FicCentral received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours.
Series: Stark #1
Publisher: Telemachus Press on October 18, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
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…
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Haley Grace hasn’t exactly sworn off men for good, but aside from her ridiculously gorgeous gay friend Ian, she doesn’t really have any use for them. Her string of one-night-stands over the years has become tired and empty, and she doesn’t believe in chasing the fairy tale that is love. So when she meets the devilishly handsome, absolutely conceited, entirely too successful Daniel, she’s in way over her head.
Daniel Stark isn’t in a position to have a relationship. Sure, he’s young, smart, and wealthy with lethal good looks, but that’s exactly the problem. Women are more interested in what he has than in who he is, and with the media falling over themselves to get a peek into his personal life, he can’t take his chances with someone who might sell him out. So when he can’t stay away from the challenging, intriguing, altogether beautiful Haley, he has no idea what to do.
If you think you’ve got their story all figured out, think again. This is not the overdone tale of the brooding, guarded-heart tycoon falling for the refreshingly different, underprivileged woman. Instead, it’s the story of a woman who’s pretty damned happy with her life, who happens to meet a man with whom she feels an exciting spark, and who gives love a chance. And unlike the carved-in-stone, condescending, opposed to love hero you may be expecting, Daniel is surprisingly open, sensitive, and capable of sharing his heart. Neither one of them is actually afraid of finding the right person and falling in love; they just don’t think it will ever happen to them.
I’m generally a big fan of book series because I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters I love even after they get their happily ever after or sense of peace or whatnot. Hell, I usually end up pre-ordering each new book in the series at full price, often in that over-priced first-run hardback print, just because I loved the first book so much and am convinced the author’s going to deliver more awesomeness. But when a book comes to an end with a big fat cliffhanger and no actual conclusion to the story? It feels like I just wasted a hell of a lot of time, only to end up completely annoyed and frustrated. It really takes the fun out of an otherwise promising read. While I was reading Layers, I kept thinking, “Wow, I’m soooo gonna recommend this to everyone I know on Goodreads.” Now I kind of wonder if doing so would just be mean. Maybe after the series is finished, provided Haley and Daniel don’t die in a fiery plane crash?
Were it not for the lack of an ending, I have no doubt Layers would be among my five star reads. Right up until the very last word, I was so ridiculously pulled into the story that I avoided unnecessary distractions — like eating dinner or going to bed on time. I loved Haley’s self-confidence and the fact that she refused to let Daniel walk all over her. So many female characters in stories like this allow themselves to more or less be used until they completely crack, so it was nice to see one finally stand up for herself. And Daniel… He may have been a no relationships kind of guy, but he wasn’t stand-offish, and despite his Type A personality, he was sooooo easy to love. Once the next book comes out, and assuming Haley and Daniel’s story is actually concluded this time, I suspect the books will make for great back-to-back reading.