“I look over at my laptop, which is sitting on top of the piano. It’s opening. My Word document pulls up. Letters are being typed into the Word document. W . . . i . . . l . . . l . . . o . . . w . . .”
Okay, yeah. That is spine chilling. Being a CoHo fanatic, I had this book pre-booked from September. 😅 So, yes. I was extremely excited to read it.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
“As soon as I’m finished typing the email, I move the cursor to send, but before I click it, my laptop slams shut—right on top of my hands. What the fuck?”
My Review: The biggest pet peeve was that I had no idea how Leed looked like. He was mentioned as being “hot” multiple times but yeah that was about it. (I searched again, if I am wrong, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!)
By the time I had read 70% of the book, the ending seemed predictable, which I appreciated rather than it being sprung out of nowhere. It was a well-thought-out and outlined book. CoHo left out little breadcrumbs for all of us to follow, some of which made me feel rather smart! I admired the dialogues and use of language. Especially the symbolism of how it all started and ended. (You’ll know what I am talking about once you’ve read it.
Comparing it to Verity, which I noticed a lot of the people were doing, I couldn’t see the similarities. I adored Verity and found it terrifying. Layla was somewhat sweet and cute perhaps because of the added romance that brewed between the characters.
I would’ve made the epilogue a different POV. I am so CURIOUS to know what happened!!
“Layla is my soul mate in every realm of life.”
My Rating: 4/5
If you love CoHo and admire sweet romance mixed with paranormal activity, this is the book for you! Grab yourself a nice cup of Cocoa and a warm blanket to enjoy this Christmas season with a slightly scary novel.
Psst… If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend reading Behind Her Hazel Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
*might be a little spoiler* but I rather wished for a little sinister ending! But that’s what you get for reading a romance book. HEA.