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Series: Tall, Dark,
Genres: Erotica, Contemporary, Romance
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Also by this author: Strong Enough, Brave Enough
He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?
There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m comfortable in the shadows, where no one can see my scars.
Kiefer Rogan literally took my breath away the moment I met him. MMA champion-turned-actor, notorious playboy, charming to a fault—he’s everything I vowed to avoid.
But he just wouldn’t stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I should’ve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that they’re usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.
I just never guessed that they could be deadly, too.
ARC provided by Author/Publisher for honest review.
Tough Enough is the second book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series by M. Leighton; it can be read as a standalone, but I suggest reading Strong Enough first for a better reading experience. There are many elements to the underlying storyline that unfold throughout the series that you’d miss out on if you skipped book one.
Leighton has a truly fantastic writing style, the way she builds her stories keeps you riveted — waiting to see how her characters’ lives will unfold. Then when you realize how intricately they are connected, you are sideswiped by the pure genius of it all. From the main characters to the secondary characters you never get the sense that someone is unnecessary filler like in so many other books. Everyone serves a purpose and plays their parts to build a more dynamic tale.
Katie has lived through more trauma than any one person should ever have to survive. It is so heartbreaking to watch through her eyes how deeply those events impact her life. My heart bleeds for her. It’s impossible not to root for her — to want her to find her way and start LIVING instead of merely existing. Anyone who has ever experienced great loss or been a victim of some type of abuse will connect with her on a personal level; it gives her a face, a person to grieve with, to heal with.
“The thing is, we can still survive. Even if pieces are scarred. Or dead. Or even missing. We can still survive. We can still live.”
Rogan is also another damaged soul. He’s a survivor, but instead of letting the weight of his past crush him, he’s taken that hurt and created a life that gives him every opportunity to be a better man. Though his military career gave him training and direction, it also came with great sacrifice — and has brought danger to his doorstep. Rogan has sacrificed everything for his family and after he meets Katie, the weight of those sacrifices could cause him to lose the one thing he wants more than his next breath.
“This doesn’t make you less,” I tell her softly. “It makes you more. More beautiful, more desirable. It makes you a survivor. A winner. Someone worth having.” I drop my voice into a whisper. “Someone worth loving.”
I can’t even tell you how much I loved this book, these characters — both definitely stole my heart and got me further addicted to this series. You’ll root for Rogan and Katie and want nothing more than for them to find their way through the mess and into a happily ever after. Tough Enough gives you suspense, romance, and everything in-between.
Fight to Survive. Fight to live.