From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the second book in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.
He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?
There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m comfortable in the shadows, where no one can see my scars.
Kiefer Rogan literally took my breath away the moment I met him. MMA champion-turned-actor, notorious playboy, charming to a fault—he’s everything I vowed to avoid.
But he just wouldn’t stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I should’ve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that they’re usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.
I just never guessed that they could be deadly, too.
If Kiefer Rogan doesn’t steal your heart, I seriously have to question whether you even have one. I think I was expecting someone more along the lines of Jasper, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Where Jasper was this incredibly intense character, Rogan was more flirtatious, fun, but oh he had secrets. Lots of secrets. I liked Katie from the beginning. She has lost so much and is trying to rebuild her life. Love and trust mean nothing to her now after being hurt the way she was. Not that she doesn’t want the fairy tale, but she had it, and it turned on to a nightmare.
The chemistry between these two can be felt from the start. I loved the banter between them. Him so cocky and used to getting his way, and her so determined not to let him get to her. It was a pleasant change from insta-love. But like any good suspense story, the past can’t stay buried forever. These two don’t realize just how their pasts would impact their futures. Katie’s story is heart breaking. I couldn’t even imagine going through what she did. But forher to rise above and keep living speaks volumes to her strength. Rogan is as noble and loyal as they come. The lengths that he goes to for his brother are admirable, even if he wants to smack the surliness out of him once in a while. He could have had a real chip on his shoulder, but instead he channeled that energy in to his fighting. We see the other guys in the team very briefly and their bond is just as strong. Their mission has still not changed and on this book, we find out even more of the puzzle.
I have to say I liked this book better than the first. I think, for me, it had everything to do with the fact that the focus was on the characters more than the suspense. She’s going to have a tough time topping this one for me!
I give Tough Enough 5 kisses and I dare you not to love Kiefer Rogan as much as I do!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction.
Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more 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.