What happens when you lose everyone that promised they would always be there for you? How can you protect the few pieces of your shattered heart that remain? Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the young age of six and being raised by an uncle who she lost years later, she refuses to get attached to anyone, including friends. For the past decade, she has been able to remain unattached to any man, too worried about losing someone to get too close. Until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But he has issues of his own. And he’s keeping a secret that could turn Olivia’s world upside-down. Will Olivia let Alexander in enough for him to get close and protect her from a force threatening her very existence, or will she push him away, scared of letting Alexander in, in order to protect her heart? A Beautiful Mess is the first installment of a three part series sure to captivate the heart with a story of secrets, courage, and love.
Series: Beautiful Mess
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Cat Head Biscuit Incorporated (September 16, 2013)
About the Author
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer / attorney by trade. 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. Follow her online at: www.facebook.com/tkleighauthor www.tkleighauthor.com
First, I will say I am not a fan of cliffhangers. At. All. They cause me so much anxiety I find myself “slutting around” on my book boyfriends to just survive. I came across A Beautiful Mess for free when another trilogy left me high and dry(or is it “high and wet” :))Hence, my true story of how I discovered A Beautiful Mess. (another cliffhanger I might add, dang you T.K. Leigh!) You know you are reading a great book when you continually click your kindle screen to get the time and negotiate with yourself that 1:30 in the morning is perfectly normal time to be up reading and you can go for just a little bit longer and still get enough sleep to function the next day. This is that kind of book. It is well written and not only does a great job of explaining the main characters as individuals and their relationship but it also develops side characters relationships as well. You are not left wondering who someone is or how they fit into the story.
Olivia is a character who is fairly easy to like and connect with. Her story of losing her parents at a young age develops more as the story goes on which adds mystery and also keeps you wanting to know more. She has little to no memory of her family to this point but is slowly remembering more each day. Olivia has emotional attachment issues and finds it easier to just have no-strings-attached relationships. When a “fling” goes wrong a piece of her past that could help fill in the gaps in her memory of her parents as well as offer her love steps in, and steps in he does…
Hellloooo Mr. Alexander Burnham! Alexander has his own reasons for leading a life of no-strings-attached relationships as well, and his reason is Olivia. But his Olivia died. Or did she? When the chance encounter of Alex and Olivia occurs it stirs a longing in Alex that he has been fighting for 20 something years. He feels the connection right away with Olivia but is it all coincidence? Alex lost his father 5 years prior and is holding onto a letter his father wrote him right before his death. However, Alex is afraid to open the letter in fear of what it will say. Is it an apology? Explanation? Or would it help him figure out what happened to Olivia? His Olivia.
This story is titled perfectly and I am desperate to find out what happens for these two. Their story is unique and keeps you guessing as to when and how it will all come together for them. They both love each other and this is obvious, but are they strong enough in the end to battle their own demons to allow the other to truly hold their heart? Thank you for a great read T.K. Leigh! but I want answers like yesterday!;)