Layers (Stark, #1)

Layers (Stark, #1)

by Sigal Ehrlich

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BN ID: 2940045361750
Publisher: Sigal Ehrlich
Publication date: 10/10/2013
Series: Sigal Ehrlich's Stark Series
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 129,529
File size: 374 KB

About the Author

By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she was lucky enough to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids. Not exactly sure where they will end up next… @Sigal_Ehrlich

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LAYERS 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sucks you in. It does end on a cliffhanger which I truly hate. It also has a lot of filler chapters I think it would be better without. But the last 1/3 of the book grips you and makes you truly invested in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story. Made me want to be Hayley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is wow. I loved these two. Mr. Stark and Hayley belong together. Loved how they met. Can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over 280 pages but it got boring will not buy the next book.
chocolate5 More than 1 year ago
Cliffhanger. Liked the story a little bit like 50 shades story but very entertaining I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was actually pretty good and kinda love the characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to see more details by the author and believe when she gets that down pat she will be a phenomenal writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, this was a good book and I will definitely be reading the next book.
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis of the book had me hooked. Sadly though this book wasn’t at all what I had been expecting. This was more like a “meh” book for me. The author is a solid writer who puts together likable characters, a developed world and pleasing storyline. There were a couple issues though that kept me from giving the book a higher rating. One was the fact that it took me quite a way into the story to get the feels for Hayley and Daniel. The lack of connectivity for me was due in part to Hayley’s internal dialogue where she is making comments about Daniel’s “Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde” persona coming out or him being bipolar, etc. That took away from their connection in my opinion and made me not feel them as much as I would have. Now mind you, I totally enjoyed her internal dialogue and laughed out loud at much of it, however in this one instance it took away from the story instead of enhancing it. Hayley and Daniel are a couple who fall in love so quickly and yet know the bare minimum about each other. Most of their time interacting together is them having sex but not having seemingly real conversations...and “I love you” doesn’t cut it in my book. While there were sex scenes, they weren’t the hot and heavy, super steamy go on in detail over pages and pages but instead were more contemporary than anything else. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was absolutely bugged and did not enjoy how the book left off. First off, I can’t stand cliffhangers, etc. For the page length of this book, Hayley and Daniel’s story could have easily been tied up with a HEA so that the next book in the series could pick up with another couple. This book was slow, and in many areas of it, I felt like it was being stretched out for some reason and when I got to the last page of the book I felt like I had received validation in my thinking when I saw the “End of Book One.” grrrrrrrrr really? A “to be continued” when there had been plenty of opportunity within this book to wrap up Hayley and Daniel instead of just leaving it like that?...just lovely...NOT! So overall it’s an okay read; not horrid but more so-so. Slow but easy to read and follow along with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
288 pages with a cliffhanger . This book is about stark software but this story was already writen by J. Kenner about Damien Stark and Nikki Fairchild and stark software. I read all 3 books and this started out almost the same just the change of the women name and scene
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres a good story here, but its buried under too many unneccesary scenes. Loved the first half, but the story kept going with nothing really happening. With some nice editing cuts, it could be great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much of a storyline...kind of boring at times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
psee More than 1 year ago
5 Wow Stars Move over Christian Grey and Gideon Cross, there is another hot billionaire on the block. Ok, so this one is vanilla but he is so amazing!!! Daniel Stark is the hot alpha male billionaire that Hayley Grace comes upon while sneaking some coffee at Stark Headquarters. Hayley only came as support for her friend and has no clue she is interacting with the wealthy CEO himself in the kitchen. Stark is intrigued by Haley and actively pursues her. Hayley is troubled because she is trying to break her dating behavior of casual flings, she is wanting to pursue men only if there is a potential for a relationship and she just doesn't see how that can be something Daniel would want. After all, he comes right out and tells her he doesn't do relationships, and he only kisses someone if it matters. So Haley avoids Daniel but it only does the opposite and has him even more interested. It is obvious Daniel has some issues. Daniel has a bit of a temper and his moods flip at the drop of a hat. Despite this, he winds up being very caring to Haley. I love the attention he gives her and I love how he comes to make her a priority. And unlike the aforementioned billionaires, Daniel doesn't have any insanely crazy baggage, just some daddy issues. The chemistry between the couple is off the charts hot and I love watching the development of their relationship. I love their text and email banter. Another plus to the story are the secondary characters. Ian, Haley's friend is hillarious and I love Tasha as Haley's roomate. Unfortunately if you want a HEA, you will not get it in this story, well at least not yet. This is me being hopeful that things will be resolved in the next book. You see, a misunderstanding and apparent breach of trust has this couple at odds. We are left with a cliffhanger that though not major, still has me dying here waiting for the next. I just love this couple and want to see what happens so hopefully there will not be too long a delay before the second book is out. