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Up to Me: The Bad Boys, Book 2 | [M. Leighton]

Up to Me: The Bad Boys, Book 2

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 a 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....
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Publisher's Summary

M. Leighton’s "freakin’ hot" Down to You was just the beginning. "Up to Me…has even more shockers in store!" (Examiner.com)

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 a 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.

©2013 M. Leighton (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jordy United States 08-11-13
    Jordy United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "An interesting twist"

    Up to Me has an equal blend of hot sex, witty banter, drama, shocking twists, sexy new characters, lots of action, and very bad guys. There were parts that could have been better. For some reason, I felt some parts were rushed. Regardless, I enjoyed it for most part. I will continue with the third book because I’m interested to see what M. Leighton comes up with next for these characters.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 08-06-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Wow! It knocked my socks off…"

    This 2nd installment of the Bad Boys series was amazing! I loved this book! For such a short listen it was packed with so much action, emotion, twists & turns, love, sex and so much more. It’s hard to write a review of this book without giving away any spoilers, so I will just say it was AMAZING! If you liked the first book, then you have to get this follow-up. It will not disappoint.

    I can’t wait for book 3!!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-12-13
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Well written and fun to listen"
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    This is a awesome series. Lighthearted and fun to listen to. It had an element of surprise that I did not expected. Cash and Olivia's relationship continued to growth. I love that Olivia is strong and independent. She did not let anyone pushed her around. I can't wait for the 3rd book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Ocoee, FL, United States 08-08-13
    Kindle Customer Ocoee, FL, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012

    I love audio books that the characters come to life and have me feeling as if I was there too.

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    "These Bad Boys are really something..."

    Oh yes... there is a twist in here... I forgot I was at work when the secret was reveled and had people looking at me crazy. Cash was so sweet and protecting to Olivia. I love all the side characters Ginger is my girl. She had me LOLing. No need for a credit its less than $8. Happy Listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa Smalltown,AL 08-06-13
    Leesa Smalltown,AL 08-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "More of a 3.5"

    To be honest I didn't like this one as much as the first book in the series. The last half of this book was the best part and if the whole book was that good it would of gotten a higher rating from me. I will be getting the third book in the series because I think it may be as good or better than the first book.

    As far as using a credit for this book, the sale price is less than $10 so I just buy it instead of using my credits, but if you got the first book then I'd say get this one to prepare for book 3.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-11-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "OH MY OH MY WHAT A BOMBSHELL"

    Pheweee it certainly had plenty of action, drama, suspense, mystery, plot twist and was an emotional sexy roller-coaster as Olivia started to loose faith in bad boy Cash which was slightly annoying because he did NOTHING to warrant her distrust (and if she doesn't want him I know a few of us who would!). Some really really bad boys turn up - on both sides of the drama and I'm looking forward to hearing more about them soon I hope.

    I really can't comment much more because I'd give some of the plot away but there's plenty of everything packed into this - but it's not really a stand-alone listen so, if you haven't listened to book 1 treat yourselves - you won't be disappointed.

    Worth a credit? Would have been a YES but for the price I just bought it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    JMOpinion San Jose, California United States 08-09-13
    JMOpinion San Jose, California United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Up to Me?

    The smart & charming Oliver in the book 1 turns into a dumb, insecure and annoying girlfriend.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. Leighton again?

    Not sure if I even want to finish this series. I really love the first half of the book 1, after that it just went down hill. I had a difficult time finishing the book just because all the actions seem so unreasonable.

    M. Leighton should stay with romance story instead of suspense/thriller type of story.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd and Benjamin L. Darcie – was your favorite?

    Kate Rudd did a good job as Olivia


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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 06-12-14
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "good finish"

    I love how the story played out across the three books, great wrap up to get the story of what happened to Nash during the time away and see more of his true character. I am not sure how I feel about the change in Marissa, it is sudden but drastic things had happened to her. The only issue I really had with the story is the narration, its not that it wasn't good it was, but if was what I was use to for Cash and Olivia so it was hard to adjust to hearing them as Marissa and Nash.

