Alex’s 5 Blush Review
Layla was the first book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover, who I’ve heard so many good things about, so I had some pretty high expectations. I am so happy to say that I was not disappointed at all and loved this book!
Reading about Layla, Leeds, and Willow kept me on my toes because I was never sure what was going to happen next. Layla and Leeds were both so (rightfully) erratic throughout the story that I never knew how they were going to react to anything.
I enjoyed how Layla was written, with the chapters going from Leeds’ interview in the present to the past, showing you what lead up to his and Layla’s current situation.
There were parts of the book where I loved each character and hated each character, and to me, that’s so important. If I have real feelings towards a character/characters that means I am completely invested in the book.
Layla was definitely a different kind of book than I’m used to, because I normally lean towards fantasy, but I’m so glad I gave it a shot! A great read with complex characters and an amazing twist.
Tera’s 4 Blush Review
Another new genre by Colleen Hoover and I think I can be on board with it! She finally dipped into the paranormal romance category, and she did it well.
The one thing about Layla for me was it was a fast read! That’s saying something because sometimes in paranormal you need to slow down to try and figure out what is happening. I didn’t have that with this book despite having more characters than you would originally think. It definitely had a twist at the end that I did not expect. My own theories were completely wrong… no surprise there. Colleen never disappoints in that area.
If you’ve never tried paranormal romance, this would definitely be an easy and enjoyable enough one to try.
Christina’s 4 Blush Review
This wasn’t my first paranormal romance but I don’t read the trope very often. I have been a fan of most of what Colleen Hoover has written and Layla was no exception. Layla is dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat, complex and fast-paced. I really enjoyed it! As Colleen Hoover’s writing evolves, she becomes more and more versatile as a writer. I love seeing her dive headfirst into new and interesting tropes, making her extremely well-rounded and adventurous when it comes to her writing. I admire and respect who she is and I am so excited to see where she goes from here.
Layla leads with more questions than answers. The ending is satisfying, the characters are well developed and (mostly) likable. I don’t think there was anything I didn’t enjoy about this book. The only thing that kept me from rating this book higher was this is not my favorite trope. But that is not the book’s fault, nor the author’s. CoHo fans will be delighted with Layla!
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.