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Posted November 16, 2013
*Sigh* Seriously what can I say? I mean M. Leighton is just amazing and her books are perfection. Like the most of you, I read to get lost in a story, to escape my reality for a few hours and get lost in someone else’s world. If I could set up a camp in M. Leighton’s mind, I totally would, though I say the girl MCs would throw me out in a heartbeat because I would totally be all over there guys. I’m not sure if many of you got the chance to read M. Leighton’s book, Until I Break, but if you didn’t you really missed out. That book and All the Pretty Lies are seriously my two favorite books of hers. Don’t get my wrong I love my Bad Boy Series as well as the Wild Ones, not to mention her YA books, but there’s just something about these two books that struck a cord with me. It’s the way M. takes real issues of life and runs with it, producing a work of art. Yes ART because that’s exactly what it is.
“Live every day like it’s your last. None of us are promised a tomorrow.”
In All the Pretty Lies we get introduced to Sloane first when she’s going to get a tattoo. I love tattoos so I was immediately hooked, through in a hot tattoo artist and I’m sunk. Anyways, Sloane has been protected her entire life because of something that happened when she was a child, we don’t learn what it is until a little later on, but she’s decided she’s going to actually start living life. Starting with a tattoo!! LOVE THIS, the tattoo is beautiful too and this is where we get introduced to Hemi. Hemi is the gorgeous tattoo artist that oozes sex appeal and will make you drop to your knees in front of him. Seriously, hell I would if M would point me into his direction! So being the little caterpillar that’s weaved herself a cocoon for 21 years, the butterfly bursts free and sets her eyes on the perfect specimen of man in front of her. Everyone harbors secrets, everyone tells lies, but Sloane has made it a point to never promising anything, to never want promises, because like she says, “They’re just words designed to make others feel better. But in the end, they’re still just lies. Disappointing lies.”
“She’s like the blank slate I so crave for my art. I want to be etched onto her. Permanently.”
Hemi has a job to do and it’s not just the one where he tattoos people’s bodies every night. Something happened to his family a few years ago and their trying to get to the bottom of it. Distraction is the last thing on his mind, it’s the last thing he needs in his complicated life. He has a goal, but his strength is put to the test when Sloane walks into his tattoo shop and into his chair. So he pushes her away until he discovers she might hold the key to bringing down the one thing he’s been after for years. The person responsible for the death of his brother. Can he fight the attraction to get the information he needs, or will he let his family down? Deciding to take Sloane up on her interest in the art of tattooing, Hemi gets close, and when you get too close to the sun you tend to get burned. The question is, will they both make it out alive?
“One more time, like a stubborn phoenix that refuses to stay burned to ash, hope rises.”
All the Pretty Lies is centered on, in my opinion, family and what extent we would go to in order to protect them. Yes there’s romance and sex, but M. Leighton is able to weave it into the story in a way that it doesn’t overshadow the problem at hand. Sloane, though her brothers and father have protected her to the extreme, but she would do the same in return. Hemi and his brothers are doing whatever it takes to get to the bottom of what happened to their little brother even if it means betraying the trust of someone Hemi didn’t plan on having feelings for. That’s the beauty of this story. It’s the way family pulls together at time of need and doing whatever it takes to make sure they have each other’s backs. When Hemi and Sloane finally admit their true feelings it’s a bond like family. Nothing will stop them from protecting the other. This book will have you all over the place and at the edge of your seat. Be ready to fall in love with Hemi and Sloane, not to mention, wanting more at the end of this book. So go grab it if you haven’t already!
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Posted April 11, 2014
So far the book was pretty good I just wish the author wouldn't project their "political view" into what I thought was a romance! Really was that necessary! I guess that presuming everyone of your readers agrees with you NOT! I brought this for entertainment purposes only! I'll have to reconsider my purchases in the future!
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Posted February 20, 2014
This book was 268 page and was the "long" type of pages not the short kind.
