Monday, 24 February 2014

Review - A Beautiful Mess by T K Leigh

Book Title: A Beautiful Mess
Author: T.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 28, 2013

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 instalment of a three part series sure to captivate the heart with a story of secrets, courage, and love.

Recommended for ages 18 and up due to sexual situations, language, and mild violence.

**** 4.5 Beautiful "Mr. Burnham" Stars**** 

A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh really left me a beautiful mess and I loved every moment of it. This book literally took me on a roller-coaster of emotions and I couldn’t get enough of it. From the first page to the very last page, I was hooked and could not put the book down. When I reached the last page in my kindle, literally I was screaming NOOOOO!!! A Beautiful Mess will capture any readers attention since it truly shows the love of a man who never stopped loving his first love and a woman whose tragic past continues to haunt her from truly loving and being loved.

Sarah Olivia Adler is simply a beautiful mess. For twenty-one years, Olivia has been struggling to come to grips with the reality that her parents are dead. Alone and no family for emotional support, Olivia has built these walls surrounding her heart. She keeps her distances from friends and from anyone getting too close since she has these fears that they are gonna end up leaving her. In coping with her pain and loneliness, she finds temporary solace with alcohol and sex. Olivia constantly has these dreams/nightmares reliving the tragic event of her parents death. Though the dreams are hazy, one thing remain constant in her dreams is a boy with green eyes. The only true thing that comforts Olivia is music. Music plays an instrumental role in allowing Olivia to truly express her feelings. With only a handful of true friends, Olivia finally sets her roots in Boston till one day she stumbles upon Mr. Alexander Burnham. Little did she know, Alex is the boy in her dreams with the green eyes.
Alexander Burnham is a successful business owner of a private security firm, Burnham & Associates. For twenty-one years, he has never given up on hopes of finding his first love, Olivia Deluca. For so many years, Alex thought his Olivia died alongside with her parents in a car crash but soon he finds his past staring straight back at him. The only problem is that the Olivia Deluca that he knows goes by the name of Sarah Olivia Adler and has no recollection of her past. Shocked and amazed that he finally found her, Alex makes it his mission to not lose her again. Call it destiny or fate, but when Alex and Olivia first laid eyes on each other, there was a spark and connection that was like a magnetic pull drawing them together.

The chemistry between Alex and Olivia is one of those connection that has no words. It was raw and heartfelt. After twenty years of having this empty void, it was like the heavens were finally blessing Alex and Olivia to finally get their chance to a happily ever after. Years of heartache and loss, Alex can finally hold onto the only woman who held his heart, soul and mind. For Olivia, Alex was her missing piece to the puzzle. He was the glue who finally could piece her heart together. As Alex tries to discover why his father faked the death of Olivia, he must first try to overcome the looming fear of what secrets and truths lies in the letter that his deceased father left him. Alex fears if he reveals and tells Olivia of her true identity that she will run away. Running away is what Olivia does when she fears of getting her heart broken and disappointment. The emotional attachment issues is one burden that Olivia can’t seem to shake off. As Olivia’s feelings for Alex grows strong, her fears and insecurities causes her to do the only thing that she knows which is to run away.

A Beautiful Mess was just AMAZING!!!! Ms. Leigh did one hell of a job on her debut book and I must applaud her in this well written romantic suspense thriller. This book had everything that I loved from romance, sexual chemistry, angst, suspense and mystery. I loved everything about this book and could not find one thing I would change. Ms. Leigh did a brilliant job in portraying Alexander and Olivia. Their characters were portrayed so honest and raw that you were able to feel every emotions that they evoked from sadness, happiness, love, heartache, anger and bliss. What I truly love is that all the secondary characters were key players and played an integral part to Alexander and Olivia’s story. Ms. Leigh did an excellent job incorporating them to the storyline without having them overshadow the main point of the story. Wow!!!.. Ms. Leigh knows how to write a book filled with sexual tension, chemistry, and angst. The chemistry of Alexander and Olivia was palpable from their very first meeting and I couldn’t get enough of it. I was so invested into unraveling the mystery of Olivia’s past and wanted to scream and shout to Alex to just reveal Olivia’s true identity. Literally I was up at 2 am and screaming NOOOO when I got to the last page. Luckily for me, I had Tragic Wreck on standby and yes I did start the book right away at 2am since I was dying of curiosity on what’s going to happen next. So yes, go read A Beautiful Mess. This book did not disappoint me and I can’t get enough of Alexander and Olivia.

~ Review by Michelle


Book #2 A Tragic Wreck is available now



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.


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