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Tough Enough

(Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,271 ratings  ·  201 reviews
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the second book in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.

He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?

There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Berkley
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
3.5-4 Stars

Why me?"
He doesn't hesitate with his answer. "Something tells me you're worth the effort."

Well, this was certainly...different. If you're expecting Tough Enough to be on the same intensity level as Strong Enough, don't. This was a complete change of pace from the first book. It's an emotional journey that's both beautiful and touching. The suspense element is not the predominant factor here as it was in the predecessor. As a matter of fact, it was barely present up until t

Title: Tough Enough
Series: Tall, Dark, and Dangerous, #2
Author: M. Leighton
Release date: November 3, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
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This book came as quite a surprise, in the sense that it was pretty much the opposite of everything I was anticipating that it would be. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you're thinking that this book will run along the same lines as Strong Enough, you'll be mistaken. I thought that this would be another suspense driven book with
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Surpringly I like Tough Enough compare to Strong Enough. What really click with me is Cathy the heroine. She is tough as nail. She is truly a survivor.

Both Cathy and Rogan has emotional baggage from the past. Rogan father is abusive. Cathy had to deal with horrific incident and devastated lost. Both characters found peace and love in one another.

Miss Leighton brings enough drama to make the story interesting.

Overall a good book to start my rainy weekend.

4 stars
Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books
4 Beauty is Skin Deep Stars

Tough Enough is a standalone and is part of the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series. I enjoyed the first book, Strong Enough a lot. I was really excited for this one and I couldn’t wait to dive in!

Like all Leighton books the beginning hits you with a bam and I love it. I love the way she starts out each book in this series. It grabs you by the face and you are just glued to the pages. The beginning completely set the tone of the read and I was ready to read more about Kat
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "Impressed yet?" Stars!

Another absolutely outstanding read from Michelle Leighton, the Tall, Dark and Dangerous series is certainly exceeding my expectations on every front so far.

This book is a little different in pace to it's predecessor. Whereas the romance was carried out against a back-drop of action and suspense before, we have pretty much the reverse for most of Tough Enough in that the main bulk of the book is the building of a relationship between two extremely different people.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 'I'll fight your demons' Stars

Kiefer Rogan is a MMA champion, now turned actor, who has set his sights on his mysterious make-up artist. Katie Rydale hides herself from the people around her and doesn't let them see her true character. When Rogan shows up, though, he see's behind her mask and gets a glimpse at the read Katie. But a glimpse just isn't enough for a man like Rogan and once he see's the hidden depths to her, he wants more.

Katie and Rogan have a lot to learn about each other and t
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Michelle by: Berkley Romance
ARC provided by author and publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Bold. Raw. Sexy. Captivating. Breathtakingly Beautiful. Emotionally Consuming. These are a few words that comes to mind after I practically inhaled reading my first M. Leighton book. The author blew me away on this emotionally driven and riveting tale of hope, second chances, love, and surviving. Tough Enough was a book that consumed you, stripped you naked and left you feeling raw, exposed and vulnerable as M. Leighton
Cocktails and Books
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

Tough Enough is the second book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series by M. Leighton and I read it as a standalone although it might be better to read Strong Enough first so that you have all the pieces to the background story that is going on. I absolutely enjoy M. Leighton's writing style. She knows how to draw you into her characters quickly and thoroughly so that you feel vested in the outcome of the story. The prologue of this book s
Anna's Herding Cats
Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Oh yeah. Tough Enough was a yummy make-your-toes-curl read! The slow building romance between intriguing characters, the narcoleptic cat and the dark undertones. An amazing hero and a fierce heroine. *swoons* I was all in. Leighton once again gave me all the delicious feels.

Okay so the quick of it, like I mentioned, is that Rogan is an MMA fighter and he's taking a go at acting with a gig on television show. And his first day
Normally I like this author, but this one not so much. I didn't care for Rogan, he was too slick, too determined to go after Katie not matter what. It seemed like he was determined to go after Katie because she wasn't interested in him, another turn off. I felt like I should have liked Katie more than I did, but she was so blah. After 100 pages I gave up, I didn't care if they ended up as a couple, if the brother was even not an asshole, if Victoria clued in. In the end this one just wasn't for ...more
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Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tough Enough made my heart beat fast, tears run from my eyes and my heart break… And then, it was put back together.

Katie has lived a hard life. She suffered at the hands of a monster and has reinvented herself as a way to survive. Rogan is a Hollywood star who recognizes something in her, and won’t take no for an answer. I couldn’t read this book fast enough. From when I started it, to the moment I finished it, the expanse of time was short. Just a mere four hours or so. It didn’t feel like th
~*~ 4.5 STARS ~*~

Sexy, edgy, and full of emotion! A stellar addition to an exciting and scorching HOT series! This author is a master of emotion in her romances. Every page packs an emotional punch like no other. Even though this lacked the amount of suspense that was in the first book, it was no less entertaining. A change of pace for sure, but it still flowed so nicely and the heat factor was through the roof. TOUGH ENOUGH is a beautiful love story about two people who find beauty past all of
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Copyright Night Owl Reviews

Tough Enough is the second book in M. Leighton's Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series. It revolves around Keifer Rogan, a MMA fighter who is popular for both his good looks and his right hooks. He is intrigued by Katie Rylan, a make-up artist who tries to be invisible when it comes to the outside world.

As always, M. Leighton skillfully produces a story with complicated characters and dark pasts. This book starts out as more of a contemporary romance, but the last few cha
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG...this book...
Ahhhhhh....I am totally in love with ROGAN!!!
PHENOMENAL read...more review to come...