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Hayley Grace is ready to put her previous one-night stand behavior behind her.  She’s looking for a relationship.  After a night of drinking, Hayley is forced to attend a job fair type event for Stark Software.  While on the company tour, Hayley decides to slip into the kitchen to get a much needed cup of coffee.  In the kitchen she meets Daniel, a handsome man that she feels an instant connection to.  Daniel is none other than the CEO of the company, Daniel Stark.  He calls Hayley back in for a job interview as a way to get closer to her.  Hayley feels embarrassed and humiliated during the interview and doesn’t take Daniel seriously.  She leaves, turning down his job offer.  Daniel can’t stop thinking of Hayley and eventually gets her to agree to a coffee date.  From there, we’re taken on a whirlwind ride of their love story. This was a wonderfully written, easy to read love story.  I picked it up and was instantly sucked in.  I had to know what was going to happen.  I loved Daniel and wanted to fix him.  He seemed so angry at times.  Hayley’s inner dialogue did get annoying at times.  I wanted her to just say some of her thoughts out loud.  I loved how she called him Jekyll and Hyde in her head and told him outright that he was a little psycho.  The author definitely got my emotions involved in this book.  There were times I wanted to just start crying.  I would have liked to have more of Daniel’s POV.  There were times I just wanted to know what he was thinking.  I didn’t like the end because it had a cliffhanger.  I detest cliffhangers in books, but I’m glad that the second book is already available and I don’t have to wait.  Overall, this was a good book and I will definitely be reading the next book.
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time getting through this one. I was anticipating this being a GREAT book, but it just fell flat for me. I'm still trying to figure out the purpose of the opening scenes of the book because it doesn't seem to have direct relevance to the rest of the story. At least not one that couldn't have been explained in a few paragraphs rather than the extensive scene. That part was really well written though and commanded attention. One of my favorite parts of the book ws when Daniel and Hayley meet. That was origianl and set my expectations up. Unfortunately, those were the highlights for me. A lot of the book read similar to another book I have read multiple times. There were many instances of terminology used that just isn't used in the US. The characters are born, raised and currently living in the US, so that was quite confusing in the beginning. Also I'm not sure anyone talks like some of the characters do. This was really a big deal for me and became more irritating the farther I read. He's rich and runs a tech company. She's a recent college grad. He ends up offering her a job. She turns him down. He convinces her to meet him for coffee... Hayley gets a job at a magazine that is never available to someone with no experience. Her boss seems to be wanting her in his bed at first, but then hits on her friend. Her BFF takes a jod at Daniel's company and has an affair with her supervisor. The characters were all way too gorgeous and a bit too superficial for my tastes. Many people have enjoyed this book. This one just wasn't my cup of tea. It does end on a cliff.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Hayley doesn't do relationships but lately the hook-ups she has sought are not enough for her. She's looking forward to her new career and is happy to just hang around with her best friends Ian and Tasha. But first, she must pay her dues after a losing a bet to Tasha. That's how she finds herself in the private kitchen of the enigmatic business man Daniel Stark. The place where she will come to meet the man that will forever change her life and her outlook in love. Daniel keeps to himself. Focused on his career and highly private of his personal life, he doesn't let people in easily. But when he encounters the charismatic and spit-fire of a woman in his building, he is instantly drawn to her. What comes next is the story of how two people who had never thought about finding themselves in a relationship discover that their connection is greater than the lust their attraction ignites. Kudos to the author, Sigal Ehrlich, for bringing forth a wonderful love story where the characters struggle to accept the feelings they have developed for each other. They advance, retreat, let go and close up, letting their fears be their downfall. With flirtatious banter and honest interactions their connection grows and deepens as the story progresses. I loved watching them together and would have loved to see more intimate moments between them because when they were in each other's arms they completely let go and surrendered to their feelings. I loved that the author didn't wrap their relationship up with a pretty bow. I appreciated every doubt and hesitation that were brought to the surface by both characters. It made what was developing between them feel real, which just encouraged me to cheer them on. The introduction of Ian and Tasha was an added bonus I enjoyed thoroughly. What they brought into the story not only showed a different side of Hayley but served to bring some lightness to Daniel and Hayley's story as well. This is the first book in the Stark series and a debut novel for the author and as such I think it was fantastic. I can't wait to read more about these two and see where their stubbornness and their love takes them. *I received and ARC copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m not new to the fictional world of rich business men and strong girls who keep them