Layla is a phenomenal tale of love and betrayal by Colleen Hoover!
TITLE : Layla
AUTHOR : Colleen Hoover
PUBLISHING DATE : December 08, 2020
PUBLISHER : Montlake
GENRE : Paranormal Romance
TRIGGERS : Violence, Assault, Dysfunctional Family
SYNOPSIS – LAYLA
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.
"I’d feel nothing if you punched me in the heart I’d feel even less if you stabbed me with a knife But I didn’t fall out of love with you I fell out of love with life.”
COLLEEN HOOVER (LAYLA)
MY BOOK REVIEW – ★★★
Colleen Hoover’s book, Layla is a captivating tale blending romance, loss and supernatural while setting up the backdrop for something sinister lurking in the shadows. Sure, the book is a tad rocky in the beginning but once the plot starts to thicken, Colleen’s metaphorical grip at the reader’s throat begins to tighten and it doesn’t let lose until the very end.
The story centers around Leeds and Layla, our main protagonist who are trying to rebuild their fragmented and degenerating relationship. Once, they were stuck at the hip and now, it’s like Leeds just cannot fathom spending his life with Layla, who, by the way, he once wanted to marry. Regardless, he was willing to try and mend the threads of their broken relationship. So, he decided to turn back the hands of time and takes her back to the bed and breakfast where they first met. However, a few days into their stay and inexplicable events start happening around the house. Is a fragment of Leeds’ imagination or something darker is at play here?
Personally, I like to read Coho books like every second person on this godforsaken planet. However, this one was just too icky for me. The supernatural elements were downright, well, stupid. The overall storyline had potential, but its execution was juvenile.
Granted, the aura of suspense and thrill were well executed. But then again, the pace was crooked which fluctuated my interest in the novel quite a few times. In fact, it has taken me close to a year to pick this back up after DNF-ing it in 2022. I did like the multifaced depiction of Leeds and Layla’s relationship but at times it all seemed forced. I saw no real reason why Layla and Leeds would end up together in the first place, but I am willing to move past that apprehension.
But I cannot and will not move past is how disgusting Leeds treated Layla. Especially after the introduction of the entire supernatural angle of the plot. I abhorred Leeds with every fiber of my existence and there is nothing that will make me redact my statement.
Finally, the grand plot twist was something I foresaw pretty early. In my humble opinion, Layla as a book is sure compelling with an intriguing storyline. But it just wasn’t for me.
Nevertheless, it was a decent one time read. Overall, Layla by Colleen Hoover is a thought-provoking Paranormal Romance mystery. It is likely to entice a lot of readers from different walks of life.