REVIEW: Up To Me by M. Leighton

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“I can't stand the thought of you being anything other than deliriously happy. With me.”

Back of the book blurb:

For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt as right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash has well-earned “bad boy” reputation, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.
 Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.
 Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life—and for Olivia, that’s much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780425269855

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A message from the cosmos:

My rating:

I AM SO UPSET RIGHT NOW. I absolutely adored Down To You, which is the first book in the Bad Boys series. I was so excited to finally continue it. My excitement was premature, I guess, because by the time I put Up To Me down, I was so over it. It’s so disappointing to have a great start to a series and then be let down like this! WHY M. LEIGHTON, WHY?!?!?!

I guess I should start off with the stuff I liked first, you know, so I’m not that much of a Debbie downer in this review. I adore the fast-pace of this novel. It reads so quick, which is what I need since I don’t have much time to read anymore… and that breaks my heart. The pace is incredible, and it’s enough to keep you interested in the entire time even if some other parts of the novel are subpar.

Olivia is a great character who is funny, charismatic, and stands up for herself. She definitely has a voice and I am so here for it. She did annoy me, though, with some of her comments. Like she was trying too hard to be unique and quirky and I absolutely hate quirky. Cash, on the other hand, while he might be sexy and stunning and a great boyfriend, something just really irritated me about him in this novel. I’m usually so into the alpha male even if it goes against all of my feminist beliefs. You all probably know from past reviews that I enjoy that. But, this time, I don’t know. M. Leighton lost her elegance and poignancy with Cash this time. He was just annoying. And some of his comments were so stupid. Especially about his masculinity and his feelings toward Olivia. Why can’t we have a strong alpha male character that is also a feminist and isn’t worried about coming off as less than masculine 24/7? I know it sort of contradicts itself, but there has to be some way to pull that off. Like, just some things he says, just… ugh. For example, he made a few comments about how he needed to stop sounding like a “damn woman” or something about how women needed explanations and some other bullshit. It was just frustrating.

Also, M. Leighton was very redundant in this novel. Her characters would repeat stuff, just in other ways. Some parts of the novel sounded like an English major wrote it and needed to get their word count so they repeated themselves six different ways to make it sound good, but it didn’t really. And maybe only a fellow English major would recognize it, but I hate being taken out of a novel like that. I want to be entranced with it, not sitting there figuring out what I’m going to write when I review it.

The plot was okay. Very dramatic. Very predictable. A little over the top.

I’m so sorry; I’m being so harsh. I just can’t help but feel frustrated with this because I loved the first book. I mean, it’s even in the Best Books of 2015 section of my blog. Speaking of, I need to update that. Anyway, I’m upset about this book!!! I wanted to love it. I wanted to, but I couldn’t.

I probably will not pursue the rest of the series.

Happy Reading! (Even though this was terribly depressing to write.)

The Cosmic Reader

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