Review: Layers by Sigal Ehrlich

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Layers (Stark, #1)
Title: Layers (Stark #1)
Author: Sigal Ehrlich
Date of Publication: October 10, 2013
Genre: contemporary adult 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-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…

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and Sigal Ehrlich for the signed review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I feel really bad that I didn't enjoy this as much as I would like since I even received a signed paperback as a review copy all the way from I think Germany? Especially with how I think that the only reason I didn't connect with this novel - and I only learned it while reading LAYERS and reading other reviews - was because I am apparently not fond of billionaire novels. Maybe it's just me who didn't quite like LAYERS because the reviews I've read were all glowing and called it a great billionaire novel. Then I realized that the problem's with me and not the book.

First, this is my first billionaire novel. And said billionaire in the story, Daniel Stark, irritated me. I don't mind assholes if they're assholes to everyone. Hey, that's your attitude, can't do anything about it. But if you're a boss, the CEO to a big company, and you're an ass, oh good lawd, stop me from strangling someone. Daniel Stark was the epitome of the rich-guy-who-is-so-good-he-cannot-fathom-us-normal-earthlings who was such a mean boss. Then he goes all sweet on Hayley and HEY, how can you be so two-faced? Well, I guess, when you're trying to get inside someone's pants and/or you love said girl, you can be sweet to her and be a jerk to everyone. Fine, he's also good to his mother but ANYWAY, I just can't stand mean bosses.

Aside from Daniel, Hayley's characterization didn't sit well with me as well. She was supposed to have been a no-strings-attached kind of girl before but I couldn't pick that up from her actions and thinking. The story begged her to be that girl but her actions spoke otherwise. I just couldn't reconcile her characterization with her actual character.

Daniel was domineering and I had flashbacks to Fifty Shades of Grey. While this book is not erotica, it still had steam and some sensual and sexual scenes but there was nothing graphic. Then there's that bit about predictability. I know, I should not expect when reading a book but every action these characters took was the same from all the books I've read before. This is my first billionaire novel, yes, but I guess formulas are universal because that's what I got.

Dump be the bit where it's also a series and I just couldn't stand behind reading a series where I have a vague idea what's going to happen. Do take my thoughts with a grain of salt because like I said, fans of billionaire novels did enjoy this book. So if you dig dickwad billionaire bosses, you might enjoy this book. If not, maybe you can try for yourself. As for me, I'm out!

So thank you Sigal for the wonderful message on the copy you sent me and I'm really sorry for not liking your book. I do admit though that your writing was good and that it's completely me and not you in this case. What I did like about the book was it constantly incorporated songs into the narrative - what was playing at this moment and so on. With that, it actually inspired me to make a playlist for the book! Go check it out here!

About Sigal Ehrlich

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.

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