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Title: Heart of Marley
Author: T.K. Leigh
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romantic Suspense

To the moon and back… 
From the stars to the ocean…
That was Marley and Cameron Bowen’s secret code. Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life… 
Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol… 
And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls. No longer able to stand listening to his sister’s screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they’re finally able to escape the nightmare. 
They’re finally able to start over… 
But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think that she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager that she is supposed to be… 
Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she’s no longer able to keep on the mask that she has been compelled to wear. 

Recommended for ages eighteen and over due to strong language, sexual situations, and graphic violence.
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“Thanks for asking me to come. I mean, tonight… I mean, for asking me to go to the bonfire with you. Not for asking me to come. That doesn’t sound right.” My face flamed red with embarrassment.

He smiled at me and winked. “No but, if you ask me, it sounds good.”

I halted in my tracks, completely frozen in place. I can do this, I said to myself. He was just joking. He doesn’t mean anything by it. It’s just a harmless joke, Marley. Just a joke.

He noticed my reaction and turned to face me on the street. “I’m so sorry, Marley. That was completely inappropriate. I don’t know what possessed me to say that. That’s not the way my mama raised me. I really am a good guy. I normally wouldn’t joke like that. You’ve got to believe that I didn’t mean anything by it. Please.” He slumped his shoulders, the formerly confident Doug replaced by a Doug that was full of remorse. “I understand if you don’t want to come with me.”

My eyes grew wide, more in irony than dread or concern.

“I mean, you don’t have to go to the bonfire with me. God, I really hate that word right now.”

I giggled. “Me, too.” I raised my head and met his pleading eyes. I could tell that he was bracing for me to turn around and walk away from him, but that was the last thing I wanted to do.

“Come. Say it with me. Come…” I said to him. “It feels good.” Throwing my head back to look at the stars in the sky, I shouted to the heavens, “Come!” I raised my arms like an angel and spun around, screaming the word over and over again. I must have looked like a spectacle, but I didn’t care. I didn’t want one word to come between what could blossom into a good thing with Doug.

I slowed my spins, but the sky kept moving even when I stopped. I attempted to regain my balance, but soon found myself tripping over my own feet.

Two arms were around me instantly, preventing me from falling to the ground. “Whoa. Careful, Marley Jane.”

I closed my eyes and basked at the sound of his voice calling me Marley Jane. Cam called me that all the time, but there was something so warm, affectionate, and thrilling about my first and middle name rolling off Doug’s tongue. Focusing my gaze on his, I was met with his brilliant green eyes.

“Hey,” I breathed.


“You still haven’t said it.”

He scrunched his eyebrows at me. “Said what?”

A grin crossed my face. “Come.”
Heart of Marley was my first read from T.K. Leigh. I had heard plenty of praise surrounding this author, but my goodness I did not suspect I’d be so moved by her words. Raw and emotional can’t even begin to describe this novel. 

The characters were all consuming with their struggles and successes, their highs and lows. What really touched me was the relationship between Cam and Marley. Again, I haven’t read the other books which feature Cameron, so this was my absolute first introduction to these characters and their bond blew me away. That brother-sister bond, the twin connection, it all felt authentic and enviable. The relationship between Cam and Marley is what drew me into the story and the story itself gripped me and took my breath away. 
These two have endure so much pain and suffering for various troubling reasons, and yet they’re still standing. Together, they have have walked through fire, made it out of the darkness, and into a lighter world.
The death of their father, their mother’s downward spiral into a pit of drugs, the abuse and rape of Marley by their mother’s boyfriend. Cameron and Marley have had to face many traumatic events that no child or person for that matter should ever have to come across. 

Despite the façade that Marley puts on, she is traumatized and is nowhere near healed. Under the forced smiles and pageant worthy etiquette, Marley is broken. While Cam does a great job of holding her together, there’s still healing that needs to be done.
Like they’ve always done Cameron and Marley will find their way to a better, happier life. 

I can most certainly recommend this book to anyone searching for a beautiful and emotional story that will stay in your heart forever. 

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
❤︎Rating: 4.5 "To the Moon & Back" Stars
About the Author
T.K. Leigh
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). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre. 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.

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