An author's job when writing a book is to entertain and to craft a story that has characters that are interesting. Ms. Silks has definitely done this with this series. I read the first book and had to immediately buy the second book. This story has suspense and passion and mystery all wrapped up together to make for a very entertaining book that it well worth the money. I do not want to put any spoilers here, because I want you to take the time to read the book. I can tell that these characters and the peripheral characters have much more to say. One of the things that I liked about this book in particular is how likable the characters are. Too many books in this genre have men that are jerks and this one just isn't a jerk. There are also a lot of books with female characters that are weak and simpering dolts. This woman can kick a** and take names. She does sometimes find herself in a pickle and need rescuing but that is not because she is too scared or unable to take care of herself. I will definitely read more by her!!
Note: you don’t want to read this review unless you’ve read the first book, otherwise some of what’s written will be a spoiler.
This second book picks up where the first ended. Allie is about to tell Tristan she’s pregnant when he fires her.
Both main characters appear to have changed remarkably, but I’m not sure if they were intended. In the first, Allie was headstrong and ferocious. In this one she starts out aggressive but not with the same rational thought. For example she finds herself in a knife fight with three men without going in with backup, while pregnant. Maybe it’s the hormones. Throughout the rest of the story she is discernibly weaker emotionally and fears David Wright in a paralyzing way similar to that of her mother.
For his part, Tristan holds more true to how he’s depicted in the first. He’s still cocky but he, too, has softened significantly. While he still has he’s people effectively stalking Allie for her protection, they’re not as good as he claims since so much happens to her. Also for being fairly possessive, he leaves her a lot for business in Washington. I have a feeling we’ll see the reasons for this in the third installment of the trilogy.
When I read the first book in the trilogy, Layers Deep, I remember thinking there are some issues with the story but it’s still a page turner. I found the same to be true of this second book, although the concerns seem to be a little more obvious. Regardless of some inconsistencies, I still enjoyed this one. With the happy ending, I’m curious to see what will happen in the last installment of the trilogy.
So, I just finished the second book of the Layers trilogy today and I immediately got entranced in this book. Tristan deserves to be arrogant in this book and every installment before and after because he is so very good at what he does; and he does it all oh so well as it is written between the front and back covers of Layers Peeled. On the other hand, Little Miss Trouble better known as, Allie, is into all sorts of shenanigans. At multiple turns, Allie leaped before she looked on so many occasions to a point where I just wanted to scream at her "look at your life, look at your choices". I was hoping that Tristan would just tell her to sit down somewhere until the little one arrived.
The entire Cross family was back in this book along with Allie’s mother and best friend now business partner, Laura. However, you could really see the progression of time as each character had grown in some way or another. Rather it was Allie’s mother finally feeling safe or her best Laura opening up about her relationship with James. I also, got a glimpse of a recovering Kendra and Tristan's brother Julian together as a couple as well as the cousin Gabe and the love of his life Sam. You can read more about Sam and Gabe's love affair in a prequel novel entitled Dazzled by Silver.
Overall, I liked Layers Peeled, it was better than I thought it would be and I would recommend it to someone who is looking for steamy scenes that happened in a bedroom...kitchen...office...a closet and even against an innocent tree in the forest, with a dash of action and suspense thrown into the mix. I will be running to read both Dazzled by Silver and then Layers Off to finish off this Layers Trilogy and so should you!
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Layers Peeled picked up right where the cliffhanger ended in Layers Deep.
Slowly the layers are starting to peel back and Allie and Tristan eventually end up with their HEA, but not before they are able to peel back a few of those layers along the way.
Allie arrives at Cross Enterprises with a small wrapped package as her way of letting Tristan know that she is expecting with her child. With the exception of Emma (Tristan's sister) no one else knows the news, as Emma overheard it in the hospital and Allie promised Emma she could name her child if she could help her keep the secret. Tristan however tells Allie she "is fired" before he opens the box. Being hormonal, Allie jumps to conclusions and just figures Tristan is "done with her" now that Kendra has been rescued. Turns out she is getting a promotion within Cross Enterprises, Tristan is really smitten with Allie, not to mention the sex is awesome! Allie knows she is in love with Tristan, but after all she has been through she's afrain to say the "L" word and things the man should say it first. Tristan finally tells Allie he loves her, and she couldn't be happier, then the layers start to peel off and things from her past come back to haunt her, turns out she is right thinking it's not a ghost from her past, but he's really there.