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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.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....

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Number of Pages : 148 Pages
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catalyst Reviews

  • Tina Lynne
    2019-04-18 04:25

    Wow. I knew nothing about this book when I started and I was hooked from the first page. Leighton Riley takes an intense story of love, passion, and obsession, creating a tale of suspense, intrigue, and danger. Catalyst is the story of a woman who has loved and lost. She starts to open and love again but everything takes a dramatic turn for the crazy. Around every corner there was a new twist in the plot and a building intensity that kept drawing me to what I was reading. I read this book fast, not wanting to stop what I was doing. In the end, it was a rush that I was not expecting but one that I loved so much.This story is told for the most part through Tinsley’s POV. She is a 29 year old bar owner and we jump straight into her story. When the book begins, there is an emotional story unfolding. Her longtime boyfriend was brutally murdered and the book beings in the aftermath of the tragedy. Tinsley is attempting to find her footing and learn to breathe again after her world was tragically dismembered. Leighton does a great job of communicating her grief and that tragedy is not something she can easily come back from. As time progresses she beings to heal on some level, knowing that the scars will be with her for many years to come. She is surrounded by friends and family who love her. Her relationships are foundational to who she is and what she needs. I loved watching her deal with the hard things and process through her grief. It was harsh and desperate but she learns to pick up the pieces.When she meets Maguire, a man she vaguely knew in college, she begins to find a second chance at hope and companionship. She feels an attraction with him that cannot be denied and things begin to progress as she finds herself drawn to him in a way she cannot ignore. Their relationship is easy and sweet. They are drawn to one another and his patience with her is admirable. He longs to be with her and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.When things seem to be going right, everything turns so wrong. I will not go into detail because the plot twists are fabulous and intriguing in this book and I refuse to spoil it. Things take a turn for the crazy and nothing is as it appears. Tinsley is caught in the middle of something dark and sinister, something you hope she can escape from. Watching the story unfold was fascinating. There are waves of twists that will catch you off guard and shock you. I loved how Leighton gave this story an extra flair by adding something fresh the way she did. I wish there had been a bit more depth in a few of the plot twists but that by no means retracts from what is happening. There is danger, passion, obsession, and heartache. Each twist and turn the story takes will bring the reader closer to the shocking truth and leave you stunned.The writing in this book was great. The story flows well! It develops a tale that is intriguing and has definitely made me look more into Leighton Riley’s other books. If they are written anything like this story, I am going to need to read those ASAP! Don’t miss Catalyst. It will suck you in from page one and leave you reeling in the end.

  • United Indie Book Blog
    2019-04-02 01:01

    When I received this book I had no idea what I was getting into, seriously it came as a mystery ARC with title and author blurred. So it made me real hesitant but intrigued at the same time (I'm a creature of habit and go for authors and genres I know). The author pulls you in right from the start and makes you feel everything that Tinsley is going through, heartache, lose, grief and finally what you think is healing. There are a lot and I mean A LOT of twists and turns in this story. I thought it was going to be a straightforward romance but the author throws a curve ball and just blows it out of the water. The storyline at times was a little confusing to me, but I think I was just reading too fast to find out what happens! I feel the Tinsley is a well developed and relatable character, I felt everything she was going through. Liam played a pretty big role and I feel that his story was a little rushed at the end, I hope to get his whole POV (maybe?!) and also Noah and Shannon's. Overall, it's a well written story with relatable characters that will keep you guessing with all the suspense and twists. Review by Raychel

  • Crystal
    2019-03-31 04:16

    I think the synopsis for this book pretty much gives us a good look at some of the events that are going to occur. I went in expecting someone to be some sort of stalker or something of the like. This story isn't very long so the build up happened pretty quickly but I can say I didn't feel like it was lacking in any area. Tinsley is mourning the loss of her boyfriend. While she's coming to terms with his death she meets someone and sparks fly, only this man is very mystery. Mystery can be a good thing but sometimes a very bad thing as well. When I think the story is going to be winding down there are all kinds of shockers!Catalyst was a very well written story. It was a quick yet engaging read. I loved the dual points of view because I feel like I always get more of the story if I get to read more than one character's thoughts. If you're looking for a short, suspenseful read that will keep you on the edge of your seat consider this one.

