Book Review: Layers (Stark #1) by Sigal Ehrlich

Layers (Stark, #1)Layers by Sigal Ehrlich


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…

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of course this had to end in a cliffhanger; I wasn’t even surprised. At this point, I’d like to think that I’ve become more immune to such frustrating endings, especially seeing words like End of Book One or To be Continued right at the last page. Whatever. I’m over it already. Really. Ok, I’m probably just trying to convince myself. Ugh!

Anyway, on to my little review. Layers is part of another series involving a gorgeous, demanding, hotshot billioinaire (with a troubled past naturally) and his less fortunate I-don’t-care-about-your-money leading lady. I, for one, am just so glad that we get a heroine who’s not as weak and helpless as all the Anastasia Steele’s of the fiction world. Too bad, Mr. Stark’s no Gideon Cross (in my humble opinion) although he’s pretty much patterned after the likes of him and the rest of the alpha male, Christian Grey heroes sans the BDSM angle.

I enjoyed reading this book even though I slightly rolled my eyes at some dialogues. I’m sure we’ve all pretty much gotten the drill already when it comes to this particular storyline so that’s a normal reaction, I should think. What I really didn’t like though were the abundance of side comments or Hayle’s ‘private thoughts’ (you know, those italicized bits of narrative, whatever you call it). They just seemed silly to me and not always necessary, almost redundant even. Maybe I’m just nitpicking.

Overall, I thought it was a good read. Cliche as it was (I totally anticipated the “big” conflict), it was also hot and intense, and sweet in just about the right places.


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