When Hayley makes a resolution to put an end to her loose lifestyle, it's all good in theory - that is, until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected businessman in his mid-30s who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships, and strict preserve of his private life. Opinionated, sharp-tongued Hayley accidentally steps into his office, leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed. Neither Hayley nor Daniel can ignore the immediate attraction between them. In a unanimously agreed-upon verdict by Hayley and her two best friends, Daniel is to mark the closure of Hayley's pure-physical-attraction, emotions-aside era. Will it indeed be a closure, or will it be the beginning of something neither Hayley nor Daniel ever bargained for?
Contains mature themes.
©2013 Sigal Ehrlich (P)2014 Tantor
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This is an enjoyable audiobook. It took me a bit to get used to Aletha George's voice, as it's different, but overall I thought her performance was good. Now, regarding Nelson Hobbs, well I freaken love his gorgeous voice, but he only performs for the epilogue at the end.
This story is a familiar one. A beautiful young woman (Hayley Grace), who recently graduated, has a chance encounter with a handsome, self-made millionaire (Daniel Stark) that sets them on a course of no return in the journey toward love. Even though it was a familiar story, I did enjoy the variations that strayed away from the typical. For example, it seems like so many heroines in these type of novels don't realize their own beauty and ALWAYS overly admire the beauty and lack of inhibitions of a best friend (who always seem to have green eyes). Well, Hayley does have a best friend with green eyes, who is beautiful, but I did like that Hayley does seem to have a good handle on her own beauty as well, and didn't overly dramatize the best friend's qualities as they were both pretty equal. Plus, add to that Ian,a gay model who is also a bestie, and you have a very fun trio of friends who serve as Hayley's support group.
Hayley's not shy when it comes to men, in fact, she's used to dropping them like flies when it's necessary. She's not one to commit, or form emotional attachments until Daniel Stark, that is. Oh Daniel Stark, he's tall, blonde, has tattoos, gorgeous body, and well even his scars are appealing. [on a side note, I should add that the cover model doesn't really match with the hero described in the book. The cover model seems to have darker features than the book hero--that was weird, but hey whose complaining?] Daniel's also somewhat of a workaholic with a temper who Hayley likes to peg as having a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide" temperament. Oh my goodness, that is one thing that I LOVED about their relationship, both Haley and Daniel are funny! They flirt like crazy and share awesome banter between the two. It's evident that Hayley's witty humor really does something to Daniel...perhaps she inspires the unexpected.
So, take a trip on this Daniel and Hayley ride. I enjoyed it. I think this is a good book to read/listen when you're in between more turbulent, angsty reads. Both Daniel and Hayley definitely have things to work out in their relationship, but everything is pretty low on the angst part. This didn't seem like a complete book to me, but more like a volume I, as there is a cliffy at the end. You have to push through to the next book in order to continue and finish this saga.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Wow.. this was so good. I seriously waited until book 2 came out because of all of the reviews and I am so glad I did.. this was pretty darn good.
Stark is just a good fun time...but that darn cliffhanger ending had me on pins and needles. Glad I moved right on to book 2. I must say after listening to this.. i find I totally like the competely arrogant CEO dominating men types! They are like the perfect book lovers. Stark is by far on of the best...he is up there with Grey and Cross!
Well worth a credit or sale... its a bit pricey over 10 bucks so I wouldn't buy... but yest to credit!
Narration was not actually dual... Which I loved... it was mainly read by George...with the eppy by Nobbs at the end of the book. All in all narration was pretty good too.
OK, I can deal with a derivative story, and characters that seem to have been lifted directly from another book, but this sounds like it was translated by a computer or someone using a thesaurus for the first time.
Ms. Ehrlich should employ a GOOD copy-editor if she wishes her books to sound anything other than stilted and awkward.
I was looking for something like 50 shades (hot and forbidden) but this is the "middle class girl meets emotionally damaged billionaire and turns him around" cliche.
All the male characters sound fake as if they were done by a woman who tries to do male voices by using a deeper. Daniel sounds fake and the best friend sound mentally challenged.
I read a review and got both books at once as suggested (Layers and Inner Core), but I don't know that I can finish Layers, let alone put myself through Inner Core.
D. Maybe a note to audible to revise the algorithms that select the suggested stories. Maybe better "key words." Disappointed.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
A listen that instantly drew me into all the characters lives but especially the relationship between the confident and feisty Hayley and the handsome self-made Billionaire Daniel as their mutual attraction flares and ignites into a love affair that starts off funny but rocky, has an all consuming middle but ends up sad and rocky again.
There's drama as Daniel has a frustrating Jekyll and Hyde personality, heartache, not very graphic sex scenes (unfortunately!!) and witty banter between all the characters but the main plot is the courtship of Hayley by Daniel. The sexual need for each other is always there from the start but Hayley has to match, or overcome, Daniel's wit, temper and quick mind for their relationship to work.
Worth a credit? Once I started listening I was hooked in this couple's nicely developing relationship which was intense, funny, sweet, emotional and tender but was left on an expected frustrating cliffhanger ending. Narration was good, it was very enjoyable and definitely worth the credit.
Let Nelson read the part of Daniel
I do not purchase books that only have a female narrator. It changes the whole way you see the characters. Hate that you list TWO narrators and only have the male read for 10 minutes. Totally distracts from a strong male character. Makes me see him as weak and not in the light the author describes him.
I struggled with this audiobook. Although I am no stranger to this genre on my Kindle, this was my first on audiobook. I've only ever listened to non-fiction previously. So maybe I just don't know what to expect, but I really struggled with the vocals. Particularly the "male voices." They were so exaggerated in "deepness" and lacked real emotion. It left me with zero emotional connection to Daniel. It was extremely distracting and at times made me cringe. I would have MUCH rather listened to the narrator keep her voice the same. If I give book 2 a chance it will definitely be on my kindle.
"Wish I had not wasted my time reading half a book!"
I disliked the book finishing halfway through.
I did not know it was part one of a book!
I felt the story was stretched out and after I found out it was only part one I realised this was why.
takes its time to get there but does in the end. it a simple bit love girl girl loves boy refreshing and soppy a delightful read.
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