The Beautiful Now, the new contemporary romance from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is LIVE!  Get it for the release price of $3.99 while it lasts, or read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!



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Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door.




From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning destiny had other plans. She knew we would fall in love. She knew we would fall apart. Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare. Or the hope of a familiar dream.  

Our past was tumultuous. Our future was bleak. But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too.

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Get it for the release price of $3.99 while it lasts, or read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!  Grab your copy here.



Here’s what early readers are saying:

✩ “This is the best book that I have read in 2017 yet!!”  — Heidi

✩ “I truly wish I could give this one more five stars, I would definitely give 10 if I could. This is one of those books, you just know from the beginning is going to pull at your heartstrings and it really does. I’ve read of ton of books this year and this one just moved to the top of my favorites list.”  —  Catherine

✩ “The Beautiful Now is exactly that – Beautiful. It’s love story of epic proportions.”  —  Courtney

✩ “What I loved was that their story transcends the span of 22 years and shows that love can last forever even when all the odds are stacked against you. That there is always a way even when we think all hope is lost. That even when we do what we think is best and hurt the ones we love that their is forgiveness to be found and second chances are a blessing not to be taken lightly. And when faced with the harsh realities of life, love can still prevail over all.”  —  Jennifer



✩ “I started reading – and I kept on reading. I couldn’t stop. It was all so heartbreakingly sad and beautiful and sweet and frustrating and I just could not stop.”  —  Bianca

* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 The One Who Stayed Stars ~

As usual with a M. Leighton book…I am left sitting here trying to think of a way I can write a review that will do this book justice. So I apologize now if this review is short and vague.

The Beautiful Now is an emotional story filled with heartache and angst, but underneath it all there is also a wonderful love story. A story of first loves and never-ending love. This book swept me up and didn’t let go until the very end. I think the only thing I missed in this story was getting Dane’s POV. The story is told solely from Brinkley’s POV. But it didn’t take away from my sheer enjoyment of this book.

“ Where there is hate, there is misery.

Where there is forgiveness, there is healing.”

That saying totally sums up this story in a nutshell. No saying has ever been perfect for a book, like this one is. I can’t explain why because it will give the whole story away, but just know that you will understand it all by the end of the story.

The Beautiful Now is M. Leighton’s latest standalone novel and as with all her books I thoroughly enjoyed every single word in this story. Her writing is always effortless and the pace she took Brinkley and Dane on was perfect. Now I will say this is a journey. This isn’t a sprint, more like a marathon. Just know that at the end you will have such a full feeling and your heart will be put back together.

This story does touch on a sensitive subject, but Ms. Leighton doesn’t take it too far, to where it is uncomfortable to read. She delves into it with just enough finesse that you can’t help but get sucked into Dane and Brinkley’s lives. I felt every emotion they felt….all the highs and the lows. While they were falling in love with each other, I as the reader was falling in love with them.

Now usually in Ms. Leighton’s books I fall hard for the Heroes, but in this book, I truly fell for both Dane and Brinkley. They both stole a piece of my heart and I know they will live in my head for a long time to come. They are such amazing characters…I truly don’t know how Michelle does it….keeps giving us these amazing characters and their emotionally charged stories.

I don’t really know what else I can say in this review, except, READ THIS BOOK!!! It is one you don’t want to miss.




 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her like a princess, and a dog that’s so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at Sign up for her newsletter here: She promises not to spam your inbox:)



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Books by M. Leighton

All the Pretty Lies ** All the Pretty Poses
All Things Pretty

Down to You ** Up to Me
Everything for Us ** Always with You

Levi’s Blue

Pocketful of Sand

The Empty Jar

Dashing Through the Snow

Strong Enough ** Tough Enough
Brave Enough

The Wild Ones ** Wild Child
Some Like It Wild ** There’s Wild, Then There’s You





Madly ** Madly & Wolfhardt
Madly & the Jackal ** Madly and the Seawitch (est Dec, 2016)

Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: To Kill an Angel


The Reaping ** The Reckoning

Beginnings: An M. Leighton Anthology



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