  • Kristen Johnson
    2019-03-28 05:17

    Review to come

  • Amy
    2019-04-19 01:12

    “Everything I know has been ripped away from me. I’m stuck in my head for fear that if I let it out, I’ll crumble into a thousand tiny pieces with no one there to pick them up. I have never felt so utterly alone. I am numb, yet fragile. At any moment, I could see myself turning into dust.”Have you ever picked up a book that you knew absolutely nothing about? No idea what the cover looks like or what the synopsis is? You’re just told that there’s an exciting contemporary romance worth checking out and that you’ll find out the who and the what at a later time?? Well, that is the case with this book that I reviewed. I had no idea who the author was or what I was getting myself into, but I was intrigued by the possiblity of reading a mystery arc, that I just had to take the chance and I have to tell you, I am so glad that I did.Now, I’m not going to spoil this book for you or give anything away. I want you to go into it blind, like I did. Here’s what I can tell you: From the moment you start reading, you are hooked. You have to know more. Your heart is breaking right along with the main characters. You want justice and to find out what happened. Then a new character is introduced and there is something about him that doesn’t sit right with you, but you keep reading because you want to know more. Then, you start getting the pov from said character and all of the dots start to connect. You are intrigued. This person is awful and is up to no good, but his pov….it’s like you’re inside his head and you can’t turn away. You want to know the reason behind his actions and of course all will be revealed in due time….This story had me from the moment I picked it up and I completely devoured it. This story captivated me and had me dying to see how it would all play out. It had angst, romance, drama and suspense. And just when you think you had a handle on the situation and thought you had it all figured out, you were thrown another curve-ball. There were so many twists and turns and I loved every exciting second.Revealing this book, as a mystery arc was a brilliant idea. I loved going into this story completely clueless and would definitely love to do it again!*I was provided an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review

  • Badass Bloggettes
    2019-04-13 05:01

    Before I talk about the review I want to say that the marketing of this book piqued my interest right from the start. We received a challenge to read a “mystery book” without knowing the author, title, etc. What can I say--I couldn’t resist and I’m very happy I didn’t. Catalyst is a suspense/thriller/mystery with an underlying romantic plot. It grabbed me right from the start as Tinsley was grieving the murder of her fiancé, Liam. Liam didn’t have a good relationship with his father and, dear old daddy, sold the house Tinsley lives in with Liam while she was still grieving. There is a scene when the new owner comes in and Tinsley is trying to grab every memory she can before she leaves. I cried like a baby. This is so well written I could see the events unfold so clearly and emotionally. Catalyst follows Tinsley’s journey of grieving and moving on with her life. She has a tough time but with her two close friends, Noah and Shannon, she comes through. In addition, there is the unsolved murder case on Tinsley’s mind. Why aren’t the police telling her anything? I have to admit I solved the murder case in a different way with every chapter until it became apparent who the murderer really is. The mystery storyline is very emotional. The reader knows that a murderer is out there and waiting to strike again. Ms. Riley does a very good job of keeping the case in the reader’s mind while moving Tinsley through her grief. The majority of the book is told from Tinsley’s point of view which allows the readers inside her head and emotionally connected to her. There are a couple chapters from Maguire’s and Liam’s point of view too. There are a couple big twists at the end that took me by surprise. I like how these were pulled off in a covert way. My only criticism is the ending. It is a good and satisfying ending it just feels incomplete or rushed to me. I didn’t get a chance to wrap my heart around it is the best way that I can describe it. Catalyst is the first book I’ve read by Leighton Riley. She is a good storyteller. If you like a little suspense with your romance, I recommend that you try Catalyst. ARC received for an honest review.

  • Courtney
    2019-04-01 00:56

    * I was asked to review this book with no idea of who wrote it or what it was about in exchange for honest review*I truly hate giving bad reviews. It's not in my nature. But I do feel the need to point a few things out. It's not against the author, just what killed this book for me.This book has some great potential. But it needs lots of editing. LOTS OF EDITING!It felt like there were a ton of thoughts thrown out there and sort of put together to make a story. If this was edited properly, I could easily see this whole story possibly being 2 books. I love the plot - it was great. I was just left feeling so let down by the lack of details and the hodge-podge of everything being thrown together.Like I said, it has so much potential to be a great book. Just lots of editing.

  • Tina
    2019-03-31 04:56

    I will keep this review shirt and sweet because it is supposed to be a mystery. There were twists and turns at every corner. I absolutely loved this book. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next, Boom, it changes. You will be hooked from beginning to end. I give this a definite 5 stars.

  • Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
    2019-04-06 04:21

    Rating to come.