Full review:
Well this is it... M. LEIGHTON has blown me away and this book is my new number one by her...
Seriously.. It is one of my all time favorites..
This book hits you in the heart... Two people with such histories that when they come together its breath-taking..
Gah I am swooning crazily right now thinking about it...
I love Katie.. She's so strong yet so insecure.. But Ro
Jessica Morales-Lafaille
Wow Rogan has me blushing as I read this. I love how he flirts with Katie and will do anything to make her smile. This book is filled with sexual tension. I love this book it was a great read.

I wish we could get more of Kurt Rogan's brother. He is handicapped hating that he now has to depend on someone else.
Teresa Mary Rose
More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand Lives

I am in love with this book. It was so freakin good and I want to keep Rogan all to myself. This is definitely one of my favorite M. Leighton reads to date. I love all of her books, but this one is very special for me. I just loved the story and the characters and the romance and everything about it.

I’m starting with Rogan because I just cannot contain myself when it comes to him. Rogan is a fantastic character and I fell so hard for him. I kinda f
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If M. Leighton is the author, I'm down to read it. Period. End of story. Why? Because every book I read from her is better than the last. Her characters feel real and I totally fall for them. Her stories surprise me and have me crying and gasping out loud. The romance is steamy and has me fanning myself. And because I always, always enjoy every word.

Rogan is just yum. He's persistent and determined with Katie but he doesn't push. Something in her draws him to her - I think it's their shared pain
Lover of Romance
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was highly impressed with Tough Enough, and as my first M.Leighton surely won't be my last. What I really liked about this one was the way the plot develops and how both of the main characters were so likable. I always love it when a character struggles with some emotional and/or physical trauma (which our heroine does). I just couldn't get enough of these two, and seeing the way their relationship really gets tested in the end. Makes for a fully satisfying romance and I can't wait t ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed M. Leighton other books, but this one did nothing for me. I barely finished it. Found myself skimming.
In order for a romance to work for me, I have to connect with the characters. I don't always have to like them but I have to think they are interesting.

I didn't like the hero. He was no attuned to the heroine. I didn't care for the heroine either as she was really judgmental and I was stuck in her head.

They could have both grown and it would have been a more enjoyable book as the writing is well done but they didn't do that with any compelling elements and too slow for me.

So, I didn't care abou
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
M. Leighton has written another incredible addition to her new Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Tough Enough had a different feel and flavor to it than Strong Enough (Tall, Dark and Dangerous #1). Where Strong Enough was dark and suspenseful, Tough Enough was more light and hopeful. That didn't make book 2 any less impactful. On the contrary - I loved Katie and her flaws. And, of course, I LOVED Rogan and his... well, everything, really.

Katie and Rogan meet when he was tapped to star in a new te
Lacey (laceybooklovers)

Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

Pugnare superesse. Vivere pugna. Fight to survive. Fight to live.”

Tough Enough is so, so, sooooo sweet!!!! I love Rogan so freaking much! He’s one of the sweetest heroes I’ve ever read, and I absolutely adored him. I actually wasn’t expecting this book to be as wonderfully romantic as it was, so it was such a great surprise to find out that Rogan is as sweet and heart-melting as he is sexy and alpha. He and Katie are perfect together – I simply adored the
Sandy S
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 3, 2015

He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?

There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m comfortable in the shadows, where no one can see my scars.

Kiefer Rogan literally took my breat
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars

Katie Rydale, a make up artist, has no idea how the next man that sits in her make up chair is going to change her life. Kiefer Rogan is a former military specialist turned MMA fighter/actor and from the moment he hears Katie talking about him with her friend he is intrigued and by the time he sees her, he knows she will be his next mission.

Katie has been hiding her true self for years and is basically just a shell of her former self, she is fairly isolated, untrusting, and does not do
Miranda Whore
Review for Tough Enough by M. Leighton

Tough Enough is the second book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series by M. Leighton; it can be read as a standalone, but I suggest reading Strong Enough first for a better reading experience. There are many elements to the underlying storyline that unfold throughout the series that you’d miss out on if you skipped book one.

Leighton has a truly fantastic writing style, the way she builds her stories keeps you riveted — waiting to see how her characters’ l
Mary Tatar
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I love about M. Leighton book is there is always a story within a story. It's twisty, and there is no lack of a steamy romance. Romance is the heart of the story, and everything that surrounds it is what it's built on. I've learned that things aren't always what they seem, and there are bumps, some are few and far between, but in the second book in the Tall, Dark, And Dangerous Series, the road is unpaved, and there is a lot of work needed to smooth it out. Two characters broken in entirely ...more
Holly Baker
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
M Leighton never lets me own with her books, and Tough Enough was no exception. I was really excited to jump nback into this series, as I absolutely loved book 1. This series can be read as standalones, but there is a storyline which links all the books together, plus, you'd just be missing out on great stories and hot guys if you didn't read them all!

So Tough Enough gave us the devilishly delicious Keifer Rogan, known mainly as Rogan. Man, oh man. He was ridiculously hot, as is the norm for thi
Chris- Bookaddict
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michelle has done it again!! full review to come.
Nadine Bookaholic
I thought Jasper was Da' Man from Strong Enough but Kiefer "The Rain" Rogan is something else. Rogan is ex-special forces, an actor, and an MMA fighter, is there anything this man doesn't do? Rogan has always looked out for and protected his younger brother and now he cares for him after he has been left with no use of his legs.

Kurt is a bitter person and uses his handicap to get to Rogan, and I was thrilled when Rogan finally snapped and put his brother in his place. Shit happens, and Rogan had
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace


I really enjoyed Strong Enough, the first book in this series and I was excited to continue the journey to learn more about Rogan and the girl who captures his heart, Katie. I was expecting this book to have suspense like the first book, but it turned out to be a different kind of read and the suspense didn’t happen until later in the book. Tough Enough was about two people, who had hard times, and how they were tough enough to survive and become
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels ...more

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