Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Review of UP TO ME by Michelle Leighton

If you haven't already read book one, Down To You, please pick it up NOW! If you want to know what I thought of it, find my review here

Title: Up To Me
Publication Date: January 5th 2013 (previous cover)

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

*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*

If I'm honest, I don't know what to say about this book. Even as I try to think of words that sum it up, my eyes are beginning to burn with un-shed tears. This book was... something really special. I have so much love for Cash and Olivia, they are one of my most favourite book couples EVER.
This is actually one of the hardest reviews I have ever tried to write. I have a jumble of words in my head but none of them are coming to the forefront of my brain to make sense. 

Olivia thought that she was through with bad boys until she met Cash Davenport. He's sure got the charm and charisma down pat. He's as sexy as they come with his gorgeous smile and his onyx eyes, he's sure easy on the eye. But is a relationship with him just futile or will it end in a happily ever after?
How do you have a happily ever after when you're life is turned upside down and inside out? It's damn hard but is it impossible? That's what Olivia and Cash have to figure out.

They've already been through so much together and they deserve an honest chance at a happy life. But Cash's past threatens to overcome them.  

What to say without ruining the story for those of you who haven't read it? Well, I'm not entirely sure. All I can really say is, the action really hots up in this book. If you thought Down to You was a fast-paced, well-written, action-packed roller coaster ride then you will have to buckle yourself in for the bumpy ride that is Up To Me.
I'm reminded of a song by my favourite band, Lady Antebellum - here's the video:

There's plenty of Cash for the fan-girls that fell head over heels for him last time. The sex scenes between him and Olivia start off hot and only get hotter and hotter from there on in. 

The fact is, I loved this book. But more than that, I lived it. Once I opened the first page it was like diving head-first into their lives. 
Olivia still has twinges of uncertainty about where this is all going, but she has a steely resolve that makes her such a fantastic character. 
Cash is unsure whether he can love anyone, even Olivia. But he over-thinks things and complicates things for himself. If he went with his heart, then he'd see things a lot more clearly. You can see by the way he treats her, the way he is fiercely protective of her, that there is something deep there in his heart. 

I have always been a sucker for the bad boy and Cash stole my heart the moment in book one where he said "... I'm Cash Davenport..." I was just like Gah! He is sex on legs! He's naughty and sexy and seduces Olivia whilst stealing her heart as well as mine. 
The fact there was a mind[bleep] of a twist in this story, well that just had me dumbfounded. Michelle Leighton managed to completely mess with my mind. The old saying goes "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me too." Well holy Hell, shame on me! I just didn't see it coming. I wanted to gush to my best friend but she has only read book one, so I was like "Ack! you have to read it, NOW!" and I can't wait until she has read it so that I can talk to her without spoiling things ahead of time.

I actually swear that my heart pretty much forgot to beat as this bombshell was detonated. Damn you, Michelle. You amazing woman!!

The whole book actually had me on the very edge of my seat. From the action scenes to the hot sex scenes that were interspersed - I loved everything this story had to tell. How Michelle manages to write a very sexy, steamy book, yet have a real storyline underlined with enough action to pack a mean punch, I will never know. 

The one thing I can hand on heart say is that this book pulled me under and still hasn't released it's grip on my heart even though I finished it yesterday and have read another book since. That alone is testament to what an extraordinary author Michelle Leighton is.

I am really excited about the next book and I am not sure I can go without a Davenport boys fix in the meantime. 
At the end of this book, I wrote on Goodreads..."For the life of me I don't know why I haven't read these books til now, cos now all I can think of is "life was so dull until Cash Davenport strode into it" - I have fierce love for Cash and Olivia, but most of all for Michelle Leighton - an author I would miss truly if she were to ever stop giving the world her stories."

And damn it that's is one of the truest things I have ever written!

Thank you Michelle for creating 2 of the best books I have read this year. Whilst I'm glad I had them both to read back to back, I really wish I had the rest of the series because it's like Cash Davenport is the best kind of drug and I am a junkie jonesing for my next fix. 

Until then....

Thank you everyone who has come to read my review. Thank you to you Michelle for being one of the best authors I can name.

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