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A Life More Complete

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Can you ever really outrun your past?

Krissy Mullins, an overworked, obsessive-compulsive publicist has been giving it her best shot for the past ten years. Throwing herself into her work and devoting all her time to her teenage starlet client, Krissy finds little time for anything else. But as fate would have it, her world is turned upside down when she falls in love with
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Published May 3rd 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 1st 2013)
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May 06, 2013 Brenna rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

Krissy is a very driven woman. She came from a home where she didn’t have any love, affection, or attention. Early on she learned that she needed to be independent, self-sufficient and rely on herself for anything she needed. As soon as she turned eighteen she moved from Chicago to California to get as far away from her cold awful mother as she could.

“I left potholes for sinkholes, construction for gridlock, tornadoes for earthquakes; most would think it a lateral move. I walked away
Natasha is a Book Junkie
May 07, 2013 Natasha is a Book Junkie rated it it was amazing
“This is my life. Somehow, somewhere I took one small misstep and ended up here.”

Once in a while you will read a book that does not fit into a mould, that does not follow a formula or try to romanticise life. A book that does not hide the ugly reality of the choices or the mistakes me make along the way. A book that portrays human nature as it is, gritty and real, and shows that sometimes it takes losing everything to truly see the value of what was in front of you all along.

Krissy Mullins i
~ Becs ~
May 03, 2013 ~ Becs ~ rated it really liked it
Is this a romance novel? I’m not entirely sure that it is although it’s definitely a love story.

Krissy is our heroine – a very closed up, emotionally unavailable publicist who is besieged with crippling OCD. She ran away from her loveless childhood the second she was old enough and made her way in life, completely set on a career and convinced that she doesn’t need love in her life. Her father was an addict and her mother cold as ice, really not great examples, but Krissy gave her heart to Tyle
Elizabeth (Liz)
4.5 Stars!

Well, WOW! I mean, really. Wow. Nikki Young, you can write, woman. Seriously!! This author take us on a very real, very authentic and, yet, completely entertaining and emotional journey. I highly recommend this story, and I urge you NOT to go into it expecting many of the same overplayed plot devices found in other books. That's not what this is.

Here's your story summary:

Can you ever really outrun your past?

Krissy Mullins, an overworked, obsessive-compulsive publicist has been giv
May 05, 2013 Cristina rated it really liked it
A Life More Complete is a beautiful love story, one that captivated me from the start. I think what I love about this book is that it’s different and that’s all I ever want is a story to be unique. Not only is the story written well but the characters have their quirks and complexities which takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster. Anyone who knows my taste in books knows that this is exactly my kind of story!

“There’s something about you that I can’t ignore” he says and his voice turns to
Swoon Worthy
Apr 18, 2013 Swoon Worthy rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Rosie Mastropieri

Family. Everyone knows what is said about families. Blood is thicker than water, love makes a family, we start and end with family; you get my point. Not all families fit this bill, not all families are created equal, yet Chinese proverbs, celebrities, kings and queens, and literary heroes all feel the need to opine us with their wisdom that if you just try a bit harder, love a little more, or give a damn, that it will change everything. It always comes back to famil
Wendy Jackson
Apr 21, 2013 Wendy Jackson rated it really liked it
In "A Life More Complete" we find Kristin, an OCD borderline neurotic Publicist of an Under-aged Starlet. Kristin's professional life collides with her personal life, and making decisions that will drastically alter her reality.

This Book Sucked me in from the Prologue. This is a story of love, loss, and the choices we make in life (whether it's the ones people around us believe are the correct ones). I went through a mirage of emotions, from happy, to mad, to downright pissed off (if I hadn't be
May 02, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
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Was given a copy of the book for an honest review from the author

Family and life are two things that you take from it what you can, and if you are lucky, you find love along the way. Krissy Mullins didn't have the storybook childhood that some kids have and she was determined to live a life away from those that she grew up with. She moves to California to go to college and stays.
This is a story where you can watch the progression of Krissy growing into her own person, dealing with her demons, a
Sugar and Spice Book Reviews
May 10, 2013 Sugar and Spice Book Reviews rated it really liked it
This was a story I was so excited to read, and once again a debut novel by a young author so I wasn't sure what to except. I was not disappointed. This book was so unlike anything I have read in quite was realistic, beautiful, touching. 4.5 stars.

