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A Love Series Spin-Off Eli Sabatino, determined to make a name for himself amid Seaside, New Jersey’s nightlife, has laid out the perfect plan for success. But that plan didn’t include Layla, the hopeful bartender who walked in for an interview. He knows, as an employee, this blonde bombshell is off-limits but he can’t fight the undeniable force of attraction that pulls him A Love Series Spin-Off Eli Sabatino, determined to make a name for himself amid Seaside, New Jersey’s nightlife, has laid out the perfect plan for success. But that plan didn’t include Layla, the hopeful bartender who walked in for an interview. He knows, as an employee, this blonde bombshell is off-limits but he can’t fight the undeniable force of attraction that pulls him toward her. Layla Del Luca has the weight of the world on her shoulders. With a full course load, a boyfriend, a sister to take care of, and an alcoholic mother, she needs to regain control of her life. Her job at Fierce is priority number one. But a complication she didn’t expect looms behind the eyes of Eli, her handsome new boss. Emotions collide full force and they can no longer turn a blind eye to what their hearts are telling them. But, can their passion survive when Eli can no longer promise the one thing Layla asks of him? Will everything change? Will he stay?


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A Love Series Spin-Off Eli Sabatino, determined to make a name for himself amid Seaside, New Jersey’s nightlife, has laid out the perfect plan for success. But that plan didn’t include Layla, the hopeful bartender who walked in for an interview. He knows, as an employee, this blonde bombshell is off-limits but he can’t fight the undeniable force of attraction that pulls him A Love Series Spin-Off Eli Sabatino, determined to make a name for himself amid Seaside, New Jersey’s nightlife, has laid out the perfect plan for success. But that plan didn’t include Layla, the hopeful bartender who walked in for an interview. He knows, as an employee, this blonde bombshell is off-limits but he can’t fight the undeniable force of attraction that pulls him toward her. Layla Del Luca has the weight of the world on her shoulders. With a full course load, a boyfriend, a sister to take care of, and an alcoholic mother, she needs to regain control of her life. Her job at Fierce is priority number one. But a complication she didn’t expect looms behind the eyes of Eli, her handsome new boss. Emotions collide full force and they can no longer turn a blind eye to what their hearts are telling them. But, can their passion survive when Eli can no longer promise the one thing Layla asks of him? Will everything change? Will he stay?

30 review for Stay For Me: A Love Series Spin-Off

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Facto

    Heartbroken and Disappointed Let me start by saying I gave this book 3 stars because the writing is excellent, the story is original and the characters are amazing. That being said.... I HATE THIS BOOK! I have read all Megan Smith's books and I have loved them all up until now! When I read a book I'm not really concerned w/ proper grammar and small editing mistakes, I see right past that, I don't even necessarily need originality. I just need to be entertained. Sweet love story, hot and sexy, doe Heartbroken and Disappointed Let me start by saying I gave this book 3 stars because the writing is excellent, the story is original and the characters are amazing. That being said.... I HATE THIS BOOK! I have read all Megan Smith's books and I have loved them all up until now! When I read a book I'm not really concerned w/ proper grammar and small editing mistakes, I see right past that, I don't even necessarily need originality. I just need to be entertained. Sweet love story, hot and sexy, doesn't really matter, but I require a happily ever after! If I wanted to be gutted I'd read Nicholas Sparks( and I don't). I read this genre of books to escape into the characters for a little while, to laugh and shake my head and sometimes even cry, but not like this! If you are even remotely like me.... DO NOT READ this book. There is NO HEA! It will leave you devastated and speechless. I tell you this because I wish someone would have told me. This will ruin my week. I will actually be thinking about this for days, I know I will, and not in a good way. I'm writing this review and I still can not believe what I just read. To be fair the character development was really good, you really became invested in them, which makes the outcome that much worse in my opnion. I have been eagerly anticipating the conclusion of Cooper nod Jayelynn's story from the Until Series; which this book was a spinoff of, but truthfully... I don't know if I will read it now because if I'm not gonna get and HEA ending... Then I don't wanna waste my time and aggravate myself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILER: Beware - this book isn't what you think. This book was supposed to be a happily ever after. Instead the heroine dies - for no reason!!!! Don't write a love story for 99.9% of the book and then kill off a main character in the last .1%. Seriously? I have no idea how the author can market this book as a love story. I really have no idea how others are rating it so highly. I get death is a part of life but people aren't reading romance new adult novels to have real life thrown in their fac SPOILER: Beware - this book isn't what you think. This book was supposed to be a happily ever after. Instead the heroine dies - for no reason!!!! Don't write a love story for 99.9% of the book and then kill off a main character in the last .1%. Seriously? I have no idea how the author can market this book as a love story. I really have no idea how others are rating it so highly. I get death is a part of life but people aren't reading romance new adult novels to have real life thrown in their face. They're reading them to escape real life and fall in love with characters in a book. Very disappointed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rejane

