Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Book Review A Beautiful Mess (Beautiful Mess #1) by T.K. Leigh

Oliva Adler's parents died in a car crash when she was 6 and she doesn't remember anything about her life before that. The fear of losing people she loves again prevents her from getting close to anyone. She only does casual hookups with no relationships. Everything changes the night Alexander Burnham saves her life. Alexander has known tragedy in his life too. His childhood best friend died 21 years ago and he has never recovered. Still mourning the loss of that little girl, he is shocked when he meets Olivia because the similarities between the two seem like more than coincidence. Same name, same brown eyes, same death of their parents... could this really be her after all of these years? But how could his Olivia be alive when his father told him she died?

Alexander had no control all those years ago when he lost his friend, so now control means everything to him. He never wants to lose control like that again. When it seems like Olivia may be in danger, he insists on using his security firm to keep tabs on her. If this is that little girl he knew way back when, that means his father lied to him all those years ago. And if that is the case, it must have been for a reason. Who was he protecting Olivia from? Are they still out there looking for her?

Of course, this also means that he is controlling and dominating in all other aspects as well, which we know I love to read!

"People only have to call me Mr. Burnham in the bedroom."

And that was the point where I started to fall in love with Mr. Burnham! I was done, hook, line and sinker. Alexander and Olivia were amazing together which led to both some incredibly sweet sex followed by off the charts hot sex. Plus I love a dominating man with a dirty mouth. It takes a special talent to pair sweet and dirty together in one sentence.

"By the time I'm through sweeping you off your feet, you will be bursting at the seams, begging me to fuck you, never wanting another man inside you again."

Despite how much I like Alex and his overprotective, bossy self; I want to throttle him through most of the book. Keeping a secret from someone you care about because you think you are protecting is never a good idea. That always comes back to get you later on. The question is, if and when it does, how much damage will he have caused?

This book is told from the third person perspective which gives a nice look into each of the main characters as well as the threat that is lingering out there for Olivia. The suspense surrounding that had me nervous and on edge, just waiting for something to happen. You know there is someone out there that wants something from her, but we really don't know why or when the next attempt is coming.

And then the ending happened. It was such a sad ending for me and left me disappointed with the choices that the hero and heroine both made. And since it is the first book of a trilogy, there is of course a cliff hanger.

This was a fantastic debut novel for T.K. Leigh and it had everything a girl could ask for. Mystery and suspense plus a hot alpha guy and hot sex - definitely a winner for me! At the end, we are given a sneak peak into book two and what appears to be the first chapter. And I can already tell that Alexander and Olivia are going to piss me off a little bit. There is no set release date for yet, which is going to drive me crazy because I NEED to find out what happens next for them. Please don't make me wait to long Ms. Leigh!

A Beautiful Mess releases on Amazon on September 9, 2013.

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: A Beautiful Mess
Author: T.K. Leigh
Series: Beautiful Mess #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/18194292-a-beautiful-mess
Release Date: September 9, 2013 on Amazon
Website: tkleighauthor.com
Social Media: @TK_Leigh; www.facebook.com/tkleighauthor

Book Description:
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.

Beautiful Mess Trilogy Reading Order
#1 - A Beautiful Mess (Sep 2013)
#2 - A Tragic Wreck (2013/2014)
#3 - Gorgeous Chaos (Jun 2014)


1 comment:

  1. **nd I can already tell that Alexander and Olivia are going to piss me off a little bit.**

    Yes! I can already tell that too! Grrrr.....


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