Title: Everything for Us (The Bad Boys #3) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Release Date: September 3, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: Not quite as awesome as Cash and Olivia’s story, but still pretty interesting.
About the Book: When it comes to passion this hot, it’s all or nothing.
Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.
An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.
With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive.
Everything for Us was a very different kind of story than its predecessors. Here, the story is focused on Nash, Cash’s brother, and Marissa, Olivia’s cousin. For some, this might be a refreshing twist and for others, it might be a change of scenery that they don’t particularly enjoy. For me, I’d say it’s a little bit of both. Everything felt a bit too rough and physical and I couldn’t really feel the love a romance I was hoping for. Maybe that’s what Leighton was going for, considering her two main characters in this book, which I respect and thought she did a great job at, but I didn’t particularly love it. I did think that it was interesting to see the story finish from Nash’s POV and it was necessary to how everything played out, which I did enjoy. However, as far as connecting with the characters, that didn’t happen for me.
While I can totally understand why Nash is the way he is, especially as Marissa slowly cracks his shell and you learn bits and pieces of his past, he still never really grew on me. I can usually handle the “rough around the edges” bad guy, but I felt Nash was a bit too rough for my taste. I get it. He grew up in a life that no child should have to. Often times, he could’ve been more damaged than he was. Still, as far as personal appeal goes, it just didn’t happen for me. Anyways, my personal preferences aside, I think Nash did some good character development throughout the book. Granted, it took until pretty much the very end, but given the way Leighton tells the story, the pacing never felt off, so there’s that!
Marissa took a bit to grow on me, too. I never really saw anything wrong with her in particular, and it’s been quite awhile since I read Down to You, so I forgot how terrible she was exactly, but I didn’t really connect with her. After what happened to her in Up to Me, she does her best to change her life and how she treats people. I saw her struggle to break free from her father’s chains and expectations, and in the end, I liked how it all played out, but still. I think it’s just how things kind of dragged for most of the story and then wrapped up nicely towards the very end, it just put me off a bit. Again, it fit with how Leighton told the story and she does a great job with it, it just didn’t fit with my particular taste.
It may seem like I’m a bit hesitant about this book, but honestly, I did enjoy it. Sure, I didn’t love it as much as the first two books, but I guess it’s because I couldn’t really connect with the characters. The story itself was interesting and I’m happy to see how it all ends. I guess I’m more of an Olivia and Cash fan and I enjoy characters like them. As far as the writing goes, Leighton still brought her A-game to the table.