Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blog Tour: All the Pretty Poses by M. Leighton with Review and Giveaway

Author: M. Leighton
Release date: January 24, 2014
Age Group: NA/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: WordSmith Publicity & AToMR Tours
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Book Description:
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 realize her goal.  

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t pass up.  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—so Reese 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:  I absolutely love M. Leighton and haven't read anything she's written so far that I didn't love, and All The Pretty Poses proves to me once again what a fabulous author she is.  I loved Hemi and Sloane's story in All The Pretty Lies, so I couldn't wait to get my  hands on the next book in the series, which is Hemi's brother Reese's story.  It is a more of a companion novel, so you don't have to read All the Pretty Lies First, though I would definitely recommend it, because if you don't, you will be missing out on a treat.  Where as Hemi was the tattooed bad boy, Reese is the rich, arrogant tycoon who is almost too hot to handle.  He is used to getting his way always, and he can charm the pants off anyone, and that is pretty much all he wants or has time for when it comes to women, that is until Kennedy Moore suddenly pops back into his life and rocks his world.  The last thing Kennedy expects one night while working is to look up and lock eyes with the man who broke her heart 14 years ago.  Nonetheless he's there, and winds up making her an offer she can't refuse - work for him for the summer and get a chance at her dream.  The question is, can she survive the summer with her heart still intact?

Kennedy is really a simple girl that doesn't need all the things money can buy.  All the bells and whistles aren't what moves her.  She also isn't the same vulnerable girl she was 14 years ago, and Reese with all his god-like charm has to work hard to get her to open up to him again.  The chemistry between Kennedy and Reese is smoking hot, and what starts out as a game for Reese soon becomes so much more.  I loved the romance in All the Pretty Poses, as well as the story itself.  The setting is beautiful, and I also loved the main characters, as well as the secondary ones, all of which added a lot to the story.  We even get to see a little bit of Hemi and Sloane, as well as Sloane's brother Sig, who I really liked and I hope he gets his own story.

As always, M. Leighton's writing flows beautifully and I was captivated with the book from beginning to end, enjoying ever minute of it.  I actually read it in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down.  I am usually pretty good at figuring out what is going to happen in a book before the ending, but I have to say, M. Leighton surprised me in this one with a couple of things I didn't see coming, which was a delightful surprise.  I also loved the ending and M. Leighton gives us a wonderful epilogue, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  If you are a contemporary romance fan, then All the Pretty Poses is something I would definitely recommend checking out.


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 wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

About Michelle:  I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined.  I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace.  I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

Shorter Bio:  New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton lives in the deep South with her super-hero husband and super-smart maltipoo.  She has a fondness for coffee and chocolate, loves the color red, laughs at almost anything and often stares out her window, daydreaming of far-away places.
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Other books by M. Leighton

Beginnings: An M. Leighton Anthology
Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: To Kill an Angel

Down to You

Up to Me
Everything for Us

The Wild Ones
Wild Child
Some Like It Wild (March 4, 2014)
There’s Wild, Then There’s You (June 3, 2014)\\

All the Pretty Lies (November 12, 2013)


Madly & the Jackal
Madly & Wolfhardt


The Reaping

The Reckoning



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  1. I am so excited to start this series, I just know I am going to love it and after reading your review, it makes me want to start it now.

    Lovely review Ellen. :)

  2. Awesome review!! I've heard nothing but great things about this book I really need to read it ASAP!!!!

  3. It's always good when the author one follows closely manages to surprise his/herreaders. Lovely review, Ellen! Happy hump day!

  4. I still haven't read one of her books! That is SO bad! I'm so glad this one didn't disappoint!

  5. I really enjoyed this one, too. Great review, Ellen!


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