RELEASE REVIEW: The Beautiful Now by M. Leighton

The Beautiful Now, the new contemporary romance from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is LIVE!

Get it for the release price of $3.99 while it lasts, or read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

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Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door.




From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning destiny had other plans. She knew we would fall in love. She knew we would fall apart. Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare. Or the hope of a familiar dream.

Our past was tumultuous. Our future was bleak. But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too.

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Get it for the release price of $3.99 while it lasts, or read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Grab your copy here.

Here’s what early readers are saying

✩ “This is the best book that I have read in 2017 yet!!” — Heidi

✩ “I truly wish I could give this one more five stars, I would definitely give 10 if I could. This is one of those books, you just know from the beginning is going to pull at your heartstrings and it really does. I’ve read of ton of books this year and this one just moved to the top of my favorites list.” — Catherine

✩ “The Beautiful Now is exactly that – Beautiful. It’s love story of epic proportions.” — Courtney

✩ “What I loved was that their story transcends the span of 22 years and shows that love can last forever even when all the odds are stacked against you. That there is always a way even when we think all hope is lost. That even when we do what we think is best and hurt the ones we love that their is forgiveness to be found and second chances are a blessing not to be taken lightly. And when faced with the harsh realities of life, love can still prevail over all.” — Jennifer
✩ “I started reading – and I kept on reading. I couldn’t stop. It was all so heartbreakingly sad and beautiful and sweet and frustrating and I just could not stop.” — Bianca


There’s just something about a love that was fought for…that endured despite distance and time…that consumed two people in life-changing ways that makes it heartbreakingly beautiful and beautifully tragic at the same time.

And, it’s that kind of love story that M. Leighton gives readers in her newest release, The Beautiful Now, and while there’s quite a bit of irony in the title alone due to how long the main characters are apart and what those against them do to prevent them from reveling in their love in the present or even the future, a bond like Brinkley and Dane have had since they were 12 years old, regardless of interference or heartache, is not something that can ever be extinguished, which just goes to show how powerful love can be in even the most extreme situations.

Brinkley and Dane’s epic love story spans over two decades and as Leighton explores both their past and their present, switching between the teens they used to be and the adults they are now, all parts of their story are told…the beautiful now moments, the passionate times together, the lonely and depressed years, and the moments of renewal that seem to be happening as they reconnect and figure out what they still mean to each other.

The story is told solely from Brinkley’s perspective, which means that every flashback as well as every scene written in the present reflects everything that she thought/thinks and everything she felt/feels as she gives readers the necessary insights about how things started between her and Dane, how they eventually fell apart, and how she plans to be in the same town as the love of her life. And as Brinkley takes readers down this road of passion, love, hate, and heartbreak, readers see everything through her eyes, which adds to the intensity of feelings felt and amplifies our disdain for those who hurt her and Dane and all the obstacles that prevented them from remaining together when that’s all they wanted from the very beginning.

M. Leighton is known for telling emotional stories…stories meant to give readers ALL THE FEELS and that is exactly what The Beautiful Now does, and as we witness Brinkley struggle and suffer, our hearts break for her and our impulse is to fast forward to the end of the story so that we can ensure her heart is mended and whole by the time the book concludes, but with the amount of books I’ve read by Leighton and the knowledge that she always puts her readers back together, despite the amount of tears cried or the number of heart fractures that occur, prevents me from taking the easy way out because an amazing book is meant to be experienced as fully as possible…those are the kinds of books that stay with readers and those are the kinds of books that M. Leighton creates.

4.5 Poison Apples

About the Author

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her like a princess, and a dog that’s so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at

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