Title: Strong Enough
Series: Tall, Dark and Dangerous #1
Author: M Leighton
Source: Reveiw Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her?
How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.
That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.
Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.
Seriously, how is anyone supposed to resist a series entitled Tall, Dark and Dangerous, I mean come on, I get palpitations from that title alone 😉
This is a really, really difficult review to write due to the number of plot twists and revelations; I really don’t want to spoil the story for anyone and you miss out on connecting with these brilliant, complex characters.
Jasper crosses over with the Bad Boys series (swoon) specifically Always With You (I haven’t been able to read it yet due to uncontrollable sobbing when I read the Christmas special). Jasper is a very complicated character, the way he views himself as a monster is heartbreaking. The idea of nature versus nurture plays a large part in identifying with Jasper. Having suffered from an unbelievable emotional trauma at a very young age, shaping him into the man he has become. However, the dichotomy between his thoughts and his actions allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding of Jasper than he has of himself.
The whole idea of Black Ops, spies and assassins is used to full effect within the plot adding to the already taught tension within the narrative. The mystery/thriller elements unfold slowly drawing out the apprehension for the next revelation.
Muse is an innocent caught up in a sea of deceit and deception all in the name of protection. Life as she knows it can never be the same. Highly artistic and intelligent she has an innate goodness/kindness to her. She draws on her emotions to give her strength even the negative ones she uses as life lessons. She is a great inspiration and example of optimism at its best. Unfortunately, she is also considered collateral damage.
The chemistry between Jasper and Muse is off the charts, even if it is an unwanted complication on Jasper’s part he can’t ignore it. Bringing emotion back into Jasper’s life (both good and bad) breaks down the fortress he has encased himself in. Proving that the thing that is really worth living for and protecting is the one thing he has denied himself all of his life believing himself unworthy of love.
Strong Enough is a fast paced, character driven, action packed plot incorporating a Pandora’s box of revelations as well as being intensely emotional.
The plot threads are cleverly established for the other books in the series and I really hope we get to see more of Jasper and Muse in the rest of the series.