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A Graceful Mess

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  827 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Hiding behind the anguish from my past, my coyness seeps off of me like an aroma. I have felt like a stranger in my own skin, trying to claw my way out for far too long, allowing very few people to see past my façade…until my eyes met with his. I felt a sudden rush of energy all the way to my core. It jolted me in ways I never thought possible.

Never in a million years woul
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published August 25th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Danielle at For the Love of Books


WOW!!!! JUST WOW!!!! I had the privilege of being a beta reader for this book and I am completely blown away!! The emotional roller coaster that I was on from beginning to end was phenomenal!! I have read this book more than once and my reaction remained the same each time. I laughed. I cried. I wanted to scream and throw my laptop across the room. I cried some more. I smiled. I cried again. I swooned. I cried even more. I hurt deeply for the characters i
Sep 05, 2013 Cyndi rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book and this review contains spoilers. I didn't like Parker and didn't enjoy knowing what he was thinking. He slept with another girl "a few" times after his wonderful night with Grace where he supposedly made a connection with her. When he goes to the bar to see Grace on her birthday he flirts with another girl because it's "fun". He talks about how kinky and freaky he is in the bedroom, but we don't see it when he is with Grace. He didn't seem too upset to me about ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Kirsty rated it really liked it
Is it okay to say that the epilogue was my absolute favourite part of the whole book? Yes? Good.. because it blew me away. Perfect.
"You're going to be my undoing, unraveling me piece by piece."

Grace Clearwater, a 23 year old broken girl who is on the verge of graduation, a girl who has sworn off guys for the past few years, a girl who is about to have her whole world rocked by a guy she meets one night in a bar.

Parker is a Private Investigator, hired to watch over Grace by a very important
Nacole Stayton
Jun 21, 2013 Nacole Stayton rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait to share this one with you all! <3
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A Graceful Mess
Wowza. A Graceful Mess was amazeballs. It had it all. Everything. In spades.

A smokin hot book boy?
Well developed loveable characters?
Sexy times that rocked my world?
Multi-layered angst and heartache?
Moments that made me laugh?
Times I needed tissues to wipe up my ugly messy crying?

This book had me by the balls, ok ok, I don't have balls but if I did, A Graceful Mess would have had a hold on them the whole way through.
Sometimes you don't know how broken you once were, until you finally
Jennifer Wolfel
Aug 22, 2013 Jennifer Wolfel rated it it was amazing
Parker is F'ing HOT! That's my review! No truly this book was really good. I will have a full review up soon!
Carrie Richardson-horton
Aug 21, 2013 Carrie Richardson-horton rated it it was amazing
Ok first of all the cover of this book alone made me want to read it immediately! Hot!

Moving on to my review! Omg! I can't stop fanning myself thinking about the hotness in this book! Nacole seriously made me blush over, and over again!

We meet Grace Clearwater entering 3 more years of law school. Grace hasn't really had a life in the last year except maybe talking and doing things with family, or friends. She hasn't let anyone into her heart in so long, and you will learn the reason for that a
Aug 21, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to be a beta reader for Nacole for A Graceful Mess. This book broke my heart, made me cry, made me smile, made me laugh and feel sorrow and triumph! Nacole wrote a story that you won't want to put down until you've finished it. On top of all those feeling I had, Parker is one hot, sexy man! He's a mans man and a ladies man. He knows how to love the right woman. Lucky you Grace, lucky you!
Roses Book Blog
Aug 22, 2013 Roses Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Grace has a life where she likes to pretend that everything is okay. She's buried her past down deep and wants it to stay buried there. Her roommate and best friend Maci convinces her it's time to go out and celebrate their graduation from college at a local bar. What Grace doesn't realize is that Maci has set her up with a man named Carson who spends more than half his time starring at other women when they are near him or walk by. Feel alone and out of place she watches as her best friend flir ...more
Debi Barnes- Mean Girls Luv Books
What do I say??? I LOVE Parker. LOVE LOVE LOVE! He is ranked very high on the list of book boyfriends. He is loving, he is protective and he is alpha! He can make your panties melt!
Grace is gorgeous and smart and has had some awful things happen to her. All she wants to feel comfortable in her own skin.
This book is amazing! Nacole knows how to write a hot and steamy emotional book. I was completely drawn in from page one!!
Jun 17, 2013 Mew rated it really liked it
Me encanta la portada! ...more
Janna ~Cheyenne~ I'm a book whore
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Hiding behind the anguish from my past, my coyness seeps off of me like an aroma. I have felt like a stranger in my own skin, trying to claw my way out for far too long, allowing very few people to see past my façade…until my eyes met with his. I felt a sudden rush of energy all the way to my core. It jolted me in ways I never thought possible.

