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.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars
I’ve read and loved several CoHo books over the years. I think she is brilliant when it comes to writing contemporary romance. Paranormal romance isn’t my jam, but I figured it was Colleen Hoover… why not? Well, Layla was a bit of a disappointment.
Layla is a twisted, twisted story between Layla and Leeds, his obsessive ex and a ghost. I had a hard time connecting with Leeds from the start. Then he completely lost me once he and Layla go back to the B&B and Willow gets involved. It just wasn’t working for me. He was trying to reconnect with Layla, but he’s falling for this ghost?
This story was interesting and twisted, and once the big reveal is made, things kind of click into place. But even then, I just didn’t like Leeds and his actions. That said… the conclusion is quite captivating, and I think the epilogue was my favorite part of the story. The book is well-written and CoHo does a great job with telling Leeds and Layla’s story…. it just wasn’t my jam. I took a chance and ultimately, I didn’t love it.
I received an advanced copy from Montlake via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.