    No HEA. (view spoiler)[heroine dies in the end. What?? Reviews say at 99%. Really? (hide spoiler)] I think this is the author's idea of a (bad) joke? Like: April's fool- you're a getting a romantic book then , SURPRISES: nope, you're NOT. LMAO No HEA. (view spoiler)[heroine dies in the end. What?? Reviews say at 99%. Really? (hide spoiler)] I think this is the author's idea of a (bad) joke? Like: April's fool- you're a getting a romantic book then , SURPRISES: nope, you're NOT. LMAO

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    (view spoiler)[ No HEA. Heroine dies at the end. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ No HEA. Heroine dies at the end. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    This would have been a four star review until the end of the book. I mean really?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    Disappointed NO HEA!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leonie

    I loved all the books in loves series and couldn't wait to read Eli and Layla's story... And up until 85% I was glad it was another good read, but the ending wasn't for me what a waste of a great book I felt it was the worst that could happen after all Layla had been through to have it end that way. I'm gutted I loved all the books in loves series and couldn't wait to read Eli and Layla's story... And up until 85% I was glad it was another good read, but the ending wasn't for me what a waste of a great book I felt it was the worst that could happen after all Layla had been through to have it end that way. I'm gutted

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.R. Grant

    Megan Smith surely knows how to tug at your heart. WOW! Stay With Me was such a good story, I devoured it in one day. I wasn't sure if I wanted to scream, cry or yell, considering I finished reading at 3am and my husband would have thought I was crazy, however I did a little of all three, quietly, with my pillow over my face. That's how emotionally charged I was after reading this book. Just like the MacKenzie guys, Eli Sabatino was HOTTTTT and he definitely did not disappoint. His character was Megan Smith surely knows how to tug at your heart. WOW! Stay With Me was such a good story, I devoured it in one day. I wasn't sure if I wanted to scream, cry or yell, considering I finished reading at 3am and my husband would have thought I was crazy, however I did a little of all three, quietly, with my pillow over my face. That's how emotionally charged I was after reading this book. Just like the MacKenzie guys, Eli Sabatino was HOTTTTT and he definitely did not disappoint. His character was almost perfect with his flaws. I fell deeply in love with him =) My heart truly went out to Layla and her POS exboyfriend needed a good swift punch in the junk. However when her and Eli first got together, I knew their connection would be strong. Eli's personality fit perfectly for Layla. I was so glad when she dove right in, needing more of Eli. Meeting at a hard time in Layla's life, Eli walks into the picture and has a strong pull to help her in life. Of course, being the strong girl that she was, Layla tried as much as she could to fight the urge of Eli off, but it didn't last very long. The story was almost perfect, BUT.... Just like Megan Smith's style, she messes with us at the very end. I hate spoilers and won't give them away, however the only warning I have is to grab your tissues the last half of the book. You'll definitely need them, I promise. Great job Megan. I can't wait to ready more of your work!

