Brave Enough by M. Leighton – Katie’s Review

brave enough review photoWhy I Read it

I have been following the Tall, Dark and Dangerous series from book one, and had to read the final book!

What I rated it

3.5stars

What it’s about

Is she brave enough to give her heart to a man she only thought she knew?

He was the most charismatic man I’d ever met. Strong, tough, brave. Bold as hell. Something told me Tag Barton could have anything—anyone—he wanted…and he wanted me. It didn’t matter that he was wrong for me in practically every way possible. It didn’t matter that my father would hate it.
 
I couldn’t resist him. Even if I’d known who he really was and what he was really capable of.
 
When he suggested we pretend to be engaged, I thought he was the answer to all my problems. He wasn’t. And, in his wake, he left nothing but scorched earth and me, just another casualty of my father’s war.
 
Can I believe him now when he tells me he loves me?  Or is he nothing more than a beautiful, breathtaking lie?

leaf dividerKatie’s Review

This review was one of the most difficult reviews I think I have ever had to write. I liked this book. I liked the storyline. I really liked the two main characters, Tag and Weatherly, but it didn’t feel like the story fit in with the rest of the series. In the previous books in this series, we have drama, suspense, action, people dying, and government corruption. When I heard Brave Enough was available for review, I jumped on the chance. I went in to this book with the expectation that it would be like the previous books, loaded with action. That is just simply not the case with Brave Enough.

Tag and Weatherly are from two different worlds, but they are drawn to one another. At first, they are using each other, but the connection between the two sizzles, and eventually the inferno catches. Just wait until you read that one scene from the rows of grapes… it makes me blush just remembering it! Even through the false front they are putting on, you can see they both desperately want to grab at what is in front of them. This was a very sweet love story, one that will leave you happy and satisfied with both the story and the resolution.

Although Tag is a seasoned war veteran who deserves to have some smooth sailing in his life, I did not have this expectation, so as I was reading, I feel it tainted my opinion of the book. I ended up finishing the book, setting it down and walking away for a few weeks, and then before I wrote my review, I tried to re-read the book with a fresh set of eyes.  When I did this, my opinion definitely improved.

I don’t want you to take this as me telling you not to read this book, but I feel very strongly about posting honest reviews. I really liked this storyline and the characters. If this book had been its own spin-off or completely unrelated series, I think I would have given this closer to a 4.5 star review. I think people should read this book. I have been hooked on the series from the first time I read the first book’s prologue, and I think you will really enjoy this. I just feel that if you are connected to the series, then you should know that this story does not flow the same as the previous books. M. Leighton is one of my favorite go to authors, and she still will be. I can’t wait to see what she gives us next!

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