Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Brave Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #3)
by M. Leighton

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes another dark, sexy story…
Is she brave enough to give her heart to a man she only thought she knew? 
He was the most charismatic man I’d ever met. Strong, tough, brave. Bold as hell. Something told me Tag Barton could have anything—anyone—he wanted...and he wanted me. It didn’t matter that he was wrong for me in practically every way possible. It didn’t matter that my father would hate it. 
I couldn’t resist him. Even if I’d known who he really was and what he was really capable of.
When he suggested we pretend to be engaged, I thought he was the answer to all my problems. He wasn’t. And, in his wake, he left nothing but scorched earth and me, just another casualty of my father’s war.
Can I believe him now when he tells me he loves me?  Or is he nothing more than a beautiful, breathtaking lie?

This is one of those books that I can't decide on a definite answer to the question "did you like the book?" . There were things I really enjoyed about this book, and then there are things that annoyed me to no end. I don't know how I feel. I am just so confused! 

One thing I didn't like about this book was the lack of excitement. The previous books in this series were really exciting! They had some action packed scenes that had my heart racing. I was expecting this book to be the same way, but sadly, it wasn't. I think that lead this book to fall into the trap of insta-love. I thought it was just going to be insta-lust, but it definitely felt more like insta-love to me. The other two books in this series didn't feel like insta-love to me, and I think that was because there was action and excitement in those books. 

Tag and Weatherly were an interesting pair. They had off the charts chemistry and their banter was fantastic. However, as I said, they fell victim to insta-love. Their first introduction felt so unrealistic and cheesy. I felt like they only wanted to be together based off their looks. They constantly talked about how attracted they were to each other on a physical level. I felt like there relationship was just based on sex for a huge chunk of the book. Their sex seemed to be the only thing the book was about. I really felt like a large part of this book had no plot! It drove me insane, because it made their relationship feel phony. 

However, over time, they finally got to know each other. It was nice to see them actually talk about things they cared about instead of just having sex all the time. That lead to some really sweet and heart warming scenes together, even if it did feel like insta-love. By the end of the book, I was convinced that Tag and Weatherly were made for each other. So, insta-love aside, Tag and Weatherly still made a good couple in the end. 

Even though the romance drove me crazy, there was an addictive quality to it. I don't even know how to describe it. I was so annoyed with the romance, but I couldn't stop reading it! M. Leighton's writing kept me glued to the pages, even when I was frustrated. She definitely knows how to keep a reader hooked. Also, her sex scenes were super steamy. I was annoyed that there were so many sex scenes, but at the same time, I thought the sex scenes were really...well, sexy. 

I felt bad for Weatherly in this book. She went through a lot of tough things. I was happy that Tag was there to help her through those tough times. He really was an emotional rock for her. Speaking of Tag, he was so swoon worthy and sexy. He made me want to fan myself off because of the some of the things he did and said. However, he also made me want to roll my eyes due to some of the really cheesy things he said. 

Overall, this was an addictive and fast read. It might have had insta-love, but it definitely was a steamy read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick and sexy read.

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for a honest review. * 

I was torn about this story in the beginning. I felt like Tag came in way too strong. He was saying things that one hears from a love interest when they've gotten to know them or more time has passed ,but from day one he was putting pressure on Weatherly. I was torn because I didn't know if I liked it or not. Insta-love is definitely not my ideal type of story and I felt like this one was headed in that direction. 

I felt like the story was redeemed when Tag and Weatherly finally got to know each other more. They started spending more time together and started falling for each other even though they didn't realize it. The story started off with Weatherly getting away to her family's vineyard to clear her head and wound up finding Tag, but I felt like most the story wasn't overly dramatic. Weatherly was the exact opposite of dramatic as a matter of fact and that made me like her so much more! For the most part she was level headed and made her decisions without a lot of screaming and shouting.

I was very curious of Tag because I couldn't find out what his angle was. One minute I was questioning all of his actions and the next I was telling myself that he was just doing it all for Weatherly. He saw how much pressure her dad put on her and just wanted to help. Tag and Weatherly are such a great couple with amazing chemistry! And when I say chemistry I mean CHEMISTRY! When they got together it was sizzling hot! I was surprised the pages didn't go up in flames in my hands. CALIENTE!

The story was very well put together with just even sweetness, angst, and hot sexy time! Brave Enough is yet another great installment in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series.

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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