January 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - All The Pretty Poses (Pretty #2)

I LOVE Michelle Leighton and her hot, sexy stories. So, I am positively thrilled to help her and Inkslinger PR introduce her newest book, ALL THE PRETTY POSES (Pretty #2) to you! Check out my review, and then enter to win one of two $250 Visa gift cards! Don't forget to visit the other tour stops for more information on this awesome book!

All The Pretty Poses (Pretty #2), by M. Leighton
To Be Published January 26, 2014
e-book, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
new adult contemporary romance

Rating:  5 STARS

(From Goodreads)
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.

Holy smokes. If you think you've met your book boyfriend match, you haven't met Reese Spencer yet. I don't know how M. Leighton does it time and time again. She is the expert author goddess when it comes to creating men that will make you swoon and make all your pretty parts tingle. Speaking of pretty...

In All The Pretty Poses, we delve into the fast and lonely life of Reese Spencer, whom we met superficially in All The Pretty Lies (Pretty #1). He is ridiculously rich, and besides his brother Hemi, doesn't have any personal attachments. At least not since his teenage girlfriend Kennedy, whom he left high and dry 14 years earlier. Imagine Reese's shock when he realizes Kennedy is a dancer in one of his clubs. He recognizes a golden opportunity to get her back and invites her to work on his yacht for three months. Kennedy is determined to guard her heart this time, but Reese's offer is too good to refuse. 

Reese is everything I love in a fictional man whore. He's cold and abrasive and a little pretentious. He owns a string of strip clubs, for crying out loud. He uses women for a few minutes of distraction before moving on to the next thing on his to-do list. He's really not the kind of guy who's easy to like.

I know I could walk up to any one of them and, within ten minutes, leave with them. I wouldn't even have to tell them who I am. It's just one of the many gifts I possess. I'm not arrogant about it. It's just fact. I have something they want. And they have something I want. For the night anyway.

Which is what makes Reese's transformation so much fun to read. Just the sight of Kennedy throws him into an unfamiliar tailspin. He tries to maintain control of the situation, but he soon figures out that this girl who he gave his heart to so long ago still owns it. 

Kennedy is a total ball buster, and I love her for it. Reese broke her heart badly, and she needs to make sure he doesn't do it again. But she also needs to follow her dream of being a dancer and Reese is willing to make it possible if she is willing to work for him on his boat for three months. Kennedy doesn't make it easy for Reese to get close to her again, and for good reason. 

This story about what tore these two apart so long ago and what it takes to put them back together again was so incredible. The sexual tension between Kennedy and Reese made me completely crazy. And there were some ca-razy secrets that I never saw coming. This is more than a story about two lovers who broke up and reunited by chance years later. SO much more. 

Kennedy's story absolutely broke my heart. She endured so much more than the reader even thought possible. The entire book, the surface is barely scratched with her, so that when her whole story - and not just what happened with Reese - comes out, I found myself reeling from all the revelations. 

But, this is when Reese's rehabilitation becomes very obvious. He becomes everything that Kennedy always needed him to be. 

"I've made millions, I've dined with diplomats, I've had the very best of everything in life, but I've never felt happy, really happy, until you told me you'd work on my boat. And every moment since then has been the best of my existence."

All The Pretty Poses is told in dual POV - my favorite! Reese's head was such a fun place to be. Especially once he realized that he didn't have the situation with Kennedy as well in hand as he thought he did. When she started getting under his skin and they started getting under each others' skin - literally - the signature heat we've all come to know, love and expect from M. Leighton comes out in full force. This book is a scorcher in all the best ways. 

I sincerely hope that M. Leighton continues to write about these incredibly strong, brave, and sometimes idiotic, men. Because I love them so much. 

About the Author

M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to 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.  

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.


What’s up for grabs? 2 - $250 Visa Gift Cards

How do I enter? Via the Rafflecopter posted here and on each participating site, you may:
  • Like the M. Leighton, Author Facebook page (5 points, can only do once)
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Details! The giveaway begins at 12:00 am EST on January 14, 2014 and ends at 12:00 am EST on February 3, 2014.  Winners will be randomly selected by 5:00 pm EST on February 5, 2014.  For a complete list of rules, please see the “Rules” section of the Rafflecopter. 
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