  • Connected By Books
    2019-04-07 02:20

    I was given the ARC for this book without a synopsis or an author’s name. I got to see the cover right after I received it, and I have to say, I really liked it. Even with all that right after i jumped into it, I was captured. I stayed involved in the story more than half way through – it had everything I like in a romantic suspense – it had mystery, intrigue and a great heroine. But after about the 50% mark I felt it was rushed and quite predictable. Catalyst is told mainly in 1st person POV and follows the story of Tinsley, a 29 year old bar owner. We catch up to her right after she lost her boyfriend in one of the most terrible ways possible, a murder. We don’t know much about the circumstances and I adored the way the author kept it all hidden and wrapped up in a veil of mystery – it only added to the captivating story so far. We got to see her trying to get back to her old self – get passed this heartbreaking event and move on with her life. Through this journey she’s surrounded by her best friends, Shannon and Noah, and an old college acquaintance, Maguire. Her relationship with Maguire becomes more than just a friendship and it’s what gives this story the suspense flair. We don’t know a lot about this character, but we do get to read some passages from his POV and it’s nail biting. This story wasn’t what I expected – it started as a second chance romance and it ended in twist that I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed this aspect a lot. Tinsley is one incredilbe heroine – after everything that she had to go through she came out on top. I always love the heroines who save themselves rather than wait for the burly man to come to the rescue. But, somewhere after the twist was revealed, I felt the author rushed through it. Some of the future revelations were predictable and noticeable throughout the last chapters. Everything settled into place almost miraculously – I, personally, would’ve wanted a bit more – more anguish, descriptions, details and grovelling. The writing wasn’t bad – it has a lot of potential and I’m sure the author’s future suspense works will only get better.All in all, Catalyst is only a 3.5 star for me. But I will definitely check out the author’s previous and future books.***ARC given in exchange for an honest review by the author through SB Promotions***

  • Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
    2019-04-01 02:55

    This was an exciting sign up !! We didn't know the author , title and we couldn't even see the full cover. The blurb was enticing and the mystery of it all was what pushed me to sign on. Once I found out who the author was I wasn't surprised that I was interested. I have enjoyed her work before and again the blurb was full of suspense. This story moves at a fast pace and although we do get a bit of backstory I would have enjoyed more of Noah and Tinsley's past because I love that whole best friend relationship. There are many twists and turns that leave you hanging. When you think you know you just don't. Some may be expected yet other things were NOT. I honestly was NOT happy with the end , I kind of wanted Tinsley to realize her love for another was true. It was a decent enough ending and I was happy there was an HEA after all we were dragged through. But I guess I was all TEAM **** !! Sorry no spoilers LOLTinsley has lost Liam , the love of her life and she is sinking fast. His father has no class and has sold their house and has no desire to mourn or allow her to mourn before the house is sold and she is expected to be gone and on her own. thankfully she has 2 very amazing friends. Noah has been her best friend for years and not only does he help her with the bars she owns but he has been her DD and babysitter for months since Liam was murdered. When a chance encounter with an old friend from college finally has Tinsley stepping out of her shell we may all feel happy inside yet something weird is going on. Odd texts and weird POV's leading us to believe something is going on. WOW we get a bit of crazy that I really didn't expect and the story goes much deeper than I imagined once I wrapped my head around it. I enjoyed it but I do think it could have had a bit more to it and maybe even spun into a second part to leave us hanging !! Regardless I was content with it and will always take a chance on this author.

  • Alicia at Mean Girls Luv Books
    2019-04-03 02:17

    I started this book without knowing much about it. I got a short blurb, but that is it. The author and title were a mystery to me. I honestly had no idea what I was getting into. What started out as a read that I thought would be 5 Hearts quickly spiraled down to 3 Hearts. This story begins with Tinsley mourning the loss of her boyfriend, Liam, who was murdered in a bar that she owns. It has been months, and she (of course) has trouble moving on. He was the one for her. They were planning a future together, but life didn't work out that way. Her best friend, Noah, is there every step of the way to help pick her up and function. She keeps running into an old acquaintance from college named Maguire. He makes her feel again and makes her want to try to move on. Like I said, this book started off strong. It sucked me in with lots of emotion and relatable characters. Even though Tinsley was grieving, this book was full of witty dialogue. Then, somewhere about a third of the way through, it started the downward slide (for me). The story got jumpy. We would be in one scene with something going on, and then, it felt like a cutscene and something totally different would be happening. In all fairness, I think that maybe the author did this on purpose. It does tie in with the story, but I found it disorientating.  Then, there was just too much happening. I kept thinking, "What now!?" There was way too much going on and the resolutions the author offered felt too quick and simple. Then, we are thrown for a total loop and I felt Tinsley was way too forgiving and accepting of what happened. However, the author did write consistently well. The story flowed and the dialogue was easy and fun. I think if the author could have expanded on something instead of making it so quick it would have been a bit more believable. 

