Friday, January 31, 2014

Blog Tour: All The Pretty Poses by Michelle Leighton

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 reach her goal.  

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t refuse. 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. It took him years to forget about her before, so this time he 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.

I was very excited to get Harrison "Reese" Spencer's book in All the Pretty Poses. There was just something about him, albeit brief in All the Pretty Lies, that had me wanting and needing more.

Reese is a man driven by power. He's built an empire on luxury, fantasy and excess. It's something he takes immeasurable pride in. That is until Kennedy Moore, his childhood love comes back into his life unexpectedly.

Kennedy Moore spent years healing her heart from the loss of Reese from her life. She over came great adversity to build a life that was hers and made her happy. Despite hardships and struggles she clawed her way away from the darkness, with one goal in become a dancer.

In a twist of fate, Kennedy finds herself dancing at one of Reese's many burlesque-like dance clubs, unbeknownst to either of them. On one of his rare visits they spot each other and all the past love and pain comes flooding back for them. Reese is so intrigued by the girl he once knew and in the woman now before him that he bribes her into working as an entertainer on one of his pleasure cruise yachts for a chance at an audition with a real professional dance troupe. Of course it's with ulterior motives that Reese makes this offer and he doesn't hesitate to make clear what he wants from her.

As they spend time together on the cruise it's both a pleasant and painful reminder of their past. But nothing stops all the old feelings from blossoming again and growing. The pull between Reese and Kennedy is undeniable, even when she tries to fight it. Their chemistry is like Greek fire, nothing can put it out.

Kennedy is smart and charming, beautiful, strong, and a survivor. It may take some convincing but she eventually can't help but give into her heart - and body - when it comes to Reese.

Reese - a known playboy - is strong, sexy, and a bit caveman, which let's face it, every woman wants a little of in her man! He's always been drawn to Kennedy, more so now than ever before, when he sees the woman she's become.

Things aren't as simple as falling back into what once was though. There are secrets. LOTS of secrets...some dark and twisty that will gut you and tear out your heart...leaving you emotionally hung over and yet pleasantly sated by the very end.

ATPP was everything you'd expect from a book by Michelle. It's smart and fun, sexy and intriguing, with plenty of twists and turns that keep you hanging on. I can't wait for whatever comes next in this series.

(Also posted on Stories & Swag Blog)

First off I LOVE THIS SERIES! You need to read All The Pretty Lies, book one, before you start All The Pretty Poses.

ATPP is Reese Spencer’s book. Reese is Hemi's older brother and had me very intrigued in ATPL. I was beyond excited to hear we were getting his book next. ATPP is written in duel point of views, which is a HUGE plus for me.

We start out with Reese taking Hemi, Sloan and Sig to one of his high-end dance clubs. He has a lot of pride in his clubs and loves when he can make the time to visit them. He seems to "know" all the girls that work for him, except one it seems, as she takes the stage. Her body, her moves, her everything has him instantly in a trance. The trance is broken when Hemi informs him they need to leave, Sloan isn’t feeling well. While their leaving he catches the eye of the dancer on stage and realizes he knows could he forget her, even after fourteen years he would recognize her anywhere.

Kennedy Moore can't believe she is looking at Reese, and by the way he is looking at her she knows he recognizes her completely. He looks just as handsome as always just more grown up now. She is very turned on but doesn't want these feelings. She can't have these feelings, she’s over him, over what they had, what they lost, everything...or so she thought. Seeing him now is bringing up everything she put behind her.

Reese and Kennedy have known each other for a very long time; fourteen years have gone by without a word spoken. Reese has a Mom who hates him and he was trying not to turn into his jackass Father. Kennedy is an adopted child who lived on Reese's Uncle’s property where her adopted parents worked. Everything was fine in her life until her Mother died and it all went downhill, fast...that is until she met Reese. The two became friends and eventually lovers until Reese's Dad sent him to Oxford for college. Reese basically becomes his father; he has power, money and is a MAJOR man whore. I wanted to strangle him during this book several times. Now Kennedy, oh my heart hurt for her! We knew she had secrets during the story and when they finally came out I except it and hurt for her even more. Michelle Leighton had me guessing all the way to the end of the book. Once you hit 80% you will be so wrapped up in the story that you will want it to never end. Reese and Kennedy are AWESOME! Your head will spin, your heart will be shredded, and you will have the biggest cheesiest smile while you read!

Another thing I loved is we get more of Hemi and Sloan, just a little bit, but hey I’ll take it. I LOOVVEEEE Hemi, ahhh just saying his name makes me smile. Sig, Sloan’s brother, is freaking hilarious, I really hope we get his book soon! I have a feeling he will surprise us all. We also get to meet Brian, who is the trainer aboard the yacht. I immediately liked him and loved how he helped Kennedy when she needed it.  

What Michelle Leighton book would it be without steamy scenes? While Kennedy dances it made me think of some Brittany Spears performances I've seen, very seductive. Reese is the king of dirty talk... good Lord can he talk dirty! He can also rub me down with sunscreen ANYTIME he wants *fans face*. Oh and I told my husband we needed a sauna after ATPL...I just added a piano to his "Honey We Need List". ;)

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. 

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.

Book 1:
All The Pretty Lies

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· 2- $250 Visa Gift Cards
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The giveaway begins at 12:00 am EST on January 14, 2014 and ends at 12:00 am EST on February 3, 2014. Winners will be randomly selected by 5:00 pm EST on February 5, 2014. For a complete list of rules, please see the “Rules” section of the Rafflecopter.

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