Book Review: Brave Enough by M. Leighton

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Title: Brave Enough (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #3)
Author: @mleightonbooks
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 288 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis

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?

Grace Review

This is book three in the series, and I will note upfront, that I didn’t read the first two books and it wasn’t an issue.

This story hits on a popular romance theme, with a rich heiress, Weatherly and the lower class employee for her family, Tag.  Despite their different social status, the attraction is immediate.  Yes, this is a story with insta-lust.  Weatherly is looking for a distraction, and Tag proves to be the best kind.

“You came here to let go. Tomorrow doesn’t have to matter until it arrives.”

It didn’t take me long to remember why I enjoy this author’s books.  SHE KNOWS HOW TO WRITE A SEX SCENE!  While this book isn’t considered BDSM, the scenes still felt highly erotic. Especially the one in the mud.  Dirty good!

As you can now guess, these two don’t waste much time getting to know every inch of each other.  And along with the physical intensity, is a plan to help them both.  The minute Tag suggested the plan, my spidey senses were tingling.  I knew he had an ulterior motive, I just couldn’t figure it out right away.  That plan grows and while I was happy for Weatherly in the new life she was building, I had a feeling it would be falling apart.

I realize that this was the main part of the plot, but I had a real issue with Tag’s motives.  I understand what he set out to do was for someone he cared for deeply, but I didn’t understand how he planned to never tell the truth.  Secrets can ruin relationships, as he quickly learned.

There were so many chances for him to come clean before things went downhill.  The fact that he didn’t say those three words by that time, only made things worse.  I could see how Weatherly couldn’t trust him.  The moment his feelings came to light, seems almost an afterthought.  There was no angst on his part.  I wanted him to suffer a bit more as well for putting Weatherly through something that could have been avoided.

In the end, he does the right thing.  But I felt a jaded at that point.  Lucky for him, Weatherly is a lot more forgiving.

“Be braver than me.  Risk for me.”

If you are looking for a hot insta-lust read with people from different worlds who find common ground in the fields of vineyard, look no further.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.
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