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♡Tonya♡

    If you've read The Love series, you know what happens. Not my idea of a romance story. Not happening for me! If you've read The Love series, you know what happens. Not my idea of a romance story. Not happening for me!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic

    ~~3.5 HEARTS~~ Stay For Me is a spin-off of The Love Series. Though it states this can be read as a standalone, I do recommend that you read the Love Series before you read this book because there are other characters in this book that plays an important role and knowing their past helps. I'm glad Eli got his own book. Layla and Eli makes a good couple. Eli Sabatino is Cooper Cahill's friend and business partner at their bar, Fierce. He knows that Layla is off-limits because 1) she has a boyf ~~3.5 HEARTS~~ Stay For Me is a spin-off of The Love Series. Though it states this can be read as a standalone, I do recommend that you read the Love Series before you read this book because there are other characters in this book that plays an important role and knowing their past helps. I'm glad Eli got his own book. Layla and Eli makes a good couple. Eli Sabatino is Cooper Cahill's friend and business partner at their bar, Fierce. He knows that Layla is off-limits because 1) she has a boyfriend and 2) he's her boss...but he can't fight the attraction they have for each other. Emotions collide full force and they can no longer turn a blind eye to what their hearts are telling them. Layla Del Luca has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Trying to finish college, taking care of her little sister, Fallon, dealing with an absent alcoholic mother and a possessive, abusive boyfriend is just a part of her crazy life. I'm glad Eli and Layla finally became a couple. And just when Layla feels like everything is looking up for her, Brian (the ex) comes back into the picture to wreck havoc. I was really enjoying the book and then that damn ending screwed me up big time. Brace yourself when you get to the ending. It's either going to piss you off or make you cry. Me, I cried my eyes out!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lydia H

    AUDIOBOOK REVIEW I am at a LOSS FOR WORDS right now...and I can't even tell you WHY because that would be the BIGGEST spoiler EVER. Oh. My. Gosh. What did I just finish listening to? My jaw has quite literally hit the floor, so I guess I should start by picking that up... I am legitimately at a loss for words, so this review is proving to be quite the challenge to write. Hmm...let me see... I don't think I had ever listened to a book narrated by Chris Ruen nor Savannah Peachwood (that I remember) but AUDIOBOOK REVIEW I am at a LOSS FOR WORDS right now...and I can't even tell you WHY because that would be the BIGGEST spoiler EVER. Oh. My. Gosh. What did I just finish listening to? My jaw has quite literally hit the floor, so I guess I should start by picking that up... I am legitimately at a loss for words, so this review is proving to be quite the challenge to write. Hmm...let me see... I don't think I had ever listened to a book narrated by Chris Ruen nor Savannah Peachwood (that I remember) but I really did enjoy their work! Chris Ruen definitely made Eli sound sexy AF. So yes, FIVE STARS to the narration of the book, hands-down. As for the story...holy hell. Where can I even begin? Eli and Layla's story is one that will forever stay in my heart. From a crappy mom (to say the least) to an abusive ex-boyfriend to a lifestyle that kept knocking her down more times than not, Layla did NOT have anything easy. Enter Eli. He was her second chance at a LIFE, and not just a good one, but a normal one. She deserved a break and Lord knows her little sister did too. Fallon had to be THE CUTEST little girl ever, by the way. Books with little kids are always a plus for me because they add a special kind of humor to the storyline that really always makes me smile. Now, here's the thing. I'm an over-thinker. As I read, my mind is always going a mile a minute, coming up with different theories and scenarios of what might be happening next in the book. Well, let me tell you that Megan Smith is the first author to completely surprise me with one hell of a curveball I did not even THINK about...AT ALL. That scenario didn't even begin to get close to crossing my mind. I mean, I knew something would happen, but THAT? Oh, hell to the NO. Anyhoo, Eli is 100% swoon-worthy and a book boyfriend you need to meet. Now, STAY FOR ME is a spin-off of the Love Series and I have NOT read nor listened to any of the books within that series. Suffice it to say, I will be going back and checking them out. I got a glimpse of the characters within that series and I love them already, so yeah. I am going back. And NO, nothing is spoiled for me by reading this completely out of order. FIVE STARS to STAY FOR ME.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dimka

