Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review: Chasing the Dragon (Deception #1) by T.K. Leigh

Most people don't know that Tyler is secretly working for his family's private security company. That he has been scoping out an asset for the past six months. Least of all her. His target. He is only meant to make her fall for him. To make her trust him implicitly so that she shares her deepest secrets and the intel he has been sent for. He never thought he would fall for her too.

Mackenzie lives her life in a well planned out and organized manner. She has to because she simply can't face any heart break ever again. She doesn't have time for relationships but the night she meets Tyler changes everything. They fall fast and hard amidst numerous threats to Mackenzie. But the biggest threat of all may be to her heart.


Move over Alexander because little brother has arrived and completely stolen the show. This story was just spectacular. It was filled to the brim with mystery and suspense and deceit plus lots and lots of steamy sexy times. While I absolutely enjoyed Ms. Leigh's Beautiful Mess Trilogy, I was not expecting to be so blown away by Tyler's story. I am still trying to wrap my brain around it all. Despite his deception, I love Tyler and I hurt for both him and Mackenzie. And I even hated Alexander a little bit at the end there - totally didn't see that one coming! It was all just so well written and even though I may think I know what is truly going on, I have a feeling that I am actually clueless. The truth could go in so many directions and I love that. I adored everything about this book and I am DYING for the next one to see how it all unravels. (Hint: cliffy alert)

Favorite Quotes
"Mackenzie, once you're mine, you'll never be satisfied with anyone else again. Every thought will be of me. Every second you're away from me, you'll feel me on your skin. You'll taste me on your lips. You'll hear my voice whispering all the things I want to do to you. That's a promise."

"I want your heart... to possess it, to worship it, to open it up. And I'm not going to stop until I do."

"I'll ruin you, Mackenzie. I'll destroy you. If you let me in, know that I will dismantle everything. Your world, your existence, your life. Everything. I should have walked away from you when I met you, but I couldn't. I needed to taste you, to feel you... to crush you."

"I'll give you everything that has ever been taken from you and when I've done that, I'll keep giving you more."

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Chasing the Dragon
Author: T.K. Leigh
Series: Deception #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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.***


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). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn't until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

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.

Twitter: @TK_Leigh

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