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Chasing The Dragon (Deception Duet Book 1) by [Leigh, T.K.]
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He’s trying to protect his heart…
She’s a shell of the girl she once was…
Can he chase away the demons threatening to destroy her?

Mackenzie Delano craves control. After tragedy strikes during her freshman year of college, she compensates for the helplessness she felt by micro-managing every aspect of her life, from her business life to her social life…to her love life. But she wasn’t expecting to cross paths with a mysterious man who seems to invade her every thought.

Tyler Burnham has been living his life with one rule in mind…never fall in love. Focusing solely on his career, he is able to remain a detached observer of life… Until a case is dropped in his lap, forcing him to form an intimate relationship with a sharp-tongued woman in order to obtain the location of a man deemed an enemy of the State.

When Tyler finds himself falling for Mackenzie, will he be able push his feelings aside and recover the information he needs? Or will he put the mission and their lives at risk to follow his heart?

***Note - Chasing The Dragon is the first book in a two-book duet and is a spin-off of T.K. Leigh's USA Today Bestselling Beautiful Mess series. It is not necessary to have read that series in order to read this duet, but it will contain a mild spoiler from the third book in the Beautiful Mess series, Gorgeous Chaos.***

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1817 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Carpe Per Diem, Inc. / Tracy Kellam (11 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,225 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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**this review kinda sorta contains spoilers but nothing soecific**
T.K. Leigh has done it again, she's made me fall in love with another Burnham. Tyler is just an enigmatic and sexy and sweet and just perfect like his older brother without the anger. I was hooked with this story from the beginning and when I got to the end I wanted part 2 so much, I can't wait for part 2. I love how it ends with out the OMG cliffhanger but it does leave you wanting more.
The characters are all so loveable and their relationships feel real. Kenzie and Tyler are meant be together and i hope th get their HEA in book 2. I think there is more to the story of her dad which is what makes this book so good, it keeps you guessing.
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I give this book 5 stars. If I could give it more i would. I love everything that T.K Leigh writes. This story has everything. It has passion, tension, love, lies, betrayal, anger, lust, sadness. I was on my the edge of my seat the whole time i read this. I could not put it down. While I was not reading, i was thinking about the story line and the characters. Like all of T.K's stories, Tyler and Mackenzie's story will stay with me. I recommend her stories to anyone that will listen and if they don't want to listen, i tell them anyway. Written with such excellence. She is truly and inspiration. I can't wait to read more from this amazing author. Well done and PLEASE keep writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! 11 May 2015
By Stacy Hahn - Published on
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Chasing The Dragon is everything you expect from TK Leigh and more! There is mystery, suspense, drama, secrets, betrayal, intrigue, passion and love!

Mackenzie's life has been one of secrets and sadness having to hide who she is for her own protection. After being betrayed by the man she loved and trusted Mackenzie sought comfort in control and not letting anyone in except for her two best friends. She thinks she is perfectly happy living that way until she meets a gorgeous man who sweeps her off her feet. No matter how hard she tries to not let him affect her, he does.

Tyler Burnham is working an assignment with his brother for the FBI. He is to get in a relationship and gain information from a woman whom the FBI claims has information affecting national security. He has been living in his past pain, grief and loneliness. Not making a connection to anyone for more than the physical, so he felt he could do his job no problem. Get in a relationship with his asset to get information to get his job done. No risk there since he has felt nothing since the death of the love of his life. Only it wasn't that easy.

Tyler and Mackenzie have an instant attraction and chemistry that leave them both off kilter and questioning everything they thought they believe. Tyler is absolutely swoon worthy and knows just what to say and do. Soon he finds that he is feeling things he hadn't felt in years and he is torn. How far will Tyler go to find out what he's looking for? Will he abandon his assignment or deal Mackenzie the worst type of betrayal ever?

This book overwhelmed me in such an amazing way. I could not get enough! My heart and mind could hardly take the emotional roller coaster ride it was on. This is book one of a two book duet, and I am beyond excited to see what is to come!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Timeline was my only issue 14 August 2015
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Ok here's the deal, I liked this book! I wanted to love this book and give it five stars, but I can't. The reason I can't is because of the timeline. This book takes place over 2 WEEKS! Not 2 months.... 2 WEEKS! Would anything about the plot change had the timeline been lengthened? Not really in my opinion.
Mackenzie has been burned by love in the past. So much so that she changed her entire life to prevent herself from being hurt again. Tyler lost the love of his life mysteriously and has been going through the motions of life. He throws himself into work to avoid love. And yet, the author expects us to believe that these two broken people start to fall in love in LESS than one week. The way they loved each other was very well written and I could absolutely get behind a love story like this, until I reminded myself of the fact they fell in love within a week of meeting. The rest of the story, the mystery and the danger that Mackenzie is in, I loved that! But again, pulling it out to 2 months would have worked just as well.
I will most definitely read the next one because I want to know what happens with Mackenzie's life and find out who is really out to get her.
Again this book had amazing promise, but I just could not get behind the timeline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing roller coaster ride! #TeamBurnham 11 May 2015
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There are no words that I can put in this review that will do this book any justice!

Chasing the Dragon deserves more than 5 stars! I absolutely loved everything about this book! I instantly fell in love with Tyler and all the cockiness he had to offer!

I loved Mackenzie Delano, maybe because I can relate to her in a way! She micro manages her life and doesn't live for the moment. She has experienced heartbreak and the last thing she wants is to find love until she meets the hot Tyler Burnham! I love the connection between both of them and all the banter between them!

