Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review: Killing Me Softly by Leisl Leighton

Killing Me Softly
by:  Leisl Leighton
Published:  June 10, 2013
Publisher:  Penguin Books Australia/Destiny Romance
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
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Reclusive record producer, Alexia Deningham, guards her privacy fiercely. When she agrees to work with superstar Daemon Flagherty, and his band, it is only on the condition that they stay with her at her isolated country estate. 

Fresh from a messy divorce, Daemon is determined to focus on his music. He wants to work with the best and that means Lexi. He certainly isn't looking for romance, but he finds himself intrigued by Lexi's secretive behavior. 

Despite Lexi's reservations, their attraction grows. But someone is watching Lexi. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the woman who has ruined his life. When his campaign of terror ratchets out of control, Lexi must fight for survival but who can she really trust?

My Thoughts:  I love stories involving rock stars and  bands, so when I read the synopsis for Killing 
Me Softly, I knew I wanted to read it.  Alexia Deningham has made a name for herself, or I guess I should say her alias, AJ Denholm, as a well-known and respected producer in the music industry. Daemon Flagherty wants to work with her. His band Sidhe is an extremely popular rock band.  His fellow band member, Craig, is a friend of Lexies.  He speaks to her and she agrees to work with them, but on her terms.  Arrangements are made and the band members are now staying at Lexie's ranch and working on their new album.  Daemon is hot, of that there is no doubt, and he knows how to bring on the charm.  He is also determined to have Lexie.  Slowly, Lexie finds her resolve weakening and despite her attempts to not give in, Daemon's hot kisses melt away any remaining resistance, and she finally allows herself to feel again.  Alexia's life hasn't been easy, which is something Daemon finds out, and he wants nothing more than to help her, to hold her.  Daemon has a sordid past of his own and is harboring his own dark secrets, but when he finds out the things that have happened to Lexie, he finds a kindred spirit who also has a dark and secret past.  His heart is truly touched by her pain and her grief, and he wants to do whatever he can to help her.  The chemistry between them is hot and they connect on a deeper level as a result of their love of music, but a hidden threat from Lexie's past is rearing its ugly head and threatening not only her, but her family, those related by blood, and those related by love and friendship.  With the odds stacked against them, will they be able to finally be free and be together, or will threatening circumstances and situations be more than they can survive?  

Killing Me Softly is romantic, thrilling, and suspenseful.  I loved the story line, and I really liked the characters.  The romance between Lexie and Daemon was hot, and the chemistry between Lexie and Daemon is intense, connecting them deeply on an emotional and physical level.  There are quite a few twists, turns, and mystery, as well as danger and murder in the story that keep you turning the pages, eager for more.  There are several action-packed scenes as well, that are also very thrilling.  The secondary characters were really great, and I have to say I liked them all, for the most part.  There are even short chapters throughout the book that relate the stalker's point of view.  I found Killing Me Softly to be an interesting read that kept me on my toes, and I would definitely recommend it.  

You can read an excerpt here.

Leisl is a tall red head with an overly large imagination. As a child, she identified strongly with Anne of Green Gables. A voracious reader and a born performer, it came as no surprise to anyone when she did a double major in English Literature and Drama for her BA, then went on to a career as an actor, singer and dancer, as well as script writer, stage manager and musical director for cabaret and theatre restaurants (one of which she co-owned and ran for six years).
After starting a family Leisl stopped performing and instead, began writing the stories that had been plaguing her dreams. Leisl's stories have won and placed in many competitions in Australia and the US, including the STALI, Golden Opportunities, Heart of the West, Linda Howard Award of Excellence, Touch of Magic and many others.
Leisl lives in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne with her two beautiful boys, lovely hubby, overly spunky dog, Buffy, and likes to spend time with family and friends. She sometimes sings in a choir and works as a swim teacher in her day-to-day job.
Killing Me Softly is Leisl's first published book.


  1. I had no idea this one had an element of mystery to it as well, I think I want to look into this one more.

  2. Oh, this one sounds GOOD! I love the mystery and murder aspect! I'll have to give this a try! Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  3. I haven't heard of this book before now but you had me intrigued from the moment I read romantic, thrilling and suspenseful & the characters sound great!

    A great review Ellen. :)


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