Sigh… you may not be familiar with Jasper King. He’s a new character visiting Cash and Olivia’s bar in Always With You novella serial. While he’s a small character, he kinda steals the show and is well deserves his own book.
What surprised me most is that the main voice, the way I felt it, in Strong Enough is actually Muse’s. That’s a unique name for you, if I ever encountered one. And when I look back at the synopsis, it’s not a surprise, as she’s the one giving it.
I’m not going to delve into the bits and bites of the plot, as you can read the book for yourself. I am, however, going to share what I felt and thought about it.
It didn’t occur to me at the beginning, but towards the end the story made me feel like I’m reading a darker version of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink novels. There are several similarities:
There’s a conspiracy mystery that is slowly unveiling, though not completely.
And there’s a romance where one partner saves the other from a life of self condemnation and solitude.
But I think that’s where the similarities end. Strong Enough is a lot darker in feel and Leighton’s writing is compelling is a whole different way than Kaye’s.
I loved Muse. I think she’s a great heroine. She is strong and stubborn, she’s accommodating her loved ones to a point, and she will not be trifled with when it comes to her feelings. And her feelings for Jasper are growing as the story unfolds.
Jasper is just the way the story feels. Dark and lonely. His demons are beyond what any of us can imagine and I have to admit that he’s dealt with them pretty well. It can’t hurt that he’s left an impression on me in Always With You. But he’s gorgeous, he’s oh so perfectly gorgeous. And not just physically.
One of the things I loved in this book is that the ties between the characters are more complex than what the reader is led to believe while reading it, so that the layers in the plot are entwined and are somehow also continuous.
First in a series, where the story is set for a long and complex main plot, this is a great read, and definitely one to make you want the next one released.
My rating: 4 Stars
* NetGalley provided this Berkley title in exchange for my honest review.
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the first in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.
Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her?
How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.
That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.
Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.
New 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.