Feb 21, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Layers by Sigal Ehrlich #romance

by Sigal Ehrlich

Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Stark #1
Source: Received for free in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating
Where's the plot?

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…(Goodreads)

As far as contemporary romances go, this one is sort of a failure in my book. The beginning wasn't so bad, but that quickly changed. Not only were the characters unlikeable, but there wasn't really a plot and the romance was less than alluring. Let me explain.

Whether good or bad, through the ups and downs, I feel a romance should have a purpose. A place it is meant to end up...even if it means they break up forever. Mind you, I'm quite aware that this is a series and there is more to the story, but like a lot of readers, you have to snag me with the first book. You have to make me believe the romance is worthwhile in the first installment, that way I'm ready to root for the couple throughout the rest of the series.

I'm not rooting for Hayley and Daniel.

First off, Daniel is a bonafide douchebag. Even his love interest Hayley thinks so. I'm a fan of bad boys, yes I am, but Daniel isn't a bad boy. He's just another rich asshole and that is not attractive to me. Hayley calls him a freaking "psycho" on several occasions, but yet, she is madly in love with him. She even has the nerve to be hurt when his psycho-mania gets turned on her at the end of this book. I'm not saying that Daniel didn't have a right to be angry about what happened. He did. But damn dude, give a girl a chance to explain! If after Hayley had explained her side of things, and Daniel still called bullshit, then okay. But to shut her down and treat her the way he did before he could even look at the situation clearly was...well...some psycho shit.

And Hayley...my lord...her inner dialogue was so annoying! Every page we were getting a glimpse inside her head. Wouldn't have minded so much if she had actually been thinking something worthwhile. But no. Half the time she's calling Daniel a psycho (then kissing/screwing him) and the other is just a bunch of unnecessary stuff we didn't need to know. Hayley was utterly dull, as was her BFF Tasha, and not even their other BFF Ian, in all of his wonderfully gay glory, could make them shine. Seriously, he was the only one with a real personality and I did indeed like him.

The romance itself? So blah. The sex scenes weren't even the least bit erotic, but I'm assuming they weren't supposed to be. However, this book could have benefitted from a little sweet n' spicy because there was nothing passionate about Hayley and Daniel's love making. There was one scene when they went on vacation that could have really been awesome, but the author didn't take it there. It's disappointing to say the least.

Plot? Like I said, there wasn't much of one. Hayley spent most of the book trying to break down Daniel's flimsy walls (he's another one of those with daddy issues). Then from there nothing special happens. There's no other woman, there's no career in the way (Daniel owns his company so he does what he wants), he doesn't have a love child, his mom is a gem, Hayley has a good job that she is completely happy with. Basically there's no drama until the end, making the rest of the book kind of pointless. 

*Le Sigh* I really wanted to like this book! Hell, I'm the one that signed up to review it. Sadly, it just didn't cut the cake for me. I wouldn't really recommend this, but I don't discourage reading it. You might see something in it that I don't.

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