September 26, 2017

Now Live: THE BEAUTIFUL NOW By M. Leighton #5StarReview

The Beautiful Now, the new contemporary romance from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is LIVE!  Get it for the release price of $3.99 while it lasts, or read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!  Grab your copy here.

Dane James worked my
stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door. 




From the moment we met, we were star-crossed
lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning destiny had other plans.  She knew we would fall in love.  She knew we would fall apart.  Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare.  Or the hope of a
familiar dream.  

Our past was tumultuous.  Our future was bleak.  But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too.

Get it for the release price of $3.99 while it lasts, or read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!  Grab your copy here.

Dane and I...we were transcendent. Even though we didn’t speak or associate, there was something between us, something strong and beautiful, that we could never break. And neither of us tried. 

The beautiful now is such a beautiful story. So beautiful and so heartbreaking. I started Saturday evening and found myself reading all throughout the day on Sunday. Which is something I seldom do. But I couldn't put this book down. It's story whispered to me and clung to me; silently begging me to hear what it had to say. 

What I adored most about this story was the flashbacks. Usually not one for a lot of flashbacks, I found I craved them. I needed to know more about Dane and Brinkley. We saw what lead up to Brinkley's leaving and what it meant to come back home after all these years. We saw right into the heart of it. We saw the heartbreak of her saying a goodbye that no one heard. We saw the torment of a young mother's struggle to swallow her pride and say hello after nearly two decades of being gone. We saw a woman face her past while trying to keep the emotions from bubbling over and spilling her secrets to the man she never stopped loving. Guys, we see it all. And it is beautiful, it’s harrowing and it shook me to the core. 


I follow him just like I always did. I wonder if I always will, if that’s one of the things that hasn’t changed. 


And as a mom it tore at me from my inside out. I cried. Lord, did I cry. My heart and tears were wrung dry from the emotions of this book. But I couldn’t pull away from it. I had to see this amazing book to the end. I had to know that maybe, just maybe, Brinkley would get a happy ever after after all she has been through. 

Once again I am blown away by all things Leighton. Beautiful story, amazing plot, crafted writing...this book was everything. Reading it you see it play out in your mind as a movie and I didn't want to ever see those end credits roll. I just needed it to keep going. And I am hoping and praying we may get more. Please let there be more. 5 Beautiful Stars!

This is what early readers are saying:

"This is the best book that I have read in 2017 yet!!"  -- Heidi

✩ "I truly wish I could give this one more five stars, I would definitely give 10 if I could. This is one of those books, you just know from the beginning is going to pull at your heartstrings and it really does. I've read of ton of books this year and this one just moved to the top of my favorites list."   --  Catherine

"The Beautiful Now is exactly that - Beautiful. It's love story of epic proportions."  --  Courtney

✩ "What I loved was that their story transcends the span of 22 years and shows that love can last forever even when all the odds are stacked against you. That there is always a way even when we think all hope is lost. That even when we do what we think is best and hurt the ones we love that their is forgiveness to be found and 
second chances are a blessing not to be taken lightly. And when faced with the harsh realities of life, love can still prevail over all."  --  Jennifer

"I started reading - and I kept on reading. I couldn't stop. It was all so heartbreakingly sad and beautiful and sweet and frustrating and I just could not stop."  --  Bianca

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her  
like a princess, and a dog that's so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at Sign up for her newsletter here: She promises not to spam your inbox:)


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Books by M. Leighton

All the Pretty Lies ** All the Pretty Poses
All Things Pretty

Down to You ** Up to Me
Everything for Us ** Always with You

Levi’s Blue

Pocketful of Sand

The Empty Jar

Dashing Through the Snow

Strong Enough ** Tough Enough
Brave Enough

The Wild Ones ** Wild Child
Some Like It Wild ** There’s Wild, Then There’s You



Madly ** Madly & Wolfhardt
Madly & the Jackal ** Madly and the Seawitch (est Dec, 2016)

Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: To Kill an Angel

The Reaping ** The Reckoning


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