August 4, 2015

~*~LAUNCH DAY BLITZ & REVIEW~*~ Strong Enough by M. Leighton

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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How 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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 My Review
Strong Enough is the first installment from M. Leighton's newest Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series.  My, oh, my is Jasper King all three of those things!
Muse Harper is in the market to find a bounty hunter to find her missing father. The Colonel sent Muse across the country to keep her safe and only communicates with her in ways that will do just that, even though she has no idea what he is trying to keep her safe from.  She hires Jasper King to find her father, and she sets out on a trip back across the country with him to find the missing pieces to the puzzle.  Things get more heated as the mystery unravels, and nothing is as it seems for Muse Harper.

This book was amazing.  Michelle does what she does best as usual with this book, and weaves a beautiful story while keeping us on our toes.  I loved Muse, and Jasper, oh Jasper.  Once again Michelle has knocked it out of the park!

I fell for M. Leighton and her books before I started blogging and let me tell you she will always be a go to author to read for me. The first book in a new series, Tall, Dark and Dangerous, starts off with a jolt to your system with mind numbing events and its non-stop action and suspense until the very end.

I see how Strong Enough is the perfect title for the story of Muse and Mr. Tall, Dark and Dangerous himself… Jasper King. The Lion and the Lamb. Muse has to be strong enough to be able to handle the events that are rocking her life and the ones important to her but when Jasper comes into her life on what she thinks is her terms she couldn’t be more wrong and it takes every ounce of strength she was born with. Even though Muse knows she’s treading the line of darkness with Jasper the promise of a deep satisfaction from him is one that she can’t ignore and one that Jasper wants to give.

I love the military who done it covert affairs suspense or who is hiding secrets stories and this one is not a disappointment. Take note that Strong Enough is a series so we don’t get a full closure but a promise to book 2 with new characters with also a continuation to steps closer to getting the answers to the questions that are being asked.  

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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◊◊COVER REVEAL◊◊Marley: A Carnage Novel by Lesley Jones

 ◊≈◊Marley: A Carnage Novel◊≈◊
By Lesley Jones

From the author of Carnage 1&2, comes this follow up novel. Marley tells the story of Carnage from Marley Layton’s POV. It will give you the missing years. Marley is a companion novel to Carnage 1&2 and both of those books should be read first.
Want to know what really happened in that hotel room in Paris?
Want to know if the rumours of Marley, Sean and their sexploits were true?
We got to watch Georgia fall apart but what was Sean going through in those four years they were separated?
Marley will give you the answers but he might just break your heart along the way.

"‘So, they want me to write a book? They want to know about my band, my life, my loves and my losses. But they have no idea what they’re asking for. If I give them what they want, they’ll get so much more than the sex and drugs and the rock and roll they’re expecting. They’ll get the secrets that I’ve kept for so long, they’ll get an insight into the person I really am, or at least was. They think they know my story, they know nothing.
If I do this, if I write honestly and give them the ugly truth, people will get hurt. People that I love, people that have already suffered in the worst possible ways.
Do I do this, or do I walk away? Taking my secrets to the grave."

Marley is an adult contemporary romance. It contains content suitable only for grownups with an open mind. There are scenes of group sex which include m/f/m a little bit of f/m/m and even some f/f/f/m/m/f/f/f. There is drinking and drug taking involved. A lot of swearing, some Essex slang and some very high emotion. Please don’t complain after reading this book that you weren't warned.
And yes, of course you’ll need tissues.
 Carnage: The story of us Book Summary
I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.
“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry”… He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”
Carnage, an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean's story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

Carnage 2: The story of me Book Summary
When your world, your life and all of your hopes and dreams for the future are ripped out from under you, how do you go on?
Death without dying is not only the most painful kind of death, it's also the most painful kind of life and I don't know if I'm strong enough to live it.
I spend my lonely days and nights trying to make sense of what my life has become. Do I have the strength to move forward into the light, or should I just let the darkness take me?
I'm Georgia Rae Layton McCarthy and this is the story of me, just me.
I'm no longer a part of an us, it's just me.
By myself.
Lesley Jones Biography
Lesley was born and grew up in Essex, just outside of London, England but moved with her family to Australia in 2006 and now lives close to the city of Melbourne. As well as writing, Lesley is an avid reader and also enjoys watching a game of football- the round ball version- while sipping on a glass of wine, during her down time. Despite now living in Aus, she is still an Essex girl at heart and remains partial to her waxing, tinting, sculpting and shellac routines. Lesley is a huge fan of social media and can often be found chatting to her readers in her various groups. She is a sucker for a reality TV show, with TOWIE being her obvious favourite.
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♥♦♥Blog Tour & Review♥♦♥Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter

 The Hotter You Burn

The Original Heartbreakers #2
By Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…

Beck Ockley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck's home—her ancestral estate—for food, she's shocked by his early return...and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck's life, he can't get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he'll have to break her heart...or surrender his own.

$7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.

ISBN-13: 978-0-373-77969-7
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My Review

Ahhhh, I completely devoured this book. I could not put it down! I don't know how Showalter does it. She creates this characters that you just can't get enough of. And I don't just mean her deliciously hunky male leads, but her beautiful and empowered female leads as well.

In Closer You Come we were more thoroughly introduced to the trio of mysterious hotties, Jase, Beck and West(Lincoln) that just moved to the little town of Strawberry Valley, Ohio. The trio had all the ladies swooning and while one of our hunks found his forever love we were still left with Beck and West. Two genuine, sexy, hilarious, compassionate and fiercely loyal friends that had yet to find the lady that would anchor their hearts.

In Hotter You Burn we are the ever eager audience to Beck's trials of one night stands, bad decisions, fearful choices, heartache, desire and the strongest most sincere love. Beck is a pleasure seeker and giver. Never offering more than one night with his conquest of choice, he is not the kind to fall in line with the relationship and commitment path in life, that is until he meets Harlow Glass. Harlow is the former nemesis and bully of Strawberry Valley. She is the pariah of the town, back after several years of not being seen only to come face to face with the results and pain of her past behavior. Insulted, snickered and sneered at by almost everyone she comes across, she is an outcast with no friends or family to turn to. But Harlow's story is not so black and white, with a painful past that left her emotional scars and a painful incident that left her physical ones, Harlow is only looking for a place where her heart can call home and a love that will last a lifetime.

I loved everything about Harlow and to be honest while Beck made me swoon and hyperventilate while reading, I think Harlow stole the show. I found myself rooting for her at every moment. I felt every emotion she experienced as if it were my own and I couldn't help but admire the amazing character that Showalter created in Harlow. Despite her flaws she owned up to her past, she dealt with the backlash of her actions and she came out stronger for it. She was dedicated to earning the forgiveness of those that she had wronged and she never really lost hope in her possibility for happiness.

Now Beck, oh Beck. Now if there was ever a man who could make you fall in love at the mere sound of his voice it is this character right here. Showalter in her usual amazing fashion created yet another swoonworthy, panty dropping, heartbreakingly sexy god of a man in Beck. He is the perfect balance of witty, intelligent, desirable, alpha male that you just want to grab onto and never let go. Beck made me laugh, cry, and fan myself on multiple occasions.

I loved this second full story in the Original Heartbreakers series. Showalter's combination of humor, sexiness, and genuine emotion fill my quota for a fantastic read every time I pick up one her books. Her characters, for the short time you are reading, become your most desired fantasies, your most admired hero/heroine and your dearest friends. Pick up this next installment of the Original Heartbreakers, trust me you won't be disappointed.

I can't wait to read the next book for West's story!!
  Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose works have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.
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