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.
A note from Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.
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First off, this book is definitely a work of fiction because half of the things written is so unrealistic I was rolling my eyes half the time. The book picks up where Down To You left off, both Olivia and Cash struggling over their feelings for each other. Do they love each? Do they not?
I was a little frustrated at all the back and forth stereotyping "bad boys." Olivia just couldn't get it through her head that they're not all the same. Cash couldn't decide whether Olivia was something special. How do you risk your life for someone then one or two chapters later say that you just want to keep them around but not get too attached? Aren't you ALREADY too attached if you're willing to risk your life to keep that person safe? Doesn't make sense. I do like Cash's character though. I'm a little put off at Olivia at times. She's so hot and cold. She's shy but then she's not.. and she has the WEIRDEST conversations with herself and doesn't know how to respond in certain situations.
Some parts of the book was predictable.. what do you know..there REALLY is a living, breathing Nash. I wish we got to hear his voice a little more but I guess that'll be in book 3 where hopefully the series will end and I don't have to waste another $3.99 for some sort of cliffhanger.
One thing I was really pissed off about -- Marissa. I'm sorry but Cash/Nash from book one was with her for years. 2 years I believe? I understand that you may not love her the way you do Olivia but you were with her for a long time. It's hard to imagine that SOME sort of feelings weren't developed. I think Marissa kind of got the s**** end of the stick. No one really cared about her. No one told her that Cash was really Nash for their whole relationship.Read more ›
DOWN TO YOU (book one) is more of an introduction of sorts...we get introduced to Cash, Nash, and Olivia. Towards the end of the book we get introduced to Cash and Nash's family drama which in turn leads us into UP TO ME (book two). And DOWN TO ME was one of my most fav books of 2012. Now I can add UP TO ME to that list. Yes siree!
In UP TO ME we are thrown into said family drama almost immediately. All it takes is one ransacked apartment and one phone call to throw this wonderful new relationship into an unknown and unsure place. Olivia doesn't know if Cash is the real deal...her heart is telling her yes but her head is saying she should run far away from it all to somewhere safe. But the only place she feels safe is with Cash. Cash is caught between protecting Olivia and trying to get out of this mess his father started years ago. Will the feelings he has for Olivia be enough to change this bad boy? With everything going on will Olivia be able to trust Cash fully...enough to give her whole heart to him? Or is she already too far gone that in the end she will only get hurt...or worst killed?
UP TO ME has so much suspense packed in it will make your butt pucker (Olivia's words, not mine). But it is so true. When a HUGE twist is introduced right off at the start I was flabbergasted and bamboozled. Knocked right over. How could this happen? What?? So yeah, when you get to that part you will be a jumbled mass of emotions. Trust me. But adding this `new' character was icing on the fictional cake. And knowing this character will be in the next book...even better. I am just blown away, even a day later, thinking about it all.
Gosh, where was I? Ok, so I know I am gushing about a certain twist, but there is so much more.Read more ›
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I really LOVED Down to You. And I couldn't wait to get this book. I dropped the book I was reading when I saw that this had been released early and immediately bought it and dove in. This book picks right up where Down to You leaves off. Olivia is suddenly questioning her feelings when this had already been resolved in the previous book. She is taking steps backwards.
Then there is the whole russian mafia situation. It seems like this book tries to be a romantic suspense/thriller but it lacks the depth and detail to pull it off.
These things irked me to no end: - Cash does not bring the surprise visitor up to speed after not seeing him for 7 years. How can they not discuss what has happened???? Why is he not shouting for joy at seeing him? This reaction/ reunion was not well played. It was supposed to be this big shocker, and it was, but I would have expected it to go differently. Why did he have to go into hiding to begin with? This made no sense to me. The author took what was such a shocking reveal in the first book and made it something completely unnecessary. ARG! - Olivia!!!!!!! She knows the mafia (THE MAFIA) has taken her cousin hostage (HOSTAGE). Cash's best friend Gavin takes her to her mother's house to hide out. She hasn't spoken to her mother in years. This is baffling to me. Why do they have to involve her mother at all?? Why not just go hide out together and not involve anyone else? But whatever, they go to the mother's house. The mother doesn't know what's going on berates olivia and tells her she should prove that she is a good person by leaving Gavin (her PROTECTOR) and go to class. AND OLIVIA LISTENS!!! WHY????!!!!Read more ›