One Night Stand: Up to Me by M. Leighton


Up to Me (The Bad Boys #2) by M. Leighton
M. Leighton Books (January 4, 2013)

Rating: B
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Olivia Townsend – Bartender, Accounting Major
Hero: Cash Davenport – Bar Owner, Bad Boy
Setting: USA

*Warning! Up to Me is not a stand-alone. If you have not read Down to You, you should absolutely read it first. See my review here. There are some spoilers in my review from Down to You. I’m not going to delve too much in to the plot of Up to Me since it picks up immediately where we were left with the storyline in Down to You.



“Not only did I do exactly what I knew I shouldn't--get involved with another bad boy--but I went and picked one that actually has a dangerous past. He's not just dangerous to my heart; he's dangerous period!

Cash and Olivia have established they are now together. But things aren’t as solid between them as they would like it to be. Olivia still has her insecurities about dating a bad boy who might possibly hurt her. Not to mention all the baggage that comes with being with Cash. And let me tell you, it’s a lot of dangerous baggage. Cash is the epitome of bad boys but he is trying really hard to fix things. Not only for his father, who is in jail, but to keep Olivia safe. This is not simple when dealing with the Russian mafia.

And Cash is not without his own insecurities. She makes him feel things he’s never felt before: happy, possessive, uncontrollable urges to be with her. For Cash, admitting how he feels about Olivia is hard. He can’t seem to say the words that would solidify their relationship. Actually, neither one can seem to say how they feel. But it’s obvious they both have completely and utterly fallen for one another.

"When Cash loses control, it always ends in us lying, exhausted, in a sweaty heap somewhere. And I wouldn't have it any other way."

Let’s just go ahead and start with what you really want to know…HOLY SEX-O-LISCIOUS! Even though words may fail them, they have no problem expressing how they feel with their bodies. This book is short, but it’s jammed packed with lots and lots of sexy times. I think Olivia and Cash have sex at least five billion times in two days. Okay, I’m kidding. But it was definitely loaded with some kinky, smoldering sex scenes. I will never look at a bottle of Jack Daniels the same. Actually, I may start drinking Jack Daniels after reading this book. I definitely wanted a drink and a cigarette (I don’t even smoke!) after reading this book.

Besides all the sexy times, I highly enjoyed the sweet and tender moments between Cash and Olivia. Even with all their trust issues and doubts, they really do want to be with each other. In any new relationship, especially one that comes with so much baggage, there are going to be problems to work through. And once they work through their issues out on the bar, in bed, in the shower, against the wall…they both finally come to terms with the way they feel. I really do love this couple together.

“He's everywhere. He's on my skin, under my skin, in my heart, in my soul.”

Unfortunately, the plot didn’t really hold my interest as well as the first book did. Don’t get me wrong, I highly enjoyed the suspense and romance. It was action packed and there was a shocking twist that I totally never saw coming. I’m stoked about this twist. However, there were a few things that were wrapped up a little too quickly and too tidy, which made the plot somewhat unbelievable. And then Olivia makes a rash decision that could’ve gotten her killed. I think during that moment Olivia had a severe case of ‘too stupid to learn’ syndrome. I seriously groaned out load by her irrational decision. I was not buying her logic and excuse as to why she did what she did. Even though she made a ridiculous mistake, it was worth the excitement of seeing Cash and Gavin in action.

Let’s talk about Gavin – my new infatuation. Gavin works as a bartender at The Dual for Cash. He used to be a mercenary. He’s Cash’s best friend who willingly helps Cash out of a bad situation. I don’t think bad boy is even the correct way to describe this sexy, dangerous, mysterious man. And have I mentioned he has an Aussie accent? Swoon. I am completely and utterly smitten with this man. Ladies, I’m claiming Gavin. I really hope he gets his own book.

Up to Me is a fun and exciting blend of hot sex, witty banter, drama, shocking twists, sexy new characters, lots of action, and very bad guys. I will not be missing out on the third book. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Miz Leighton comes up with next for these characters. Of course, I do know who the third book is about… But, you won’t find out who it is until you read Up to Me, because I’m not going to spoil you.

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