REVIEW: Hyde & Seek by Layla Frost
Dear Ms. Frost:
Angela James suggested that I read this book. While not all of Angie’s recommendations work for me, when she says things like, “It feels kinda like a Kristen Ashley book”, my ears perk right up and I listen. What I found was a book that was entertaining and definitely felt to me a lot like reading an Ashley book, but in a good way.
Piper Skye is sort of like a Disney princess. She’s a 20 year old college student from a well-to-do family that also runs a successful bakery business on the side. Though Piper’s family is very affluent, she’s never fit in with them. Always being more rock-n-roll than conservative, despite her mother’s desperate wishes that she’d settle down with a nice, respectable boy.
When Piper takes the minivan she uses to deliver cakes into Hyde, an auto shop, to have the cooling system fixed and to have some kickass speakers put in, she encounters a wonderland of hot men. While all of the men are gorgeous, it’s Jake Hyde, the proprietor of the store who really intrigues her.
Jake is all long hair, tatts, and alpha, which intrigues her in the extreme. His attraction to her is immediate, and the sparks fly from the beginning. Jake is well known as a womanizer, flitting from hot woman to hot woman, but he can’t stop thinking about Piper. As she enters his world, she entrances his entire team of friends-slash-employees as well as the many famous band members they seems to know.
While Jake and Piper are falling in love, parts from Jake’s shop keep going missing. Even more disturbing, after attending a high profile event with Jake, Piper has begun receiving creepy emails. The more deeply in love Jake and Piper fall, the more threatening the contacts become. Soon Piper’s life is in danger. Will she risk everything, including her love for Jake, to save herself?
This was a fun, entertaining book. I liked a lot of things about it. Jake is definitely an Ashley-esque hero. While he calls Piper “Sweets” instead of “Babe”, he’s got that same vibe. He’s bossy, tough and likes to communicate in sentences that have fewer than four words. But he adores Piper and it’s sweet to read. There are a number of things that hold me back from a full blown recommendation of this book: first, Piper as a whole stretched my credulity. She is 20 years old, attending college, running a business, entrancing not just her hot man, but seemingly EVERY hot man she ever meets. While it’s clear that she’s busy, she never gets short tempered, is never, ever too tired for sex and is always ready for anything. Hell, I’m 44 and don’t believe I could manage that. She’s the most mature 20-year old I’ve ever seen. On top of that, the bad-guy in this book literally came out of nowhere. While I’m all for a little romantic suspense to spice a book up, I expect the author to lay some groundwork, which I felt was really lacking here. All of that being said, I truly enjoyed this book, and will gladly read the next in the series. I’m always excited to find an author whose voice I enjoy, and yours is no exception. Hyde and Seek gets a B- from me.