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A Life More Complete

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  39 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
Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 3rd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 1st 2013)
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Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

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 walke
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Jan 04, 2013 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 M
~ Becs ~
Apr 28, 2013 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
Jan 08, 2013 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 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 20, 2013 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
Sugar and Spice Book Reviews
May 10, 2013 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
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-love
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
Andrea Conley
Aug 23, 2016 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!
Midwest Galley Girl
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read my review at Midwest Galley Girl.

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,

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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
Scandalous Book Blog
May 06, 2013 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
Mar 25, 2013 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
Feb 06, 2013 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
Mar 24, 2013 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
Sara Bree High
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour-book

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
Trisha ❊ Devoured Words
Jan 22, 2013 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
Jun 07, 2013 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 her ha
Desirae (Dee)
May 07, 2013 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 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
Sarah Driggars
May 03, 2013 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 09, 2013 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. ...more
Donna Was A Scandal
Apr 29, 2013 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!

Click here for my complete Scandalicious Book Review:

May 07, 2013 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. ...more
May 16, 2013 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
Liz H.
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, 2013
This book was good that I wanted to read it and keep up with the story. I like the main character, Kristin. I thought her choice of her ex-boyfriend was wrong from the beginning and I was right. It's a good, easy read.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Kristin tries her best not to repeat the mistakes of a mother who did not know how to love. She loves, but does not understand the full meaning until it slaps her in the face.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun! It will keep your interest and become attached to main character Krissy. I found myself always rooting for her and wishing I could give her advice. A story with likable characters and many twists and turns.
Natalie Ward
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of love, family and the choices we make in life.
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