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August 2, 2015

Book Review: Strong Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series # 1) by M. Leighton

This is my first book by M. Leighton and I didn’t know what to expect going in but the synopsis sounded really good so I agreed to review.  That being said, there needs to be a warning at the beginning of the book. Some terrible shit goes down and I was not prepared. AT ALL.  I was thinking what did I get myself into when I agreed to read this book.  Luckily it’s only in the prologue, but I was quite shocked by what I read, but also knew that it would be needed to transform the character into what he was to be in the future.

Muse Harper has moved across the country thinking that she’s protecting her father and when he misses their monthly call and she cannot get in touch with him, she hires a bounty hunter to find him.

The second Jasper King walked into the shop Muse was working at their attraction was instant.  Muse forgot about her ex-boyfriend who easily gave her up when she needed to move and her thoughts and world become all about the dark headed man with golden eyes and the perfect body. Even knowing how wrong Jasper was for her, Muse couldn’t stop thinking about him, wanting him.

Jasper has always been in control of every aspect of his life that is until he meets a Muse.  She’s unlike anyone he’s ever known and no matter how hard he tries, Jasper cannot stop all the feelings that she uncovers. Feelings that Jasper has never had a problem burying until now.

Strong Enough is in dual points of view so that you get a great sense of what each character is thinking throughout the book and it very helpful since Jasper tried to hide behind a blank mask from everyone.

When Muse finds out what Jasper really does for a living, I thought she was crazy. It was too soon in my opinion to disillusion herself about him, what he does, and to already be falling for him (or as deeply as she was for him).

Knowing from Jasper’s point of view that eventually their relationship would end, I was constantly waiting for it to happen.  At first it was from a job and the way he’d always lived his life perspective, but it quickly shifted into wanting to protect her from the dangers of his job, and not thinking he had anything to offer anyone, let alone this unpredictable wholesome woman who had invaded his life in such a short period of time.

Rarely do I not connect with the characters in a book, but it was hard for me to get into the characters or the book.  I think it had to do with there was no much of a build up into their relationship and obsession with each other.  It was instant and they didn’t try to fight it.  I wish there was more development of the characters, especially Muse.  I thought that the author should have incorporated Muse being an artist more. It was barely mentioned until the last twenty percent.  It seemed we got to know more about Jasper in the book then about Muse although I didn’t feel that I learned enough about either.

As for the epilogue, I was happy with it, but I wish it would have played out a little more into the night. All in all I think the book could have given a little more insight to the characters to connect the readers with them, but it was a good book with plenty of hot, steamy sex scenes, action, and suspense.

 

** I was provided an arc for a fair and honest review. **

 

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