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Pocketful of Sand by [Leighton, M.]
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About the Author

M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, including Up to Me, Everything for Us, and There's Wild, Then There's You. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, she found an outlet: literary fiction.

Roger Wayne hails from small-town Minnesota. He served in the Air Force as a broadcast journalist in South Korea before obtaining his BA in communications and journalism. Roger has recorded for video games, animation, and commercials, and he loves making books come to life. You can see what he's up to at

Monique Makena lives in Washington, D.C., where she has worked as an operative at the D.C. Spy Museum and a docent at the Smithsonian. She enjoys Love Songs with Delilah, red wine, and her cockapoo, Snuggles. Her accents are acquired while people watching on the National Mall.

Product Details

  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: M. Leighton Books; First edition (March 13, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UOVV06S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was a good story and I had never read a romance with this storyline.
This story kept my attention. I read it in one sitting. I really felt compassion
for the hero, heroine & her child. This is not a lightweight book but did not expect it to be.
It has quite a few possible triggers for readers.

I am going to try to limit spoilers. They are marked as spoilers and only tell what the issues
are in this book in case it is a trigger of someone who does not want to read the book without knowing
or wants to skip reading the book because it would be too upsetting.

The heroine was likable and giving her circumstances I thought she was coping well.

I loved how intense and passionate the hero's feelings are for the heroine. Despite his issues and not wanting to,
he falls hard for her, which I loved. He is protective and possessive towards her and I feel like he would
do anything for her.

Some may find the hero not redeemable but I did. Everyone makes mistakes, just some
are worse than others. It is apparent that he is still punishing himself and he feels true remorse. I did not
care for how he treated women other than heroine and maybe I am naive but I believe he will
not every treat her that way.

We are told that there are two endings. I liked the HNF but preferred
that it be more of a HEA with an epilogue more in the future, like 10 or more years.
There were serious issues both of them had to work out and a few things were left unresolved.
An epilogue of that length would confirm that they made it as a couple.

I would have been irritated if only the non HFN ending was in the book. For one, it has a cliffhanger.
Also I hate they storyline that it contained.
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS - I love a story about broken people but wow, these two have some baggage. Eden moves to Miller's Pond, Maine, obviously escaping her past, protecting her six year old daughter Emmy. They discover beautiful ex-football player Cole on the beach building an elaborate sand castle. It becomes one of those love-at-first-sight moments for all three of them. That part of the story was a little too perfect - Cole lost his daughter in a terrible accident of which he feels responsible & the guilt is eating him alive, and Emmy is around the same age & looks like his daughter? Hmmm. The town believes Cole is crazy, talking to his dead daughter, building sand castles to be close to her. Eden & Cole are extremely attracted to each other & are physical right off the bat. One of the hottest scenes ever, two fantasies rolled into one - Cole naked except for an apron, feeding Eden bacon while playing with her - holy crap!! But Cole doesn't understand that Eden is even more broken than he is & he sets off some major triggers for her. Eden has been in her own personal hell, has not shared her past with anyone, but she tells Cole what she & Emmy have lived through & a word of warning - it is heartbreaking when it involves Eden's little girl. When Cole holds her tight & absorbs some of her pain, Eden thinks "We are two broken people, finding strength in each other's remaining pieces." The way Cole treats Emmy, and the surprising way Emmy lets him into her life after all she's been through, will make you cry. She allows him to pick her up & set her on the kitchen counter so they can make pancakes - OMG, the tears! Emmy is such a fragile angel, and he's being so delicate with her!! Cole is that perfect dynamic, hot sexy dirty talker and then all sweetness with Emmy.Read more ›
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The only thing the author could have done to enhance the experience of reading this would have been to include a box of tissues with each purchase. Michelle, you need to get on that!! ;-)I swear I went through a whole box while reading it, and thinking about writing this has me started on another!!

I'm just going to give you 3 reasons why you should read Pocketful of Sand:

Reason 1: Cole, Eden, and Emmy.

Cole: Yes, he's hot, ripped, get the point!! After all, this IS a M. Leighton book we're talking about, so you expect nothing less. BUT, he's also SO much more!! He's sweet, kind, lost, and tortured. You want to take him home and make everything better. From the towns misconception of him, to his nightmare that he's constantly reliving, he definitely pulls at the heart strings!!

Eden and Emmy: Oh my word!! Both of them are just the sweetest things ever. Running from a rough past, they both have to decide if they want to open their hearts, and their lives, to Cole or not. Their journey through this book will wrap them around your heart for good. I'm definitely looking forward to more of them!!

Reason 2: In every angst-y (is that a word??) book you read, you need someone to despise. Pocketful of Sand has a couple of options for you. I can't remember reading a book in recent years that had such a despicable antagonist. My heart still races thinking about it!!

Reason 3: Pocketful of Sand has such a great ending (or two)!! The author was brilliant in how she did this. Remember those Encyclopedia Brown books they had, where you got to pick the ending? That's what you get here. You hate cliffhangers?? No problem. Just follow door number one. You want more, another book to the series?? You got it!! Just follow door number two!!
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