All The Pretty Lies by M.Leighton

Posted November 14, 2013 by Karen in Book Reviews, Giveaways / 1 Comment

All The Pretty Lies by M.LeightonAll the Pretty Lies by Michelle Leighton
Also by this author: The Wild Ones, Everything for Us, There's Wild, Then There's You, Pocketful of Sand, , The Dandelion, The Dandelion, The Way We Burn: A Standalone Romance...With A Twist, Tequila High (100 Proof Book 1)
Series: Pretty #1
Published by Independently Published on November 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC

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“Live, no regrets”


Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life.  However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her.  She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over.  For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday.  So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.


In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them.  It’s never had to be.  He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember.  Right up until tragedy struck.  Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way. 


Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession.  But the one thing they can’t find is a future.  Neither one has been totally honest.  And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details.  In the details and in the lies.

How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?

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~Karen’s Review~

What I love about M.Leighton? She guarantees me a Happily Ever After, in each of her books.  Sometimes I wish I didn’t know that, as this book would have had me on the edge of my seat more; if the possibility for everything not to turn out well in the end was there.  Then again I wouldn’t love M.Leighton the way that I do, if she ripped out my heart.  So it is a horrid double edged sword that I must bear. I also love that M.Leighton sex scenes are some of the best written in  romance genre.  Each glance, kiss, touch and thrust had my heart pounding like I had just run a marathon.  M.Leighton also writes intriguing characters.  Her characters  are complex and are so vivid, that I fall in love with the heroes and put myself into the place of each heroine.  All The Pretty Lies is a fabulous M.Leighton book.

Why did this book almost rip out my heart? All The Pretty Lies is about secret’s and deceit, and what price the characters are willing to pay to keep their secrets.   Both the characters Sloan (heroine) and Hemi (hero) have secrets.  These are not little secrets, they are secrets that will devastate each other.  Sloan’s secret is more personal, and I can see why she keeps it.  Hemi’s secret is also personal, and his motive behind his is written in his blood.  Neither of these characters are willing to tell the other their secret.  Hemi’s secret is the bigger of the two, and the one that has potential to ruin the life Sloan lives.  Sloan’s secret has the potential to devastate and rip Hemi’s soul from him.  So will the secrets devastate these two people or united them?  Guess what you have to read the book.

What I like about Sloan, is that she a take no prisoners type of girl.  She has decided to live fiercely.  Sloan is ready to spread her wings and fly; no more ‘ivory tower’ for this princess.  If she plummets to the ground or soars that is Sloan’s decision, because it is her life.  Now she only has to get her family to get with the Sloan is an adult program, this will be easier said than done.

Hemi is living a brand new life, one of a conscious choice.  This choice he has made to reinvent himself is one that is tied to his secret.  This is a character who has made a ton of mistakes in his past. His mistakes are huge, they haunt him, and forever changed him.  He is now trying to make amends in his own way for his past mistakes.   Hemi, is sexy, and extremely likable.

The book is written in first person and with dual point of views, so I understood both characters and the whys for what they have done.  I did figure out Sloan’s secret from the very beginning, but it wasn’t from M.Leighton’s portrayal, just my own life experiences kinda made me think in that direction.

Overall this was a fun read from M.Leighton.  The end of the book alluded to this being a series and I will assume that both Sloan’s and Hemi’s families will be included in the sequels.  As Sloan’s and Hemi’s story was wrapped up nicely at the end of this book.

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About Michelle Leighton

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.

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