August 4, 2015

Strong Enough by M. Leighton Release with Review


Now available: Strong Enough, the first book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous trilogy by M. Leighton! A dark and sexy read in the style of the bestselling Bad Boys novels.

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StrongEnough-Cover-250wHow would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.

That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.

Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get. And is he strong enough to let her?

Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her? 

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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. **



MLeightonAuthorPhotoNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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