I really liked this book: there were no annoying cliffhangers that split a story into two books and it left some mystery.
There were all these little hints about deeper things that they kept secret and it forced you to keep reading the story because you just have to know! Right?
Then there was the love story part of it, and it was refreshing in that it wasn't an instant 'OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU!!!' after only one day of meeting each other.
Then there was the authers writing style that i found particulary enjoyable. The story was put togeather very nicely and the beginning was attention carching, with actual dialog and things happening too and not incoherent ramblings.
So in other words, it was nice.
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Posted January 22, 2015
I am so confused why people liked this story so much. The story was so far fetched and the characters weren't even likeable. I was really disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2014
This is one of those stories that had me hooked from the beginning. Hemi is the sexy bad boy and Sloane is the innocent good girl. There is fireworks when they meet. A Perfect mixture of emotions and at one point I was ready to throw my kindle and in the next moment I was in love again. Michelle Leighton has a way of pulling you into a story and I love her writing style. I loved this story and can't wait to read more in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2014
Posted October 13, 2014
This is the wonderful story of Sloane and Hemi. Sloane is a virgin with over protective brothers and father. Sloane wants to break free from her families over bearing ways and be her own person. She meets Hemi and is drawn to him. Hemi is a guy with secrets. I couldn't put this book down. I was addicted from the very first page. M. Leighton did a fantastic job of getting the readers hooked. The characters were very well written and the story progressed and ended as it should with a few twists along the way. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2014
Posted April 11, 2014
I loved this book. It is the story of Hemi and Sloane. They meet at a tatoo shop when Sloane decides to get a tatoo to celebrate her 21st birthday. There is an immediate attraction, but Hemi is hesitant to act on that attraction because of personal issues. When Hemi learns information about Sloane's family, he begins to pursue her. They both have secrets that they are keeping from each other, but their relationship deepens anyway. Will this relationship survive when they learn the other's secret? It was extremely well written and engrossing. Loved it!!!
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Posted March 28, 2014
I love this book, and the second in this series.. it is breathtaking, beautiful, and I would love to find a love like this.. and run away with Hemi... enjoy the book.. yo won't put it downWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2014
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Posted February 2, 2014
LOVED this book!!! I put off reading it for some crazy reason, and now I could kick myself! I absolutely LOVED Sloane and Hemi's story! It was SUPER hot! I literally could not put my kindle down and carried it around reading it as I did my normal routine. I HIGHLY Recommend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2014
So I have absolutely no flipping idea why I decided to leave this little gem on my nook for so long without touching it for so long. Thankfully I was finally inspired to read it and I fell. Head. Over. Heels. Ms. M.Leighton skills of writing left me a gooey swoony mess and guess what I liked it.
After living this cringe worthy sheltered life Sloan decides that she’s a peacock and is ready to fly. Against the advisement of a close friend Sloan has her mind made up that she is going to spread her little wings by getting inked by Hemi. Thankfully for Sloan and Hemi her bodyart calls for more than one session allowing them to get to know each other better, but the closer they become the more likely unspoken truths could tear them apart.
Honestly I had a hard time believing that Sloane (by the way I adore her name) was anywhere near twenty one. Only because she allowed her family to treat her like she was 12. Its like come on. Other than her naive ways she had the ability to grow on me. I mean in all honestly its not her fault that the men in her life could not let go.
Hemi what can’t I say about him. He’s sexy and mysterious. Tattoos all over. Basically all of the alpha requirement to cause some serious panty dropping.Let me just say for the record that everytime I seen his name my name was in the gutter. Don’t judge me.
I honestly was having a difficult time putting this one down. Can’t say how many times I would sneak a chapter or two in when I should have been doing some work.
All the Pretty Lies was my first experience with author M.Leighton and I have thoroughly enjoyed it and will stay tune for everything else she has to offer.