    How could you?? I'm so mad right now... I did not like the end. I cried a lot. This story won't leave my mind.. Now I will be afraid to read your other books. I couldn't handle the end.. I'm devastated... I won't be reading for a while How could you?? I'm so mad right now... I did not like the end. I cried a lot. This story won't leave my mind.. Now I will be afraid to read your other books. I couldn't handle the end.. I'm devastated... I won't be reading for a while

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I loved this book until the end! I can't stop crying! I hope there will be more for Eli! I loved this book until the end! I can't stop crying! I hope there will be more for Eli!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend

    I devoured this book in a matter of hours no lie !! Just as I did every other Megan Smith book I have read !! Which I believe would be all of them !!!!!!!!!! Then of course I bawled my eyes out like a snotty little toddler throwing a temper tantrum from about 85% on !! This is also not new to me when it comes to Megan Smith , she does enjoy torturing in some of her books. This is why I read , I love being tortured and teased and kicked in the gut , not in real life just in my wonderful book life I devoured this book in a matter of hours no lie !! Just as I did every other Megan Smith book I have read !! Which I believe would be all of them !!!!!!!!!! Then of course I bawled my eyes out like a snotty little toddler throwing a temper tantrum from about 85% on !! This is also not new to me when it comes to Megan Smith , she does enjoy torturing in some of her books. This is why I read , I love being tortured and teased and kicked in the gut , not in real life just in my wonderful book life. I was destroyed and wasn't sure I could even start another book but after a few hours of sleep here I am writing my review and moving on. I won't forget , but I also am feeling more at peace with the ending. I am looking forward to more from the original gang , I mean Cooper must have had some serious struggles with this and I of course want more of everyone I feel they all have more to tell !! If you have read Megan's other books you will already know all the characters , even Eli and Layla , and you will have already seen some of this play out through Cooper and Jay's POV. I love multiple POV's , love being in everyone's head !! This book is mainly about Eli and Layla but you do get quite a bit of Cooper and Jay since they are each others besties and they lend some POV as well. Eli's story is pretty straight forward. He is everyones savior and protector. He protects and runs the club while Cooper is away for baseball , he watches over Jay and Cooper's house as well. He protects his sister from her dumb exes and spoils his niece rotten. He wants to take care of and protect Layla as well. He very rarely has a selfish moment. Until he is frustrated and drunk. He is an amazing guy and I loved every piece of him that we got. I mean I hate bar flies but no doubt he was hot and I enjoyed envisioning the cover model as Eli in action !! He is intense in everything he does. The pull he feels towards Layla is scary intense and full of passion. You know when he gets what he wants it will be EPIC !! Eli deserves some happiness for himself. Layla is living a nightmare. Her mother comes and goes as she pleases leaving Layla to care for her little sister and take care of bills to their crappy apartment. Layla relies on her abusive boyfriend for just about everything and he willingly gives and expects too much in return. Thankfully by the time we get to Layla she has had enough and we see her strength building. Sadly she doesn't tell anyone anything about her life not even those who think they are her best friends. After a few too many events that strike Eli and Jay as weird they finally get to the bottom of Layla's secrets and the desire they have to help is amazing. Once life starts to turn around for Layla and her little sister Fallon we also see the even more amazing side of Eli !! I swear their relationship is beautiful and heartfelt and so full of love and emotion before they even make it official. All the while you are on the edge of your seat just waiting for Brain , the abuse now ex ?? I mean between him and the mom it really is a roller coaster of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Well it drops and it drops hard and heavy. I think I went through a whole box of tissues. It will gut you , maybe ?? Maybe not ?? I mean I expect some drama and heartache from a Megan Smith story but this was a whole new level of it. HOLY WOW. The ending , the 6 months later , the letter , OMG as if I wasn't already destroyed. So am I being vague , probably , but you know what just go read it !!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Condon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was such a good read. I read it straight through from beginning to end. I was so looking forward to the return of Brian. It did not disappoint. However, the last couple of chapters left me heartbroken! I cried so hard for Layla. I wish that instead of her dying that when she was in the hospital Eli just whispered to her please stay for me, like she did when she wanted him to spend the night in her room. Having Layla died put an awful turn on this book it left me heartbroken for Eli who This book was such a good read. I read it straight through from beginning to end. I was so looking forward to the return of Brian. It did not disappoint. However, the last couple of chapters left me heartbroken! I cried so hard for Layla. I wish that instead of her dying that when she was in the hospital Eli just whispered to her please stay for me, like she did when she wanted him to spend the night in her room. Having Layla died put an awful turn on this book it left me heartbroken for Eli who is not even a fictional. Layla's heart was revived twice but she did not write for it to revive the third time. This book was very well written but the ending is just sad. I fell in love with their love story and I feel like I lost something special because the happy ever after was stolen from me. I understand every story doesn't have a happy ending but this ending was just sad and left me heartbroken.

