Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Release Blitz with Christie's 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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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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This book came as quite a surprise, in the sense that it was pretty much the opposite of everything I was anticipating that it would be. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you're thinking that this book will run along the same lines as Strong Enough, you'll be mistaken. I thought that this would be another suspense driven book with a hard as nails alpha hero. That it would continue on with the mystery of who's behind the attempted assassinations of these men's loved ones. In reality, while I really did enjoy the hero for his single-minded pursuit and patience with the heroine, to me, he felt much more like a beta hero.

Kiefer Rogan is a MMA champion fighter who is part of a former black ops group. As we learned in book one, someone assassinated the fourth in this group of men and no one is safe until they find who is behind it. We were left in a happy for now place, but the danger was still present and unresolved. Kiefer has just agreed to take part in a television show-it's filming in a small town and it's the perfect place to lay low while the perpetrators are hunted down. He never accounted for the woman who he couldn't stop thinking about from the very first meeting. 

Katie Rydale is a heroine with heaps of baggage and has lost the ability to put her trust in people. Most especially men. The woman she is now is a far cry from who she used to be. She's experienced tragic loss, and a nightmare of horrific proportions that sent her into hiding. From herself, from connecting with people, and allowing them to see below her surface. She blends into the shadows, and she likes it that way. 

"If I've learned anything over the years, it's how to hide. Emotions, insecurity, myself-hiding is the one defense mechanism that I've mastered.

Kiefer was the epitome of strength and perseverance. His attitude and outlook in life was that of a conqueror. he's focused, determined, and single minded. His immediate attraction and curiosity about Katie leads him to grow desperate to gain her trust. When she turns him down repeatedly, it only causes him to dig his heels in deeper and seek a new direction in winning her. I loved that about him, he was a great hero in that respect. He wanted to see her, to understand the woman who no one else could see.

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