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Chasing the Dragon

(Deception Duet #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,596 ratings  ·  317 reviews
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
Published May 11th 2015 (first published April 23rd 2015)
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Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

"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
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Once again T.K. Leigh has hypnotized and spell-binded me with Chasing the Dragon. This book was such an intense, passionate, suspenseful, palpable, tangible, sensual driven book that every fiber of raw emotions was scattered throughout the story. Chasing the Dragon simply consumed me. I was so captivated with T.K. Leigh's writing and story-telling. Ms. Leigh douses her readers with such intense raw and tangible emotions that you can't helped
Tiffany Landers
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning! Captivating! Emotional! Humorous! Sexy! I could not put down this fast-paced story of love, suspense, foul play, romance, and sexiness and I was crying when I reached the final page because I just did not want this story to end! It seemed as though I waited forever for Chasing The Dragon to finally be in my hands and I can't help but liken the wait to the intense foreplay experienced by the main characters in this story: Tyler and Mackenzie! *Swoon*

T.K. Leigh's writing only gets bette
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sometimes i get lucky while reading some lesser- known books, but THIS IS NOT one of those times...

If you are looking for a strong heroine (like the cover in the second book try to show her), an alpha male, danger, action and that kind of stuff, i ll tell you right now THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU.

I have to confess that i COULDN'T finish the book, and I HATE MYSELF for it because i hate doing it but i kept repeating to myself "just a few more pages" "keep going im almost there" "almost finish"
Lin (From Chika With Love - Blog) Cohen
I think the team of goodreads needs to come up with specail rating for TK Leigh because 5 stars - does not do her justice!!! WOW WOW WOW and another WOW!!!
I was the very lucky bastard that won an ARC of this amazing book last friday on TK's facebook page and let me tell you one thing - a million dollar in cash would not made me happier!
Although my heart will always belong to Alexander, Tyler is defenitely has his brother's blood...
In a story full of emotions, exciting events and breathtaking sus
Red Cheeks Reads
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
TK Leigh is a big name around Indie book land and with good reason obviously judging by Chasing the Dragon. Right from the very beginning you are pulled into a mystifying web of intrigue, deceit and danger that takes us from the past into the present where our main protagonist Mackenzie is simply going through the motions in her very well structured and rigid life of all work and no play, or at least a little uncomplicated no-strings play that in no way detracts from her character’s work ethic. ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think T.K Leigh can't top her last book, she comes back and surprises me. This one is amazing. From the first page until the last, it'll have you on the edge of your seat. The love, loss, heartache... All of it culminates at the end. This book just goes to show you that sometimes a job is more than a job. ...more
Ends in a cliffhanger. She was silly and a bit skanky and he was unethical and a weird combo of dominant and masochistic in the relationship. Unfortunately, I don’t care enough to find out what happens in the end.
Monique Machuca-Austin
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

“Chasing The Dragon: /slang/ The frenzied drive to recreate that first high,
that first taste of addicting euphoria and bliss.”

Serafina Galloway is ten years old when she and her mother left their home in the middle of the night with one bag in tow from Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, changing their identities and lives forever. Everything she has known was left in the dark, all s
LA Spiez
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-reads
Chasing the Dragon. Trying to recreate the feeling of that first high every time.

Chasing the dragon to find Tyler Burn is something I would gladly do over and over again. He is absolutely delicious and I can see why even though he warned Mackenzie to stay away, she couldn't help but fall in love with him. Passionate is only one of the words to describe Tyler Burnham. He is utter perfection. Ok...flawed...but perfect nonetheless.

Physically he is beyond beautiful. Dark messy hair, lighter on the e
WOW! What a ride! T.K. Leigh brings so much passion and intensity into her stories. Her words have a way of hypnotizing me, holding me captive until the very end. Every single time I finish a novel from this author, I am left speechless, at a loss for words, with my emotions all over the place, completely, utterly, and wonderfully spent. As a huge fan of Ms. Leigh's BEAUTIFUL MESS series, I just knew she would bring her 'A Game' in this new spin-off series. It has got to be so hard when starting ...more
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May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WTF did I just read? T.K., you have written a complete mind fuck, and I loved it!

So Alexander’s brother, Tyler is our main man in this book. They have been asked to find someone. Easiest way? Seduce the one who knows where he is and get her to spill his location.

Mackenzie has a secret. She knows where he is, but trusts no one. When Tyler sweeps into her life, she feels a connection to him she has never felt with anyone before.

Add in a crazy ex (who I still can’t decide if I like/trust him), craz
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is a new and fabulous Mr. B in town! So, how does one come with the best words to express a brilliantly written book other than LOVED LOVED LOVED it?! Not sure, as it physically hurt to click a mere 5 stars because it was 5 stars for just the beginning!

MacKenzie Delano is a total control freak due to a traumatic event in her freshman year in college. She lives her adult life by micro managing every minute of every day and there's no room on her calendar for love. Tyler Burnham is going th
Feb 24, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Mc
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Dragon is T.K. Leigh's best book yet---an explosive masterpiece full of danger, deception, darkness, and another devastatingly hot Burnham that you will want to chase with lightning speed until the very end. It's a serious book wrapped in a sexy package. This oh-so-descriptive and impactful story is like watching a masterful mix of a movie that's an all-in-one adventure, romance, mystery, and thriller. I was filled with angst, happiness, sadness, fear, and anger. The writing is sophi ...more
Franci Neill
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was honored by receiving an ARC of this most FABULOUS book in exchange for my honest review.... so here it goes...

T.k. Leigh has outdone herself with this one! There is not one page of this book that I didn't like. Well, there were some pages, but that's just because of what was happening in the story and I didn't like what I could feel was going to be a major cliff hanger at the end!!!

