Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blog Tour: All The Pretty Poses (Pretty #2) by: M. Leighton (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for All The Pretty Poses hosted by Inkslinger PR. Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.

Release Date: January 26, 2014
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Source: I received a copy of this book as a part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.


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?


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."

My Thoughts:

Whenever I open an M. Leighton book I know I am in for a good time. I know the book will be sweet and steamy with great and complex characters that get under your skin. All The Pretty Poses delivered all of these things! I absolutely love All The Pretty Lies, it was probably my favorite of hers besides The Wild Ones, so I had very high hopes for this follow up and it was a worthy follow up! 

I’m going to start with Reese… Michelle just has a knack for creating wonderful heroes. Reese is not perfect, he is far from it, but he is still a great guy. I think what I loved most is that he has flaws, it made him real and I think that is what really made it easy to fall for him. I’m not going to lie though; it is a slow fall with Reese. It takes a while for him to open up and get through his layers, but in the end he earns that love. I also loved that once Kennedy walked back into his life, there was no hesitation on his part. He knew he wanted her and he went for it. 

Kennedy is a seriously tough chick. Her past is just… damn. I don’t want to say much and ruin the story for others, but Kennedy is strong, really really strong. I love that she doesn’t easily fall back in to Reese’s arms and she makes him work for it. She is a smart girl and her head is constantly battling her heart. 

I have come to expect twists with Michelle’s books and she always delivers them! This book though, I just didn’t see any of it coming. It surprised me at every turn. At one point, I bolted up straight and screamed “what” and startled everyone around me. Even though I know something is coming that is going to hurt, I am never ever prepared for it. 

Along with the twists and turns, this book delivered the sweet and the steam. This book was super steamy and the chemistry between the characters just sizzles. However, it is also sweet. Mixed in with all the steamy moments there are tons of sweet ones that truly show the love between the characters and the beauty of this second chance love. Underneath every steamy moment you can feel the love these two have for each other and that is what really makes the story stand out. 

It was also fun to see Hemi and Sloane again! I will never ever get enough of those two and I absolutely loved seeing them both in their happily ever after. I also loved seeing Sig, and damn did he crack me up. I need for him to have a book! 

All The Pretty Poses was a stunning addition to the Pretty series. Reese and Kennedy had a story to tell and I am so glad we got the chance to experience that story. It was a gorgeous romance and it did not disappoint.


What’s up for grabs?
2- $250 Visa Gift Cards

How do I enter?
Via the Rafflecopter posted here and on each participating site, you may:
· Like the M. Leighton, Author Facebook page (5 points, can only do once)
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· Share the giveaway graphic on Twitter along with one reason that you’re excited to meet Reese (10 points, can do once per day) (see above for graphic)
· Tag three different friends in the comments under the graphic on the M. Leighton Author Facebook page with one reason you’re excited to meet Reese (10 points, can do once per day)

The giveaway begins at 12:00 am EST on January 14, 2014 and ends at 12:00 am EST on February 3, 2014. Winners will be randomly selected by 5:00 pm EST on February 5, 2014. For a complete list of rules, please see the “Rules” section of the Rafflecopter.
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About The Author:

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. Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page


  1. Reese sounds like a hero that I would enjoy--I loved the flawed but still amazing guys.

  2. I really liked this one, but more so at the end. Those twists were shocking! Great review, Teresa!

  3. Great Review Teresa! I loved this one too :) I still need to read the Wild Ones Series, but bought the first book, and novella, and got the second book for review, after seeing how much you, and Andrea lived them. I was completely caught off guard with that last twist as well, and I could feel my whole mouth drop open. I can't wait for the next installment in the series. I wonder if we are going to get Sig's story!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  4. Oh yay! I'm so glad this is good. Can't wait to get to it.

  5. Oh Teresa! This was such an incredible review girl! I am definitely excited to start this series! I like that Kennedy is such a strong character and that she makes Reese work to earn her back! I will definitely be picking this one up!

  6. Fabulous review, Wifey!! Eeeeep!! I'm so excited to start this series. I just know I'm going to adore it, and I look forward to the "slow fall" with Reese -- noms!! *smoosh*

  7. I love your enthusiasm for Michelle's books, Teresa. I love them, too, and I need to read this series. :)

  8. This series sounds great, I've only seen great reviews for this book so far! I love that Kennedy makes Reese earn her love, rather than make it easy for him - it always makes the ending so much sweeter :)

  9. Great review! I loved the previous book so I'm really looking forward to All The Pretty Poses! It sounds so good. Also I'm excited to hear Hemi and Sloane make an appearance.

  10. I cannot wait to get Reese and Kennedy's story! I know Michelle will have me glued to this one just like the first book :D I just had so much fun reading your review!!!! :D AH! I must get to this one!!!!

  11. Awesome review girl! I want to read this series so bad. I have All the Pretty Lies adn need to read it soon. Ahhh!! TOO MANY BOOKS :-)

  12. I really love this cover and am intrigued by the plot. Idk if I can go for a slow-build love right now w/my attention span, but I do like the sound of this. Have to check out the 1st one 1st tho, haha. Great review!


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