This book is about Krissy Mullins, a twenty-nine year old publicist, who has had a rough childhood. She is deeply scarred and has some emotional issues. She runs from commitment, even though she knows that deep down she would love to sett
Andrea Conley
Aug 26, 2016 Andrea Conley rated it really liked it
Loved reading a novel by someone I know!!! So impressed! The story was very unpredictable and I didn't want to put it down!
Sara Bree High
May 19, 2013 Sara Bree High rated it really liked it
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A life more complete
Nikki Young

Work - a - holic! That would be Krissy Mullins. She fled the place she called home and has made a life for herself on the west coast. This is a stretch from Naperville, Illinois!

"My job is my life. I don’t work nine to five like most of the population. My job is unpredictable and demanding, it leaves little room for planning or scheduling."

Keep people at a distance and work work work! That is the way to go
for Krissy. Most of her choices and the way she lives no
Jul 07, 2013 Tonya rated it really liked it
So the story goes:

Can you ever really outrun your past?

Krissy Mullins, an overworked, obsessive-compulsive publicist has been giving it her best shot for the past ten years. Throwing herself into her work and devoting all her time to her teenage starlet client, Krissy finds little time for anything else. But as fate would have it, her world is turned upside down when she falls in love with laid-back California native, Ben Torres. Unfortunately, her only frame of reference on love and marriage is
Apr 30, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I wasn't looking to fall in love. Nope, not me. Been there, done that and boy, oh, boy did the ending suck. I'm serious, ambitious, goal driven, at least that's how I want to be perceived, but I know my view might be a little skewed. I'm the girl who wears white pants and assumes they won't get dirty. I'm clumsy and silly, but long to be taken seriously. Yep, that's me. A damn fool.

Krissy is a damaged, OCD, closed off publicist who is scared of love and commitment and works round the clock. She
Trisha • Devoured Words
May 05, 2013 Trisha • Devoured Words rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, can-t-wait-for
A Life More Complete is an original story where the characters are relatable and realistic. Sometimes our past hurts in life holds such a big piece you and holds on to you in a death grip, you just need to let go but its so hard. It happens with everyone the reason it soooo relatable. Krissy is strong woman, she went through a hell of lot. The only thing that created such hindrance in her life was that she never got closure. It wedged such a problem that she couldn't move on in her life with som ...more
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When I started reading this book, I was immediately intrigued. The prologue sets a tone for the book that is so unlike any other contemporary romance book. Krissy is an overworked publicist who grew up in a dysfunctional home that was completely void of any love. She gave love a shot once and had it completely blow up in her face. Now she uses her job as a way of avoiding love in her life. I have to say.
Scandalous Book Blog
May 06, 2013 Scandalous Book Blog rated it really liked it
what happens when love just isn't enough? I guess we are about to find out.
I loved the Prologue it caught my attention and sucked me in I wanted to know Krissy's story.
A slow start, then BAMM the books come to life in the realist way.
The heroine Krissy is an over worked publicist, she had a rough childhood which has contributed to and controlled her adult life, she is a prisoner to her fears and irrational feeling
What I like about her was that she is a regular every day girl, she makes mistak
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My friend Natasha at Natasha is a Book Junkie contacted me a few months back about a new author who was working on her first book. She had read some of it and couldn’t say enough great things about it. Since Natasha has never steered me wrong before, I agreed immediately to help promote the author and her book any way I could. Today, I am thrilled to wish Nikki Young a happy release day and share my review of her debut novel, A Life More Complete, w
Midwest Galley Girl
Jul 26, 2013 Midwest Galley Girl rated it it was amazing
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A Life More Complete

Damaged females make for great novel heroines. They just do. They have all the issues that it takes to wrap a decent plot around. Krissy.