on their toes, but there was something about ‘Layers’ that made this book seem so much more real to me than some of the others like it in this genre. ‘Layers’ was a really well crafted story that brought into play a number of real-life issues that made the storyline seem more realistic and relatable to the reader. Starting with the main characters, I clicked with them straight away, which really highlights Sigal Ehrlich’s talent as an author, for she was able to have the main characters do things that we may not agree with, but still sympathise with them afterwards. We are first introduced to Hayley when she leaves a club with her planned one-night stand, and although I felt saddened that Hayley was acting in such a way, knowing already that she deserved better, I really felt her pain when her senses returned to her and the obvious emotional scarring from her past left her unable to follow through with going home with the man. I empathised with her immediately, and liked how we saw her emotional issues fight against her mind, causing her to retreat home on her own, fearful of continuing on the path she’d set out on. Natasha was a great best friend who gave some of the more emotional parts of the novel become slightly more light-hearted, bringing reprieve to the reader and to Hayley, which I absolutely adored. The author has exceptional talent in creating a perfect balance of raw emotion and heart-warming humour. And now I come to Mr. Stark. Oh, well what can I say about our lovely Daniel. At first he started off as the egotistical company owner which I hoped I would grow to like, but I had no idea how much I would connect to him as a character. I loved how well matched he and Hayley were despite their obvious differences. From the start, the sarcastic yet flirty rapport they had with each other had me laughing and swooning in equal measure. But there was something about Daniel as a person that really drew me in. He originally makes his intentions clear to Hayley by having sex with her whilst purposely avoiding kissing her, and I really admired Hayley for telling him that she wouldn’t accept his proposal of no-feelings-of-any-kind-allowed-at-all-EVER sex as I really loved her sticking up for herself and basically telling him that she deserved better than that. But despite all this, the reason that I held out hope for Daniel was because of his determination to make his relationship with Hayley right again. It’s all too often in books that the sexy alpha male hero seduces the heroine with sweet words and ‘sexy time’ that the issues that caused the separation are just ignored for a while. But Daniel made a real attempt to understand Hayley’s feelings. He moved past some of his own barriers and issues and tried his hardest to make it up to Hayley on her own terms. I really admired him for that which is why I know that these two are the perfect couple. The drama in this novel was perfectly paced. Little issues cropped up throughout and I liked that Daniel and Hayley mostly worked them through as they came up, not letting them grow into pointless arguments. Being vague to avoid spoilers, I really liked how Hayley stood up for herself after a horrible incident happens between her and Daniel and tells him that under no certain terms that she deserves someone who trusts her wholly. It gave the ending to the first book of the series a wonderful starting point for the future, in which they must build up their trust in each other, as that is the most important thing to them. And wow, that ending! I was absolutely heartbroken for Hayley, as the only person she needed in her utter devastation was Daniel. I can’t wait to see Daniel come to save the day… and I know he will. He HAS to…umm…right?? Please? ;) ‘Layers’ was the start of a beautiful love story, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. 5 Stars! ARC kindly provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunity in exchange for an honest review.
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Not Too Dark, Not Too Angsty But Definitely Fun and Romantic! *Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews* 3.5 Sexy, Layered Stars! The Review: I both enjoyed this read as well as wished for more. This is the author's debut novel and I found the story less dramatic that I like them, but for the most part, this sweet romance was just right for a bit of light reading. Story... This read opens up with two BFF’s, Hayley and Tasha, getting ready to interview for an internship at the prestigious Stark Software Technologies. Tasha really wants to impress in her interview with the hope of getting hired but Hayley is just tagging along for moral support. She has no real interest in interning at the company so she separates from the tour group to make herself coffee in Mr. Starks private kitchen when she’s approached by a tall, strikingly handsome man who introduces himself as Daniel. Mistaking Daniel as just another employee, Hayley casually disrespects Mr. Stark and his need for a “private” kitchen which instantly intrigues Daniel setting off an interest that explodes into a laughable scenario! And what follows is a sweet “get to know you” story with comical “girl time”, lots of “alpha out of control” domineering goodness and a wonderful romance that had me grinning like a loon until the disastrous, emotional ending. Characters... Daniel Stark is thirty-four and is a very private billionaire who has a string of broken trust issues littering his past. I loved his “take charge with a bit of shy” personality. He was a total alpha when it came to what he wanted but definitely a shy teenager when it came to emotions and feelings. Hayley is a bright, intelligent, wonderful character. She was grounded and her openness to love was a great asset to her character. I did expect more resistance on her part before the “I Love You’s” but once I realized there wouldn’t be any major conflict, it was easier to go with the flow of the read. Hayley was fun and charismatic with goals and a joy for life and that shined through in the author's writing. There were some fantastic moments between the friends with real yet fun and hilarious dialogue. I loved the “girl time” between Hayley, Tasha