Title: Layers Deep
Author: Lacey Silks
Publisher/Year: MyLit Publishing 12/1/13
Series: Layers Trilogy #1
He needs her to save a friend.
She needs him to plan her revenge.
Their pasts scar them Layers Deep.
Their passion distracts them…
…and distractions can be fatal.
Tristan Cross is battling emotional demons from the past. He lives in a world where trust is earned, loyalties are tested, and love is impossible. That is, until he meets Allie Green. She’s the only woman who can help him find a kidnapped friend and to top it off, she captivates him. All he has to do now is persuade her to work for Cross Enterprises, his top investigations firm.
Allie Green is a rookie cop seeking revenge and she’s willing to sell her soul to get it. With an opportunity to use Tristan Cross’s resources Allie calculates her time for payback. As vengeance boils her blood she can’t keep her mind off her new boss and Allie finds it difficult to keep her employment professional. With the mouth watering Tristan Cross distracting her, she struggles to prioritize an undercover job she’s been assigned and her hunger for revenge.
And when you’re ready to give up your life to save someone else, distractions can be fatal.
What a nice introduction to a new series! I loved where this plot line took us and there’s so much to build on. We first meet Allie when she’s learning about a potential job opportunity with Cross Enterprises, a well known and established security firm….along side the other officers and rookie cops that she works with. At the same moment that she first meets Tristan Cross, one of the owners, she finds that she can’t look away from him, and at the same time, is not willing just yet to apply for the job. There are circumstances from her past that make things challenging – she and her mother are ‘on the run’ from someone from their past that wants to do them harm, and she’s hoping that she can use a relationship with Cross Enterprises as a means to seek revenge against him.
In walks of course Tristan, the powerful, domineering stature of a man that takes Allie’s breath away. Of course, he knew what he was looking for some how – before recruiting for someone. He has done a background check on Allie and knows more about her than makes her comfortable. Along with this though, he finds himself attracted to her so strongly that not only does it mean that she would be ideal for the role in his company, but in his life as well.
This first installment of the series introduces us to the life that Tristan lives, to his family and that raises a few eyebrows to me. There are so many similarities and hints that come along that i hope we get some of that resolved in book 2 and 3. Namely his sister emma…..irony there…yes.
In any event, not only is the plot line compelling for the sort of role that he’s trying to recruit Allie for (an escort or prostitute of sorts) but there’s such heat and passion that you can’t help but to keep reading.
I don’t think that i’m overly familiar with this author, but i have to say that her style of writing is really engaging and exciting. I felt the heat and clear chemistry in every scene that we were taken through. These 2 can’t keep their hands off each other and i think that it came through really well. There’s also the hope that we’ll get to see more, even in a spin-off with Julien and even with Laura. I can’t wait until January when we’ll get the next installment, since this first book really left us blindsided with the ending. Not only were there changes in the lives of people that were unexpected, there was just a cliff hanger than makes you wonder who will survive and continue on the journey. Enjoy!