Series: The Bad Boys, Book 2
Also in this series: Down to You, Everything For Us
Published by Berkley Books on 12 February 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective, New Adult
Also by this author: Down to You, Everything For Us, Wild Child, Some Like it Wild
Place(s) Traveled to: Atlanta, Georgia
First Line: Out of the corner of my eye, I see the light flicker at the back of Dual.
***This review may contains spoilers. Read at your own risk***
Sometimes you finish a book and afterwards when you go to write a review you just stare at the blank cursor not knowing where to begin. Sometimes this book is just so good that the words are all jamming up together in their bid to get out. And other times its because the book was filled with such WTF-ery that you just don’t enough know what to talk about first. Up to Me by M. Leighton is the later. When I finished Down to You I was uncertain if I would continue with the series but I gave it a shot and a part of me wishes that I hadn’t. Down to You wasn’t bad really, at least not until that crazy random twist at the end. But this book…oh man…this book just takes the crazy to a whole new level and then pushes it right off the edge.
Up to Me begins shortly after Down to You ends and takes place over a very short amount of time – 48 hours or something like that. And in that time a dead brother returns, a decades old mystery is solved and there is sunshine and roses for all – except when there aren’t. Because even though Cash gives a bagillion declarations of love at the end of the first book and throughout book 2, Olivia spends a good portion of the book driving herself (and the reader) absolutely batsh!t crazy with all of her self-doubts. Then because she’s talking herself out of what she later claims to know is true that makes Cash all insecure which then feeds into Olivia’s crazy. Its a whole insane vicious circle and I think I may have gotten whiplash from it all.
Then there is the whole brother returning from the dead bit that made me roll my eyes so hard it hurt. Add to that the fact that everyone just sort of shrugged and said ok well there is that lets move on. Really? Other than a short outburst from Cash there was NO reaction from people. None. I’m sorry but if my dad had lied to me about something so huge I’d be just a tad bit nuclear on the whole thing. And the fact that Nash spent most of the book mad at Cash (and serious how effing ridiculous are those names??) was laughable since HE KNEW his brother was alive but never contacted him. If anyone should have been mad it was Cash. Nash also didn’t have to live his life as a mercenary. I mean seriously, the US is huge and people disappear and assume different identities and live normal, average lives all the time. (Hello, witness protection program.) So Nash blaming Cash for his hard life was just, laughable.
The pacing of this whole book was decent enough as was the writing but the plot…OMG the plot I just can’t. I can’t for the lift of me figure out how anyone thought it was a good idea. Not to mention how predictable it was there where no surprises in this book. Its just so cheesy over the top bad and some of the scenes I just don’t even know how to deal. Like there was a time when Olivia is naked in bed and everyone in her life just parades through the bedroom having long deep and sometimes not so deep conversations. And she just sits there and laughs and cries and gets all sad and ashamed and sometimes a little mad depending on the topic but never once says…Hey, now…lets table this for two shakes so I can, you know, put on clothes? And her mega over protective boyfriend was fine with this. No. Just…no.
Speaking of Olivia, in this book, she wasn’t just a bag of whiny insecurities but she was also too stupid to live at times. She’s told people who want to kill her are after her and she sulks in an uber fancy hotel room. Then she’s brought to her mothers (and don’t even get me started on that train wreck of a person) because no one will look for her there since they haven’t spoken in years – but she’s conveniently only an hour or so away. The she sneaks away from her bodyguard to go to school…because missing a class is so not acceptable when PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO KILL YOU!! Because these people aren’t smart enough to scope out her school? I just…I just can’t.
I almost gave up on this one so many times and I’m still amazed that I finished it. Its just so over the top, convoluted and just not good. The whole thing is just so implausible that it makes my head hurt. If your tastes and mine align in any way shape or form then this is a book that you probably want to avoid.
People who liked this book more than I did:
Aesta’s Book Blog – “The plot was fun and exciting, the sex was hot, the banter made me laugh out loud… there was a blend of kidnappings, mafia deals, shootouts on the one hand and tender, hot, sweet moments on the other.”
Literati Literature Lovers – “The plot has so many unexpected twists and turns that my heart was racing along with the characters, and not because of the amazing sex scenes that Leighton writes.”
Book Angel Booktopia – “There is even more action and plot twists within the story while the romance is an underlying element rather than the focus although it is still hot and steamy.”