Tyler Burnham is lost without Mackenzie. As he contemplates the meaning of everything, he tries to find a way to prove that his feelings for her are true. That he would walk through fire to keep her at his side. That he would sacrifice it all…his career, his fortune, his life…to protect her.
The truth is, he may just have to…
Recommended for readers 18 & up due to strong language, explicit sexual situations, and graphic violence.
This is the second book in a two-book duet, which must be read in order. If you have not yet read Chasing The Dragon, please start there.
Slaying the Dragon was everything I hoped for… and so much more. You’ll go through a roller coaster of emotions and be left wondering what’s the truth and what isn’t. There is deception in every corner, except when it comes to the love that Tyler and Mackenzie feel for each other.
“the most meaningful thoughts can’t be communicated with words.”
Slaying the Dragon picks up where Chasing the Dragon leaves off. If you haven’t read part 1, stop looking at this review and immediately start reading it (you can thank me later). We know that Tyler struggled with his job and his heart in book 1. Now he must decide if he should fight for the other part of his soul or walk away forever. Either way, Mackenzie could be in danger as her past meets her present.
“Stay,” he murmured in a lazy voice.
“For how long?”
I’ve said this before but Tyler is the perfect balance of Alex & Cam. You take the best parts of each of them and you have Tyler. He’s made mistakes. A lot of them. But you can’t help but root for him and Mackenzie. They complete each other in a way that makes you forget all about how he met her in the first place.
T.K. Leigh does an exceptional job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, right up until the very end. I thought I figured it out. Then I’d second guess myself until I went with my original outcome. Come to find out, I was completely wrong! Not just slightly wrong. Completely. Wrong. This was the perfect follow up to book 1.
“Wait, Mackenzie!” Tyler cried out after me. “Tell me what you want me to say and I’ll say it! Letting you walk away from me once was the biggest mistake of my life. I won’t do it again.”
I spun around just as I was about to open the front door. “You let me walk away from you?” I hissed, my teeth clenched.
“That’s not what I meant.” He ran his hands through his dark brown hair and I could see the desperation wash over him. “What I meant to say is all the lies, all of it… I’m so sorry I put you through it. But do you think I regret any of it?” His eyes grew more intense and impassioned, his chest heaving as he poured his heart out to me. “Not for a second.”
I glared at him, waiting for him to explain.
“If it wasn’t for all the lies, for my assignment, I never would have met you, so I’m not going to say I regret a fucking second of any of it. I don’t care what it takes to win back your heart. You can push me away all you want. You can tell me you’ll never forgive me, that there will never be an us again, but I will always come back for you. A hundred times. A thousand times. I will fight for us until I take my last breath.”
He stepped toward me, grabbing my hand in his, caressing my knuckles in such a delicate way that made me want to melt into a puddle.
“Please, Mackenzie…” He leaned toward me, brushing his lips against my forehead, kissing me so delicately, so lightly. “Serafina,” he whispered, “tell me what it will take and I’ll do it.”
Despite everything he had just said, I simply couldn’t let him back in. Relationships were based on trust, and Tyler took my trust and used it against me. I couldn’t forget that, no matter how much my skin yearned for his touch.
“You want to know what it’s going to take?” I asked softly, freeing my hand from his grasp.
He nodded, nervous anticipation radiating through his body as he looked at me with eager eyes.
“It’ll take one more time,” I murmured, opening the door. Peering over my shoulder, I saw his deflated expression. “It will always take one more time.”
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
T.K. Leigh is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. All publishing inquiries, including audio, foreign, and film rights, should be directed to her.