Chasing The Dragon took me on an emotional roller coaster. The book had some second chance romance even though it may have began with deception.

I absolutely loved the secondary characters, especially Brayden! I would love to have a friend as amazing as him! I loved that we got a glimpse of Alexander & Olivia (A Beautiful Mess Series) even though I may not have been too fond of him!

I look forward to reading Slaying the Dragon and anything else that TK Leigh writes!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOWN AWAY! 11 May 2015
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LOVED! LOVED! This book was fantastic! If I could give it more than 5 stars I certainly would!

I was totally and thoroughly BLOWN AWAY by Chasing The Dragon! This is by far one of the best romantic suspense books I have read in a long time. I mean, right now, that I feel like this author played my emotions so completely that I am not sure if I hate or love Tyler. LOL! Seriously!

The character Mackenzie is so relatable that I feel like she is a part of me. Honestly. Have we all not at some point in our lives needed total control of our lives in every capacity just to survive day to day? Yes. You know exactly what I mean. Mackenzie has dealt with so much in her life that she HAD to limit her emotions; she had to dominate her own life. But how long can she keep doing this and be able to truly live?

Mackenzie meets this mysterious stranger, Tyler. He is an alpha male to the T! He is everything she needs desperately in her life. Tyler is charming, passionate, and protective. I just loved how he made her #swoon. But can she trust this “seems too good to be true” man? Will he be her undoing?

The story line and characters are extremely well developed and even the secondary characters will feel like your friends. From the moment I opened this amazing book I simply could not put it down! If I had just one romantic suspense to recommend it would be Chasing The Dragon. It will grab your heart, twist it and leaving begging for more!

This is a quote from the story that I loved:
“A monster doesn’t appear with snarling lips and frightening eyes. He comes as everything you ever wished for and desired.”
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars is not enough to cover the SWOON is this book! 12 May 2015
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Wow, another emotional, suspenseful, swoon worthy story from T.K. Leigh!

We briefly met Tyler Burnham in T.K.'s Beautiful Mess series and I was instantly mesmerized by him in that storyline. Looking very much like his older brother but having more of a carefree attitude attracted me to him right away. In Chasing the Dragon, we meet a completely different Tyler, one that has suffered through some heartbreaking tragedy.

Chasing the Dragon revolves around Tyler and a beautiful spitfire, Mackenzie Delano. We learn early on that Mackenzie has suffered through her fair share of heartache in her life as well, and now as a grown woman she is a detailed oriented, carefully controlled person whose entire day, week, month is planned out to the exact minute. She doesn't have time for relationships, only quick and easy one night stands. They are the only thing that fit into her life plan.

As in her Beautiful Mess series, Tyler and Mackenzie's story is full of twist and turns and suspense. Early on in the story Mackenzie starts receiving strange phone calls from some anonymous person who does nothing but breathe on the line and imitate a gun going off? What is this about? I was instantly drawn into the story and couldn't put the book down, flipping pages trying to find any clues as to what was going on.

Tyler and Mackenzie "meet" in a bar and they both feel an instant connection, though Mackenzie tries hard to deny it. She agrees to a one night stand with Tyler...but really will she be able to walk away after just one night? We'll see.... Tyler pulls out the swoon factor big time and he has got to be one of the most eloquent expressers of emotion I've ever read, "Tonight, my darling Mackenzie, I will prove to you that your heart is capable of making good decisions, too. That sometimes following your heart requires a leap of faith. But that, in the long run, it's better to jump and never look back. Please, Mackenzie," he whispered into my neck. "Let's jump together." Mackenzie says it best: "SWOON"

The story is told from dual POV of both Tyler and Mackenzie and I really loved that about the story. We get inside both their heads. We see how the relationship is developing between these two, all while mysterious things are occurring and people from Mackenzie's past start popping back into her life. Her carefully controlled world starts slipping out of her grasp and she turns to Tyler to help her keep her balance. Tyler becomes her rock, her strength and she opens up to him, for the first time in her life and reveals secrets to him she hasn't shared with anyone.

Tyler has a specific agenda when it comes to Mackenzie, but all too soon his own world is skewed off balance and he struggles with his conscience, and what his directive is in contrast to what his heart wants. He also grapples with a tragic event that occurred in the past to someone he loved and thought he would be spending the rest of his life with. But his feeling for Mackenzie are stronger than anything he's ever experienced before and he struggles so desperately to figure out how to keep her in his life.

Both have secrets that could destroy and what will happen if they come to light? Once again, T.K. spins her mastery in building the drama and suspense that takes place in this book. I couldn't put it down, almost turning the pages too fast to find out what happens next! There were plenty of "heart in my throat" moments in this story, and real life took a back seat to reading!

If you haven't read the Beautiful Mess series and haven't "experienced" Tyler's brother Alexander, you really need to read those now so you can get a better glimpse into his life and understand his part in this story. I must admit I really wanted to punch Alexander in the junk in this book! You'll have to read it to find out why!

This story flows very smoothly and I was captivated all the way through, not only by T.K.'s seamless writing style but by the depth of emotion we get to experience with Tyler and Mackenzie. This book ends at a very pivotal point, not really what I would call a cliffhanger per se but a point that does leave us hanging in a way that makes me want to read book 2 right now!!! Go get your copy now, I promise you won't be disappointed!!

**An ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.**