Simply superb! This new series is a spin-off of the Bad Boys series and features a cameo appearance by Cash, Olivia and Gavin. Book two, Tough Enough, will be out in November. Eight months ago, Muse Harper moved across the country to protect her father, from what or whom she doesn't actually know. All she knows is her father, the colonel, is missing and she needs help to find him. Muse enlists the help of Jasper King; bounty hunter extraordinaire. If anyone can find her father Jasper can, so she’s told. Her mind won’t rest until she sets eyes on the Colonel, so she’s tagging along for the ride whether Jasper likes it or not. Jasper doesn't mind Muse coming with him at all. He makes no secret of the fact that she arouses him. A little entertainment on the way could be good for the both of them, so long as she doesn't get attached. What she needs to realize is, he's a monster. Of the worst kind. And he will end up hurting her. Oh, Jasper! What a man, what a very bad man. But, oh so compelling. He's blunt, straight forward, honest; however you want to say it. At the same time you know he is hiding crucial pieces of information that could send you running a mile. He is enigmatic, drawing Muse in while pushing her back. He wants to stay aloof, knowing any long-term association with him could be dire for her, but there's just no staying away from her. Muse is an innocent. She has passion and fire in her belly for the causes she believes in, but she is naive to what is really going on around her. Her father has fiercely protected her from reality, but now she must face up to some truths. She's absolutely up for the challenge. The scene where they meet and she measures him up for a suit is … *fans face with hand* … uh, steamy, and it escalates from there on. Jasper has the smouldering thing down pat, he will hook you straight away. Muse is clearly mixed up in something mysterious with danger written all over it. I couldn't put the book down, to be honest, and the mystery deepens for the next book. The sneak peek into Tough Enough has me begging for that book, now! M. Leighton just gets better and better she knows how to convey emotions to the reader like a direct injection through the eyeballs. You can always count on a brilliant twist in the story. 5.5 Flares. *ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.* Cheers
4.5 stars--- STRONG ENOUGH is the first installment in M. Leighton’s adult, contemporary Tall, Dark and Dangerous erotic, romantic suspense series. There is a slight cross over between Tall, Dark and Dangerous and her Bad Boys series. This is bounty hunter/hired assassin Jasper King, and painter Muse Harper’s storyline. You do not have to have read Leighton’s BAD BOYS series to follow the premise.
Told from dual points of view (Muse and Jasper) STRONG ENOUGH follows Muse and Jasper as they go in search of Muse’s missing father. When their monthly phone call to one another goes unanswered Muse hires Jasper King to help in the search for the only family she has left in the world. What ensues is a cross country trek where Muse will discover Jasper’s dangerous secrets; his abusive past; and the truth about his agreement to help find her father.
Jasper is a man with a dark past that has formed the ruthless and brutal man that everyone sees. His history is tainted with abuse, murder and desolation; his future may be as short as the next twenty-four hours. Muse is a young woman in hiding. Her father shipped his only daughter away but circumstances have brought Muse back into his life and now everyone will be targeted in a plan to keep secrets from being exposed. Jasper is not the only gun for hire-there are others searching to destroy the woman with whom Jasper has fallen in love.
The attraction between Jasper and Muse is sexually charged. Jasper is model worthy material and with it comes the $ex appeal and dangerous bad boy persona that attracts men and women for miles around. But Jasper has eyes for only one woman and Muse is in more trouble than she could possibly imagine. The $ex scenes are erotic, sometimes aggressive but always consensual and seductive.
The world building focuses on the past, the present and the future: the who, the what, and the why. Jasper’s connection to Muse goes much deeper than an assignment to find her father-Jasper is looking for her father as well.
We are introduced to several supporting and secondary characters including Jasper’s former military team as each member is targeted in a game of murder and revenge. Keifer Rogan’s story is next. The storyline prologue is raw, emotional, heartbreaking and intense but sets the tone for the entire story.
STRONG ENOUGH is a passionate storyline about two people whose lives are about to collide; their ill-fated love story will spiral out of control when the truth is revealed leaving a broken hearted Muse on the run and alone without the man that she loves. The premise is full of suspense, mystery and drama; the characters are dark, dangerous and charismatic; the romance electric and intense. M. Leighton will captivate your imagination with the introductory storyline to her new TALL, DARK AND DANGEROUS series.