  • Emily Jamerson
    2019-03-30 22:05

    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!

  • Maria Vickers
    2019-03-25 01:12

    When we got the email about this book, I was intrigued. We had nothing to go on and it was a complete mystery, and that is why I had to read the book. The absence of information was almost impossible to resist. I guess that’s why the gang in Scooby Doo always jumps in when a mystery is presented to them. I started reading this book with an open mind and zero expectations, but as I delved into the story, I started to build up expectations and I have to say…I was a little disappointed in the end. The buildup and the story kept me entertained and there were a few twists and surprises I didn’t expect, however in the end, I felt like one of the characters I had been pulling for was left as an afterthought. That’s not to say that the ending was bad, just a little disappointing. Tinsley is a bar owner and feels like her life is on a downward spiral when her boyfriend was killed. Her best friends are keeping her afloat and all of the sudden someone from her past comes barging back into her life. Things look like they are getting better, but all may not be as it seems. Catalyst by Leighton Riley has love, confusion, craziness, hurt, more love, and a happy ending. The story was enjoyable, the characters were developed, and the plot was almost believable. I give the book 3.5 stars.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-25 02:57

    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 everything 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.

  • Tia
    2019-04-23 04:14

    OMG "Catalyst"!!! This is such a dark read and I'm still trying to wrap my head around the story itself. It's complicated and twisted in it's perfection. When Tinsley's boyfriend is murdered in her bars storeroom she struggles to move on to a new future, when he was her future and all she ever wanted. Soon after Liam's death his father sells the home and kicks her out, but the home happens to get bought by a former college classmate of hers. He's obviously interested in her, and she eventually realizes that Liam will never be coming back she gives in to the attraction. She gets weirded out when she starts receiving texts from Liam's phone, is he sending them from the grave or is someone playing a cruel joke? I was shocked where this story line went and didn't see it coming until I was deep in to it. "Catalyst" does have triggers for anyone who may have been abducted or raped, and it might be better to pass over the book if those things affect you. There is a great conclusion to this twisted tale, but you have to go through some hell before you get there. Here's the Amazon link for this awesome book:

  • Louisa
    2019-04-05 06:04

    A little back story...I was asked to read a book. No synopsis, no author name, no nothin'! And I jumped on it.I usually read mainly romance novels with HEA's but I was willing to jump in and try it out!So glad I did.This book had the what I love (romance) but a little bit of suspense and angst.This poor woman, Tinsley, has to endure the tragic loss of her boyfriend, her home and she can't even go to work because that is where he was murdered. It really couldn't get much worse.Thankfully she reconnects with an old college friend Maguire. The man who will help her heal, help her move on. The coincidence that Maguire has bought her home with her boyfriend just makes her believe that their meeting again, may be a sign...a sign to move on.This book had me laughing - OMG - her friend Shannon -made me giggle and grounded Tinsley when she need a friend. We all need a friend like that. It also had me biting my nails, a few jaw dropping moments and even a few tears! The twist, the turns, the angst, the had it all.This was my first Leighton Riley book, but will not be my last!

  • Literary Epic
    2019-03-27 23:02

    I received this book as a mystery ARC. I knew nothing about this book from author, title or even synopsis but I do love to go into a book blind (adds to the excitement).I can honestly say that this book was incredible. The story flows, you’re gripped from the beginning where poor Tinsley is sitting on the curb.After her boyfriend is murdered, Tinsley has the support of her two best friends who try to help guide her because she is so lost by when happened. Tinsley then unexpectedly finds out the man who has moved in to her old house is an old college friend who she seems to have that connection with and he wants her. My heart pounded and my mouth gaped open on more than one occasion. The characters were extremely well written, you never know what they’re going to do or where their journey is going to take you. You get so invested so you don’t expect the twist.As I was left blind reading this book, so I want to be as vague as I can about the content because for me, it just made the book stronger.I absolutely loved this book and I know for a fact it will be one I will re-read and love all over again, so I’m sure you will love it too. Highly recommend.

