Author: M. Leighton
Pages: 336 pages
Format acquired: PDF (eARC)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication date: September 3rd 2013
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley
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When it comes to passion this hot, it’s all or nothing.
Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.
An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.
With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive.
I honestly didn't think that I would enjoy this book too much, but I did and I was thoroughly pleased that I ended up liking it a lot. I am a big M. Leighton fan (I have literally read all her books) and her Bad Boys series is one of my favorite book series, like, ever but throughout the first two books I have always disliked this one character... And yup, you guessed it, it's Marissa. I couldn't help but not like and since a bunch of people also didn't like her, I thought that it would be okay but then M. Leighton being the queen of surprises, she decided to write a story for Marissa and thus began my journey from really disliking Marissa to loving her like mad. (I just needed to get that out. Haha)
There was a constant push and pull between Nash and Marissa, their attraction and chemistry towards each other was evident right from the start but there was also a hesitancy on both parts. When one would try to let go of the rope, the other would end up pulling on it even more; their battle of wills was seriously going to give me whiplash but hey, nobody ever said that love was easy. I actually enjoyed their dance more than Cash and Olivia's because Nash and Marissa's relationship is just so dangerous and unpredictable that you just won't know what will happen between them till it does.
Moving on from my former dislike of Marissa, that girl is one strong-willed woman. (I am a woman, hear me roar!) But seriously speaking, she is so inspiring. I never expected her to grow into the character that she is now. Marissa, quite literally, transcended boundaries and evolved into someone far greater than she was before. She really let loose, you know? Gone was this vapid, manipulative, and mean she-devil and then came this changed woman with a better perspective in life. Marissa didn't completely change (no 360-turn, friends) but she was trying to be better, she was doing her best to redeem herself and that was what mattered because if you really thought about it, if someone suddenly changed into someone super different than they were before then it would seem insincere and not real but they way Marissa changed was slow but definitely progressing. Underneath all that meanness was a human being asking to be let out. I am really glad that I gave Marissa a chance (and you should too!)
There were times when I really wanted to cut off Nash's hair (not because he was in need of a haircut, but because he was frustrating the crap out of me). Don't get me wrong, I love the guy but he's just so... male, you know? I understand that he has a hard time trusting people and he doesn't want to get close to anyone but some of his interactions with Marissa made my heart ache. *sniffles* Nash has to be one of the most complicated characters I have ever read about, he is so complex. He may give off a hot but thuggish aura but remove his outer-layering and you have the guy who still wants to be a lawyer. My heart really hurts for Nash because everything was taken away from him, and he didn't deserve that. He was just another innocent victim dragged into the carnage. Yeah, he may be tough, but deep down, there's a real sweet guy in there (I speak nothing but the truth.) Every vulnerable side that he shows, the pain in my chest eases slowly. And can I just say? Nash is literally the epitome of what a bad boy should be. He is such a bad, bad boy. *saucy wink*
Everything For Us isn't only about the romance and its naughty bits, the Bad Boys series is mostly about the struggles of Nash and Cash and the weight on their shoulders. This book is... crazy. The action and intrigue is intensified and the conclusion is unbelievable. You will not be able to breathe until you finish this book, seriously.
Hot boys + badass-takes-no-shit girls + steamy romance + heart-stopping action = the perfect M. Leighton book. You will fall in love with this book, I mean it. While I may have been surprised by how much I enjoyed it, I made up for it because I really enjoyed this book even more than the first two. Everything For Us just feels more real and gritty compared to the other two. I love this series to bits! *flails* I'm crossing my fingers that this isn't the last I'll see of my Bad Boys, so here's to hoping! Till the next exciting M. Leighton book!
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.
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