Title: My Strongest Weakness
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: October 25, 2016
(Previously Published in 90s Playlist: A Romance Rewind Anthology)
She’s the last thing he needs, but she’s the only thing he wants…as long as it’s behind closed doors.
It was supposed to be a one-time thing. No one would find out; no one would have to know. And then once turned into twice, and twice turned into several times a week, and now pierced, punk-loving, rebellious Tia Lanning is banging Mason Brooks, the big man on campus and Mr. All American.
But banging him isn’t the problem. Falling for him is. Especially when he’s content to let her remain his dirty little secret.
Brighton Walsh has once again managed to amaze me with her fantastic storytelling in My Strongest Weakness. This talented author packs some great character growth and genuine emotion into these few pages, leaving me desperate for more. Brighton had me effortlessly falling in love with Mason and Tia and I’d gladly take a full length novel and then some of this fun, sexy couple. Tia and Mason couldn’t be more opposite, yet their chemistry is undeniable. From the second this story began, their connection was absolutely electric, pulling me into their world and getting me hooked on them. Brighton Walsh has crafted something fierce and palpable between them that made my heart race and ache as I experienced the ups and downs of their journey. My Strongest Weakness is a perfect taste of what this author has to offer and a great reminder of what the new adult genre really is.
“All thoughts and preconceived notions about how this might go flee my head, because it’s Mason Brooks, and he kisses me like I’m the very air he needs to breathe.”
Despite its limited length, My Strongest Weakness made me feel deeply. I laughed at Tia’s feisty and sarcastic nature, swooned over Mason’s character-revealing internal conflict, and melted at the toe curling heat this couple generated. Both characters evolve over the course of this story, a combination of self-realization and emotional honesty driving their mutual growth. I adored seeing them grow into their own and mature beyond their years, allowing themselves to see the true value and rare honesty in their relationship. I was pleasantly surprised by the poignancy of Tia and Mason’s story. Not only does Brighton Walsh entertain with My Strongest Weakness, but she broaches social issues that anyone can relate to, imploring her readers to root for this couple to defy societal norms and find their happily ever after. Brighton’s writing maintains its enchanting quality, making this love come to life with her vibrant imagery and evocation of emotions while revealing the surprising depth that makes this author so brilliant.
My Strongest Weakness by Brighton Walsh ended up translating to a love that embodied the expression ‘opposites attract’. What I really enjoyed the most was that I think everyone, at one point in their lives, could relate to Mason and Tia. Mason was the perfect jock that everyone wanted to be or to date. Tia was the complete opposite, the girl who looked different, acted different, and just gave a standoffish vibe. While they never thought they could work together, Mason and Tia were insanely attracted to each other and that passion and heat could be felt through every single page. As the book went on, I loved how each of their insecurities really became prevalent. As a society in general, I think we’re so often seeking approval and crave that acceptance from those we surround ourselves with. In some ways, these characters were like mirrors into people, myself included.
“She’s the last thing he needs, but she’s the only thing he wants…as long as it’s behind closed doors.”
My biggest complaint is that I wanted more from the lovely Brighton Walsh! No matter the genre she is writing, she always sucks me in and makes me want to know absolutely everything. I’d love to get a glimpse of where these characters are sitting now. Everything from the writing, to the flow, and the plot all came together to work incredibly well. I could see hints of the Janet Jackson song lyrics shining through, while also maintaining Walsh’s own voice – which I can’t imagine is an easy feat. Overall, I truly adored My Strongest Weakness, and can’t wait to see how the other authors transform songs into stories as well!
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Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.