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Don't Close Your Eyes

(DCYE #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  17 reviews
An enemies to lovers RH series begins.

Bartender, beach bunny, and college athlete approaching graduation, Kinsley Hayes' worst problems are choosing between internships and where to live after she moves out of her parents’ house.

An encounter with a dangerous stranger jolts her into the real world, and Kinsley is left mystified by her attraction to the rogue gentleman. Who
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published June 29th 2020 by Lynessa Layne Literature
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Lynessa Layne Hi Danielle. Thanks for your question.
I was inspired to write Klive as a means of getting the dangerous romance or dangerous love interest through hum…more
Hi Danielle. Thanks for your question.
I was inspired to write Klive as a means of getting the dangerous romance or dangerous love interest through human-based flaws because I was tired of only finding that danger and suspenseful conflict in paranormal or supernatural romances. Dangerous people are all around us in our real lives. Some actually have good hearts that come from bad places. I've known many great people who came out of the ashes of ruined lives, including myself, not to say I'm great, but I've found good after bad.

Klive starts out a sort of villain and transforms into an antihero. I do pull from reality-based situations to craft my characters. Klive, like Kins and every other character, is a combination of traits in people I've known, but I also fill in the blanks with fiction.(less)

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Carolyn Breckinridge
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Lynessa Layne entices her readers to sprint toward the finish line in her recently-published e-book, ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes.’ Written for young adults who will certainly appreciate Ms. Layne’s inclusion of a music playlist to enjoy while reading the story, this book does a good job of staying true to the hormonal, emotional confusion and titillation that permeates life for many in their late teens and early twenties. The novel’s main character, Kinsley, is a college track superstar known ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Breaking The Mold...
Unlike the big publishing houses, Lynessa doesn't write by a formula for mass sales. She's more akin to real life with a plethora of unpredictable faux pas that crescendo to a series of missteps that coerce her main character, Kinsley, deeper and deeper into a battle for her affections between a criminal syndicate captain (Klive) and her mysterious high school crush (Jase), recently returned from war. Add in an even more enigmatic buddy of Jase's, and the rabbit hole just kee
As The Page Turns
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Who is this writer? Her style is so different and refreshing! I’m hooked!

Didn’t want it to end, but fortunately there’s a sequel...reading ‘Complicated Moonlight’ next!

The characters actually have “character”, and you legit feel like you’re in the story as each of them. So vivid and beautifully written, very well edited, and from line one, she hits you with foreboding action, intensity and psychological thriller-suspense. I’m running for my life as Kinsley when the hitman Klive chases and
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you liked Lynessa’s original version from 2014, you’re gonna LOVE the long-awaited pro reboot! She’s completely upped her game with this new edition edited by mainstream professional author TK Cassidy! Klive is even more alpha, Jase is even more edgy, and Kinsley’s even more in trouble!

Make no mistake, the new and improved DCYE grabs you and pulls you in from the first line to the last, and leave you craving more with a book hangover that’s already begging for book 2!

Lynessa has even set up t
Debbie Pasternak
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read the entire 10-book series (the 2014-2015 box set) 5 years ago. LOVED IT. When I heard Lynessa had pulled the whole series I was devastated thinking I’d never get to read another book by her. So happy she’s back! Having read the series several times, I was worried the new ‘professional’ version would be over commercialized and watered down. Wrong! Even BETTER! Bravo Zulu girl! Didn’t think this story could get any better, but you pulled it off lady! Only thing I miss is the yummy naughty b ...more
Buzzfeed Betties
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so we wish there was a 4 1/2 star option on Goodreads...
The writing and flow were top notch. The only thing that lingers is that the female protagonist obviously doesn’t watch horror flicks or she’d know not to corner herself in situations, and she’d have more common sense than to get involved with the douchebags in the storyline. That said, we were skeptical, but by the end of the book, we have to admit we wanted more...the author really does do a good job of sucking you in.

The characters
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read it twice through, and I’m picking up on very subtle clues. Didn’t want to write a review until I’d read it once for content, and again for style, context and details. For 99 cents, you’re not going to find a much better written or entertaining and original story. Really enjoyed reading it the first time through, and gave it 5 stars, though the happy for now ending left me a little tenuous on whether or not to continue the series... I’ll stick with that rating, and move on to book 2 jus ...more
Stacy Hudson
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
...collecting my thoughts...
First of all, this is the most original storyline I've read in a LONG time. I'm trying to think of an author to compare Lynessa to, and there just isn't one. She's in a category all her own.
The book very readable (zero confusion or continuity problems), and she has such a different style that you find yourself wondering why no one has figured out how to write like this before.

Second, the characters get tattooed (yes there are those in the story, too) into your mind li
T.K. Cassidy
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing group of people

I was lucky enough to help this manuscript become a novel. From the first read, I was amazed at how Ms. Layne wove such a tangled web of intrigue ... and kept me with her. In fairness, there was a part that made me very angry... (stirring up emotional response! well done author!) ... but I pushed through and figured out why the heroine had gone down that road. Layne played it perfectly. This story is well worth your time. You’ll be looking forward to book 2 as e
Laura Selena
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you want a page turner, an enjoyable holiday read...this is it! Great suspense. Lots of twists and turns. Refreshing style of writing and the characters were enjoyable. Waiting on book number 4!
Daquita Benson
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We reviewed DCYE at our military wives book club at brunch this morning, and I have to say the girls are abuzz with opinions. Nothing new there! Everyone liked it but for different reasons. I like the fact that Lynessa writes minorities into the story. In book two you find out Jase is actually half Cuban, Frat Toy is Mexican, Kinsleys close girlfriend is African American, and her boss at the bar and a couple others are AA. I can tell you grew up in a mixed community Lynessa, so thank you for wri ...more
Laura Schwark
Jan 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
Story progresses very slowly, to the point of being boring.
I really didn't like the slut-shaming and "I'm not like other girls" attitude that are thrown around constantly in the book.
The male characters are flat and mostly depicted as sex-starved and brainless with the sole purpose of pining for the super-virtuous Kinsley.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Crazy series not entirely sure why I kept reading but I did. I love Klive. Confusing way of writing things, I kept feeling like I've missed something random then had it explained to me a couple chapters later. Normally the reader knows things the character's don't know but in these books it feels like the other way around. ...more
Blake Polanski
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Started off good, but this Klive dude is a wuss. Wouldn’t last a week in the steel city. Got bored of the girly stuff. Couldn’t finish. I think I felt my gonads shrinkin from the estrogen overload. 🤫😂 More of a action an horror guy myself.
Shelle Pennington
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I hated the writing style.
It felt messy.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Totally relatable. The author captured the essence of being a college girl focused on school, career, side job and juggling demands of everyday life with boys thrown into the mix. Jeez I couldn’t imagine getting involved with a crime boss at my age...Jase the singer / player? Maybe. This poor kinsley just can’t win for losing. Kinda scared for her tho. Foreshadowing is a little creepy going into book 2. This Cheatham creep is pure evil, not to mention the a-hole Inferno biker! Get out while you ...more
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I have a love of reading cross-genre Romance, Suspense, Mystery and Crime, but find books difficult to hunt down as the Romance Suspense genre is still clawing room for itself in a mainstream market.

I write what I want to read, edit the content to self-publish and share what I love with other readers.

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