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Summary

A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her - until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow - another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

©2020 Colleen Hoover (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“The audiobook is narrated by the late Brian Pallino, who provided distinct voices and powerfully reflected the emotions of the characters.” (Library Journal)

“Surprising and emotionally tense, this paranormal romance is sure to entertain.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The love between Leeds and Willow has a very appealing, slow build, while the many plot turns will keep readers guessing through to the shocking resolution.” (Booklist)

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MIND BLOWING in so many ways! 4.5 stars.

What in the ever loving fudge cake have I just read?!
I have no words… just incoherent ramblings that will suffice as a review.

My mind is well and truly blown 🤯😳😱

[When I’m this close to her, I can feel an unfrayed connection not even death could break. We’re bound together for eternity,]

And my heart is still racing and I wasn’t sure this book would turn out this way even I had thought I sussed it out- I was hit with a mass collision of plot twists… IN ALL HONESTY THIS DESERVES A 5-STAR for the sheer shock factor and for how brilliantly CoHo weaved this plot… but I expended so much energy with venomous dislike (a few too many choice expletives) towards Leeds for more than half of this book and that can’t be undone. I had so many mixed emotions where he was concerned and as much I found this ending favourable (okay it was better than favourable, but my emotions are still running high)- it was just a little too convenient (or maybe I was blindsided… idk I’m still reeling right now).

[Falling in love with her was weightless, like air was breezing through my bones.
Falling out of love is fucking heavy, like my lungs are carved from iron.]

I’ve had this book on my shelf for way too long but I was happy to have discovered that this was read and listen for free with KU- Leeds’ character was narrated so well by Brain Pallino.

This wasn’t a spooky haunted ghost story I anticipated but it’s a perfect read for the spooky season.
If you like twisted plots and something that is out there, this is for you.

4.5 MIND BLOWING STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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A ghost romance

This book was recommend on Booktok and I thought I was getting a dark romance but instead ended up with a paranormal romance involving stalker exs, ghosts and bad dancing. It's a enchanting love story and I totally recommend it specially together with the book. It was beautifully narrated.

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Wow wow wow

So I grabbed this audiobook because of the author I love her work so I didn’t end up reading what the book was about. When it started I thought it was going to be a romance with a few twists but a FEW twists is an understatement! I found myself listening to this book in Orr of the store line and loving every minute.

It’s a definite recommendation if you like Colleens work. I have found such a love for her books recently so I can’t wait to try more from her collection

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🎧 Layla and Leeds 🎧

I wanted something different, unusual and original that would stay with me long after I'd finished listening, so I asked Aural Fixation members for recommendations.
The synopsis for this grabbed my attention straight away, and did not disappoint.
I was enthralled from start to finish, and Brian Pallino's narration was perfection.

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Must read for 2020

Speechless. This book was unique and another jem in Colleen's collection. This woman can write everything and turn it into a powerful story. The audio was phenomenal. Brian Pallino absolutely nailed the emotions in this story. Such a loss for the audio world but such a great performance 💔

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Soul mates always find each other in every realm

OMG!!! I am still processing everything, but one thing is for sure, I freaking loved this book, it was brillant.

The book began really normal with nothing weird or out of the ordinary, so I didn't know where the story was headed, honestly didn't have a clue.

Then there's a moment when I got the creeps and I was like... "oh something is going to happen here, I can sense it" when nothing had happened yet, and I wasn't wrong something did happened. But everything became so weird, so entangled and I was trying to figure out what was going to happen, and then it clicked, I paused the book and started whisper shouting, "OMG, OMG, OMG, I know what is happening, I know what's going on..." all of this while outside shopping, I swear people looked at me like I gone mad... but oh well, I couldn't contain my excitement because I had figured it out. Of course our characters couldn't hear me and they were still clueless, and I was getting so frustrated at them because the answer was there and they couldn't see it...(insert more whisper shouting).
Finally the last part of the book I was just bursiting with anxiety, because I didn't know how it all was going to work, I even question if this was going to have a HEA, lol, but I really like how everything turned out and how everything really worked out the way it did.


As for the narration, it was really amazing, Brian Pallino did such an amazing performance, he portrayed the characters really well, all their feelings and emotions where there throughout the entire narration, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Awful

Quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. Badly written and a story which managed to be both cliche and ridiculous

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Brilliant

This book is totally different to anything I’ve read before. It’s fantastic. I read quite a few negative reviews but I was intrigued anyway. I’m so glad I didn’t take any notice. Loved the story. Kept me interested every chapter. Thankyou Colleen!! 👍👍👍👍

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Not at all what I expected in the best way.

Absolutely loved it!
Such an interesting and different story imo. The way it was performed added to it for sure. Normally I have to be doing something while listening but at times I found myself just sitting listening taking in everything and looking forward to what was going to happen next.

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ALMOST DNF this, good thing I didn’t!