  16. 5 out of 5

    CDBW

    5 Crazy Ass Ugly Cry Stars!!!!! I've just instituted a new rating. Yup, Megan Smith made me ugly cry so it's only fitting she gets a "special" rating. My sister called me up yesterday and asked if I had gotten the ARC for Stay For Me and if so, I needed to read it right away because she'd already finished and wanted to talk about it. I complied and enjoyed it until I started crying. Once that happened, I loved it because it meant that I connected with characters and got wrapped up into the story. 5 Crazy Ass Ugly Cry Stars!!!!! I've just instituted a new rating. Yup, Megan Smith made me ugly cry so it's only fitting she gets a "special" rating. My sister called me up yesterday and asked if I had gotten the ARC for Stay For Me and if so, I needed to read it right away because she'd already finished and wanted to talk about it. I complied and enjoyed it until I started crying. Once that happened, I loved it because it meant that I connected with characters and got wrapped up into the story. It's so not how expected things to turn out. I've got to walk away right now because I just started crying all over again. But before I do, this is a Crazy Ass Must Read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tiny

    This book shows that life should never be taken for granted!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Romance

    GOODNESS!!!! I AM STILL FEELING THIS BOOK!!!!! Megan Smith is a freaking genius!!! A genius that made me cry and I freaking loved every moment of it! Eli and Layla are a couple that really tries to fight the connection they have. She fights it because he is her boss and she has a boyfriend.He fights his feelings because he's not the guy that takes another man's girl. Layla has some serious trust issues and has so many secrets that she doesn't let anyone in. Heck, people don't even know where she li GOODNESS!!!! I AM STILL FEELING THIS BOOK!!!!! Megan Smith is a freaking genius!!! A genius that made me cry and I freaking loved every moment of it! Eli and Layla are a couple that really tries to fight the connection they have. She fights it because he is her boss and she has a boyfriend.He fights his feelings because he's not the guy that takes another man's girl. Layla has some serious trust issues and has so many secrets that she doesn't let anyone in. Heck, people don't even know where she lives! She is in a horrible relationship, one that she is literally trapped in. Her number one goal is to work and make enough money to make rent and put food on the table for herself and her little sister. Eli, loves spending time with Layla at work, he takes her home after work and takes her to dinner a few times. The more he sees her the more he can't hide his feelings. He eventually discovers Layla's secret but is so heartbroken when her pride pushes him away. Eventually, Layla has no choice but to seek help and all roads lead to Eli. This decision opens up so many opportunities for Layla and her little sister. As time goes by the feelings they have been fighting win and they eventually give in. Will Layla's secret past come back to haunt her? Will she finally get the happiness she deserves? Must read!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Letty (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)

