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Series: The Bad Boys

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Everything For Us by M. Leighton

Posted by Irish in 1 Star, Adult, Review0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Everything For Us by M. LeightonEverything For Us by M. Leighton
Series: The Bad Boys,
Also in this series: Down to You, Up to Me
Published by Berkley Books on 03 September 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
one-star
Also by this author: Down to You, Up to Me, Wild Child, Some Like it Wild

 

Place(s) Traveled to: Atlanta, Georgia // Salt Springs, Georgia // Savannah, Georgia

First Line:  It’s always the same. The dream starts out with the feeling of a weight being lifted from my arms.

Bad Boys Series Order
Book 1 – Down to You
Book 2 – Up to Me
Book 3 – Everything for Us

***This review will contain SPOILERS…read at your own risk***

My first thoughts when starting Everything For Us by M. Leighton, well the first thoughts after I asked myself a dozen or more times why I was reading this book, was where was the anger?? Marissa had been LIED to for years by Cash pretending to be Nash and she just shrugs and acts like its no big deal. I’m sorry but that is just not normal. Not by a long shot. I thought that Up to Me  was filled with WTF-ery but this one…this one takes the cake on so many levels. So Nash is mad at Cash for leading a dual life (as if masquerading as two people was a cake walk) when there seems to be no reason for it! If the two brothers where alive in the eyes of everyone why pretend that one was dead to essentially, one person: Cash. What was the point?

And I don’t see why Nash was forced into a criminal lifestyle. People enter witness protection every day and lead ordinary, hum drum lives when there are bad people out there who are actively looking for them to try to kill them. No one knew Nash was on the run…so he could have set up ship comfortably anywhere. It was pointless and just added fake drama to an already crazy and complicated story. That coupled with the fact that even though Cash and Nash are supposed to be identical twins people would still ask who Nash was when they met him while out with Marissa. It seemed they were only identical when it was convenient for the story and all other times they were totally different in looks.

I also found it super hard to swallow that after an experience of 36 hours Marissa completely and totally changed everything that made her who she was. Now granted, I think that readers may have been a bit misled about her in previous books as we only really saw her mentioned through Cash’s hate filled eyes. I re-read some of the scenes she was in and she wasn’t the complete & total cold bitch that Cash is always calling her. In fact, in Everything for Us, I think that Cash is the one who has the attitude problem. His treatment of her was uncalled for. Especially when you remember that he DATED her for YEARS! Yes, he was pretended to be his brother then but still.

Which leads me to remember the WTF-ery of a certain scene set in New Orleans. Which isn’t mentioned until about 1/2 way through the book and then its alluded too dozens of times and when it finally comes to light its just like….say what now?? It was just gross and uncalled for and yet its also the scene where Marissa says she fell in love with Nash even though she didn’t know it was the real Nash….but two seconds after she thinks that she is telling Nash she doesn’t want to see him again because of that scene. THEN she gets mad when he listens to her and leaves! Newsflash Marissa, you tell an anger filled loner to go and he is going to go.

I also found it baffling and a little humorous when Marissa got so pissed at Nash for going to a jewelry story that she packed up a back and left town. Really?? She kept saying how he’d lied, betrayed and humiliated her. FOR GOING TO A JEWELRY STORE WITHOUT TELLING HER. I just…I just can’t….this book seriously made my head hurt.

Then there is the mystery. The whole convoluted mob story that began at the end of the first book and then dragged through the second and for most of this book as well. I feared, really and truly feared, that things would not be wrapped up in this book because for a good 60% of the story no one did anything about it! It was all Marissa and Nash making googly eyes at each other, having sex, and moping about. When things did start to happen it was mostly off page and everything happened in rapid fire perfection and than BAM! it was done and there was nothing to worry about. I sear the whole thing almost gave me whiplash it happened so fast! I almost would have preferred a fourth book to that horrible execution.

And these are just the issues that I recall off the top of my head. I recorded well over 200 individual notes during my read of this book and for a 336 page novel that is a bit excessive. I am still a bit impressed that I managed to read this one through until the end. But sometimes you just get sucked into a train wreck book and you just can’t look away. I liked her other book, Wild Child, but this one….no…this series…is just bad bad bad. If your reading tastes in any way mirror mine than this is a series to avoid. I really wish I had.