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-26-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Good continuation of the series"

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Cash and Olivia but there were times when Olivia pushed it. Fortunately she gets over it and improves greatly after the first 3rd or so of the book.

    This story is a direct continuation of the first book, Down to You. It begins where Down to You left off. Marissa shows back up after her trip out of town and wants to talk to "Nash". Cash tells her Nash isn't around and Marissa goes home. Olivia decides she should go home and speak with Marissa and Cash takes her home. When they get there, they notice signs of a struggle and soon realize Marissa has been kidnapped. Cash is determined to get Olivia to safety while he figures out what's going on. He soon finds out that the bad guys have taken Marissa (originally intending to take Olivia but Marissa showed up at the apartment first) in order to force Cash to give them some incriminating evidence that Cash has been hiding for years for the safety of his family. Cash finds them a place to hide Olivia and he goes to talk to his dad in prison to get advice. His dad gives him 2 ways to find help, both of which Cash puts in to motion. While they're working on getting help, they have to deal with regular life. Olivia and Cash work in the bar that night but Olivia has decided not to tell everyone about her and Cash's relationship so they have to hide it from everyone but then Olivia gets freaked about Cash again...worrying about his bad boy ways and how she's ignoring her common sense to be with him and stuff like that. To be honest, Olivia was a great annoyance to me for the first 3rd of the book. She admits to herself that Cash compels her and that she's falling for him but she keeps thinking that she’s ignoring his bad points to be with him but in all actuality, it seems like she’s ignoring all his good points and labeling him and a bad boy even when she knows it’s not true. She listens to an ex-lover of Cash’s talking about his preferences and such and Olivia lets it place doubts in her mind about Cash. Olivia knows that Cash has had to put on the show of the bad boy for years because of his family issues and that’s not really who he is but yet she agonizes about how he’s going to hurt her. She even thinks he might have fooled around with another woman just because they talked outside the club for about 15 minutes and when they came in the other woman was smiling. Fortunately, after the first 3rd of the story she realizes that she’s being an idiot and starts acting better towards Cash.

    Cash gets an unexpected surprise with the visit of the first person that comes in response to his dad's calls for help. With this comes the realization that a lot in his life isn't as he thought. Cash struggles to work with a tough situation to get everyone safe. Part of this includes sending Olivia to her mother's house to stay for a couple days with his friend, Gavin, as a guard. The problem is that Olivia's mother is horrible and Olivia is stupid. Gavin tells Olivia she can't go to classes but doesn't say why because her mother is there (but Olivia knows it's because it's too dangerous). When Gavin leaves the room, Olivia's mother tells her she's ruining her life letting another man ruins her by forcing her not to go to class and crap like that. Olivia doesn't decide to tell her mother the truth...not even close. Olivia instead folds to the pressure her mother put on her and goes to classes without Gavin for protection (effectively ditching him even though she knows she's in danger) where (of course) she gets taken by the bad guys. She had just been acting better towards Cash and then she pulls a way TSTL moment like that and I almost couldn't continue with the book at that point. Thankfully, after Gavin and Cash manage to save Olivia, she spends the rest of the books behaving better and even tells her mom off. There's plenty more of the story to get through as Cash and company try to figure out how to manage things and come out of it safe. Unfortunately, although Cash and Olivia are solidly starting the HEA together by the end of the story, the action story line isn't finished and continues in to the next book in the series.

    Overall this was a good book. The story line was pretty good and I probably would have given the story 4 stars if not for the total annoyance factor of Olivia in the first part of the book. If she hadn't gotten better it might have taken it down further but fortunately she improved greatly. Cash was great and I felt he did well considering all he had to deal with. I'm not sure if I'll read the third book in the series. I didn't like Marissa very much and I'm worried she'll provide an annoyance factor...I'll have to see... :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Beverly Hills, CA, United States 10-23-13
    Karen Beverly Hills, CA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "another great book of M. Leighton! Worth it!!!"

    Listened to the first book and I can guarantee that this one is really great!!!
    love the story!!love the characters!!! love the narrators!! what more can I ask for?
    a twist that everyone will surely enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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