Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Release Day Review: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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What I thought about Tough Enough
This second installment in the Tall, Dark and Dangerous series from M. Leighton slows things down a bit, at least for a good part of this story.  
Katie Rydale is a make-up artist, living a quiet life when Kiefer Rogan comes into her life.  He's an MMA fighter doing double duty as an actor and he's sitting in her make-up chair.  He's immediately intrigued by Katie, and she feels something toward him, even though she is a bit surprised at her reaction to him. Kiefer is also part of the Delta team we met in the first book in this series.
Katie has learned to protect herself after a past incident that has left her scarred and broken.  She doesn't want to get involved with the good-looking man with a reputation.  But he is determined to woo her, and that's just what he does for a good part of this story--with equal parts of determination and patience.
This is a story about two people who have traveled a rough road with past events that have shaped who they are today.  It's also a story about hope and trust and really living rather than just surviving.  I loved how Rogan was patient with Katie, and I loved that there was some real wooing going on in this story.  M. Leighton nailed it with fantastic emotional content in this story and it was wonderful.
Most of the action in this story happens in the last 25% of this book, when the twists and turns come.  
Tough Enough is a fast read because M. Leighton pulls you right into the story from the opening pages.  You can't help but fall in love with these two characters. I'm looking forward to the last book in this trilogy. 
ARC provided for review.

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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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