And just one last time for the record….WTF is up with those stupid rhyming names…NASH AND CASH??? I just…ugh!

People who enjoyed this book more than I did:

Book Lovers For Life – Everything For Us didn’t disappoint. There was sweet and tender, there was sexy and thrilling, and there was action and suspense. Everything connected so smoothly, and the characters stand out so well.

Starbucks & Book Obession – Overall, I really enjoyed this entire series. I loved the mix of suspense and romance and the plowed flowed so well between all 3 books. I really liked that this book was a continuation of the first 2 but was written from a different perspective.

The Autumn Review –  Betrayal. Passion. Revenge. EVERYTHING FOR US was sexy, dramatic, and intense. This final book in the Bad Boys Series answered a lot of questions about Cash and Nash’s past and I was happy with the way the series wrapped up.

one-star
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review: Up to Me by M. Leighton

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Adult, New Adult, Review5 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Up to Me by M. LeightonUp to Me by M. Leighton
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
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
two-stars
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.

Bad Boys Series Order
Book 1 – Down to You
Book 2 – Up to Me
Book 3 – Everything for Us

***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.”

two-stars
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Down to You by M. Leighton

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, New Adult, Review8 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Down to You by M. LeightonDown to You by M. Leighton
Series: The Bad Boys,
Also in this series: Up to Me, Everything For Us
Published by Berkley Books on 20 February 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective, New Adult
Pages: 299
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Up to Me, Everything For Us, Wild Child, Some Like it Wild

Place(s) Traveled to: Salt Springs, Georgia // Atlanta, Georgia

First Line: My head is spinning lightly, but happily.

M. Leighton is one of those authors that has recently been exploding up the charts of Amazon (and other retailers) . She’s one of the latest in a growing line of successful self-published authors to hit it big and then get picked up by a major publishing house. As such I’ve seen her name appear a lot on my Twitter feed and blog reader (RIP Google Reader) and so when I was approached with the opportunity to read and review her book, Down to You, I couldn’t say no.

Down to You is told from three main POVs: Olivia, Cash, and Cash’s twin Nash. Normally I love multiple POV stories but this one just felt a bit uneven and I found it hard to get fully attached to all of the characters. The plot is fairly typical in that the heroine starts to fall for the two guys – one who is the good boy and the other who is considered the bad boy. Its a novel cliche that I both love and hate at the same time. Because we all know that the bad boy is the one that will win out. He’ll change his nefarious ways when he realizes how much he loves the girl and blah, blah, blah. And as the bad boy is going through his change the heroine’s brain is filled with torn and conflicted emotions about how much she cares for each but is just oh so drawn to the boy she shouldn’t.

Love triangles, I am not a fan. They often make my eye go all twitchy. If I could avoid them entirely I would but its becoming more and more difficult as authors and many readers absolutely adore them. So I keep reading them in the hopes that I’ll grow to like them but alas I don’t think that will ever happen. So, as you can imagine there is a big part of this story that I didn’t entirely care for. It also didn’t help that the supposed good boy was also in a relationship (with the heroine’s cousin no less) and I’m really not a fan of those who cheat.

What I did like where those moments when Olivia and Cash were together and if the whole Nash bits could have been cut out I would have enjoyed this book so much more than I did. I liked the overall plot but didn’t like the crazy twist that was added. I get what M. Leighton was trying to do but I just ended up feeling a bit manipulated by it. I also didn’t like how the last chapter which is from an entirely different POV than all the rest of the book and adds this sinister element/cliff hanger in which the entire purpose is to force the reader to read the next book. What I dislike more than cliff hangers, WTF plot moments that come out of no where.

I don’t mind romantic suspense novels. In fact, I quite enjoy them. I just feel that the whole suspense aspect could have been better woven into the story. Or even saved for the next book. As it was I felt a bit manipulated once again and so while I enjoyed Down to You there were always these little things that kept me from falling head over heels with it as so many others that I know have done. At this point I am a bit unsure on if I want to continue on with the series or not. There is no burning desire to find out what happens next but I am curious to see where things go.  I am torn and as I have an ever growing Mt. TBR pile chances are that reading the sequel, Up to Me, will remain a low priority.

three-stars
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