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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the second book in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.

MLeighton-ToughEnough-Cover250pxHeís a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?

There was a time when I had everythingña 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, Iíve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. Iím 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 faultóheís everything I vowed to avoid.

But he just wouldnít stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I shouldíve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldnít have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that theyíre usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.

I just never guessed that they could be deadly, too.




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* A review copy was provided by the author via NetGalley for the Blog Tour *

~ 5 Tough Enough Stars ~

No matter how many books of Michelle Leighton’s I read, she still has the ability to surprise me. I love that after reading all her books, she is still able to give us intriguing, captivating and unique stories and characters that you can’t help falling in love with.

Tough Enough is the second book in Michelle’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. These books can be read as stand alones, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Each book is about a new couple and a new storyline, but I believe Strong Enough should be read before this one. There is part of this storyline that is finished in this book from book 1. To follow that part of the story, reading book 1 will make things easier to understand. Some questions that were raised in book 1 were answered in this book. Now don’t get me wrong, if you don’t want to read Strong Enough (Even though I can’t figure out why you wouldn’t want to read that book) and choose to read this book only, Michelle does a great job in filling in the blanks so that you won’t be lost.

Like with the other book in this series, Michelle was able to give us a book that was suspenseful, entertaining and totally captivating. Oh and we can’t forget the sexy times either….Michelle sure knows how to write a steamy scene 😉 As usual, I felt this book was well executed and beautifully written. The pace and flow of the story is effortless. You will be completely sucked into this book, you won’t want to put it down. She has an amazing talent of creating a story that is the perfect mix of romance, suspense, drama and even heartbreak. Even with the heart break, rest assured Michelle will always leave you happy in the end.

Tough Enough is a story about survival and learning to live life, not just exist. This story is about Kiefer Rogan (AKA Rogan) and Katie. Both carry scars from past tragedies, but haven’t lived life the same. Not letting the past define him Rogan has learned to live life to the best of his ability, where as Katie has decided to become a shell of her past self. She finds comfort in hiding in the background. Not drawing attention to herself. That all changes when she meets Rogan for the first time. Rogan is a MMA fighter turned actor. Katie is the make-artist assigned to Rogan. Katie isn’t impressed with Rogan’s star status and lets it be known. Rogan on the other hand is captivated by Katie and is determined to open her up and let him in. I loved watching these two interact with each other. I also loved how determined Rogan was to break Katie’s tough shell. Will Rogan be able to open Katie up enough to give him a fair chance? You’ll just have to read the book to find out!!!

In and amongst the love story of this book, Michelle was still able to create some twists and shockers to keep you invested in this book. Through this storyline we get to see some old characters again. I liked that Jasper, Muse and Tag all made appearances in this book. I also like that we got to meet a new character…Mona (Katie’s BFF) I found Mona added some comic relief to this story and I would be interested in a story about her….I think she deserves her own HEA.

So if you are a Michelle Leighton fan or new to her work, you don’t want to miss this book or this series. I think it has a little bit of everything to make all readers happy. This is definitely one of my favorite series by Michelle.






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MLeightonAuthorPhotoNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter.  Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction.

Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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