The Beautiful Now by M. Leighton ~ Early Review & Quote-tastic (@mleightonbooks)

This cover says it all! Brinkley and Dane were so perfect together, but they just couldn't get the timing quite right! We all need to make the most of The Beautiful Now!
The Beautiful Now
Title: The Beautiful Now
Author: M. Leighton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: September 26th 2017

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Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door.


From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning Destiny had other plans. She knew we would fall in love. She knew we would fall apart. Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare. Or the hope of a familiar dream.

Our past was tumultuous. Our future was bleak. But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too.

This book, you guys, was such a heartbreaking but beautiful read! I honestly didn't realise how much it would affect me. The Beautiful Now was such a roller coaster ride of emotion and turmoil... and I just wanted, no needed Brinkley and Dane to find their way back to one another!

Brinkley and Dane never seemed to get a start. Their attraction began early in life, but society and threats kept them apart. Brinkley's mother married into money, and expected certain things from Brinkley, but the heart wanted what the heart wanted. Dane was a sweet guy, and I could she he had a crush on Brinkley early on. He seemed to be there during some difficult times when she needed him. Each interaction brought them closer together, and their connection was undeniable.

The Beautiful Now was told from Brinkley's perspective, and it alternated between 2004 and her early years. The early years were import parts to Brinkley's story and shaped her into the woman she became. The part of the book from 2004 was probably my favourite part as I got to see Brinkley and Dane as adults. There were secrets and hurt feelings between them, but I knew that they would work hard to try and regain what they once had.

Michelle Leighton is one of my favourite authors, and her most recent novels have been written with so much soul. My heart broke for what Brinkley and Dane lost, but managed to mend as they found their way again. But it wasn't always smooth sailing and I shed a few tears. Being a mother myself I was able to relate to this story and I would do ANYTHING to protect my children. It has got to be one of my favourite reads by M. Leighton.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

I've got a sweet kiss, and three sentences that made my heart swell!

As if he knew the directions of my thoughts, Dane leaned toward me. I couldn’t take my eyes off him as he drew closer. Just before our noses touched, he turned his head enough that his lips brushed mine. Softly. Chastely. Almost like he was testing the waters.
The fit was perfect, like our mouths were made to be right there, just like that. Melded together. Giving and taking. Sharing.

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“Don’t take too long. I’ve been waiting for you my whole life. I don’t want to wait anymore.”

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M. LeightonNew York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her like a princess, and a dog that's so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at Sign up for her newsletter here: She promises not to spam your inbox:)

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Levi's Blue
The Empty Jar
Tall, Dark, and Dangerous
Strong Enough #1
Tough Enough #2
Brave Enough #3
Pocketful of Sand
Pretty Series
Wild Ones Series 
Wild Child #1.5
Bad Boys Series
Madly Series
Madly #1
Madly and Wolfhardt #2 

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