Monday, December 28, 2015

Release Blitz + Review: Catalyst by Leighton Riley

Title: Catalyst
Author: Leighton Riley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: December 28, 2015
Review Source: eARC
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.

First off I loved this book! Secondly, I’m not quite sure how to write a review for Catalyst. I don’t want to say too much and ruin all the twists and turns Leighton Riley takes you on. The book starts off with the main character, Tinsley, trying to cope with the murder of her boyfriend and soul mate, Liam. In the bits and pieces of flashback Tinsley has throughout the novel you fall in love with their love. They were adorable and fun together, they seemed just about as perfect as two people can be with each other. You ache for Tinsley because she has to live without him now.

After awhile Tinsley’s pain starts to subside, it never goes away but she’s trying to move on. She has wonderful friends, Shannon and Noah that help with her pain, she also opens up to a man, Maguire, who ironically moves into hers and Liam’s old house. Maguire also knew Tinsley while she was in college. Things seem to be going great with them until Tinsley realizes that Noah was the kind of friend who was always in love with her. She struggles with what to do; Noah has always been a part of her life however Maguire has treated her wonderfully thus far.

I was completely surprised with what happens next with the plot, I won’t say anything more on the topic though. I want every one of you to be just as shocked as I was. Catalyst isn’t a love-triangle book it isn’t your typical story and doesn’t play out like you’d expect it to at all. This book is a page-turner, it’s a quick read and in the end all of your questions will be answered which is great because boy will you have tons of questions!

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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