Published January 2014
Series: Stark #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When Hayley makes a resolution to take back the control over her life, and declare their relationship R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…
That is until Daniel decides to prove her wrong and get her back.
Together, Hayley and Daniel seem to have it all. But can love ever be enough when two strong personalities collide and while reality takes the lead?
Faced with more obstacles than she could have ever bargain for when it comes to Daniel, struggling to keep her own identity while sharing a life with her man. Buds of doubt start rooting in Hayley’s confidence, making her rethink her decision.
And just when it seems that they might make it together after all, life happens. Bringing a threat that neither Hayley nor Daniel could ever anticipate, a threat that could break them apart forever...
Daniel Stark software tycoon and previously incapable of loving, has fallen hard for recent college graduate Haley Grace. They’ve had several fallouts in the beginning of their relationship, but the Daniel is determined that Inner Core opens with the last fallout they’ll ever have.
He is determined to get her back, and make her his at all costs.View Spoiler »That’s a short blurb/summary, isn’t it? Well let me tell you what happens next. Daniel begs and grovels, she gets back to him, Daniel admits to her what he did and she goes crazy (although he had every right to do it), Daniel begs and grovel, she lets him hand out to dry, Daniel begs and grovels, she finally gives in, marriage and HEA. And that’s all, folks. « Hide Spoiler
Daniel became the perfect book boyfriend in the second half of Part 1, and is keeping up his lovely act throughout Part 2. The problem is that Haley – who started out as someone, nice, fun and down to earth – just couldn’t get her insecurities in check. There’s a constant back and forth between the two: they break up, the get together, they break up again … and of course it’s all due to stupid misunderstandings.
Haley is a real tease (well in the bedroom she’s not) and wouldn’t know the perfect book boyfriend when it bit her in the bum. And Daniel keeps trying to make it right to her; apologise, make amends and so on and so forth. Lame. He could have shown a little more character.
The pace of the story was a tad annoying – it’s quite slow and whatever “intrigues” happen along the book, they are insignificant, and the drama they create is out of proportions. The ending was nice, but it didn’t strike me as anything spectacular. It felt a bit rushed and too much along the lines of what was “expected”.
Also, I was disappointed to find out that Inner Core had lost the fun and hilariousness of Layers. Even though Ian and Tasha – Haley’s hilarious friends – did make up for it (a bit).
So unfortunately, Inner Core was not really the revelation I expected it to be. The sass and humour that were so entertaining in book 1 are scarce, and the storyline and intriguing events that were already lacking are now… inexistent.
Inner Core remains a nice read, but I wouldn’t choose this over Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines or Alice Clayton. At all.