Friday, January 18, 2013

Up To Me by M. Leighton

We’ve been looking forward to this sequel after Cash and Nash burst onto our horizons last year in Down To You.

The Blurb

Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.

Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time. And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back. Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.

Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises. Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well. She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option. And this is one of them. If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life. But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

Our Review

Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.

Well, if Down To You was fairly light hearted erotic romance, then Up To Me is a far more angsty romantic suspense.  It’s still very erotic with some wonderful sex scenes between Olivia and Cash but his traumatic past will come roaring back into their lives to threaten their fragile happiness.  This book’s not so much about the romance between them, more of a fairly action-packed thriller.

As with Down To You, there’s an incredible plot twist that I really didn’t see coming at all.  I’m not going to give it away but it definitely sets up the rest of the Bad Boys series with the introduction of a couple more drooltastic potential book boyfriends.  This won’t work as a stand alone either – it is essential to read the first book, Down  To You.

Cash & Olivia are back with Olivia still having a few ‘bad boy’ doubts about Cash and he is still trying to convince her with mind-blowing orgasms that he’s actually one of the good guys.  Hey Cash – I need some convincing too!!  As danger looms large on the horizon for Olivia, Cash drafts in his Aussie friend Gavin to help protect her and I had a bit of thing for Gavin with his shit-eating grin and Aussie drawl.  I’m really hoping that he’s going to get a book of his own in the not so distant future.

Olivia’s in danger and Cash is terrified that, now he’s found her, she’s going to be taken from him so he packs her off to her Mothers for safety with Gavin.  He’d better watch out – she is a total Monster In Law in waiting.  She’s a horrific character – I hated her as much as I hated Marissa in the first book, if not more.  She’s opinionated and judgmental and really not the kind of influence Olivia needs in her life right now that she is learning to accept her overwhelming feelings for Cash.

Marissa is back too and even appears to have had a total personality transplant by the end of the book.  I’m not sure if she’s being set up as a potential book heroine of the future with this – she’s a pretty hard sell but time will tell.

So, overall a thumping good suspense with, as expected, some steamy action between the sheets or wherever they consider appropriate or inappropriate as the case may be!!  I did enjoy this but not quite as much as the first book.

3.5 stars – romantic suspense

Series Reading Order
1. Down To You
2. Up To Me
3. TBC
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