Stark Series #1
Publisher: Telemachus Press (Oct. 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: eBook (299 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)
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…
At A Glance
Wow, so disappointed. What was the point of this book? I still don’t know.
This book would have been one star if not for the ending. The ending actually made me want to read the next book in the series. Hard to imagine, right, after giving this book 2 stars? But I liked how it ended on a cliffhanger (not a huge one, mind you). Even though I had so many problems with this book, the ending worked for me. It was the only exciting part of the book. Well, wait, I did love the first part of the book too. It really drew me in right away. Hayley and Daniel had some silly fun in the beginning chapters that just had me grinning like a dork.
Layers was the manifestation of nothingness. I guess you can call it a romance but a bare minimum romance. The plot consisted of Hayley and Daniel getting together…and that’s it. If you want to spend 300 pages of watching a somewhat normal relationship manifest, be my guess, but from experience I can say it’s effing boring. NOTHING HAPPENED. There was literally no surprises or big drama until the last eight percent of the book, and even then I wasn’t that ‘OMG’ed’ by the whole situation.
Then we have the cast of characters. Bleh! Hayley, Daniel, and most of the other characters were so underdeveloped it was ridicules. They were all so one-dimensional. This affected my feelings for the romance. Maybe there was some cute moments between Hayley and Daniel, but I just couldn’t figure out why these two got together. Hayley was average in every way and Daniel was an asshat to everyone, even Hayley on occasion. I didn’t understand how anyone could love someone that could treat other people so horribly.
I could go on about the things I didn’t like about this book but these are the three main things that annoyed me and why beat a dead horse, you know?
Worst. Sex Scenes. Ever! I was so bored during the sex scenes that I started skipping them one-third into the book. You guys know how important sex scenes are to me. 😉 In Layers they were all glossed over but tedious at the same time. I just wanted them to be over. Then again, it could be that I just didn’t like the couple and it affected my perception.
I didn’t see the appeal of this book. Nothing happened and the characters were BORING. But, oddly enough, I am kinda interested to see what is going to happen next. Jeeze, I am so conflicted. For now, I would not recommend this book.
“Hales,” he purrs quietly with closed eyes, his nose grazing my flesh. “I am so yours, more than I’ve ever been mine.”
“I can always take them off if they’re an issue.”
“If you put it that way I think all of your clothes are a major issue, Hayley. For f*ck’s sake, get rid of all of these issues.”
“In the comfort of my room, in front of god, myself, and my immaculate collection of shoes, I declare tonight the swan song of my sordid lifestyle. No more. I am not marching on that path, ever again.”