4.5 "Layla" Stars
This is one of those books that are best to be experienced first-hand. I don’t include spoilers in my reviews but even if I did, my review just won’t accurately capture the undercurrent of emotions: longing, loneliness, shame, dread, anger, hope or lust that runs so beautifully through the words on the page.
This story was a total and utter surprise. I didn't know what to expect and Ms. O'Keefe delivered a really awesome, original story. This is a story about Annie McKay and Dylan Daniels.
Two people who are worlds apart yet so close together. Two people who have secrets and lies between them but also an undeniable connection.
“I wanted to feel my body from the inside out, in a way I never had before.”
"He could hold me or tear me apart - with one hand."
To say this was HOT would be an understatement. While this may be really hard to believe, even though Annie and Dylan don’t lay eyes on each other until about three quarters of the way into the book, every moment or encounter between these two is rife with sexual tension, longing and raw need.
Their story is titillating, sexy, mysterious and with shadows of darkness and danger.
"Truthfully, he would break every rule he had, every promise he'd ever made, and go to all the trouble in the world for this girl and she has no idea. None."
I don’t know why I haven’t read Molly O’Keefe before now. She’s a great writer and this is a great story. I have to see what else she’s written. This story does end with one hell of a cliffhanger but thank goodness that I have the next book, I need to know what happens. I highly recommend this book to those of you who love romance, want to be surprised and enjoy sizzling attraction and taunts and teases that make you squirm with pleasure!
Like I said before, the writing is beautiful and the imagery created with the words...in addition to the quotes above, here are more of my fave quotes:
"Their secrets were making a mess of them; all their sharp, jagged edges were out, waiting to hurt each other."
"And he was going to smear her with all the filth on his hands. He was going to get it all over her."
“The rules he was breaking were piling up around his feet like metal shavings, razor sharp and about to cut the both of them.”
***An advance reading copy was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***
Release Date: November 17th, 2015