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Reviews: Down to You and Up to Me by M. Leighton

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Down to You (The Bad Boys #1)
   by: M. Leighton

Publication Date: Sept. 21, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Purchased from B&N
Page Count: 215 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars


The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?
 

Well ladies and gentlemen- why in the world did I wait so long to pick up this sexy goodness? Someone answer that question for me! Seriously- I DEVOURED this book! It took me no time to read at all! I love Michelle's writing style- it flows so incredibly well and was such a fast read for me! I was seriously unhappy when I had to stop reading and go to bed and then work today. I snuck some reading time in on my lunch period!

We have one heck of a love triangle, folks! Cash and Nash Davenport, sexy, good looking twins, but different in every way have both caught Olivia Townsend's eye. The problem? Nash is dating Olivia's cousin Marissa. Nash knows Olivia is off limits, but he can't help the fact that he's drawn to her and he can't stop thinking about her. Olivia is different in Marissa in so many ways- besides physically (Marissa is tall, blonde, and thin; where Olivia is shorter, curvier, and has dark hair). Olivia has a sweetness and vulnerability to her that both men are attracted to. Marissa, on the other hand, is a bitch. I really didn't care for her in this book. She talks down to Olivia and doesn't treat her cousin with respect at all. Why Nash is even with her is quite the mystery!

I really liked Olivia. She was a really sweet character and I hated that she felt so torn between these two men. Nash is the ultimate good guy- yet is unavailable. Cash, while available, is the epitome of a bad boy. And Olivia is done with bad boys. After having her heart broken in the past and as tempted as she is by Cash's seductive nature, she knows Nash is the type of guy she wants to be with. I felt bad for Cash to be honest. Olivia has him pegged from the get-go and while she isn't wrong- she knows he'll break her heart and he has admitted to wanting a casual thing with her, she really struggles with giving him a chance. However, there is a lot more to Cash than meets the eye- he may be the ultimate bad boy, but there is actually a lot more depth to him than you would believe.

Michelle killed me with the plot twist in the book. I had NO idea it was coming and when it did, I was floored! And then I realized it completely made sense! Genius, Michelle, genius! I can't say anymore than that, as I really don't want to spoil anything, but WOW!

And of course, let's not forget the steam factor! WHEW! Michelle really knows how to write some sexy scenes! Olivia has a shy side and watching these guys bring her out of her shell and show her just how beautiful she is was awesome. Girl has two sexy twins vying for her attention- if that isn't a self-esteem booster, I don't know what is!

If you are not a fan of love triangles, I still challenge you to pick this one up. It will definitely leaving your head spinning wondering WTF just happened!






Up To Me (The Bad Boys #2)
   by: M. Leighton

Publication Date: Jan. 4, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult/ Adult
Source: Purchased
Page Count: 289 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars


For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt so right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash’s �bad boy reputation is well-earned, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.

Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.

Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life—and for Olivia that’s much easier than letting go, and trusting him with her heart.


If I thought Down To You was hot, then Up to Me is a freaking inferno. And if I didn't love Cash Davenport before, now I am absolutely GONE for him. Up to Me picks right up where Down to You leaves off. We get a ton of action in this book as the shit really starts to hit the fan for Cash and Olivia.

We found out in the first book that Cash's father is currently in jail for a murder he himself did not commit. Cash is in possession of some important documents the men who did commit the murder want and plan on doing whatever is necessary to get them. Including putting Olivia in danger. Cash hasn't come right out and admitted he's in love with her- but actions speak louder than words. He would give anything to make sure she is safe and that nothing happens to her. There is one point in the book where Cash is completely torn up about the fact that he needs her so much. He never wanted to be one of those guys dependent on a woman and now he finds Olivia is all he can think about and without her he just isn't whole. Sigh- Cash is certainly a dreamboat that will have your insides melting!

Olivia on the other hand, while she knows she's in love with Cash, is fighting an internal battle over him. She knows she wants him, to be with him- but she has these doubts that keep pushing their way to the surface. She's still so caught up with obsessing over the fact that he's a bad boy and will hurt her in the end. In this book she really must learn to place her trust in Cash, that he won't be that clichéd bad boy. Olivia wants truth in all things and wants to be kept in the loop. She doesn't want to be in the dark regarding the dangers surrounding her and Cash and I can't really say I blame her.

We do have the addition of a few more characters in this book. Gavin, is Cash's part time bar owner, and best friend. I really liked Gavin- he's sexy and fun and willing to do whatever he needs to in order to help his friend out. There is also another huge character that makes an appearance and while I'm trying to keep this spoiler free- you're head is going to spin when you meet them! I felt Michelle did a great job of making this work and I can't wait to read the final book in the series to see where she takes this development.

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14 comments

  1. I am so so so super excited that you enjoyed these! I really love this series and Cash is just *sigh*. AND Gavin! Oh how I love Gavin! Him and that sexy accent! I cant wait to see your thoughts on the next one! Great reviews!

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    1. Hehehe! I loved these books! Thank you girl for recommending them!! Yes, CASH! OMG. He is freaking dreamy! Yes! Gavin is super sexy! I want him to get his own book!

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  2. I am so happy you liked these. That plot twist in Down to You floored me too. Sooo good!

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    1. Yessss! I was seriously laying in bed going 'WTF JUST HAPPENED!' LOL.

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  3. I do want to read these sometime! I did laugh when I realized their names are Cash and Nash. Haha. They rhyme. I didn't read the 2nd review though, since I haven't read the 1st. =)

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    1. :D I love those names! But it is funny when twins names rhyme. I'm like really parents? Really? Why? LOL.

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  4. Great reviews! The plot twist totally threw me too. I was definitely not expecting it. I definitely love Cash, plus there is something about that name that is even sexy :-) I can't wait to hear your thought on Everything for Us!

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    1. Yes! He is super sexy and I was rooting for him from the get-go!

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  5. This is such a fun and steamy series. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Jessica!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! They were AWESOME! I can't wait to jump into more of Michelle's books!

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  6. I love me some M. Leighton! And I'm so glad you enjoyed these books! Though I still haven't gotten to the second one :( Great reviews my friend! Definitely a lot of nice steaminess :)

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    1. Oh, you're going to love the second one girl! Hehehehe!

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  7. Why did you have to go and make these books sound so awesome, why!?!?! I was avoiding them cause I can't handle love triangles, they hurt my heart! But girl, you make me want to meet Cash so damn bad! :D

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    1. You. need. these. books. SERIOUSLY! You'll be okay with this love triangle- I PROMISE. :D Hehehe! Cash wants to meet you too!

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