Published October 2013
Series: Stark #1
Genres: Office Romance
Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
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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…
When she lost a bet to her best friend, and agreed to go to an orientation tour in one of the countries’ top software companies, Haley Grace had no idea what was about to hit (on) her. Especially not when she ended up in the CEO’s private kitchen and insulting his company policy. Unknowingly. Yes, Haley suffers from acute foot-in-mouth disease.
Daniel Stark on the contrary, is surprised and very intrigued by Haley’s fresh attitude and bluntness. He is set on getting to know her better. But is she just going to be another one-nighter or is he finally falling for someone who is more important than his company?
Well, to begin with, I love the characters… Daniel is a sexy and intelligent billionaire with charm and attitude, and god knows I like those (and the mansions, fast cars, jet trips and luxe that goes with it). And Hayley is one of those really great female characters who do not annoy the heck out of you: she’s fun, light and not bitchy. And she prefers sneakers over high heels!
And then, you have the added bonus in the form of those great side characters: Hayley’s friends Tasha (the righteous ad level-headed career woman) and Ian (the charming gay model). Sure, this is the #1 combo on those kinds of novels, but Sigal Ehrlich managed to give them a sort of freshness without making this concept redundant.
I ab-so-lu-te-ly loved the humour in this book – it was really hilarious and made this read very enjoyable and difficult to put down. It has funny blunders, hilarious texting and puns… Plus the beginning of the story, based on a huge blunder/office romance, was a real turn-on!
Now the reason why Layers didn’t get a full 5 star rating is because although the characters, the writing and the humour had everything to please, I felt like the execution – or should I say the storyline – were not fantastically surprising or suspenseful. The events were standard – almost expected – and nothing to go crazy for. And anyhow, Daniel and Hayley were always on the path to reunion.
Expect a minor cliffhanger and a serious need to read the rest of the story, hoping it is a little more eventful.
So all in all, this was a lot like the Redhead series from Alice Clayton – with the same sass and humour – but unfortunately with a less memorable storyline.