Layla by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Okay. I started this book on 12/30/20, and I did not finish it before the new year. I DID, however, finish it on 1/1/21. I can, without a doubt, say that this is one of the best books I have read in 2020 and 2021!

Why you should read this book:
➜ A romance that will make you fall in love more than once throughout the story.
➜ A paranormal aspect that won’t spook you, although it might creep you out when you really think about it.
➜ A story that will grip you from the very start.

Oh my goodness, this book was WONDERFUL! I don’t tend to lean toward romance novels. I’ll read them, and I usually enjoy them, but if you scroll through my full list of book reviews, they are heavy in thrillers and historical fiction, and somewhat light in romance. I like it as a genre, but I don’t gravitate towards it. So, I pick up Colleen Hoover’s books tentatively because people always say they are romance novels. I read a review recently where the reviewer mentioned paranormal, and I was like, WAIT-WHAT?

This is exactly what happened when I finally picked up Verity at the end of 2019/beginning of 2020. And that is absolutely one of my favorite books. So, anyway – I DID pick this one up, and then I couldn’t put it down! Hoover writes with some sort of magical ability that creates these stories and characters that you become utterly invested in.

The characters, Layla and Leeds are lovely, and you connect to them as quickly as they connect to each other. The story is written in present-day as well as flashbacks. So, we get a disjointed account of what happened leading up to the present. I love when stories do that because it leaves so much for the reader to guess at as the story unravels!

There is this wonderful paranormal element that will have you absolutely hooked, and I don’t want to give a ton away here, but it’s not really spooky or creepy. . . think of it like Casper the friendly ghost – maybe? But if you enjoy stories with relationship building, this one is perfect for you!

Overall, this is going into my favorites-forever collection of books. I cannot believe I have to keep being convinced to read Hoover’s books. I think that I really enjoy when she veers off a bit from her normal genre. At the end of this book, she has an author note where she writes about sidestepping into this unfamiliar genre. I applaud her for doing this, she’s killing it, and I hope she never stops!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Layla to readers that enjoy the connection of two people as a relationship is formed.

Where to Find This Book:

Layla by Colleen Hoover is available at these sites.

Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Goodreads

Colleen Hoover’s books I have read and reviewed:
Regretting You


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.

Just the Facts:

Layla by Colleen Hoover
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 301 
Publisher: Montlake
Pub Date: December 8, 2020


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