    This is the first book I read by this author and I have to say that I am pleased with the writing. The style has an easy flow and the characters are amazing. The story grabs you and sucks you in as you become invested in the characters’ lives. That being said, I have to warn you that the ending is not what I expected. I have to admit that I am a little disappointed, because it definitely is not what I wished for the characters. Eli and Layla come together while she has a boyfriend. Circumstances a This is the first book I read by this author and I have to say that I am pleased with the writing. The style has an easy flow and the characters are amazing. The story grabs you and sucks you in as you become invested in the characters’ lives. That being said, I have to warn you that the ending is not what I expected. I have to admit that I am a little disappointed, because it definitely is not what I wished for the characters. Eli and Layla come together while she has a boyfriend. Circumstances and her own insecurities keep her from leaving him, even though she doesn’t want to be with him anymore and she begins to feel afraid when he’s around. The attraction between Eli and Layla is strong and I questioned whether or not they would be together. I really wish I could’ve seen more of them. I loved the character development and the storyline and feel that I will definitely read more from this author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I honestly never expected the roller coaster ride that I went on with this book. I got that though in a good way. I felt for Layla and her wanting to protect her baby sister Fallon, she also felt embarrased to tell any of her friends where she lived so she always hid it and waited until they drove away before walking home. Only one person, well besides her mom that lived with her, really knew where she lived and it was not a good situation. He was just as abusive. It took a lot for Layla to reac I honestly never expected the roller coaster ride that I went on with this book. I got that though in a good way. I felt for Layla and her wanting to protect her baby sister Fallon, she also felt embarrased to tell any of her friends where she lived so she always hid it and waited until they drove away before walking home. Only one person, well besides her mom that lived with her, really knew where she lived and it was not a good situation. He was just as abusive. It took a lot for Layla to reach out to her friends to even ask for help getting out of the situation she was in after her mom stole all of her money that she had saved to move out. With her mom gone to who knows where ............. and no money Layla had to do something in order to feed her sister, she needed a break and despite her pushing everyone away ....she had to reach out to them....... I will be honest ...I didn't expect how this ended but Layla was strong throughout.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jill M

    Wow. I don't know what to say. Going into this book I didn't have any clue where the story would go. I was totally blown off guard which is how it should be when reading a book. Expect the unexpected. I loved the characters and the way they grew together. Eli and Layla were perfect together. They completed each other and made the other one better. Their story felt real. It wasn't rushed. The chemistry was hot. Their lives were intertwined together. They were in love and starting their lives. My he Wow. I don't know what to say. Going into this book I didn't have any clue where the story would go. I was totally blown off guard which is how it should be when reading a book. Expect the unexpected. I loved the characters and the way they grew together. Eli and Layla were perfect together. They completed each other and made the other one better. Their story felt real. It wasn't rushed. The chemistry was hot. Their lives were intertwined together. They were in love and starting their lives. My heart aches and I'm sad. But that's life. I ugly cried. I haven't had a book do that to me in a long time. Any book that pulls emotions from you makes it a good book. I loved this story and would recommend this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Holy cow!! I think I'm at a loss for words. His book was just as good if not even better then the ones before. I loved Eli from the past and I adored Eli and Layla's relationship. I couldn't have predicted the end even if I wanted to. I cried so much reading this book my husband looked at me like I had 2 heads. He just didn't understand. Fallon (Layla's sister) was adorable. I got so caught up and lost in the whole story. This book is definitely worth it but you'll have to read the WHOLE Love se Holy cow!! I think I'm at a loss for words. His book was just as good if not even better then the ones before. I loved Eli from the past and I adored Eli and Layla's relationship. I couldn't have predicted the end even if I wanted to. I cried so much reading this book my husband looked at me like I had 2 heads. He just didn't understand. Fallon (Layla's sister) was adorable. I got so caught up and lost in the whole story. This book is definitely worth it but you'll have to read the WHOLE Love series to get a good feel for everything. I loved Jay and Cooper coming into this story and how Jay helps Layla with their friendship. I can't wait for the next book. love Megan Smith. One of my ALL time fav authors. Absolutely amazeballs Megan!!! <3

