This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Montlake
Released on December 8, 2020
Seeing a favorite author try yet again a different genre and do it justice is delight enough for me with this one. People think of Hoover as a romance writer and I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Oh, there’s generally a romance of sorts, but there’s usually way more to the story than that. I’ve been lucky to read most of her work.
When Leed’s band plays at a wedding far away from home, he meets Layla and pretty much falls for her almost immediately. Of course, when the weekend is over, she leaves with him instead of her family. The couple settles in and are very happy. This is when someone from Leed’s past decides to meddle with their relationship. In a big way. Months later they go to the bed and breakfast from the wedding for a vacation alone. The house is vacant and for sale. Weird occurrences start happening almost immediately. And because of spoilers, I think I will stop here with the storyline.
This was definitely not your typical paranormal book. I have read way more than my share of paranormal/speculative fiction and I have to say, Hoover really changed things up in the genre for me. The book’s plot was unexpected, by me anyway, but features top notch writing. As if Hoover could write any other way. Part of the way in, I was really doubting her though. I wasn’t fine with some of Leed’s actions, okay, more than some. I really wanted to like him but felt that he might never redeem himself and I just wanted to say “Enough already” so so many times during the read. I even put it down a time or two or three. It took me eight days to read and I generally do a book or most of a book in a day. I felt like I knew what was going to happen and I didn’t like that. I definitely needed to give the author the benefit of the doubt. Had I not remembered how good of an author Hoover is, I may have stopped. I didn’t and in the end I’m very glad I didn’t. Probably about 60-65 percent in, it really got good.
The characters weren’t my favorite and I was wishing to be out of Leed’s head and into Layla’s at times. Having said that, I probably wouldn’t have gotten so gripped into the story as I finally did. Layla admitted to mixed up disjointed thoughts so leaving that out is probably a good thing. As you can probably tell, I’m a little all over the place with this review. It bothered me at times, I wanted to kick someone’s rear end for some actions, and at other times, I enjoyed it.
I know this isn’t a long and involved review, but due to the circumstances of this read it’s important to not know much about the story or ending. In some ways, I really wish there had been more to the ending, but really in the end, what else is there to tell? I’d recommend this to adult paranormal romance readers or anyone(like me) that loves Hoover’s work.
About the Book
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.
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.