Title: Inner Core (Stark, #2)
Authors: Sigal Ehrlich
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 25 2014
When Hayley makes a resolution to take back the control over her life, and declare their relationship R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…
That is until Daniel decides to prove her wrong and get her back.
Together, Hayley and Daniel seem to have it all. But can love ever be enough when two strong personalities collide and while reality takes the lead?
Faced with more obstacles than she could have ever bargain for when it comes to Daniel, struggling to keep her own identity while sharing a life with her man. Buds of doubt start rooting in Hayley’s confidence, making her rethink her decision.
And just when it seems that they might make it together after all, life happens. Bringing a threat that neither Hayley nor Daniel could ever anticipate, a threat that could break them apart forever . . .
To reach the core of inner beauty, one must first unravel the many protective layers.
Inner Core is the second and final novel in the Stark series. It will not work as a standalone and you will need to have read the first book, Layers, to understand what is happening in this one.
We pick up right where we left off at the end of Layers with Daniel and Hayley estranged and desperately lonely and lost without each other. Daniel is determined to make things right and will move Heaven and Earth to get back to his Hales. Once they’re reunited you can bet that things do not go smoothly.
While Layers was mostly about establishing these two as a couple, Inner Core is more about these two headstrong, obstinate personalities trying to find a happy equilibrium together. Yes, they’re desperately in love but they really don’t make things easy on themselves and I really could have slapped Hayley a time or two during this one. Yes, Daniel’s done wrong and he did most seriously fuck up far worse than we realised but she really does hurt him a couple of times in this one and he didn’t deserve it.
These two are crazy in love and besotted with one another. If intense and searing love stories are your thing with a dominant, alpha, uber-protective and caring hero then this series will work for you.
I adored Daniel – he’s a brooding billionaire rather than a tortured one. He’s got some trust issues and some Daddy issues but mostly he’s pretty level-headed. He’s met his match in Hayley who is feisty and argumentative but they really are soul mates and I loved just how much this dysfunctional couple really loved one another. That came over loud and clear from the narrative and Sigal Ehrlich really does pace this beautifully.
Daniel is just one of those incredibly intense book heroes whose love for this woman completely consumes him. He’s overwhelmed by his feelings for her and is very attentive, super protective, highly possessive – everything that makes a hero to die for. He’s of the same ilk as Christian Grey, Jesse Ward, Ethan Blackstone, Gideon Cross – although I would classify this book as contemporary rather than erotic romance.
I would have liked to have more details in the sex scenes. It’s all in the detail you know! The sex scenes were full of emotion which I adore but they were also always over quite quickly and often just fade to black so, again, I think this is contemporary romance rather than erotic romance and would have liked just a bit more steam.
It definitely is a Fifty Shades style intense romance but it stands its own ground and has its own story with well fleshed out original characters and I really did enjoy Sigal Ehrlich’s writing style – it flows beautifully with plenty of witty asides and inner monologues. It’s easy to read and a beautiful romance.
4 intense stars
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By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she had the luck to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids.
Not exactly sure where they will end up next…
When she is not hiding in her office, writing, she enjoys music, reading and taking care of her little clan.
With a great believe in "don’t wait for things to happen - make them happen," she enjoys anything exciting life has to offer.