Layla Carlysle has lived a life of luxury. She’s been a star since the young age of fifteen, and every record she releases shoots straight to the top of the charts. She has people surrounding her every single day telling her how amazing she is, how beautiful she is, and how lucky she is, but she’s never felt more alone in her entire life. She wants nothing more than to break free and do what she really wants to do: write her own music, sing her own songs, and find a way to finally be happy with her life. The only thing standing in her way is her mother, Eve Carlysle. Eve has controlled every single aspect of her daughter’s life and will stop at nothing to achieve fame and fortune, even if that means using her daughter to get there. When an overly-amorous fan’s letters become increasingly more sinister, Brady will have to suck up his opinion of how the other half lives to take the job seriously. The pair will need to learn to trust each other and put aside their differences before the letters become a reality and someone’s life is in jeopardy.
Brady has been to hell and back, and he refuses to let anyone else get close to him again. Layla has never lived her life for herself, and the emptiness is threatening to break her for good.
Sometimes our lives are already planned for us, but because of you, all of that could change in an instant.
Because of You was an addictive, suspense filled 5 star page turner for me. After reading and loving Ms. Sivec’s first break away from the hilarious world of the Chocolate Lovers Series, I couldn’t wait for more in the Playing with Fire series. Somehow, I think Because of You surpassed the level of A Beautiful Lie. I loved the mystery and suspense and the constant guessing on the who, what, when, where, and how. The prologue had me intrigued, and the intensity didn’t let up at any point for me.
Because of You focuses on Brady Marshall, a Navy SEAL that we first met in A Beautiful Lie. Brady hasn’t had an easy life and has gone through a lot over the last few years. But after his sister and niece show up on his door step needing his help, he decides to get his life on track. He has opened up his own Private Investigator business and has his sister as his right hand woman.
Brady is hired to investigate the stalker of the world’s most famous pop star, Layla Carlysle. He goes into this case with absolute dread of dealing with an uppity, self-absorbed brat that is used to always getting what she wants. But Layla is very far from this description. Layla is living a life that her cold, calculated mother set up for her after her father’s death. Layla feels that there is no way out and has lost all fight.
Not long after starting the case, Brady realizes that there is more to this stalker thing than he is initially informed of. His dedication to solving this case ruffles the feathers of those involved in the scheme. I really felt that I knew who all was involved and how it would work out. While I was right in some ways, I never could have guessed everything that unfolds. I absolutely loved the guessing game as I read and then being completely surprised in the end.
Even though they try to hate one another, there is an instant attraction between Layla and Brady. But, as they get to know one another, it becomes impossible to deny their feelings. But, they are very different people from different lives. With Brady’s tainted past and his need to protect his family, will he be willing to put it all on the line to be with the woman of his dreams?
Oh, how I fell for Brady! He was the perfect alpha male with a sensitive side. He had me swooning so many times. Honestly, I think I love him more than Garrett(from A Beautiful Lie), if that’s even possible.
Once again, I have nothing but praises for T.E. Sivec’s next installment in the Playing with Fire series. It was everything that I was hoping it would be. The alternating point of views allowed me to fully connect with both Layla and Brady and helped the story to develop naturally while keeping me intrigued. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend Because of You. You do not have to read A Beautiful Lie to understand this story, but I would still recommend that you do because it was amazing as well.
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About TE Sivec:
T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is her absolute favorite to read – romantic suspense. She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans. T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a full-time writer.
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