  • Joanna
    2019-03-27 05:02

    Panty Scorching- 3Storyline-4Angst- 3Tissues-0Value-4Overall Rating- 3.5Received an ARC for reviewThis was a different story for me. I am usually more of an “erotic” reader, but it was a nice change.You have Tinsley. She is a woman who is mourning the loss of the love of her life, Liam. She owns three restaurants and he was murdered in one of her restaurants and she found him. She runs into someone she knew from back in college, Maguire. He knows about what has happened to Tinsley and knows what she is going through, but there is an attraction between the two of them, and Tinsley is willing to try to move forward and try a relationship with Maguire. Now is where it all turns around and becomes a very fast moving, and crazy story. I don’t do “spoilers”, so there isn’t much I can say without giving anything away, other than saying…no one is who you think they are. It was a good story, but it just packed a lot in and it started taking some turns that I just wanted to say NO…. don’t do that…. It doesn’t make any since. But it is a fiction story, so you know, not everything has to be “believable”. Not much in the “erotic” line for me…but it was good.

  • Bookaholics Reading
    2019-03-29 00:05

    Catalyst by Leighton RileyThis is a different read than I thought it would be. Tinsley has lost her boyfriend, the man that she was building a life with, it was a shock when he was murdered. His father then sells the house that he owned. She has one last request when she sees the house, just to go inside one more time before the new owner takes the house.She is in the house when the new owner comes to measure up. Maguire is a different character and at first it is hard to work out what his motives are. Somehow you can tell there is something not quite right.Tinsley tries to chase up the police regarding Liam’s death and that was my first inkling that something was completely off.As I read the story, I couldn’t quite bond with the story, it felt rushed and like there is a plot but not done as well as it could potentially be. I have to say for a story with a mystery it did become quite obvious early on what the twist was. I really did enjoy the start, it had potential but unforutunately it let me down and I didn’t really enjoy much more.It was not for me but I’m sure others will love it. 3 stars

  • Amazeballs Book Addicts
    2019-04-02 00:55

    When we signed up to review this one all we got was the synopsis. We didn't know the title or author. I thought it was a different but neat idea. I'm not sure if knowing the title and author would had made a different because the synopsis alone makes it look like a good story. I was hooked right from the beginning. We meet Tinsley at a low point in her life. She has just lost her boyfriend, Liam, who was the love of her life. Tinsley even though she is facing tough times is a strong character. She has her friends, Noah and Shannon to help her get through it. I did wish that We have gotten a little bit more background on Noah and Shannon. She also runs into Maguire who she knew in college. Maguire seems good for Tinsley and he might just be what she needs to move on but Maguire has some pretty heavy secrets. The story has some pretty different and unexpected twists. Some thing I figured out and other I had all wrong. This one is definitely one you should pick up. A copy was received for a review.

  • Theresa Alberts
    2019-03-31 00:03

    A mystery ARC, no author, no title and no synopsis had us going in totally blind, reading a book that I had no idea what to expect, no idea what type of story it would be and no idea who the author was to gauge the writing style was how this book was presented to our blog and how the ARC was delivered. This made the book all the more intriguing when opening it up to begin reading and the mystery kept me captivated. This book was a 3.5 star read for me and I would definitely recommend it to others.This story will raise some emotions that will have you hoping for a HEA, yelling at the characters when they make a mistake you can see coming from pages away and perhaps slightly sad at how it turns out in the end. There are twists and turns that will have you guessing as to the outcome, and although I wasn't all pleased with the ending for some of the main characters, overall this book was a good read and one I know others will thoroughly enjoy!

  • Kimothy
    2019-04-06 03:07

    3.5 stars for this bookSo at first i started reading this book and it was very emotional and i was enjoying it and worried it was going to be all hearts and flowers, with unicorns roaming about. Do not get me wrong i can occasionally read these books but they generally are few and far between. But then BAM!!! the book shifts on it axis and becomes grittier and full of secrets and surprises. So i really began to get along with it. the reason i am giving this book 3.5 not the full 4 stars is there was one bit where i thought have i missed something? A chapter or an important plot point? Maybe it was me but i got awfully confused and looking back into the book i could not understand why. But saying that the way the story shifted and moved and the direction it took was a very good part on the author and the writing style through different POVs was very concise. Most certainly worth a try.

  • Sunny
    2019-04-05 00:09

    Sunny's Review:This book was really good. I was sucked in from the very beginning. The author did a great job of making you feel everything that Tinsley was feeling. You feel really bad for her because she is so sad messed up over Liam's death. Understandable, obviously, but you still just feel so bad for her. I was pretty happy when Tinsley started to try to move on. I didn't really like Maguire from the beginning but I was happy that he was bringing her back around. I LOVED Noah. He is the best friend and does anything and everything for Tinsley. I really wanted her to fall for him.I loved the mystery of this book. There are some things that the author just puts out there and I actually liked that. Even though you feel like you know everything that is going on because of the way the book was written you really don't! I love it.Seriously go get this book. I am giving it 4.5 stars out of 5. You need to get it today!

