Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Layer (Stark, #1) by Sigal Ehrlich + Review & two [INT] giveaways

This is a Blog Tour stop about the book Layers by Sigal Ehrlich. There's a Review and two [INT] giveaways below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: Layers
Series: Stark, #1
Author: Sigal Ehrlich
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date:  October, 2013
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon, B&N
Synopsis(provided by the author):
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-absorb, 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…

Meet the Author

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.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Review:



[The review is definitely NOT all critiques I swear. I know it sounds like it but have in mind that I’m actually really excited for book two. It came  out a big harsh but the book was highly addictive for me and even though there were things that bugged me, I still enjoyed reading it, A LOT! ]

I am torn about this book. I loved reading it but I also loved critiquing it when something didn’t feel right. 

Let’s start from the beginning. The story is about a boy and a girl and their instant connection, they are very close but then the girl opens her mouth and ruins it all(the boy isn’t innocent in the scenario either). And it was quite interesting but it all happened so fast. 

I don’t know if it was because I didn’t feel the connection from the very beginning or because it really took like two chapters for them to declare they were in love (figuratively speaking) but it felt rushed. 

Then there was Daniel. A guy with a questionable past and an attitude wrapped in a pretty shell. He is a strong character, but he is a bit too hard on everyone around him. His behavior and his beliefs have him standing at the edge of life looking in where everyone lives a happy life but him. He is alone and it’s his choice. He is a character that I was supposed to fall in love with but he was a touch too much for me. He was too cranky all the time and his mood swing were pissing me off because he was acting like a spoiled kid (when he is anything but). He’s gorgeous and he knows it but instead of a powerful man that takes everything in stride he’s locked himself away from the world, too afraid or paranoid (with somewhat a good reason) that everyone is out to get him. 

As for Hayley, well she was a bit of a pushover. She would comment on Daniel’s demanding behavior but she went along the way like a little puppy. But she grew on me as the book progressed. Her comments were a welcome distraction. Also she has a story of her own. He past isn’t perfect and she has her own share of bad decisions and she completely surrendered to Daniel(just an example). Gave him everything he wanted and that left her way too exposed (what was bothering me is that she did it way too fast, without even knowing him). In the end that left her completely shattered to the point that she gave up. I liked her attitude towards Daniel in the end because it was a tough choice to turn him down but she did it and I that was impresive. 

There are a few more things that bugged me along the way but this was the major stuff and usually I would simply not enjoy the book when there are things like that (because let’s face it, I’m not sure I liked one of the main characters) but I still found myself glued to the book.
I loved the parts where they were simply communicating, where thing were running as slow as they should. I like the everyday stuff because it wasn’t rushed. 

By all means I should stop here with the series but I can’t. I need to read the next. I need to know what happens. I LOVED the ending. I loved how Hayley finally stood up for herself and I love the drama. It’s the part of any book that I crave the most. So I’m going crazy not knowing what happens next. 

I guess the book started getting better and better towards the end and I have high expectations for book two. I am really excited to follow if just to see Daniel gets put in his place (a bit mean on my part but he’s been pushing all my buttons for a while and I want to see him beg).

I am really surprised by myself when it comes to this book. I received a review copy and it was for an honest review… well it doesn’t get more honest than that! Can’t wait for book two.

Giveaway: 

If you guys leave a comment I'll enter you for a chance to win e-book copy of Layers. Open internationally and it'll end on  February 12th.

Grand prize giveaway
--5 signed paperbacks (INTL)
--A Kindle (the author was looking into which Kindle exactly and she will let me know before the tour; I will add it on the Rafflecopter once she's decided)

This post is part of  the Layers Blog Tour organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

2 comments:

  1. It's always hard when you don't connect with either or both the characters and romance. Otherwise this sounds like a pretty good read and I love that the ending makes you crave for me. I love a solid, strong ending! Great review, Marti!

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  2. I had trouble connecting to the characters but the story is pretty interesting. That's why this is so confusing...But I do want to read the next... Thanks for stopping by!

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