TITLE: Layers (Stark #1 Series)
AUTHOR: Sigal Ehrlich
GENRE: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
*** Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review***
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…
Layers by Sigal Ehrlich, a familiar read in this genre as of late, is another ‘extremely wealthy bachelor meets young beautiful girl and have wild and crazy sex’ romance storyline, which has many similarities to the some well-renowned books in the market place only a milder version.
Layers protagonist, Haley Grace Aka Hales is a young, beautiful, outspoken girl about to start her career. While accompanying her best friend Natasha to her orientation day at Stark Software Technologies, Haley accidently and unknowingly meets the dark, gorgeous and broody Mr Daniel Stark. As you might have guessed, Hayley makes a lasting impression on Daniel and one thing leads to another. At first their relationship is just pure lust – and sex – with no strings attached, until you guessed it, they quickly come to the conclusion they can’t do no strings attached since they are actually falling in love with each other.
Once I started reading this book I realized how many books I have read lately with this similar formula. I couldn’t get into this story as much as I hoped to, having to keep putting the book down and coming back to hoping to find some connection, but I struggled. I feel the plot and the characters lacked depth and content, which made the story drag. The main focus of the plot was centered on the mundane issues in any new relationship, there were no character pasts or secrets revealed and no real conflict in the story, and the so called conflict in the story, for me, fell very flat.
This is obviously a series and I found nothing really happened in this installment, which is a shame being the first book, you would think Ehrlich would want to hook the reader into the plot and characters in order to engage them into the series? But maybe she is leaving all her hidden aces in the new installment? Because the ending of the story was a HUGE disappointment for me, it just ended – no cliffhanger – just ended, so you need to read the next book to have some resolution to the story and characters.
The characters were ok but once again struggled to connect with any of them. Hayley was relatable but I found there was way too much inner monologue. I feel Ehlrich did this to try and express Hayley’s humourous personality, but I feel she was trying too hard. Daniel’s character was mediocre, I wanted more depth, mystery and baggage to him. I really didn’t like or connect with Tasha’s character, yes she was a good best friend towards Hayley but the way she was portrayed – having a affair with her boss who is already in a relationship – and stating that being in a existing relationship is “his” problem not hers – yep not my type of character.
The best character in this story for me was Daniels mother, straight away I liked and felt a connection. She felt real and her presence in the story was my favorite part not to mention my favorite quote of the book;
You need to think hard about what and how much is really enough. Once you find that out; it’s what makes you live in sheer bliss. Till then, there is constant doubts.
I actually took a moment to ponder this quote.
Even though I have stated quite a few negatives, I feel it just a sign that I need to move on from this particular genre but if you enjoy this genre and are not over this familiar storyline you will enjoy this story, just make sure you have book two ready to go!