From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the first in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.
Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her?
How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.
That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.
Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.
I haven’t read anything from M. Leighton since Down to You and Up to Me. I absolutely loved those books! For some reason I stopped reading her books. I don’t know why, I guess in the vast amounts of books I just lost touch with her. When the opportunity came to read this one, I jumped because I realized I wanted to see where M. Leighton has gone with her writing. I am a little late in the delivery of this review because I honestly had no idea how to write something remotely close to what this book made me feel.
The Prologue alone gutted me, like, I had to put the book down and come back to it. I realized, M. Leighton writing this intense beginning was a way to prepare her readers for what we can expect from Jasper. What kind of man he would be and even then it didn’t prepare for his intensity and the darkness that emanates around him. The writing for this character was phenomenal, I could feel just how commanding his presence is, hell he had my full attention through the entire book.
Muse has this innocence to her, a naive innocence. I loved this about her. They say artists feel more then most people and have this guarded wall that isn’t easy to break through. M. Leighton captured this perfectly. Muse is an open book when it comes to her painting, losing herself in the swirls and lines on the canvas, but when it comes to connecting to the real world there is a firm wall in her way.
Jasper is there to help Muse, she is strictly business, but the chemistry between them is impossible to ignore. They have this intense bond, which causes Muse’s emotions to go haywire and causes Jasper to start realizing that his icy demeanor is about to thaw. There are many circumstances in this book that gives the reader a reason to believe that Muse and Jasper aren’t right for one another. Who said right is always the way to go? The secrets and the struggles between these two become more then either one can bear but their need for the other seems to overpower any reasons to jump ship.
What I loved most about this book was how well M. Leighton makes these two characters undeniably meant for the other. The love they build for the other is such an amazing thing to see being built. They have such intense chemistry, not only in bed ( I just have to say that Jasper has one of the Dirtiest mouths), but just in their day to day interactions. There isn’t one thing that disappointed me in this story.
Bravo M. Leighton, you wrote a powerful story that I will not soon forget!
I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it’s there. I believe that I’m shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can’t be sure because I haven’t met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer’s too hot, winter’s too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.