• • Catalyst by Leighton Riley • Release Day Blitz • •

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.

 

review

4 1/2 stars

“Some days, I don’t even try to stop the bleeding. I embrace the pain. I deserve it.”

When I received the arc of this one, it came with no indication as to what it was. It had no author, title, synopsis…. all I knew was the genre. I took a chance and I’m glad I did.

This novel is a something completely different than Leighton Riley’s previous ones. I love that she took a risk on this one and gave us something slightly outside the norm.

I felt like the first third of the book moved slow and steady. We are introduced to Tinsley as she mourns the death of her boyfriend, Liam. All her future plans included Liam. How do you move forward when there’s nothing worth going in that direction? When Liam was killed, Tinsley’s heart was buried right along with him.
By the second third of the book, we start to see a shift. The story starts moving and you have to either hold on or be left behind. Tinsley’s gut tells her to move on, but not everyything is what it seems.

This one was full of suspense. Even once you think you know what may happen, there are still pieces of the bigger puzzle to put together. As the plot unfolds, trust is tested as deceit takes hold.

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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