Too deep, too emotional, too cosmic, too manic, too compatible. Just like a pair of gorgeous termites.”

But as all fairytales, their swift and torrid relationship comes to a halt, mostly due to a problem of their own making through lack of communication and distrust. I thought I would be disappointed in Hayley predicting a girl induced irrational and stubborn tantrum, but I’m glad I was proved wrong. Together with her friends she put her feelings into words and gave a logical explanation to her emotions. The down side to this is that she resolved to lead with her head and not risk her heart by keeping Daniel at arm’s length and leaving us in a cliffhanger.

We are left with Daniel’s solid determination to get her back in what I foresee as a very enjoyable second half of their story.

** I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. **

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