Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Strong Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #1) by M. Leighton [Review]

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

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

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.

4 – 4.5 Searching for Something Stars

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a M. Leighton book. I’m excited for a new series and I’m ready to jump in. Strong Enough is a standalone and is part of the Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Each book will focal a new character.  Strong Enough is Jasper and Muse’s story.

Strong Enough starts out with a bang and I was instantly hooked. The prologue is gritty, graphic and it kind of sets the tone of the book. I wouldn’t call this a dark read, but it’s darker than her other series. You know I love my dark reads, so this worked for me.

Muse loves her dad, but her dad is very paranoid. He doesn’t leave near his daughter and he calls once a month to check up on her. When Muse doesn’t get her monthly phone call from Daddy, she gets very worried and hires Jasper to find her dad.

Jasper is broody, mysterious and very good at his job. We know Jasper has a past with a baggage of issues, which keeps him cold, distant and aloof towards Muse. Jasper is attracted to Muse, but he knows he’s not good for her. He agrees to help Muse find her dad and they go on a road trip.

I love road trip books and although it’s not a complete road trip book, I enjoyed this part. I felt like Muse and Jasper really got to know each other and little bits of his past was revealed. There’s nice tension between Jasper and Muse. Muse wants Jasper, but Jasper continues to push her away because he doesn’t want any form of relationship.

“She’s a woman who makes my blood blaze and my body ache. She’s a woman who has enough fire to thaw a small piece of what’s been frozen for a long time."

“I want only to consume, to take her in. All of her, leaving nothing behind but vapor. “

I liked how tortured Jasper was and I kept on wondering what he story was. Why is he the way he is? What happened to him? Why does he act like that towards Muse? I like a damaged Hero and Jasper fits the bill.

There are many levels to this book and it shifts a lot, which I liked. I felt like the pace just kept moving me forward and I was going along for the ride. Not only we find out more about Jasper, but we learn some things about Muse too. Yes, she has a past and this book has a suspenseful, mystery element to it, which I am a fan of.

If you like M. Leighton books and want something a little different, then this is for you.

An ARC was provided



I got to meet M. Leighton at a book signing when she came down to Dallas. I say this a lot, but I'm being really honest. She's a SUPER nice person. She was so personable and talkative. I was really shy and she kept the conversation going. I'll never forget the big smile on her face and her warm presence. I'm a fan for life. More photos HERE

AMAZON (Kindle) AMAZON (Paperback)

Other Books by M. Leighton
The Bad Boys Series

Down to You #1 AMAZON
Up to Me #2 AMAZON
Everything for Us #3 AMAZON

The Wild Ones Series

The Wild Ones #1 AMAZON
Wild Child #1.5 AMAZON
Some Like it Wild #2 AMAZON
There's Wild, Then there's you #3 AMAZON | REVIEW

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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