Author: Michelle Leighton
Series: Pretty #2
Release Date: January 26, 2013
Genre: New Adult
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He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.
It took Kennedy Moore years to put her life back together after Reese Spencer shattered it. But she did. Now, years later, strong and independent, she is in pursuit of a single dream—to dance with the Altman American Dance Theater. Unfortunately, Kennedy is learning that a girl from nowhere with no money and no contacts might never be able to reach her goal.
That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t refuse. In exchange for working on his yacht for a few short weeks, he’ll get her an audition with the famous dance troupe. All Kennedy has to do is keep her head down, work hard and resist Reese. That sounds easy enough, right?
Reese doesn’t want to make it easy for Kennedy. Seeing her again has started a fire in his blood—an unwelcome one. It took him years to forget about her before, so this time he has a plan. It’s simple: Get Kennedy on his yacht, seduce her, get her out of his system, move on with his life. That sounds easy enough, right?
But the one thing Reese didn’t plan for was Kennedy herself—a girl so strong yet so broken, she makes him want to rescue her, to take care of her. To save her. Even if he has to save her from himself.
But the truth is, I never stopped loving Reese. Like scars and bad memories, some things never go away.
There were many things I expected going into this book. Relatable characters, scorching hot sexual chemistry, adventure, a little intrigue; what completely blindsided me though was the depth of soul wrenching emotion embedded deep within the pages. There was an intensity in this book, as well as its predecessor, that I can only imagine comes from Leighton’s growth as an author. I really shouldn’t have been shocked, as this IS Michelle Leighton we are talking about. I first fell in love with her Wild Ones series, and then it was the Bad Boys, and now the Pretty series. I am familiar with her style of writing. She has a way of weaving you into a story before you even realize you’re there. You open the book and before you know it; you’re one hundred pages deep, completely entrenched in the character’s lives. She quite literally writes you INTO the story, as if it is playing out right before your eyes. But this series, and especially this book? A whole other level folks!
“I’ll give you anything you want. As often as you want it. Ugly, rough, the dirtiest things you can think of. I’d do it all for you, baby. I’d come all over you and then lick it off. On that sexy mouth, on those delectable nipples. In that beautiful ass. So far up inside you, it wouldn’t come out for days.”
While Kennedy is a new character to this series, we briefly met Reese in All the Pretty Lies. He is Hemi’s older playboy, career driven brother. There is an intensity to his character that is best described in the above quote. He is used to getting what he wants when he wants it; his power and wealth know no bounds. Despite efforts to the contrary, he is every bit as ruthless as his father. Denying the truth to himself and those around him, I could instantly tell there was more to him than met the eye. Fueled by obligation and misplaced trust, within him resided a heart so full of love to give. What happens when you gave said heart away fourteen years earlier, never wanting nor needing it back? You get a seemingly arrogant man who doesn’t take no for an answer. That described Reese in a nutshell.
Kennedy was such a beautiful character; I instantly felt bonded to her. There was an innocence in her soul despite years of others trying to extract it from her. Growing up as an abused foster kid has left her extremely wary to trust anyone, especially men. She has seen the depraved places they can go. Our characters first met fourteen years prior, when her foster father was the groundskeeper for Reese’s uncle. They shared one perfect stolen summer together, and neither has ever had their hearts returned. They come together by happenstance; Kennedy is now dancing in one of Reese’s clubs in pursuit of becoming a professional dancer. They run into each other one night and that one fateful summer comes rushing back to the forefront. Try as they might, feelings could not be denied. Helpless to the inevitable path in front of them, all I could do was hold on for the ride.
I’ll love him until there’s nothing left. And then long after. It’s inevitable. He’s inevitable.
One of my favorite aspects of this book, in comparison to others, was the vulnerability displayed. Though not always spoken, it hung in the air, displayed as a shield of protection. It gave a realness to the characters, a rawness if you will. It endeared me to them all the more. Sparks crackled in the air and I was helpless to the inevitable onslaught of emotion. I’ll admit that for the first half of the book, I was wary with where she would take us. Although I was invested in the story and the characters, there wasn’t yet anything that stood out. Boy, did I ever eat my words! The last half of the book Michelle delivers a swift gut punch of emotions that will literally have you reeling for days afterwards. Honestly, I never in my wildest dreams or inclinations saw these revelations coming. So now that I look back on it I realize that the beginning of the story was just an eventual buildup for when she knocks you on your ass. I have been emotionally gutted in the best possible way. The story went from ordinary to one I won’t soon forget. The passion, the intensity, the rawness of it all, all wrapped up in one sexy package. Next up is Sig’s book and I can’t wait to see where Michelle takes us next!
“I’ve loved you from the moment I met you. For fourteen years, I’ve loved you. And I’ll love you for a million more.”
What’s up for grabs?
- 2- $250 Visa Gift Cards
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All the Pretty Lies ~ Book One
“Live, no regrets”
Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.
In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.
Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.
How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?