Tuesday, November 3, 2015

HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Tough Enough by M. Leighton


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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the second book in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.


He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?

There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m comfortable in the shadows, where no one can see my scars.

Kiefer Rogan literally took my breath away the moment I met him. MMA champion-turned-actor, notorious playboy, charming to a fault—he’s everything I vowed to avoid.

But he just wouldn’t stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I should’ve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that they’re usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.

I just never guessed that they could be deadly, too.
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My Review
I have to start by saying holy crap, the prologue of this book was about as gripping as any I have ever read. I was so drawn into this story right away. It really makes you wonder what happened to Katie to make her who she is now. She is the shadow of a woman she used to be. That night changed her so much that her life is never the same again. Despite this she still knows what she wants and isn't willing to waste time on a lost cause. This is pretty much how she feels about Kiefer when she meets him. The actor/MMA fighter who is greek god hot and could get with any female he wants. there is more then meets the eye with Kiefer though. Secrets have their way of coming out however. Will Katie come out of her shell and accept happiness? 

I loved Katie's friend Mona. She was such a great secondary character. She was funny and truly a great friend to Katie. I felt like she was the outgoing side that Katie longed for. They were two peas in a pod! 

I loved Katie and Kiefer. Their relationship was like a slow boil. Started out kind of warm but, eventually was scalding. This is the kind of story I truly love. The kind that takes time to really realize your feelings before lusting and jumping into bed. Kiefter had so much patience. He truly wooed Katie and it was so lovely to read about. She was broken and he gained her trust and was willing to take the time to do it. Katie doesn't willing give her trust away. She is a very closed off person when it comes to emotions.  I felt like they go to know each other and were finally able to share their pasts which is not easy. There were some pretty hot moments between them too. 

I felt like this was a great follow up to the first book. It was tied into the original story line well. This is a story of two people with broken pasts who build on each other's strength to survive. It was a romantic read but, also had action! I would highly recommend it!


New 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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