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.
When I signed up for Catalyst, I didn’t even know that was the title or that the author’s name was Leighton Riley. Going into this one was a total mystery, I loved the idea of getting an ARC without not only knowing what the title would be, but what it would be about or who it would be written by. Now that being said, I am on the fence about how I should rate and review Catalyst. I think I should point out that I am positive even if I had known more information about the book I would be rating it the same way.
While I at times was sucked into the mystery of what was going on and the events that followed after Tinsley’s boyfriend was murdered, I did get bored more than once. I love a good keep you on the edge of your seat, nail biting, suspenseful, and angsty book. While Catalyst was all of those things, at times the twists that should have been unpredictable ended up being a little predictable, boring and jumpy plot wise. See why I am so torn? This review in itself is a hard one to write, not because I am having a problem finding the right words, but because I don’t know if it is just a case of it’s me and I am in the minority, or if it was the book and my assessment is spot on. I have never read anything by this author prior to this one but I am curious to see if this is how all of her books are or if this one had more mystery to go along with the mystery arc theme.
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.