Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Chasing the Dragon (Deception Duet #1) by T.K. Leigh *ARC REVIEW*


He’s trying to protect his heart… 
She’s a shell of the girl she once was…
Can he chase away the demons threatening to destroy her?

Mackenzie Delano craves control. After tragedy strikes during her freshman year of college, she compensates for the helplessness she felt by micro-managing every aspect of her life, from her business life to her social life…to her love life. But she wasn’t expecting to cross paths with a mysterious man who seems to invade her every thought.

Tyler Burnham has been living his life with one rule in mind…never fall in love. Focusing solely on his career, he is able to remain a detached observer of life… Until a case is dropped in his lap, forcing him to form an intimate relationship with a sharp-tongued woman in order to obtain the location of a man deemed an enemy of the State.

When Tyler finds himself falling for Mackenzie, will he be able push his feelings aside and recover the information he needs? Or will he put the mission and their lives at risk to follow his heart?

Chasing The Dragon is the first installment of a two part series of deception and betrayal where nothing is as it seems. 

***Note - Chasing The Dragon is the first book in a two-book duet and is a spin-off of T.K. Leigh's USA Today Best Selling Beautiful Mess series. It is not necessary to have read that series in order to read this duet, but it will contain a mild spoiler from the third book in the Beautiful Mess series, Gorgeous Chaos.***

#1 Chasing The Dragon




About the Author
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

T.K. Leigh is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. All publishing inquiries, including audio, foreign, and film rights, should be directed to her.

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"The heart is impulsive and can't be reasoned with."

Chasing the Dragon is a romantic suspense which tells the story of a young girl, who grows up to become, Mackenzie Delano. A woman that lost her childhood, her identity. Hiding and growing up with the echos of her family's traitorous ways, learning to survive, but barely living. A driven young woman, with control issues, whose trust was shattered by a past betrayal. Unable to obtain emotional intimacy because of all her secrets and her armored heart. T.K. Leigh brings us a raw and vulnerable tale, that will grip you from the first page, and shatter you from the first touch.

When a girl's night out leads to mysterious green eyed stranger invading Mackenzie's thoughts. She does nothing other than remind herself of her aim to succeed and the need to control everything in her life. Mackenzie knows this distraction could mean trouble. Yet, Tyler not only invaded her thoughts, but ensured he placed himself at her mercy. Soon enough, the ever elusive bachelor Tyler Burnham, catches Mac's attention and they start a game of words, touches and sensual desires. Both eliciting feelings from the other, they each thought buried. 

Tyler Burnham, illustrious bachelor, ex- Navy Seal, currently working at his family's Security firm, and on a secret mission to obtain crucial information about Mackenzie's past and her family's hidden secrets. Infiltrating Mackenzie's life will help him obtain all the necessary information. In order to do this, Tyler must become more than a friend, he must be her turtle-dove, her lightning strike. Then and only then will Mackenzie fully trust him.

Submitting to Tyler is a feat that Mackenzie doesn't give up easily. But Tyler loves the chase and the game only proves his own feelings for his assignment. Slowly Tyler is allowing Mac to see the real him. Instead of the man he was supposed to become in order to win her over, to ultimately betray her. She was already betrayed once in her lifetime. By a man who chose to make her a case rather than look beyond and see the beautiful young woman she was. Just like Tyler was doing. And that scared him more than anything. He was battling his own feelings for her. As Tyler plays his part, he continues to mentally apologize for his own betrayal and demise. 

Tyler soon realizes that this isn't a simple assignment after all. Mackenzie has been getting strange phone calls, along with apartment break ins and mysterious encounters with a man that scares her. As the plot thickens, Mackenzie's past slowly starts to twist all that she once knew as true, and rips apart her already fragile world. 

While their love continues to grow, so does their enemies need for revenge. And a love built upon a mountain of lies can never survive.

Mackenzie was my lightning strike.
But lightning burns.

I loved these two characters, they rocked me to the core. Especially when Mackenzie allowed herself to become vulnerable. Opening herself up to Tyler and setting the past free. She was a dynamic character tht gradually changed as the story was revealed. It broke my heart to read this family's tale, but I felt vindicated when Tyler's love overcame his need for justice. It was a losing battle either way, he could never have done anything differently without hurting someone. 

Mackenzie's wonderful flamboyant friends, really did reveal a different side of her. The diligent, control freak's characteristics changed when I was introduced to Jenna and Brayden. Such lovely creatures those two. Sweet and endearing, hardcore, protective, nurturing and truly loving.

*ARC provided by Give Me Books on behalf of the author for an honest review* Thanks!!!

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