Title: Everything For Us
Author: M. Leighton
Release: September 03, 2013 by Berkley Trade
Rating: 5 Stars *****
Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.
An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.
With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive.
In this installment we get to really know one Bad Boy in particular. Nash Davenport. He is damaged beyond what we knew. The life he has been forced to lead since being ripped from his family has turned him hard and heartless. He is out for blood and for revenge… revenge for his mother… revenge for the boy that basically died on the docks so many years ago… revenge for his Dad… he is consumed by rage and hate. No one and nothing can shift his focus from his one goal. Cash tries hard to reel his rogue brother in. He wants revenge too but he wants his family back more and he knows that putting a bullet into their mother’s killer isn’t going to bring that. Nash begrudgingly agrees to try things Cash’s way but he needs a distraction… fast! In walks Marissa. Gone is the pampered, spoiled princess from Down to You and Up to Me. She is replaced by a woman filled with guilt and disgust for who she was and how she treated people. A woman willing to do whatever she has to do to make amends and prove that she has changed. Nash wants her… but she’s just a distraction right? A beautiful woman to lose himself in and to take the edge off for a while. He has absolute no interest in anything more… just physical release. Marissa knows this. Hell Nash flat out tells her this but she is so drawn to him for some reason and she can’t resist. Maybe she thinks she doesn’t deserve anymore from anyone.
Okay let’s talk about Nash for a minute. He is such a complex character. He is jealous of Cash for getting to live the life he was supposed to live. He’s so conflicted over loving and hating his brother at the same time. He even dished a little secret payback out to Cash a few years ago in
something he doesn’t want anyone (especially Marissa) finding out about. He
seems to hate everyone… but most of all he hates himself. He knows he has
turned into a bitter, jealous, guilt ridden asshole that can’t un-see the
things he has seen or undo the things he has done. His whole life has been
about surviving long enough to get his revenge and now it’s so close but then
what? Who is he if he’s not the exiled twin plotting to come home and bust
heads? I loved watching him come to terms with this and how he slowly opened up
to Marissa. Who can blame her for falling so hard… what woman doesn’t love an
honest, broken yet strong, reckless, rugged man who takes charge and gives her
Ah Marissa. The girl we hated so passionately in the first two books. The snake in designer shoes. Talk about making a 360. I guess having your life flash before your eyes can do that to a girl. She impressed me on every level in this book. From the way she handled Nash to the way she handled her bastard father. She was strong and determined not to fall back into the person she used to be. Also I think she deserves a little extra credit here. I know she was awful to Olivia but I tend to believe that Olivia & Cash’s betrayal trumped her bitchiness and she forgave them wholeheartedly and that in and of itself showed how much she matured. They hurt her and she didn’t hold it against them. Yay Marissa!
Now the big questions… Can this motley crew work together to bring justice to their family and outsmart the Russian Mafia? Can Nash let go of his bitterness toward Cash and his stolen life? Can Marissa break down the walls Nash has built so high? Can Ginger get Gavin drunk and have her wicked way with him? Can she PLEASE!!!! Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. So go on now… get to it!
“I crave everything he represents. He feels like rebellion. And freedom. Like a salvation of sorts. I just didn’t know until recently that I needed saving.
“But you like it, don’t you? You like me like this. You want me to take what I need. You want to be free with me, don’t you?
“She’s starting to feel more and more like
an anchor, like a North Star. Like my North Star.”
an anchor, like a North Star. Like my North Star.”
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About the Author:
I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it's there. I believe that I'm shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can't be sure because I haven't met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer's too hot, winter's too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.