Thursday, February 6, 2014

All The Pretty Poses (Pretty, #2) by M. Leighton ~ Review & Tour Stop

Author: M. Leighton
Release date: January 24, 2014
Age Group: NA/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Event organized by: WordSmith Publicity & AToMR Tours

Book Description:

He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.


It took Kennedy Moore years to put her life back together after Reese Spencer shattered it. But she did. Now, years later, strong and independent, she is in pursuit of a single dream—to dance with the Altman American Dance Theater. Unfortunately, Kennedy is learning that a girl from nowhere with no money and no contacts might never be able to realize her goal.

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t pass up. In exchange for working on his yacht for a few short weeks, he’ll get her an audition with the famous dance troupe. All Kennedy has to do is keep her head down, work hard and resist Reese. That sounds easy enough, right?


Reese doesn’t want to make it easy for Kennedy. Seeing her again has started a fire in his blood—an unwelcome one—so Reese has a plan. It’s simple: Get Kennedy on his yacht, seduce her, get her out of his system, move on with his life. That sounds easy enough, right?

But the one thing Reese didn’t plan for was Kennedy herself—a girl so strong yet so broken, she makes him want to rescue her, to take care of her. To save her. Even if he has to save her from himself.

My Thoughts:

5 stars - Filled with steam, emotion and surprises - perfect

First Impression... I love this cover.  It's so beautiful, unique and actually has meaning to the story.  I so loved the first Pretty story and I couldn't wait to get into this one.  I adore Michell's books so I was expecting the same and I got it.

The Characters...Took me a bit to like Reese but then I loved him.  He's struggled for years not to be his father and I kinda think he can succeed when Kennedy is with him.  I love it when a couple is better together than they are apart.  Kennedy is broken yet patched together.  She's better with Reese but she can handle it on her own.  I like that about her.

The Story...Complex and sexy, this story had me flipping pages.  Little hints left in between the lines had me guessing but I never felt sure until the story unfolded.  I love it that parts are revealed early on but don't seem important till later.  I'm lost in the heat and then all of sudden I see where it all fits together.  Perfect.   That's what I love about M. Leighton's books.  She makes me wonder and she surprises me all while I'm fanning myself from the heat in the story.

The Writing...Totally love Michelle's writing.  When time moves by, I feel like I get what happened.  When we get details, I see the pictures in my head.  I loved the alternating points of view as well.  I love being in the guys head.  She does a great job with that.

Could I Put It Down...Did I want to? No. Did I have to. Yes.   I did read it over a couple of nights.

In The End...This is a great addition to this series but it can also be read as a stand alone.  Either way, if you love sexy romance with some surprises along the way, then this book should be on your short list.

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About the Author

New 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 wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

About Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

Shorter Bio: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton lives in the deep South with her super-hero husband and super-smart maltipoo. She has a fondness for coffee and chocolate, loves the color red, laughs at almost anything and often stares out her window, daydreaming of far-away places.!/pages/M-Leighton/189192087759491!/mleightonbooks

Beginnings: An M. Leighton Anthology
Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: To Kill an Angel
Down to You
Up to Me
Everything for Us
The Wild Ones
Wild Child
Some Like It Wild (March 4, 2014)
There’s Wild, Then There’s You (June 3, 2014)
All the Pretty Lies (November 12, 2013)
Madly & the Jackal
Madly & Wolfhardt
The Reaping
The Reckoning


  1. It took me a bit to fall for Reese as well, but I came to love him to bits! That cover really is stunning. Great review!

  2. I really liked that Reese and Kennedy were stronger together too.
    Great review!

  3. I'm really glad you liked this one, Pal! Thank you for participating!