Sunday, April 19, 2015


Series:  Layers #1
Author:  Mia Rivers
Publish Date:   03.03.15
Publisher:  Mia Rivers
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Triggers alert:  Domestic violence, sexual assault
Received from:  Mia Rivers (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads link: Beneath the Layers
Date completed: 04.17.15

Description from the publisher:
I have a secret.

A secret that no-one besides my boyfriend, my mother, and I know. A secret from my past which has me trapped in a relationship from hell.

Refusing to tell a soul, I’ve kept it balled up inside for the past few years, trying to seem composed for the world while my reality was the complete opposite. I gave up on any hopes of a different life. A life where love and happiness existed. Alex, personally saw to it himself. He made sure it was drilled deep within my brain. This was the hand that life had dealt me. The life I learned to accept.

Until the day I bumped into Nick.

A gorgeous man who's haunted my thoughts and awakened my desires. A man, whose persistence turned my world upside down, more than it already was. The same man who also happened to be my boss and had a secret of his own. A secret that I couldn't decipher, even when it stood right in front of me. A secret that would blow me away.

My name is Tara and this is my story.

*Due to mature content this book is not suitable for readers younger than 18*

Tara has a secret that has haunted and tormented her for six years.  Tara also has a tormenting boyfriend.  He knows her secret and is using it as only a domineering jerk could.  When Tara (literally) runs into Nick, she is immediately thrown off center and wishing for a life she believed could never be hers.  Nick, too, has a secret.  One that could destroy them.

I loved Tara.  She is beautiful mixture of vulnerable, naïve, and intelligent.  She is determined and strong, despite her toxic relationship with Alex.  Alex is a classic silent-movie style villain in the black hat.  There is not a single redeeming quality to him, except in her dreams.  I was cheering for Nick the whole way through the book.  He is gorgeous, sexy, sweet, and alpha-dominant.  A dominant man (Nick) is always sexier than a domineering one (Alex).

… and then the last chapter happened.  I did NOT see it coming.  I wanted to throw my Kindle.  I wanted to scream.  I settled for contacting the author, calling her a naughty word (after thanking her for sharing the book with me), and then insisting that she get writing because I need to know what happens next!

This is the first book released by Mia Rivers.  I consider it a treat to find a new author just starting out that I believe could be a big name in the literary world.  There were a few places where she could have provided more description and there were a few places that it was obvious she was going for word count – newbie mistakes, but I feel she has a great story-telling ability that only needs to be nurtured to life.  I have contacted her and have offered my services to Beta on the next book.  I’ll be the first to admit, Beta reading gives as much to me as it does to the author, so I’m looking forward to her “using” me.

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Layers series:
  1. Beneath the Layers

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