NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: The Beautiful Now by M. Leighton

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From New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author M. Leighton comes an epic tale of a love so deep it defies all the odds, breaks all the rules, and promises never to die.

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.



The Beautiful Now was an emotionally gripping tale of second-chance romance of a childhood love ripped apart some years ago. A forbidden romance to begin with, the love that Brinkley and Dane weren’t to have, but the kind of love that truly only comes once in a lifetime. Told between the past and present, with those flashbacks interwoven so perfectly, Leighton penned a complete story–one that spanned over a decade, but gave us everything we needed to feel everything.

I love a good forbidden romance, a teenage one of different social statuses, and how beautifully bittersweet they can feel. Leighton did a wonderful job of creating a relationship between the two and building a monumental kind of love in flashbacks–a feat that isn’t always easy to do. But it isn’t an easy story. The length of time they were apart built up on them, layers of distrust and guilt and regret. The tension, emotional and sexual, was always a shadow following them around, building as the story went on, and a big reason why the pages kept turning.

One thing, among many, that The Beautiful Now does well is provide all of the ingredients that will make a reader feel everything. It was powerful and emotional and sad. A love story of family, true love, and how time and distance can’t erase anything that deep. It felt a little slow in the very beginning when it was finding its footing, but after there it took off and wrapped me into it with open arms. Those who enjoy stories that involve and pull us into them will fall in love with this one.



New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton lives in the deep South with her super-hero husband and super-smart maltipoo. She has a fondness for coffee and chocolate, loves the color red, laughs at almost anything and often stares out her window, daydreaming of far-away places.


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