Title: Layers Off
Author: Lacey Silks
Publisher/Year: MyLit Publishing 3/31/14
Length: 195 Pages
Series: Layers Trilogy #3
He’s kept a secret that could send her there again.
And they’re trying to find their way to each other.
Rescued by the man she loves, Kendra Knight struggles to recover from a month-long captivity. Memories of her imprisonment as a sex slave haunt her as she battles withdrawal from drug addiction and fights to put a dreadful past behind her. With the help of her new friends, Allie and Laura, Kendra begins to question who she is, and Julian Cross’s true intentions for her future.
Julian Cross, owner of a top investigations firm, has kept a secret from the woman he loves since the day he met Kendra. He watched her grow from a teen to a woman and fall in love with his brother Tristan, only to be broken into pieces in the end. Now, he vows to stand by her until she’s well, so he can tell her the dismal truth about her past.
Will the truth finally set Kendra free or send her back to the pit of drug-infused hell?
I found this series while i was visiting my in-laws over Christmas, and i’m THRILLED that i did. The journey that we’ve taken with the Cross’s is one that’s really exciting, sexy, and very unexpected. With the path that the first 2 installments took us on making it pretty clear who we were getting involved with in this final installment, how we learned Kendra’s story was definitely not what i expected and i’m really pleased with that.
Going into this story, i wasn’t sure how Ms. Silks was going to approach Kendra given what we know of her from Allie and Sam, and what we’ve seen so far. The perspective that we get here though was really a nice way to look at things. We are taken back in time to really tell her story of how she’s come to know Julian and Tristan, and then we get fast forwarded into the present to understand how she’s coping with being in captivity and trying to get to know herself and her relationship with Julian.
I have to admit, where the story took us, learning about what Kendra’s life was like pre-Cross brothers, and what it’s become now as a result of some stuff that she can’t remember – it’s a roller coaster. The nice bit about it is that Julian is a constant – in the phrase that he has tattooed to his chest and that he utters to Kendra over and over again ‘I’ve got you’ – this book got me! We get to see that their past is one that was shared – that they had chemistry even before they were in a place to act on it, and that’s manifested itself out nicely into the perfect situation now that they are both in a place to appreciate it.
What was expected is the heat and passion that comes out at full force once they allow themselves to be together like that. Once Julian is convinced that Kendra can handle being close, a cold shower is about all that i can think about. He’s romantic and kind, yet very passionate which makes for some amazing heat and scening.
The twist that this story takes though is great – i really didn’t expect the last 1/3 of the book at all, and it takes a bit to get me there. i’m usually one of the first to figure out the path of a story. ok i can’t say that i was completely clued out – i knew part of what was going to come up, i’ve watched soap operas all my life to get that – but i think that the added bonus of a deeper story – well that was a welcome bonus and made the last 60 pages or so a really big page turner.
All in all, a great finale to a really great series – all the leading ladies had their stories woven together seamlessly, and that was a pleasure to find since i was worried – i have to say – at how things were going to be pieced together. Enjoy!!