Layers Peeled. Layers Trilogy 2. Lacey Silks
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I bought the first book Layers Deep as it was only £1 – its now £1.99, but still worth the price…so knew the story so far when I came to this book. Book one ends in a cliffhanger type scenario, but there’s a sneak at book two so the poor reader isn’t left in limbo. Regular readers of my reviews will know how I HATE the cliffhanger ending so a big thanks to Lacey for at least trying to avoid that horrible negative emotion that comes with them 🙂
Anyway book two – Allie and Tristan are pretty close now, he’s arranged a fabulous surprise for her, so that managed to take away all the horrible feelings she had that moment when he fired her. A surprise that backfired for him, but his greater one is the setting up a new dept for her and her friend Laura to run, rescuing girls abducted as Kendra was. Allie is still feeling a bit jealous of Kendra though. Now she’s recovered she’s stunning and though something seems to be developing with Julian, Tristan’s brother, Allie can’t help wondering if, despite their bad ending, Tristan may still have feelings for her.
There’s lots of surprises in the book, and it bounces from surprise to drama and danger and back again. Allie, she’s a danger magnet it seems and once again she gets caught up in a rescue. The past is coming back to haunt her too with David Wright, the man who raped her mum, back in the picture. Tristan thought he’d kept him away from the family but he’s back – and out to hurt someone.
I really enjoyed both these books, there’s some hot and steamy, sensual love scenes. That Tristan seems like right from the start when he was flirting with Allie before they’d really met, he just can’t keep his hands ( and other parts!) off her. The story flows well, is easy to follow and the action from both the sex scenes and the danger is pretty hot. My only reservation is that it was all a little “light” – the jealousy Allie feels is unplaced, but I’d expected a scene or two which may have planted some suggestions of more – you know, the sort where something is misunderstood, and leads to some angst and grief for a while – I need that sort of thing to balance all the happy. Then there’s the danger – it was real and felt real, but it was over so quickly that it didn’t create quite the “oh no! What’s going to happen now/how will she get out of this/can Tristan rescue her in time?”….. that sort of thing. Instead we got scene set up, Allie in danger and attacked, then Allie in hospital or something, and all within a few pages. I need my sad parts and dangerous plots dragged out a bit more.
Still, overall it was a good read, a nice long length – I love books like that where we can really get to know the people and plots, and together with book one this makes a hot and steamy action packed love story. There’s no cliffhanger either in this one, just a perfect, happy ending. Book three will go on to tell more of the family, fill in the blanks where there was a four month gap in this book, and reveal more of Kendra and the Cross brothers history. That sounds a good read too.
ARC supplied via Netgalley