Tough Enough by M. Leighton ~ Release Day Review & Teaser Tuesday

It's release day for Tough Enough by M. Leighton!! If you didn't know, I'm a huge fan of her work and was so excited to read Rogan's story! This was a beautiful read, that tugged at my heart!
Title: Tough Enough
Author: M. Leighton
Series: Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 3rd 2015
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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.

He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?

There was a time when I had everything–a 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, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m 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 fault—he’s everything I vowed to avoid.

But he just wouldn’t stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I should’ve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that they’re usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.

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

I really enjoyed Strong Enough, the first book in this series and I was excited to continue the journey to learn more about Rogan and the girl who captures his heart, Katie. I was expecting this book to have suspense like the first book, but it turned out to be a different kind of read and the suspense didn’t happen until later in the book. Tough Enough was about two people, who had hard times, and how they were tough enough to survive and become stronger people together.

Katie worked as a makeup artist, after an incident stole her ideal job. She hides behind her hair and tries to stay unnoticed until Kiefer Rogan came into her life. He see’s past her shy personality to the heart of the girl, and is relentless in his pursuit of her. Rogan has some secrets of his own, and harbours guilt when it comes to his brother, but deep down has a great heart. He thinks of others first and is determined to win Katie over.

I really liked seeing Katie and Rogan together. Rogan really helped Katie come out of her shell, and she softened Rogan’s brother Kurt as well. Rogan showed how kind and selfless he was, and would do sweet things to win Katie over. He showed his protective and dominant side too when it came to Katie, which I loved! Their lives were closer entwined than they thought, and I kind of guessed that particular plot twist early on, but I was still shocked when it all fell into place.

Tough Enough was a fast paced read that I devoured quickly. I liked seeing all the characters from the series and seeing how closely knitted they all are. The plot thread from the first book passed into this story, but didn’t really become a factor until late in the book. I love all the characters that M. Leighton has created, and cannot wait to get more from this world! Bring on Tag’s book! 

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mmmm... I love how Rogan says exactly what he's thinking!!

“Do your lips taste like cotton candy?”
“How would I know?” she asks a bit dazedly.
“Give me five minutes and I’ll tell you.”
I bring my other hand up to hold her face still as I brush my mouth over hers. When she doesn’t move away, doesn’t push me away, I sink into her lips like I might sink into a bed made of marshmallows. Sweet, plump, light-as-air marshmallows. And, God help me, Katie sinks right back.

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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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Other Reviews from M. Leighton
Tall, Dark, and Dangerous
Strong Enough #1
Pocketful of Sand
Pretty Series
Wild Ones Series 
Wild Child #1.5
Bad Boys Series
Madly Series

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