and their gay BFF, Ian. I found myself laughing or smiling on more than one occasion at their antics. And Here’s The Wish For More Part... While I enjoyed the story and thought it was well written for a debut novel, I did find the story a bit lacking. Daniel was an interesting character but he wasn’t as “layered” as I wanted. In the beginning, you get the sense he’s this dark, brooding alpha and though he is impulsive and domineering, his darkness doesn’t extend much past a bad temper with a short fuse. I kept expecting some dark tragedy, something traumatic, some kind of curveball or some gigantic wrench to be thrown into the story, but it plays out like a sweet romance with a slight conflict towards the end. Which is great, just not what I was expecting given all the innuendos we are given about his temper, and how “psycho” he is or how private he is. I also wish the sex scenes were more in depth and emotional. They were glossed over or cut short, letting the readers imagination work out the feelings. The Wrap Up: Though I did want “more” from this read, the last sixty pages made up for any slow portions of the book with plenty of angst and emotion as well as a cliffy to encourage the reader to move on to book two, Inner Core, to see what happens next, which I will be doing because I enjoyed it enough to want to know where Daniel and Hayley’s journey takes them. NOTE: Layers is book one in the Stark series and is an Adult, Contemporary Romance written by Sigal Ehrlich. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review through Xpresso Book Tours.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
I loved this book in so many ways. The characters were all really great and I felt like I connected with each of them in one way or another. Tasha and Ian were a hilarious pair of best friends and if they were in my life I wouldn't trade them for the world. I particularly loved their doctor/nurse antics when Hayley was stuck in her heartbreak rut. Hayley was sweet but, of all the characters, I found her to be a little one dimensional. She didn't seem to grow into her own, even with all the hints of the person she'd been before she was Danielized, I didn't quite see her that way, therefore I never saw the change in her. Daniel on the other hand was very intriguing, and as Hayley discovered each new layer to his persona I found myself falling more for him and wanting to know everything he kept locked away in his soul. This book was very similar to other books in this genre, with a gorgeous billionaire bad boy who just happens to fall for the somewhat plain Jane girl, but there was a reality to this story that made me enjoy it more than any other book I've read. I was glued to my Kindle and could not put it down for a second. The ending was just so...NO! NO! NO!...on so many levels!! I was distraught when I tapped the edge of my Kindle and there were no more pages to read. I need the next book in this series, and I need it NOW!!!
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
**3.5 Stars** Layers is reminiscent of a few well-known novels. BUT it's no less enjoyable for its familiarity. Hayley Grace is a young woman who's arty, has awesome friends, and is quite the snark. She's also looking for a job...only a job. She definitely is not looking for romance despite her reluctance to continue with her non-emotional entanglements...or hookups. :) Hayley doesn't believe in love. She believes that sex doesn't require emotions. And this philosophy has worked well for her...until she meets Daniel Stark. Daniel Stark is one HOT alpha male. He's founder and CEO of Stark Software and a self-made millionaire. He's demanding, private, rather snarky himself...and he doesn't do relationships. This arrangement has worked for him...until Hayley appears in his private kitchen. Layers is the first novel in a trilogy, so it's laying the foundation for the story. I really enjoyed both Hayley and Daniel, although I kept waiting for more backstory on Hayley. She's a bright, independent girl. But I felt there had to be a reason for her disbelief in love. Daniel...goodness, what a hunky guy. Hayley referred to him as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde quite often, and the description was fitting, as he had tender moments alternating with icy moments. These two, with the sexy and snarky banter, were a lot of fun to watch as their relationship progressed and their feelings grew. I also enjoyed Tasha and Ian, Hayley's best friends. I do hope they are fleshed out even more in the next books. They're good friends to Hayley and very interesting characters in their own right. The majority of the novel follows Hayley and Daniel as they get closer. They both admit to the progression of their relationship is fast - and it is - but it worked. The sexy scenes had a lot of build up, but were fade to black climaxes. The tension, when it arrived, was a tad predictable but definitely served its purpose. I'm hooked and want to see what happens next for Hayley and Daniel. Ms. Ehrlich has written an entertaining, if familiar, novel. I enjoyed both her writing and the story. And I'm anxious for Inner Core. **I received an eARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.**
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JessicaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
**Book received for free in exchange for an honest review.** This book fell super flat for me. I tried my hardest to push through to the end, because it kills me to not finish a book. I just couldn't do it on this one. Gave up about 65% in. I couldn't relate to the characters, there really wasn't much going on to drive the story, there was a huge over usage of adjectives, and the conversations and inner dialogue just felt awkward. Here's an example that stuck out to me: "Stop smirking like some mental case, it's unbecoming." I flare my eyelids, scowling playfully at Tasha. "Is it now? And you'd be the one to preach proper conduct," she sneers, smirk plastered on her lips. Is it just me? In a couple of lines you have two characters smirking, scowling, and sneering. I feel it's a little overkill..... This book wasn't totally awful, it just wasn't for me.