Friday, June 19, 2015

Strong Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #1) by M. Leighton

Strong Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #1)


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.


What happens when you believe you attract the wrong type of man all of the time?  What happens when you always find a fatal flaw in all of them?  What happens when you realize you have just met your fatal flaw and you can do nothing to stop the tidal wave your life will become and you know it will in an instant you set your eyes on him?

What happens when you believe you are a monster and incapable of feeling anything?  What happens when your past has set the landscape of your future and you didn't feel you had a choice because what you have done had to be done?  What happens when you hate someone so much but know you are him also because his blood runs through your veins? Then what happens when you set your eyes on this beautiful artist that changes everything almost the instant you see her?  What happens when you start to feel things, whether it be anger, humor, sexual or frustration it is still feeling and almost immediately after meeting her you are feeling these things?  Everything you believed has changed, everything you thought you were is no more.

In Strong Enough we meet Muse and Jasper.  Muse is the daughter of the Colonel and 6 months ago she has moved across the country to save her father from potential danger.  Her father never misses her calls and he has now missed her monthly check in.  She sets out to hire someone to find him.  Her friend Tracey helps her hire a Bounty Hunter named Jasper King.

Jasper is the sexiest man she has ever seen and when he agrees to take on the case she has no idea what will happen.  She just knows and feels in her gut this man may be her fatal flaw.  It is clear from get go that they share an intense mutual attraction and believe me when I say there are so hot scenes in this book it is really good and I felt their connection almost instantly.

I loved the flow of the book, while in the first few pages they met I didn't feel it was all rushed.  I felt we got a good back-story on both of the MC's.  I felt for Muse so much at times and while her character is a fun loving person who gives her whole self to those she loves she doesn't at all come across as a push over or easily manipulated.  She gave a ton without looking for something in return and that was refreshing.  She knew Jasper had some serious demons and she knew she would have to be strong enough for both of them to give him the time and space he needed to get to her.

This book was 100% a 5 star read for me but being honest I have to say the end needed more.  Even just 5 more pages, it was too abrupt and that really bothered me.  However, up to the last page I couldn't stop reading and as much as it bothered me it didn't take away from the other 300+ pages of a great book.

This review was prepared by Heather McLaughlin. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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