03 January 2013

REVIEW: Down To You by M. Leighton

Down to You by M. Leighton
Published: September 21st, 2012 by Smashwords
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Format: Kindle
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The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

My thoughts:
When I read this summary [that seems about as long as the actual book] as well as the reviews [oh. . . and that cover. Ow ow!], I got excited. I actually like love triangles. And It being a New Adult, I just knew it'd be sexy.
Before going into the book I tried to guess what the "twist" would be and came up with three different theories. . .[highlight below if you'd like to see them, because one of them ended up being the twist.]

  1. Cash, whom I believed she would choose, was into BDSM.
  2. Both Cash & Nash were into some kind of weird trading of women sexually.
  3. The twins were in fact not and they were only one person.
Because I knew what the twist would be, for sure, by the middle of the book, I was no where near shocked. Yet I wasn't disappointed either. Because the book was hot.

The sex scenes in this book were very hot without trying to hard. It made you feel naughty for reading, but didn't make you feel like you needed a cold shower after the scenes. 

I loved that the relationship between Olivia and Cash was fast paced and kept me wanting to turn the page and turning again, because I just had to know what would happen next. 

And then there was Nash, who was almost non existent in this book, but I loved his classy style and his gentle words and touch. And I didn't understand how Olivia could possibly be "confused" as to who she wanted to "try a relationship with" when she was almost never around Nash. Her attraction to him was purely looks and was more than superficial.

Cash is the presumable bad  boy, while Nash is everything she needs in a man. [This is only assumed after one meeting. . .?]

Olivia. . . My problem with her is that she was kind of annoying. I don't know if the author was trying to go for the girl-who-is-brave-and-won't-take-shit-from-anyone type of heroine or not, but it failed if so. She was average in thought and action. I didn't care much for anything she had to say and found myself antsy for any dialogue or scenes involving anyone else but her. She is a 20 something bartender and student working hard to take care of her father and trying to make her way to graduation. Though that was supposed to be her dilemma, it seemed that her only thought was "should I sleep with Cash or Nash."
But then she'd realize that Nash was her cousin's (who also happens to be her roommate) boyfriend and yet, with not much pushing from her friend Ginger, she till decided she had to try out both.

Cash's tongue-in-cheek humor definitely kept me plowing through this book if not for the love scenes. I'm not really the "bad boy" kind of girl, but I liked him and his existence in this book.
And the only moments I felt like I smiled and possibly chuckled were when Ginger spoke. Everything she said was a punchline.

All in all, it's a great read for the hot bedroom scenes, but don't read it expecting to be blown away. I may read the next installment, Up to Me, but it doesn't seem like it's my style of story. I'll wait until it's released before deciding.


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