My low emotional quotient made me almost DNF this, but out of respect to my favourite author I kept on reading….and I’m thankful I did. Different genre from her books that I read, but CoHo did it again!! As always!

Kudos to narrator Brian Pallino, really think he did a great job!

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 09-12-20

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

Going in blind was the best way to listen to this book in my opinion! I had zero expectations about this book and no idea what the story was about or even what genre it was. I feel like this book was a mix between Verity and Never Never. I spent the first 1/4 of this book confused, not having any idea what was actually going on as it flips between past and present. Then when I got it, I was enthralled, I couldn't wait to see what what going to happen. I thought it was going to be scary/creepy but really it wasn't. I also had a lot of issue with Leeds in the middle and was getting angry but then in the end when it all came together... my mind was blown. I loved the way this book made me feel and how excited I was to finish and see where the book was going. I think the reason I loved this book was because it was so original and different from anything I have listened to before.

The narration was great, knowing this was most likely Brian Pallino's last book made it a little sad to hear him but he did a great job capturing the creep factor!

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  • Lewca
  • 12-12-20

I see I’m in the minority on this one...

Without giving anything away, one of the things I liked about this book was it’s completely new premise, always refreshing. What took away from the book significantly for me was the cringy behavior of the male lead that went on for the bulk of the book before you get some explanation and relief. You feel like there has to be ~some~ explanation, but the author takes way too long to get to even a hint. His behavior and decisions become so disturbing I found myself grimacing and not wanting to listen. (It’s not anything graphic, just very poor decisions that make you question his character.) By the time the aha moment came, I was over it and suspected we were on the way to a neatly wrapped package in a very short period of time.

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  • lindseydomokur
  • 09-12-20

Amazing

What the what? Amazing. I love it when Coho goes rogue. This book will turn your world upside down.
Listen, we all know I love Colleen, right? Well, when she said she was doing paranormal I was even more all in than I had been before. ALL THE IN. I read this book with bated breath the whole time.
Leeds meets Layla at a wedding and it is love at first sight. He knows that this person is his person and he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. After a traumatic accident, Layla is left reeling and things begin to change. She's different, not the Layla from before so he takes her back to where they fell in love in hopes to bring her out of her head. Only, when they get there, things take an even darker turn.
I didn't see this one coming. I mean, I had suspicions and I thought I knew, but I didn't really know, you know? Colleen has a way with words that just leaves you breathless all while you are still reeling from what just happened. There were so many times I sat there with my mouth open going "WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON?" I waited for the other shoe to drop and boy did it ever. A one, two punch will leave you shocked and speechless.
I will read anything Colleen writes, but with each book she continues to surprise me and not only that, her stories are so original. When an author continues to evolve like this, it's a sight to behold honestly. I urge you to try this, even if you aren't a fan of paranormal because you won't be let down. If you are, well, we can talk about it.

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  • Laurel E. McAdams
  • 16-12-20

I’m torn...

I loved the beginning of the book but didn’t care for the paranormal aspect...too far fetched for me but I finished it and found it okay. I figured out the twist but kept going. I probably should have read more reviews and plot in more detail.

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  • Desiree Kaslavage
  • 09-12-20

Another 5 Star for CoHo

😮There is so much I want to say and this book but I went until more people read it. Layla is definitely a hell of a lot different than all of her other books, well besides Verity. 😉. Loved this book & Ummm I'll edit this in a month. Narrator was wonderful also.

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  • Stephanie G.
  • 17-01-21

Wasn’t what I expected

Spoiler Alert- The books description was misleading. This is a book about a ghost. I wasn’t looking for this genre.

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  • Emma Smith
  • 22-12-20

Meh.

After Verity, I expected more. As soon as they went back to the house, it was pretty obvious what had happened, so it was pretty annoying waiting for Leeds to get there. Also, they stay in the house for the entire book.... I was really hoping for a change of scenery. And lastly, there are some problems with the vilification of mental illness in this story. I don’t want to spoil anything, but that ending was pretty disturbing.

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  • Admirer of great books; critic of bad books.
  • 11-12-20

Surprisingly intriguing story; excellent narration

I had no idea what to expect with this audible book...And I was quite surprised. This storyline is incredibly unique, interesting, well-thought-out, and thought-provoking. I become extremely frustrated by authors who write the same stories over and over again, using different character names. This book was unlike anything I've listened to or read. The characters had depth, the storyline was rich, and the narrator (who will be sadly missed) was phenomenal. I think this is my first book by Colleen Hoover, but it certainly won't be my last if this is how well most of her material presents.

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  • Isabel Martinez
  • 09-12-20

Fantastic!!!

Amazing what a great great listen. The story was amazing, the narrator is amazing, and of course Colleen Hoover is GOAT!!

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  • sara
  • 15-12-20

Not bad

The middle of the story was really boring.. not bad as you want to know what is going to happen at the end.. but still boring

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