Never in a million years would I have expected to be in the mess I am today. It all leads bac
Cocktails and Books
Aug 24, 2013 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This was one of those books where the cover totally pulled me in. Then there was the title. And there really was a graceful mess after the fallout from this storyline.

Parker Porter is a private investigator who is hired to watch the illegitimate daughter of a US Senator. He figures this is his chance to prove to his father that he can run expansion office of their company. It may not be the dream job Porter wants, but he got him away from home and his cheating ex.

Grace Clearwater, wh
Jennifer LaFon - Book Bitches Blog
I very much enjoyed this book. Yeah, there were a few things I would have liked to have seen done different but overall, I enjoyed it :) It was a quick and easy read with a great story line, but the thing that bothered me the most was the dialogue. And you know what, it probably won’t bother you all…I am so damn picky when it comes to dialogue, especially male dialogue ;)

This is Parker Porter and Grace Clearwater’s crazy story. For once, both characters are not broken…only one this time. It seem
Shawna Shauntia
Nov 06, 2014 Shawna Shauntia rated it really liked it
So this so happens to be my first journey with Ms. Nacole Stayton and let me tell you I have thoroughly enjoyed this ride.A Graceful Mess had all of my bookish requirements. There was drama, angst, and lots of smexyness. Not to mention a forbidden love..aaaggghhh what more could I ask for.

Grace recently graduated and is on her way to becoming a lawyer. She also has been hurt in the past and now she is very cautious of who she trust. After much persuasion for her best friend she goes out on the t
Tricia  Santos
Aug 24, 2013 Tricia Santos rated it really liked it
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I rated Nacole Stayton’s A Graceful Mess three and a half wonderful leaves. Let me start off by saying that this book was nothing like I expected it to be. However, it was very riveting from the moment I started. Talk about unputdownable. I wasn’t expecting there to be a dark past in the storyline. I loved the hint of suspense that it brought to the plot. I loved Parker, he was sexy, protective, dominant, and intense. I am still up in
Ena May - Swoon Worthy Books/Enticing Journey Book Promotions
Grace Clearwater has a past just like most of us but for her, her past is something she has tried to forget. Her past has changed the once happy go lucky, energetic, free spirited girl she once was to the closed off, shy, empty girl she is now. Living her life day to day trying to keep her past in the past has taken its toll and all that changed when her eyes landed on one Parker Porter.

Parker Porter has never been shy about what he wants and he goes after it with everything he has. When he laid
Aug 24, 2013 Court rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley.

Shel: This may tell you everything you need to know about this book: I read it in one sitting. I think it took 4 hours--only stopping for coffee and donuts. So, as you can guess, I really enjoyed it! Court: Hahaha, it did read really, really fast. Although you could've shared the donuts! ;)

Shel: At the very beginning we have an interesting scene from Grace's past--that will come in to play later--and then we plunge right into her
Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
I never expected this book when I began reading it. It was amazing. Grace had a rough few years, but she was on the path to becoming something great. She had her future all planned out and sadly because of her haunting past; she is planning on them mostly alone. Grace is a strong and independent woman who knows what she wants out of life. But she keeps everything bottled inside knowing that she will never experience that nightmare again.

But something happens the night that Parker walks into the
Heather at For the Love of Books

This booked sucked me in from the beginning to the very end! I felt every emotion that Grace was feeling in this book and I couldn't help but feel connected to it. I cried, I laughed and wanted to throw my phone across the room! Nacole rocked my emotion boat and I loved it! I fell in love with Grace and Parker's story.

