Posted March 17, 2015 by Maria in Book Reviews, Giveaways / 0 Comments

Also by this author: The Wild Ones, Everything for Us, All the Pretty Lies, There's Wild, Then There's You, , The Dandelion, The Dandelion, The Way We Burn: A Standalone Romance...With A Twist, Tequila High (100 Proof Book 1)
Published by Independently Published on March 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance 18+

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She is beauty for my ashes. And I’m hope for her heartache….Cole Danzer

I don’t know what makes a great love story. Is it that instant attraction when boy meets girl? The passionate kisses and the fairy-tale ending? Or is it a lifetime of tragedy, paid in advance, for a few stolen moments of pure bliss? The pain and the suffering that, in the end, you can say are worth it for having found the missing piece of your soul? The answer is: I don’t know. I don’t know what makes a great love story. I only know what makes my love story. I only know that finding Cole when I did, when Emmy and I were running from a nightmare, was the only thing that saved me. That saved us. He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each other’s shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mine?ours is the greatest of them all. Contains material that some may find disturbing. Not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Maria Thoughts

I’m always excited to get my hands on a novel by author M. Leighton.  She has such a way with words and telling a story.  The teasers for this one had me so intrigued, I couldn’t wait for it to release. I was blown away.

Pocketful of Sand is a unique, beautifully written love story. It is a journey to forgiveness, trust, second chances, loss, and love. It is emotional, heartbreaking, sweet, romantic and steamy.

Cole Danzer is broken. He is plagued with regret and self-loathing. He is sexy, hot, funny, and closed off; the perfect hero. He had me swooning and falling for him immediately.  I wanted to ease his pain and take away his sadness.

“I don’t have anything to give you, Eden. I’m broken. More than I ever thought I could be. But you can have what’s left of me. If you want it. You can have what little I have to give. ” ~ Cole

Eden Taylor is attractive, quiet, removed, suspicious. She’s slow to trust but kind with an inner strength. She too has secrets and fears. She is a caring mother to a precocious little girl, Emmy, who clearly means the world to her and will steel your heart, as she did mine.

“Sometimes I think broken people gravitate toward one another, like our shattered pieces connect on a level that unscarred people never know.” ~ Eden

Author M. Leighton has brought together these two amazing characters whose worlds are about to collide. They are broken, damaged and not looking for love. But when they meet, there is something, a pull. There is chemistry but not insta-love, which is one of the things I really like because it feels more real this way. There is a slow build-up of tension that becomes palpable. You can feel the heat between them, but something holds them back. Until it is so strong, it can’t be denied. If you’ve read Leighton, you know her love scenes are HOT. And she does not disappoint. She had me fanning myself and wanting a Cole of my own.

But this story is about more than steam. I’m not going to give a plot summary because I feel you should read this blind, to get the most out of it and really lose yourself in the characters and emotions. There are twists and turns that kept me engaged from beginning to end. It’s about learning to trust again and taking a chance when you never thought you wanted to or could. It’s about acceptance, letting go and moving forward,  trying to find happiness. This book will give you the feels for sure. Fans of Leighton and this genre will love it. I highly recommend it.




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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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