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.
Leighton (the Bad Boys series) brings intrigue and passion to the first installment of her new erotic romance trilogy, but poor writing mars an otherwise enjoyable story. When Muse Harper's father, an Army colonel, sends her to the West Coast for her own protection, she doesn't complain. But then her father goes missing. Short on options, Muse hires Jasper King, a ruthless and charismatic bounty hunter, to help her find him. Jasper struggles with the new experience of being distracted from his mission by a sexy client, and a lengthy car trip to South Carolina threatens to undermine their restraint and throw the couple into a romance with no future unless Jasper can learn a new way to live and Muse can accept revelations about her father and his past. Jasper is emotionally damaged and protective without being an aggressive jerk, and Muse's enthusiasm for his displays of dominance is palpably genuine. The prose is wretched "The heat of it, hotter than the bath water. The wetness of it, wetter than the bath water" and every development is a clich , but the chemistry is believable and the sex is hot.
I loved this book. Muse & Jasper are hot together! Very creative story with twists & turns that you won't expect!
Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Indeed
"You're the only thing I've wanted for as long as I can remember. And the one thing I can't have."
Jasper King is like no one that Muse has ever met. Sweeping in with his tiger eyes and raw strength, he is a man of secrets and silence. The two of them will change each other in ways that neither ever expected.
Oh, how I love Michelle Leighton. She infuses her books with so much feeling, with heart and soul. And Michelle's men, well, I haven't met one that I don't love. So, enter Jasper King. This man, this self-contained multi-layered man, has absolutely stolen my heart. From the moment I met him in the heartbreaking prologue, I was in love. The product of a horrific past, Jasper has fashioned himself into someone that knows no fear. He's the one that gets things done, tying up loose ends so that others don't have to. When he meets Muse, the attraction is immediate, the chemistry between the two unmistakeable. But Jasper is certain that he has nothing to offer Muse because of who he is.
"I'm doing you a favor, Muse. You don't want to get to know me."
"Maybe I do. You can't possibly know that."
"Maybe I don't want you to," I confess quietly."
I hear her huff of frustration before she flounces back in her seat, crossing her arms stiffly over her chest and turning to stare out the window.
She's better off not knowing me. She just doesn't know it.
STRONG ENOUGH is an action-packed thrill ride, as Jasper does his best to protect Muse from an unknown threat, and to fight his ever-growing feelings for her. Michelle had me flipping pages furiously, swept up in the intrigue of the story, and bowled over by the absolutely combustible moments between these two. I mean, I am talking the kind of heat that jumps off the page. And the feels, this book's got them in spades. Bottom line, I love these characters, I love their story, and, heck, yes, you need to read this one now. 5 'dark, delicious, heartbreaking, heartwarming, add this to your TBR now' stars.
"Jasper, I love you. I've loved you from the second you walked into my life. And I never stopped. Not for one minute. Nothing else matters. Nothing. And no one. All I want, all I need is you. Just you..."
(P.S. And, hot guy friend alert, the next book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series, TOUGH ENOUGH, is out this fall, and I cannot wait to read it!)
Wow loved this story!!
Muse has lost contact with her dad. Her friend Tracy sends Jasper King to help her find her dad. Sparks fly immediately between Muse and Jasper but Jasper has a dark past. Jasper is a bounty hunter that can find anyone at any time. He does find Muse’s dad for her but that just opens another can of worms. Muse is bringing light to Jasper’s life where he never had light before. Jasper is so broken and feels like he is just a monster like his father. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Jasper leaves Muse and makes it possible for her to start a new life. Jasper knows he is no good for Muse but the heart wants what the heart wants. Muse knows that if Jasper really loves her he will find her.
Loved their story and couldn’t put it down.