Wow, what a book! Layla by Colleen Hoover is my 7th CoHo book and the first where I sat back, scratched my head, and wondered what I had just read. Was it bad? No. Was it different and weird, and a bit disturbing? Yes. But I suppose I expect this much coming from Colleen Hoover. Don’t get me wrong; she is still a great author, and a few of her other books are on my favorites list. Her books are easy to read, have great plot twists, and keep you on the edge of your seat. This one, though, wasn’t quite my style.
Author: Colleen Hoover
Intended Audience: Adult
Genre: Thriller, supernatural, romance
Mood: Romantic, mysterious
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When Leeds and Layla meet at Layla’s sister’s wedding, they instantly fall head-over-heels for each other. After being inseparable for a few months, a brutal attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. The aftermath of her trauma has lasting effects, such as PTSD, mood disorders, and an overall sense of misery — so different from the woman Leeds once loved so dearly. To help rekindle their dull flame, Leeds takes Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met, but once they arrive, Layla begins to act strangely.
Due to feeling so distant from Layla, Leeds befriends Willow, another guest at the bed and breakfast. As he learns more about Willow, his curiosity (and his feelings) begins to grow for her. As he learns more about Willow, he decides to help her through a circumstance she is facing. With a life on the line, Leed knows one small mistake could be detrimental to them all.
Wow, I don’t know where to begin with this review. Historically, Colleen Hoover has not let me down, but this book falls short. The first half was creepy and kept me guessing, but as the book progressed, I was left scratching my head, wondering what was going on. Then toward the end, I was utterly lost. Yes, the ending was cute, in typical CoHo fashion, but something went horribly wrong from the beginning to the end.
The Colleen Hoover-type love story is this book’s only saving grace. You can always expect a happy ending (I think… write a comment if you think of one, otherwise) with CoHo, so the cute ending gave me a good feeling. But it takes work to skip past the other senses of uncertainty throughout the book while reaching the end. It was almost like a fun run. At the finish line, a beer will be waiting for you; you must make it there first. It was like that.
If you’re into supernatural romance books, this may be up your alley. It has the standard feel-goods of a Colleen Hoover book, but with a little bit of mystery, murder, and mayhem.