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I Belong

Review: Down to You by M. Leighton

Title: Down to You

Author: M. Leighton

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: The Bad Boys (Book 1)

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

FormatPaperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425269841 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425269848 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget


One girl. Twin brothers. An uncommon triangle. 

When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport—twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia.

Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone—a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable and intensely passionate—and already taken. But all it takes is one soft stroke to make Olivia forget he belongs to someone else.

However, Olivia is in for a surprise. These boys have a secret that should make her run away as far and as fast as she can. If only it wasn’t too late. A sensual game between three players has begun, and it’s about to spin deliriously out of control.

Quick & Dirty: Great new adult novel filled with an intriguing plot, engaging characters, and steamy romance.

Opening Sentence: My head is spinning lightly, but happily.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Olivia Townsend has just met the most gorgeous guy — twice.  First, there is Cash, an owner of a hip nightclub downtown.  He is sexy, dangerous, and exactly what Olivia always finds herself drawn to.  She has always had a soft spot for the bad boys and her heart has really suffered in the past because of it. But just looking at Cash gets her all hot and bothered. She’s not sure she is going to be able to resist his charm, even if it means more hurt for her. It turns out that Cash has an identical twin that couldn’t be more opposite.

Nash is the perfect guy.  He is successful, sweet, loyal, and honest.  He is everything Olivia has always wanted in a guy, but unfortunately he is unavailable because he is dating Olivia’s snotty cousin.  But they have undeniable attraction and Olivia finds herself wanting him more then she should. She’s not the type of girl to go for someone that’s taken, but Nash makes her forget anything but him when he’s around.

Cash and Nash couldn’t be more different but they have one major thing in common, they both want Olivia. As things start to escalade Olivia finds herself falling in love with both brothers, but they have a secret. One that will change everything Olivia has come to know and trust about both boys.  With her heart on the line, who is Olivia going to ultimately choose: the bad boy or the golden boy?

The book is told from Olivia, Cash, and Nash’s POV. First you meet the spunky cute Olivia.  She is currently enrolled in college as an accounting major.  She feels like she needs to go back home and help her dad out after college.  Her mother left and he raised Olivia by himself.  She feels like she owes him and he needs the help, but her father wants her to live her own dreams and not worry about him.  Obviously, she is a really sweet girl with a big heart.  She has always taken pity on other people and she has had a lot of heartache because of that. I found that I could really sympathize with her situation. She was a very likable character that was easy to connect with.

Next you meet Cash, the perfect bad boy.  He is sexy, mysterious, and has that air about him — that sex appeal!!!  He owns a club and offers Olivia a job as a bartender.  He is a total flirt and teases Olivia relentlessly just to get a reaction out of her.  But he is also very sweet and thoughtful when he wants to be.  With his brooding personality and bad boy persona he pretty much had me at hello. I found him intriguing and loved trying to figure him out.

Then there is the wonderful Nash.  He is sweet, handsome, smart, and successful.  He works as an intern at a law firm.  He runs in a whole different crowd than Olivia does and she can’t help but be intimated by that.  She wasn’t raised with money and she has never really been comfortable around rich people, but Nash treats her as an equal.  He respects her and is always trying to help her in any way he can.  Nash is the perfect guy, and I found that he was easy to like.

This was a really enjoyable and hot read for me.  The romance was steamy and the sexual tension basically dripped from the pages. The characters were developed well and easy to connect with.  While I did figure out most of the plot pretty early on, I still felt it was very entertaining.  Leighton has remarkable writing that is engaging and easy to get lost in.  The one thing I wasn’t expecting was the ending.  It totally leaves you hanging and wanting to next book right away.  Suffice to say, this was an amazing start to what I’m sure is to be a great series.  I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a hot read full of drama, intrigue, and sexy romance.

Notable Scene:

I can’t help but stare, openmouthed, at the owner. I fight the urge to look for a table to crawl under. I’ve never been more mortified in all my life.

I hear the girls clucking over Jason, but it barely penetrates my mind, my focus. Every other piece of gray matter is con?centrated squarely on the guy standing in front of me.

And then I get angry.

“Why did you let me do that? Why didn’t you say something or introduce yourself?”

He smiles. Smiles, dammit! It registers for a second that it’s a stunning smile, but then my humiliation returns and over?shadows it completely.

“Why would I do that, when letting you undress me was so much more fun?”

The Bad Boys Series:

1. Down to You

2. Up to Me

3. Everything For Us

FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Down to You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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