The chemistry between Tyler Burnham and Mackenzie Delano is palpable. You can feel it oozing off the pages a
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


She craved control, a micro manager with a mental timetable for everything in her life. A relationship was the farthest thing from her mind, not a priority in her well-planned life. She was looking for her "turtledove," the person she would be completely devoted to and spend the rest of her life with.


He had similar goals, to focus on his job and avoid falling in love. But his biggest goal was to invade her thoughts, dreams and fantasies, but not for personal reasons. It was his j
Up All Night Book Addict
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, read-2015
So we meet a new Burnham brother... Tyler. Dark. Mysterious. Deceiver. This book is NOT a continuation of The Beautiful Mess Series. It's a new series of its own. So if you are looking for more Alexander, you aren't going to get that. Although he does have cameo appearances...

Deception. There is a lot of that in this book. Everything is upside-down, sideways... Nothing is clear in this story. Be prepared to be confused and guessing all of the way through. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as it se
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Chasing The Dragon: /slang/The frenzied drive to recreate that first high, that first taste of addicting euphoria and bliss.
Mmmmm yes the Burnham Boys are back and there is no better high to chase then the high of chasing a Burnham. Tyler is fabulous. He is cut from the same alpha male cloth as his brother, but he is a bit softer around the edges, making him move up as my new favorite “Mr. B” (sorry Alex).

“My mother always told me falling in love is a lot like jumping from an airplane without a
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The long awaited return of the Burnham men does not disappoint.

I bought a copy for myself even though I was initially given an ARC to review.

The focus is on the youngest Burnham, Tyler. He has his own demons to overcome. He is tasked, through the family security company, to get close to Mackenzie Delano. Big brother, Alexander, shows a less than appealing side to his character.

Mackenzie is a woman with a past missing its first ten years. She is used to being in control. Everything she does, ever
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to get my hands on this book!

Mackenzie Delano is a stickler for control. She has everything planned out. Tyler Burnham, the brother of Alexander Burnham, is working a case for his brother. When the two meet, sparks begin to fly.

Chasing The Dragon is a must read for any fan of Romantic Suspense novels. T.K. Leigh has done it again with her latest novel. All of the characters were superbly developed and full of such personality. With every book that I read by Leigh, I just get mo
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a fan of T.K. Leigh Beautiful Mess series so reading its spin-off was a no brainer. Chasing the Dragon is romantic suspense at its best, I simply could not put this book down.

We get to meet the youngest Burnham brother, Tyler. He is working an assignement for his security company, to uncover the hiding place of a terrorist. When he befriends Mackenzie Delano, she is just an "asset" he intends to deceive to obtain the information he needs. He will get close to her and betray her. But things
Julie Garrett
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW...TK Leigh does it again!!! She has pulled out every emotion I could ever feel with this book....I laughed I cried an OMG I got pissed....I'm not sure how much I can say about this book without spoilers.....I hate I will say if you your looking for a book that will make you feel every emotion the human body can feel this is the book you NEED to read. Tyler Burnham is giving his brother Alex Burnham a serious run for the best book boyfriend ever!!! I received this book for my hone ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 3-stars, own-nook
2.5 stars. Some authors have formulas. Which is fine. But this book was basically the same plot as the other series with the brother of the MC. It was dragged out way too long. Especially because I knew what was coming. This did not need to be two books. I know that before even reading the second book.
It was also very unrealistic. The gay best friend was so over the top stereotypical gay best friend that it was annoying.
And who opens a business and then doesn't work at that business? Someone w
books are love
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There isn't a TK Leigh book that will not give you the feels and this one is no exception. Here we have complex layers, duplicity and undeniable attraction with moving on happening. The exquisite and intricate way this book is written has the layers slowly revealed and many still hidden as we navigate through the danger of the job Tyler is on and the attraction he and Mackenzie have for one another. Tyler Burnham is finally getting his time to shine. And what a way to begin. In the Beautiful mes ...more
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ARC received for an honest review

Move over Alexander Burnham - it is time for another Mr Burnham to shine!

This series focuses on the youngest Burnham sibling, Tyler. And what focus it is!

After events in the past, Tyler has closed himself off from love. Love em and leave em, that has been as far as his relationships have gone for a lot of years.

Until Mackenzie.

Mackenzie has demons of her own that she has pushed to the side but never tried to overcome.

There is an intensity between Tyler and Macken
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
OMG can this book be any better , so many more stars I would give !! TK is a talented author no doubt there !! I couldn't put this book down I was trying to pay bills while reading , who knows how much money I sent and to who but I just had to keep reading !!

As much as I loved Alexander , Mr. Burnham , the original !! I have to say Tyler is just AMAZING !! Regardless of what he started out attempting to do IDC he is just amazing and I swear that cliffy , OMG there better be a light at the end o
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, read-in-2015
With every T.K. Leigh book, you know you're about to be taken on one wild and crazy mind boggling ride and Chasing the Dragon does not disappoint!

I was easily drawn into the story of Mackenzie and Tyler and the suspense and secrets that surrounded Mackenzie. I knew once hearing her back story with her ex, that the situation with Tyler wasn't going to fair well for either one of them.

This book is full of secrets, twists and turns, and not knowing who the heck you can trust in the character list.
DJ Sakata
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Favorite Quotes:

“At first, I had been hesitant to take on a male roommate, but once I realized we both shared the same taste in men, my stress level decreased.”

“I wished I could have recorded his voice murmuring those endearing words to me so I could replay them over and over again when I needed to feel something I didn’t think I would ever feel again.”

“Yup. This is hot. I’m officially done for. Any woman who looks as equally enchanting in a dress as she does in a pair of combat boo
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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Beautiful Mess series, in addition to several other works. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, beautiful daughter, and three cats. When she’s not

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