Grace has a tainted past and just exists day to day instead of LIVING. She is a shell of herself and tries to move on from what her ex boyfriend Brody has
Roni Guzman
Aug 24, 2013 Roni Guzman rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and it was more emotional than I thought it was going to be. The main character Grace is an overachiever and very anal with keeping everything in order. Instead of taking a break from graduating from college she is going straight to law school. It's the only way she knows how to keep going. While her friends are having fun and partying and enjoying life, Grace is studying and planning her future. Then one day she meets Parker, who can be my hero any time lol... Grace b ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing

"They say be careful of the quiet ones. A statement I never really understood to be honest. What is wrong with being quiet or a little on the shy side? It's a demeanor I use as a mask to hide myself from a world I don't feel like I fit into."

I just finished, A Graceful Mess, and I'm kind of at a loss for words. What can I say that will convey how much I loved and adored this book? I just hope I can do it justice.
There are some books that you read that are good but you breeze through them and
Aug 16, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This book started off really slow for me. I was just fixing to give up hope and write it off for good, and then all of a sudden it drew me in. The first part of the story came across as very immature. I'm not sure if it was from the writing itself, the portrayal of the main character Grace and her friend Mia, or a combination of both. Whatever it was, it didn't work for me. However, the story picked up momentum whenever Grace meets Parker Porter, the private investigator who has been hired to ta ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Becca rated it really liked it
I love Nacole and her writing. A Graceful Mess did not disappoint. I love the chemistry that connects her characters, not only the hero/heroine but also with the supporting characters. Now those of you who read The Upside of Letting Go, let me tell you that A Graceful Mess is STEAMY! I fell in love with Parker and Grace and I loved his instant connection with her. Love Nacole and can't wait to read more from this up and coming author! She just makes me smile! :)
Dec 05, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, e-book
The cover was the best thing about this book. The characters were not well developed, too many coincidences, I just didn't see what the love was based on. The ending was week, juvenile & I thought very lazily done by the author.
Malia (Romance Schmomance)
Aug 23, 2013 Malia (Romance Schmomance) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-love-i-love, arc
wowwwwwww ... review to come!
Aug 26, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I always know in the first chapter or two if I am going to love love love it and YES I loved it! Mostly because it was a more romantic suspense. It had such great characters and the premise was totally believable. Nacole writes a book with the base beings lies and betrayal. After that comes the passion and love story. The main character Grace Clearwater is out celebrating with her best friend Maci their college graduation. She is very likable because she doesnt want a huge ...more
Heather andrews
Aug 26, 2013 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Parker that boy is very vocal in his wants, "this is how bad I effing want you. I want to be buried deep in you and feel your tight, little pu**y. I know it's tight and ready for me. I can practically smell it and taste it. And I know you want me too. All I have to do is lay you back and pull down those little panties then make you mine. I can see the look in your eyes. You're curious and want this too. Don't you?" Parker's mind is seriously interesting, "what kind of question is that? Hell yeah ...more
Aug 27, 2013 ChuCha rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

The cover was very beautiful and I was crossing my fingers hoping that this book would live up to it. And it did – way, way more.

Grace knew how to fake her way into living a happy life. But deep inside – she was broken. She has an ugly past that she would gladly forget if it were that simple. It was a nightmare that is constantly haunting her. She tries to managed by putting it at the back of her brain, bury it somewhere and try to live her life one day at
Aug 26, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A Graceful Mess is my first experience with a Nacole Stayton novel, and it will definitely not be my last. Romantic hero, angst, surprises, plot twists, and a lot of drama are what I got while reading A Graceful Mess.

I was taken in immediately by the prologue depicting a touching....almost torturous...scene of a small child in an orphanage who was terribly frightened by storms. The prologue set the tone and provided clues for what was to come later in the novel. I wasn't really sure how or wher
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Nacole Stayton is the Amazon Bestselling author of The Upside of Letting Go, as well as other new adult and contemporary romance titles, including A Graceful Mess, In the Lyrics and Savaged. She is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State where she spends her nights writing vigorously. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear p ...more
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