All the Pretty Poses by M. Leighton

Yes!!! I love M. Leighton and her words. And after enjoying Hemi’s and Sloane’s story, All the Pretty Lies, getting this title only a few short months later made me love Reese even when I thought he’s a douche in AtPL. Short “appearance” as he’s had in it.

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

Strength…
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 reach her goal.

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t refuse. 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?

Weakness…
Reese doesn’t want to make it easy for Kennedy. Seeing her again has started a fire in his blood—an unwelcome one. It took him years to forget about her before, so this time he 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.

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Turns out this title is slightly more emotional than the first Pretty book. Yes, Sloane’s situation was heartbreaking, but Poses deals with abuse and fear which is heartbreaking even more. And when the two MCs involved are Reese and Kennedy… I just wanted to hug them both ALL THE DAMN TIME!

I’m not going to say anything about the plot. There aren’t many surprises in this story, but the plot twists that do surprise carry a punch and I’d hate to spoil. I can only say that the give and take in this story is so damn sexy and sweet, it makes the punches that come towards the end much… well, punchier!

Kennedy is a sweet, talented dancer while Reese is 100% businessman (or is he?). She is determined to not let herself hope and be hurt again by a boy she once loved and though will save her, and he doesn’t understand why he can’t put her out of his head. But when he does…

“The only forever I want is with you. Nothing in my life means more to me than you. No money, no power, no possessions. I don’t need any of that. I only need you. I. Only. Need. You.”

There are many lines I highlighted in this story. Going over them writing this review I just realized they are ALL Reese’s.

I can’t say there’s a definite character arcs here, mainly because the whole plot takes about 2-3 months, and while we get flashes to the past, they are more situational than reflecting to emotional characteristics.

M. Leighton weaves a sweet, sexy as hell story that wraps a tragedy within, but the ending makes up for it all, and while it was a tad too sweet for me (can you believe ME saying that about a HEA?) it didn’t diminish from the story itself.

I’m now waiting for the next Pretty book.

My rating: 4.5star

* My deepest thanks to M. Leighton that gifted me with a copy of this title. She is amazing and sweet and deserves all the love.

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M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to 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.

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter: @mleightonbooks.

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