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Quintana

    Holy cow. I was not expecting the ending to this book. This can't be how Layla's and Eli's story ends. It was a nice love story that started out as mutual attraction between the two but nothing was done because of things happening in Layla's life. She had the jersey boyfriend Brian and a deadbeat mother to do deal with. After finally swallowing her pride, Layla reaches out for help for her and her sister. Layla and Eli start building a relationship but took it slowly, which I liked. Just when th Holy cow. I was not expecting the ending to this book. This can't be how Layla's and Eli's story ends. It was a nice love story that started out as mutual attraction between the two but nothing was done because of things happening in Layla's life. She had the jersey boyfriend Brian and a deadbeat mother to do deal with. After finally swallowing her pride, Layla reaches out for help for her and her sister. Layla and Eli start building a relationship but took it slowly, which I liked. Just when things finally start looking up for Layla, bunch of stuff happens, which causes an ending that left me speechless. I hope there is more because their story can't be over.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Callen

    Omg I am so heartbroken. I loved the story until the last chapter or so. Their is defo an ugly cry ending. I wish they had a happily ever after as they were such a great couple and they defiantly would have deserved it!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    This story captured my heart. One person who has struggled her whole life and still has so much love to give. Then she met the one person who capture your heart and change her world.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Oh how I cried! I'm such a big baby! Oh how I cried! I'm such a big baby!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Yea so if you want a fantastic heartbreaking story that will leave you a little upset (okay a whole lot of upset) with Megan Smith them this is perfect! Second chance love, slow burn and THEN SHE WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT AND STOMP ON IT! I 10000% recommend this book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jodie's W.I.N.E. List

    When you one-click this amazing book, make sure you clear your schedule. You are never going to want to put it down. I got so engrossed in the story, that time just didn't matter. I had one bad book hangover the next day. Not a smart way to start the week, but it was worth it. I can't express how much I loved this book. It's one of the best ones I read in a while. I never saw the ending coming. I felt so many different emotions while reading. No, felt isn't the right word. I experienced so many When you one-click this amazing book, make sure you clear your schedule. You are never going to want to put it down. I got so engrossed in the story, that time just didn't matter. I had one bad book hangover the next day. Not a smart way to start the week, but it was worth it. I can't express how much I loved this book. It's one of the best ones I read in a while. I never saw the ending coming. I felt so many different emotions while reading. No, felt isn't the right word. I experienced so many different emotions. I was so emotionally connected to the characters that I experienced their joy, I experienced their love, I experienced their disappointments, and I definitely experienced their grief. I was glad I had a box of Kleenex nearby. It would be hard not to like Layla. You won't believe all that she has been through and yet she was so selfless, doing everything she could for those around her. And then there was Eli. Being with Layla came with more responsibility than most relationships. But he stepped up and did everything he could to show her just what being a part of a family means. Megan Smith is an amazing author. This is a spin off of her Love Series, but you do not have to have read any of them to experience this book. I will warn you though, once you are introduced to the characters, you are going to want to know more. Merged review: When you one-click this amazing book, make sure you clear your schedule. You are never going to want to put it down. I got so engrossed in the story, that time just didn't matter. I had one bad book hangover the next day. But it was worth it. I can't express how much I loved this book. It's one of the best ones I read in a while. I never saw the ending coming. I felt so many different emotions while reading. No, felt isn't the right word. I experienced so many different emotions. I was so emotionally connected to the characters that I experienced their joy, I experienced their love, I experienced their disappointments, and I definitely experienced their grief. I was glad I had a box of Kleenex nearby. It would be hard not to like Layla. You won't believe all that she has been through and yet she was so selfless, doing everything she could for those around her. And then there was Eli. Being with Layla came with more responsibility than most relationships. But he stepped up and did everything he could to show her just what being a part of a family means. Megan Smith is an amazing author. This is a spin off of her Love Series, but you do not have to have read any of them to experience this book. I will warn you though, once you are introduced to the characters, you are going to want to know more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma Edwards

