LAYLA by Colleen Hoover

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.



Title : Layla
Author : Colleen Hoover
Format : eARC
Page Count : 301
Genre : Contemporary/PNR
Publisher : Montlake
Release Date : December 8, 2020

Reviewer : Micky
Rating  : ★ ★ .5



Micky’s 2.5 star review

A curious tale to start, turning into something I wasn’t expecting (trying to stay spoiler-free here) and then too much of the ridiculous for my taste. Layla and Leeds (Leeds is a city, not a town by the way) met and magnetised in a lust at first sight kind of interaction. I was all eyes and ears for this. What ensued was a quick obsession with one another until tragedy knocked at their door.

Leeds was a musician, song writer and I have to say how much I love when Colleen Hoover writes song lyrics, she really hits the spot with her words through lyrics and I will always relish when I see them in her books. However, I would prefer to see heroes from authors with different occupations. I don’t want to compare to Maybe Someday, for example. Leeds was the narrator in this story and I enjoyed that it came from his POV, even though I didn’t like him at all as a character.

What ensued was me being scared with the paranormal element until things were explained, then I settled into it. The story kept me reading and did provide three good twists but I felt like things weren’t always explained well enough and there was a bit of ‘that’s just how it is’. ‘The interviewer’ exasperated me…and that’s how I felt a bit at the end, exasperated and a bit deflated. It just didn’t work as a story for me but I’m sure many will love it.

I admire Colleen Hoover for turning her hand to different genres but so far, only her romances hit the spot for me. I guess we can’t like them all, it’s that age old thing but I was really buzzing for this one and then disappointed when it didn’t work for me.

Thank you Montlake for the early review copy.

REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover – review and giveaway!

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.


Title : Regretting You
Author : Colleen Hoover
Format : eARC
Page Count : 365
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Montlake Romance
Release Date : December 10, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 3 star reciew

I know this opinion will separate me from the populous but for me, this was a very run-of-the-mill read. I didn’t hate it, I kind of liked it but I definitely didn’t love it even though I wanted to.

I found the start to this story interesting with the four characters of the past, I liked that more than the present, initially. However, by 22% I was finding it so slow that I was willing SOMETHING to happen. I actually got my wish with the dropping of an emotional bomb. Am I sadistic that I was grateful for that? Whatever, I welcomed it and enjoyed the story a bit more from there.

This was a story of families and relationships intertwined and connected in the most complex way, a really unsatisfying way. It was about two generations, mother and daughter, father and son, sister and sister and husband and wife. I hated some of the characters, and I was supposed to. I much preferred the narrative around Morgan and Jonah than I did of Clara and Miller. I felt frustrated with Clara and Miller but I know their actions and behaviours were fitting for 17/18 year olds.

I struggled with some of the instant connections, some of which were supposedly built on older feelings but I didn’t buy into the elements of this, especially with the younger characters. There were other parts of the story that I wanted more of, like Gramps.

Overall, I’ve come out of REGRETTING YOU feeling a bit ‘what was that explosion and why is everything now peachy’. I needed more tangibility in the longer term but I appreciated some of the elements of the grief narrative which really hit the spot.

Thank you to Montlake Romance for the early review copy.


Author Biography


Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Visit www.colleenhoover.com.

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