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.
4 Beauty is Skin Deep Stars
Tough Enough is a standalone and is part of the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series. I enjoyed the first book, Strong Enough a lot. I was really excited for this one and I couldn’t wait to dive in!
Like all Leighton books the beginning hits you with a bam and I love it. I love the way she starts out each book in this series. It grabs you by the face and you are just glued to the pages. The beginning completely set the tone of the read and I was ready to read more about Katie’s story.
Katie is a damaged girl. She had a horrific past and she’s trying to move on. She works as a make-up artist for celebrities. She’s an ordinary girl, kind of shy and doesn’t like attention at all.
I liked Katie. I felt for her and understood her. I wanted to be Mona, her best friend and just make Katie feel better. You can tell Katie guards herself and its tough getting close to her.
Kiefer Rogan (love the name) is a fighter turned actor. I know it’s like the best of both worlds right?! He’s handsome, talented and is a charmer. Ladies thrown themselves at him and he doesn’t complain one bit. Katie is Rogan’s make-up artist.
Katie as Rogan’s make-up artist is a completely cute storyline. I love it when the Hero is an actor. I love that Katie is a typical girl, but somehow she has captured superstar Rogan’s attention. Rogan doesn’t understand why he’s interested in Katie because she’s not the normal girl he goes for, but there’s something about her that draws him towards her.
Because of Katie’s past, she keeps Rogan at arm’s length and I’m super loving the chase. No, do not make it easy for him!
“No man in his right mind would want me. And if Kiefer Rogan does, it’s only because he hasn’t seen the real me yet. The bad parts. The ugly parts.”
As you read on, you get more of Rogan’s past and his issues too. You can kind of see that Katie and Rogan have a lot in common and I like that they both have past struggles.
Leighton is very descriptive in her writing and paints a perfect picture for you as you read. It’s a beautiful story about past pains and struggles and overcoming them.
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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
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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.