**ARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
When I first checked out this book, I was a bit dubious. But it was so much better than I anticipated.
I mean...really, really good. The entire thing took me by surprise.
Layla was a phenomenal character. I loved that she had flaws, but didn't apologize for them. She was afraid of many things, including going after what she really wanted. And then Michael came in. Michael was possessive, controlling, and perfect for Layla. He helped her get through everything, and brought her back to life.
I was so glad that Michael never let her run. I saw something bad coming, but I really didn't think Michael would end up the way he did.
The plot of this book wasn't some cheesy BDSM thing. Don't get me wrong, I love them too, but this book was more. It was about healing, and finding strength in yourself, and getting over a horrible, horrible trauma. Layla astounded me with her ability to persevere. She may have been stuck in her grief, but I thought she was doing really well.
Overall this was a great read. The story didn't jump all over the place, backstory was introduced at the proper place. And the characters complimented each other extremely well. I especially liked the deeper substance of this book, while still catering to those of us who love smut. I hope everyone else enjoys this as much as I did.