Layers by Sigal Ehrlich
Publication date: October, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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…
*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you, Sigal!*
When I read the blurb for “Layers”, I was really, really excited about it. I wanted to read it because Hayley sounded awesome. I love heroines that know how to stand up for themselves. So I signed up for the blog tour and received my copy. And started reading it.
Man, I SO loved “Layers”! It was pure awesomeness!! It’s that book that you know it’s not the best book you’ve read, but you still love it.
I read “Layers” in more than a week, which is crazy, because I loved the book. BUT life got in the way and I had school and rehearsals and you know, friends and boyfriend and everyone wanted my opinion about something. So I couldn’t read as much as I wanted to. I had only an hour available for reading, but my mind was often to the characters. I couldn’t wait to finish my day and be in bed and read more of Daniel and Hayley.
As I said, “Layers” isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but I still loved it. It has something very captivating in it. Some kind of atmosphere that makes you want to read until you reach the last page. It’s very engaging and the author has a way of making the world around you disappeaar.
Hayley, you are awesome! Jee, she’s awesome! I loved her! Probably one of my favorite characters ever. She’s one of those female characters with a badass attitude. She’s smart, she doesn’t care about what people think or say, she knows how to stand her ground, she knows what she wants and she fights for it. She’s ironic, mouthy and charming. Loved her.
Ian! Ian, my love, I am in love with you! But as a friend! Seriously, he’s cool, really cool. I loved him. I need a friend like him, because a friend like Ian can always lift you up. Such an amazing personality that he’s got!
Oh, and Tasha! She’s such an amazing friend! I’ve always wanted a friend like her! Yup, she’s very loyal and protective! J
This book got me from the beginning. Ever since I read the first word I knew I would have a great time reading it and I knew I was completely hooked. Hayley was partially the reason why I liked the books from the beginning: she’s very different as a character and I wanted to find out her story. When she met Daniel, I knew something was going to happen between them. They had an “insta-chemistry” between them and that chemistry made me want to read.
The scene in the kitchen is probably one of my favorite scenes ever. I loved the dialogue – it’s funny, flirty and cocky. I loved Hayley’s attitude: she stood her ground, didn’t get scared of the man that was trying to make her uncomfortable and she was very mouthy and flirty. Daniel was really cool, too. I could never guess who he actually was and why he was there. He was very flirty, charming and funny too, just like Hayley. There was a spark between them and I knew they are meant to be. It might sound crazy to talk this way about two characters, but yeah, you can see how connected I feel with the characters.
Speaking about this… a great thing about “Layers” is that you feel really connected with the characters, even from the beginning. As I said before, Hayley made me read this book. I felt really connected to her – like she was my best friend. On the other side, Daniel is a little bit more difficult to read and understand. He’s really mysterious. You can’t understand him easily. But this makes the book even more interesting and captivating.
I have to recognize that sometimes the pace was a little bit too dragged and it bored me. But yeah, whenever I felt bored, Daniel would make an appearance and everything would go back to being interesting.
Hayley and Daniel’s relationship was sweet and hot in the same time. They are like magnets. I loved them together. They are perfect for each other and I seriously think they are meant to be. You could cut their chemistry with a knife. Besides, I like the way Daniel treats Hayley. And their love was almost palpable. It didn’t even bother me when they confessed their love for each other after 50%.
There is a huge plot twist that made me love this book even more. And that ending? THAT ENDING?! THAT CLIFFHANGER?! UGH I AM SO ANGRY WITH THAT CLIFFHANGER! I want to read the sequel now! The book and the ending leaves you with so many questions (well, maybe not so many. 3 or 4.) and you just want to read the sequel because you’re really attached to the characters and you want those answers and you want to know what happened with Hayley and Daniel. Ugh can I have the sequel like right now?!
The emotions are really well described. Especially near the end. The pain feels real. Loved this thing.
All in all, “Layers” was probably the best book I’ve read this year (read 3 so far!) . It has an atmosphere that keeps you hooked, a main character that will make you clap and a really nice love story that will make you sigh and smile. I loved the writing style and I desperately need to read the sequel! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Rate: 5 stars out of 5
About the author:
By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she had the luck to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids.
Not exactly sure where they will end up next…
When she is not hiding in her office, writing, she enjoys music, reading and taking care of her little clan.
With a great believe in “don’t wait for things to happen – make them happen,” she enjoys anything exciting life has to offer.