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Release Day Blitz with Review: Catalyst by Leighton Riley

Title: Catalyst
Author: Leighton Riley
Release Date: Dec 28, 2015
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For every action, there is a reaction. 

People aren’t always who they say they are. Everyone has their secrets. Some are more evil than I ever thought imaginable.

I was left broken and alone after my boyfriend was murdered in my bar.

An old acquaintance moves into Liam’s home and a spark is ignited deep inside me.

Becoming vulnerable made me weak, and I never saw it coming.

When obsession takes over, lies and deceit can be killer.

My Review 

“Everything I know has been ripped away from me. I’m stuck in my head for fear that if I let it out, I’ll crumble into a thousand tiny pieces with no one there to pick them up. I have never felt so utterly alone. I am numb, yet fragile. At any moment, I could see myself turning into dust.”

Have you ever picked up a book that you knew absolutely nothing about? No idea what the cover looks like or what the synopsis is? You’re just told that there’s an exciting contemporary romance worth checking out and that you’ll find out the who and the what at a later time?? Well, that is the case with this book that I reviewed. I had no idea who the author was or what I was getting myself into, but I was intrigued by the possiblity of reading a mystery arc, that I just had to take the chance and I have to tell you, I am so glad that I did.

Now, I’m not going to spoil this book for you or give anything away. I want you to go into it blind, like I did. Here’s what I can tell you: From the moment you start reading, you are hooked. You have to know more. Your heart is breaking right along with the main characters. You want justice and to find out what happened. Then a new character is introduced and there is something about him that doesn’t sit right with you, but you keep reading because you want to know more. Then, you start getting the pov from said character and all of the dots start to connect. You are intrigued. This person is awful and is up to no good, but his pov….it’s like you’re inside his head and you can’t turn away. You want to know the reason behind his actions and of course all will be revealed in due time….

This story had me from the moment I picked it up and I completely devoured it. This story captivated me and had me dying to see how it would all play out. It had angst, romance, drama and suspense. And just when you think you had a handle on the situation and thought you had it all figured out, you were thrown another curve-ball. There were so many twists and turns and I loved every exciting second.

Revealing this book, as a mystery arc was a brilliant idea. I loved going into this story completely clueless and would definitely love to do it again!

*I was provided an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review

Watching movers pack away his things and throw them into the truck is so impersonal. Tossing the boxes into a truck with no thought as to what they are handling. I wish I had the strength to be the one who packed it all away, but I couldn’t. It was hard enough to pack up my things. I moved my stuff out of the home two weeks ago, but the majority of everything in that home was his. 
He was my other half. My soul mate. One morning, we were completely in love and talking about starting a family, and then by nightfall, I had found my boyfriend barely alive in the storage room of the bar I owned. I rode with him as he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, praying he would pull through even though the look on the paramedics’ faces told me otherwise. After what seemed like forever in the waiting room, doctors gave me the news he didn’t make it. The police questioned me extensively, and later that night, I came home to his empty house. From that day on, I have been on autopilot. 
Leighton Riley resides in Dallas, Tx and works in real estate for her day job. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Sinfully, Regretfully, and Deceitfully can be read in order or as standalones. Sinfully and Regretfully take place around the same time frame and can even be read in reverse order (will give more background on Payton and Ryder’s story). Tate’s story, Deceitfully, finishes off the series. She’s also the author of the romantic suspense novel, Catalyst.

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