Feb 25, 2013

Review: Up to Me by M. Leighton

Title: Up to Me
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: M. Leighton Books
Publication Date: 1.4.2013
Pages: 289
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Yes (Bad Boys #2)
Source: Purchased ebook

Rating: B-

Summary (from Goodreads):
Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.

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.

You know when you read a book that has quite a few flaws, but you just love it to pieces anyway? M. Leighton’s Up to Me is that book. I knew while reading it there were problems (characters behaving badly, cliché lines, and cheesy dialogue at times), but Leighton has this way to writing that makes me not care all that much.

This is the second book in the series and it continues with Cash and Olivia right where book 1 left off. I’m glad there wasn’t a big time jump or anything else to get acclimated to—the stories flow effortlessly into one another. I hate feeling like I missed time with characters I love, and Leighton does the series a great service by not doing that.

The plot moves along nicely, and this isn’t an overwhelming read. I was able to finish it in a few hours. There are several twists, one especially including Nash (Cash’s twin) that I was stunned by. It makes me even more excited for book 3.

This series definitely pushes the edge from new adult into the adult genre. There are a lot of steamy situations that (as an adult) I have come to enjoy about new adult novels, but it’s still not as explicit as it could be. I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger teens at all. Like I said, there are issues, but I was personally able to overlook them and indulge in this sinfully guilty pleasure.

Buy: Amazon


  1. Cheesy dialogue always kills it for me. BTW, what is Cash's last name? (I could look it up, but guessing is much more fun.) With the description, I think it would have to be one of the three:
    1) Holden (switched around, that's Holden Cash, which is pretty darn awesome.)
    2) Slade
    3) Steele (I guess that could e switched around, too)

  2. Ummmmm Hannah? Can we just take another moment to stare at that cover? *scrolls back up* Hello sexy six pack. *reaches out to touch*

    So. Now that I've gotten the inappropriate fondling out of the way, I'd just like to say I'm excited for this series! I know just what you mean about the flaws being irrelevant in the face of a really entertaining, read-in-one-sitting book, Kristen Ashley's books are like that for me. I think I need to meet Cash. For sure.

  3. I really need to read the first book, Hannah!!! It's awesome that you still loved this one even though it was a bit cheesy and annoying in some places. A great story will make you brush aside those annoyances. :) Cash sounds scrumptious! YUMMY. ;)

  4. Eeeek! I only read the last paragraph of your review (since I haven't read the first book) but it sounds really good. New Adult is easily becoming my favorite genre. The steaminess sounds kind of like ON DUBLIN STREET's where it's borderline NA and Adult Contemp. YAY!

  5. I haven't read any books by M. Leighton but I keep seeing them around Goodreads... I'm not sure if they're really for me, but I know if I'm looking for a guilty pleasure type of adult read then I will definitely pick one up.

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