    I received an ARC in return for an honest review ,,, HOLY SMOKES ,,, I've read Megan's work prior to this and I have loved them all ,,, but this one ,,,, wow ,,, just wow ,,, I think this is by far my favourite book ,,, it has really gotten to me ,,, evoking emotions that aren't common for me to feel from books ,,, so with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat is easy for my to say that this is one seriously good book people I will not spoil this book for you don't worry about that but what I I received an ARC in return for an honest review ,,, HOLY SMOKES ,,, I've read Megan's work prior to this and I have loved them all ,,, but this one ,,,, wow ,,, just wow ,,, I think this is by far my favourite book ,,, it has really gotten to me ,,, evoking emotions that aren't common for me to feel from books ,,, so with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat is easy for my to say that this is one seriously good book people I will not spoil this book for you don't worry about that but what I will tell you is that you will meet one of the strongest and bravest female characters ,,, she's had a rough start ,,,no that's an understatement,,, and through it all she keeps her head high and her pride in tact ,,, facing an awful life and only being able to live day by day she makes the best of what she has ,,, she has to ,,, her sister is her motivation ,,, her mum isn't worthy of the title and she will not fail her sister like she has been failed She applies for a job and it is then that she meets Eli ,,, her new boss ,,,her HOT new boss ,,, but she has a boyfriend ,,, again not worthy of the title ,,, and so will not cross lines with Eli Eli is not a settle down kind of guy ,,, so when he meets Layla he doesn't expect what he gets ,,, with each moment they share they become closer ,,, she evokes feelings he never thought possible ,,, but she is a mystery ,,, if he could just get through those walls ,,,, and he does When a girl has had nothing she struggles to accept help,,, when she has no other choice she opens herself up ,,, when a guy knows no happiness in the family sense beyond a sister and niece he struggles to deal with certain feelings ,,, both with good hearts they come together,,,exactly where they should be ,,, Layla lets on more than she realises ,,, Eli pays attention Finally the cloud has moved and brighter skies are filling their lives ,,, but how long can it last??? Will it last This book has broken me more than I thought it would ,,,you have been warned Highly recommend this book to all

  30. 4 out of 5

    FMR Book Grind

    TRACY'S REVIEW 5 Stars Eli Sabatino, determined to make a name for himself amid Seaside, New Jersey’s nightlife, has laid out the perfect plan for success. But that plan didn’t include Layla, the hopeful bartender who walked in for an interview. He knows, as an employee, this blonde bombshell is off-limits but he can’t fight the undeniable force of attraction that pulls him toward her. Layla Del Luca has the weight of the world on her shoulders. With a full course load, a boyfriend, a sister to tak TRACY'S REVIEW 5 Stars Eli Sabatino, determined to make a name for himself amid Seaside, New Jersey’s nightlife, has laid out the perfect plan for success. But that plan didn’t include Layla, the hopeful bartender who walked in for an interview. He knows, as an employee, this blonde bombshell is off-limits but he can’t fight the undeniable force of attraction that pulls him toward her. Layla Del Luca has the weight of the world on her shoulders. With a full course load, a boyfriend, a sister to take care of, and an alcoholic mother, she needs to regain control of her life. Her job at Fierce is priority number one. But a complication she didn’t expect looms behind the eyes of Eli, her handsome new boss. Emotions collide full force and they can no longer turn a blind eye to what their hearts are telling them. But, can their passion survive when Eli can no longer promise the one thing Layla asks of him? Will everything change? Will he stay? Oh boy, where do I start? I loved it. Hands down one of my favorites of 2015 so far. It was hard not to like Layla. You felt sorry for her and the life she had to grow up in. I found myself cheering for her throughout the book. And Eli, oh Eli. Typical cocky man when you first meet him but end up falling head over heels for him as you watch Kayla and Eli’s journey. I can’t go into further detail because I don’t want to give anything away. I will leave you with this. For all of the Friends watchers out there, remember the episode when Rachel and Joey switched books – Rachel read The Shining and Joey read Little Women – in the episode Joey didn’t like the way Little Women was turning out so he had to put the book in the freezer. That’s what I felt like I needed to do when I was just about done with the book – I didn’t like what was happening so I wanted to put my Kindle in the freezer.

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