Published by Amazon Publishing on December 8, 2020
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When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.
Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.
I was provided a review copy by Montlake Romance; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
WHAT A DELICIOUSLY TWISTED TALE!
❝Don’t sleep, but I’m always tired. Don’t eat, but I’m always hungry. I can’t drink, but I’m always thirsty.❞
Once again, Hoover provides her readers with a peak into her wickedly crazy brain. Where on EARTH does she come up with this stuff? There are authors who I have thought I would love to spend a day inside their heads to see what it was like to have their imaginations. But not Hoover. I’d be afraid. I’d surely be tormented. I mean, how DOES SHE COME UP WITH THIS STUFF? Unique doesn’t begin to describe what I just read.
A Meet Cute? well, sure
Disturbing AF? for sure
Did I like it? absolutely!
The beginning of the book Leeds and Layla meet at her sisters wedding. Leeds couldn’t take his eyes off of her while he and the other band members played on stage. He was mesmerized by her carefree attitude and awful dancing. She was the complete opposite of him and he felt inexplicably drawn to her. She was honest to a fault and sassy. She called him on his crap and he couldn’t get enough. They shared a whirlwind romance, until disaster struck. The Layla before the attack and the one after the attack are the same, but different. Deciding the best recovery for Layla (and their relationship) is to take her back to the place they met, the B&B where their romance started. It is here he meets Willow. The more time he spends with Willow, the more he realizes he has been struggling to love the new Layla the same way he did the old one. There’s something not quite right about her, and with the help of Willow, he figures it out.
While I really enjoyed this story, I did struggle with Leeds’s character. Even though it was clear that the love he felt for Layla was extraordinary, his feelings did not justify his selfish actions.
While this was a love story, it was more paranormal than romance, but one that romance and paranormal lovers will enjoy. It was uniquely and strangely good!