Which brings me to my mother. I give her credit. She left her husband, my father, an emotionally and physically abusive alcoholic drug addict when I was eight. She took my two sisters and me in the dead of night and ran. Cowardly, but that was all she knew, and when I

Oct 13, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing
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Rating: 4.5 stars

Wow, I had to take a half hour break after reading this one just to wrap my mind around everything. My emotions were so up and down throughout the whole novel. Krissy hates her job yet its run, work, eat, & sleep every day. She works her ass off and it's warring her thin. Krissy knows she can change things to make her happier but she doesn't want to. I love Krissy but her stubbornness drove me nuts at times because he
May 05, 2013 Nadia rated it really liked it
I haven’t read a book like this one in a while, it was like a breath of fresh air. This books is not what we normally read about, with the an amzing couple destined for their happily ever after, this book didn’t shy away from the fact tat our main heroine was flawed, she made mistakes and that’s alright, because we are human. It was one of the most realistic books I have read. It didn’t hide the ugliness of life, the horrible, the painful, the mistakes, the shame, and the weakness any person can ...more
Desirae (Dee)
May 07, 2013 Desirae (Dee) rated it really liked it
I’m going to start with saying OHHHH BEN! Okay, now that I have that out you are probably wondering where that came from. We have a little bit of a love triangle here. We have Ben, swoon..... who Krissy spends years with as a friend before she opens up and falls in love. Knowing that she has a past that haunts her she still falls in love. But she is married to her job. This causes an issue, it would for anyone, right? It would for me. Then when the ex walks back in the picture... hello trouble. ...more
May 12, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
A Life More Complete was an awesome read! Nikki Young did an amazing job with her first novel. Her writing style is a breath of fresh air compared to other contemporary romance authors. From the characters and their development to the emotional ups and downs that take the reader along for the ride, this book was hard to put down. The characters were so real that I wanted to hug some and slap others!!! The ending was so beautifully written that I went back and read it 3 more times--I loved how th ...more
Diana Rhodes
Feb 21, 2014 Diana Rhodes rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! Finally, a heroine who I can relate to.
Lauren Collins
May 06, 2013 Lauren Collins rated it really liked it
Oh. My. Gosh. That book drove me right out of my mind in both good and bad ways! Krissy is such a damaged, weak woman that she pushes away what was best for her and falls into a trap she can't escape from! I wanted to scream and shake her for half of this book. The end and epilogue was very sweet and heartwarming. I enjoyed the story even though I was frustrated by the main character for a good portion of it.
Oct 21, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
The primary reason I love this book is because Krissy is an independent and hardworking woman. She has her flaws and a hell of a past but she made a name for herself and maintains an enviable career. In order to get there, she had to cut a lot of people from her life. I think this book really depicts a true modern-day character on her journey to decipher what love she deserves.

I also love the characters and the variety of relationships Krissy has. I think the author did a great job portraying th
Sarah Driggars
Jun 23, 2013 Sarah Driggars rated it really liked it
This story was written very well. You get that back story that is needed to get to know the characters and the book takes off from there. I don't think Nikki missed a thing while telling Krissy's story. The book brought out all the right emotions, one minute you cry for what Krissy goes through and the next you are yelling at her for making a bad choice. I can't wait to see what else Nikki Young writes.
Jul 13, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, even when the main character, Krissy, annoyed me with her bad decisions. I kept on yelling at her while reading the book when she kept allowing Tyler run her life. I enjoyed how the story ended, but it left me wondering what the future holds for Krissy & her family. I sure hope that Nikki Young writes a companion novel or sequel to A Life More Complete.
May 07, 2013 Scandal rated it really liked it
Oh man, this book tore me up, broke me down, made me yell and scream at my Kindle multiple times yet I still enjoyed it!

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Jul 14, 2013 Jinabeana87 rated it liked it
I really did not think I liked this story while I was reading it. But the ending was perfect; so happy with the way it ended. I've had to re-read the last chapter & the epilogue since I finished the book. I have not been able to stop thinking about Krissy& her story all weekend.
May 16, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! From the first page you get sucked into the life of Krissy. Even though you love to hate some of her decisions, you can't stop reading what she will do next. Great story by Nikki Young! I could really see this story play out on the big screen
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I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago where I still currently live with my husband and two boys. I'm a third grade teacher and I spend my days forcing my love of reading and writing onto a group of poor, unsuspecting eight year olds. I'm a lover of books, Irish candy and ridiculously hot weather. And for some strange reason, I have a sick obsession with the Fast and the Furious series of ...more
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