  • Becky Cox
    2019-04-01 04:00

    Catalyst is my first book by this author. I will definitely be checking out more of her work.When I started reading I thought it was a tragic story of loss and a second chance at love. Well, it is that, but so much more. Riley gave me some great twist and page turning chapters as the story progressed.Don't want to give anything away so won't go into detail about the story. The synopsis is all you need to know going in.It is a fairly quick read so no great depth in the characters but I did feel like I knew them. Tinsley's friend Shannon was a great supporting character and a sassy best-friend. Liam was always a constant good friend to Tinsley. A surprise thriller from an author that is new to me! Would recommend to anyone who likes a bit of thrill in their romances. Reviewed by Becky for Jo&IsaLoveBooks

  • JamieZishka
    2019-04-06 01:21

    Well this book was literally presented to us as a mystery, no name, no author name, no synopsis just going in blind as ever... but that really did intrigue me to the highest degree. So when I found out the name and the author I was surprised and should have known who it was by the way the story went. Leighton Riley you seriously destroyed me in Regretfully and Catalyst had the same type of ending so needless to say I was a little upset towards the end of this story. The ending of this story is going to either make alot of people very happy or it will seriously make you wanna scream with disappointment. So that being said I would give this book a 3-3.5 stars and I would still recommend to others. Although the ending might have ruined me a little the rest of the story was quite intriguing and flowed pretty good. It does have quite some twists and turns and you may or may not expect some of things to happen but I will say it was a quirky crazy journey so get to one clicking.

  • Ashlei
    2019-03-26 23:09

    This book hooked me by the synopsis. Normally I like to see the cover first then the read the synopsis and then I'll decided if I want to go ahead and read the book. I didn't have the choice to see the cover before reading this book. It was kind fun going in without knowing who the author was or what the cover looked like, It was like a blind date; kinda nerve-wracking, scary but usually a good time. This was a fun and exciting little experiment.I found that I really enjoyed this book. Riley's writing has definitely grown with this book. You can tell that she's come into her own style of writing. This story was really different from what I expected with the synopsis. But I enjoyed the story alot. There were some unexpected twists that kept me guessing until the end. I can't wait to read more from this author.

  • Darra Hulsart
    2019-04-18 05:06

    I received the book knowing it would be a surprise with no title and author to link it with. Which made it even more exciting. The book was non stop. It kept my interest from the beginning of the story to the last page of the book. I liked Tinsley. She was believable and was down to earth. Not whiny and is reasonable. She is mourning the death of her past lover. Now trying to move on, she has to get back to real life and try to start to date. Maguire is interested in Tinsley from the beginning. You will be weary of him and any person she may date. She also is very close to Noah. So sweet. He brings out the best of Tinsley. You can't help but root for him.I cannot explain more without giving away the ending. This is a must read. A favorite I will go back to later. Good job Leighton Riley. Fantastic writing, great story and fascinating characters.I rate the book a 4.6.

  • Fiona Wilson
    2019-03-30 23:15

    The sign up for receiving an ARC of this book was intriguing to say the least. It was a mystery author, mystery storyline, we would only be given the details just before release. Reading a book without knowing the background was a little strange at first, but the story grabbed me very quickly.There are a lot of different elements to the story. We have a young woman struggling with grief following the murder of her boyfriend. We watch as she remembers things that have happened in the past, and as she begins to think about moving on with her life.I can't say too much more about the story as the twists and turns throughout are so well done I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone. Suffice to say this is a brilliant read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Jennifer Pierson
    2019-04-02 04:03

    The mystery surrounding this book was amazing so it caught my attention. Wasn't sure what to expect but I LOVED LOVED LOVED it! It started out with a bang, and I never caught my breath again. I'm not going to go into details about it because I don't want to give anything away. The character development was rather good, with an intense, fast paced, and well written story line that flowed smoothly. Leighton Riley did a fantastic job keeping me guessing, and my heart raced cover to cover. I was hooked from the beginning to the very end, and thank goodness there wasn't a cliff hanger ending, as I probably would have lost my mind. CANNOT WAIT to read more by this author, and I do HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND this intense and suspenseful story!