**Huge thanks to the author for providing me with an arc copy in exchange for my honest opinion**
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Posted January 28, 2014
Posted January 13, 2014
It's been awhile since I read a book by Michelle Leighton. Too long. I had forgotten how very much I enjoy them. All the Pretty Lies was no exception. The chemistry between Hemi and Sloane was sooooo hot. The slow burn between them was done perfectly. There was a lot to love about this book.
Sloane has been sheltered her entire life by her father and three brothers - all cops. When she turns 21, she's decided she's had enough, and her first act of rebellion is getting a tattoo. But, when she walks into Hemi's tattoo shop, her goals become realigned. Hemi affects her in ways she never even imagined. He provides her with infinite inspiration for her art. And, for Hemi, Sloane presents as a means to an end. At least, at first...
In this first book in M. Leighton's new Pretty series, she presents we readers with plenty of new fodder for our book boyfriend dreams. There's Sloane's three brothers, Steven, Scout and Sig as well as Hemi and his brother Reese. Thank you, Michelle.
So, Hemi is the first of these incredible guys we get to see in action. And, whoa. his actions made me tingly. I loved his dedication to his family, first and foremost. All of his motivation for most everything he does throughout the course of the book is for his brother Reese and his deceased brother, Ollie. No matter the decisions or mistakes he makes (and, yeah, he makes some mistakes that made me want to clobber him), his intentions were pure.
Sloane, poor thing, has had a rough go of it. After her mother dies of leukemia, she's left alone with her father and three brothers who have vowed to protect her and shelter her from all the bad things. Admirable, but so stifling. For awhile, I was really angry at Sloane's family. They were completely unreasonable and seemed very self-serving. But, there is a point where you see that their motivations are also pure, like Hemi's. Despite the mistakes THEY make as well.
And, in the middle of it all is this fledgling relationship between these two creative people. Sloane is trying to find a way to make her artistic talent work for her. Hemi offers to apprentice her, and tattooing becomes something that Sloane realizes she's not only good at but something she loves to do. And, something she loves to do with Hemi.
Because these two have chemistry. Holy crap on a cracker, do they ever. It's not insta-love, exactly. More like, insta-attraction. Insta-lust. Insta-iwanttodoyourighthererightnow. Of course, it grows into more than that. And that's when things get real and the past catches up to both of them. The developing relationship between Hemi and Sloane was so fun to read and so dramatic. You just knew that both of them had secrets they were keeping from the other, and they both come out around the same time. And, from that second, I swear, NOTHING was tearing me away from this book.
All the Pretty Lies is told in dual POV, so we have the opportunity to get inside both Sloane's and Hemi's heads. I've made no secret about the fact that dual POVs are my favorite. I hate being left out of a good secret, so I love knowing what's going on before the characters do. Of course, sometimes it has that train wreck effect, like in this case. You just know something bad is going to happen when it all comes out, and yet, instead of stopping or skipping ahead, I just couldn't put it down. The other thing that kept me glued to the pages was M. Leighton's signature scorching heat. It's here in spades. Again - thank you, Michelle.
The second Pretty book, All the Pretty Poses, is about Reese. The third is as-yet-untitled, and it's about Sig. Based on what I saw in All the Pretty Lies, this series is gonna be AMAZING.
Posted January 12, 2014
Posted January 11, 2014
Everything about this book is silly. You would think this is the authors freshman attempt at novelling. The characters (namely Sloane and bff Sarah). For someone choicing to ascert her independence and maturity, Sloane chooses the most cliched, immature means by which to do it. Even the sex scenes are not hot. Sloane's loss of virginity was completely unrealistic. In fact all mention of sex and acts of sex in this book come off as lame bar pick up lines and are filled with laughable inuendo. Dontbwaste your time here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2013
I am a huge fan of M. Leighton. Her writing has a way of capturing you from the first page. I read All the Pretty Lies in one cold afternoon and loved every minute of it. Hemi just takes your breath away and the story keeps you reading until the very end... "Live, no regrets." I loved the brothers on both sides and can't wait for more of their stories!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.