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A Beautiful Mess

(Beautiful Mess #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11,184 ratings  ·  1,055 reviews
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 pa
ebook, 323 pages
Published August 28th 2013 by Tracy Kellam / Cat Head Biscuit, Inc. (first published August 27th 2013)
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Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013, arc, cliffy
*I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Did I read the same book as everyone else??

I really wanted to like Beautiful Mess. I did. I liked the characters and felt it was a great back story and had a great foundation for an exciting (and HOT!) story. It started out strong, and I thought I was instantly in love. Mmm, Alex!

Unfortunately, not too far in, it fell flat. Hard on its face, FLAT. I've tried to pinpoint the issues, but it was really a combination of
**** 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
Good story, but beware of cliffhanger ending!

Olivia meets Alexander when he comes to her rescue late one night, saving her from her ex-boyfriend turned would-be rapist. From that point forward, he seems to show up everywhere and the two become an item rather quickly. The two are drawn together and their sexual encounters are scorching hot!

There is plenty of mystery and suspense in this story as well. From the beginning, it is clear that Olivia's history is placing her in grave danger. The troubl
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

At first I was holding my breath like "Alexander, tell her who you are, TELL HER because she will be so happy to know." Now I'm like "EFF You both" because the ending had me pulling my hair out!!! And the ending???? Don't leave me hanging like thatttttt!!!!! Aghhh!

Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic
Shelves: 4-star-books, freebie

4 A Beautiful Mess Stars

I loved the plot, it was romantic and I’m a sucker for a damsel in distress storyline, but there were some parts that didn’t quiet click for me.


Alex lost his childhood best friend in a car accident. He loved Olivia, she was his everything and he has been haunted by her death for over two decades. He later rescues a woman who happens to have the same name as his childhood friend and as they get to know each other, he comes to terms that she is his best
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I really tried to get into this book but unfortunately I gave up at 80%. Unfortunately the main issue I have is the male protagonist, Alexander, seems to have what I can only describe as multiple personality disorder. One minute he is being sickly sweet and romantic and the next he is supposed to be dominating, but comes across as overbearing and not at all likeable! The whole referring to each other as 'Mr Burnham' and 'Miss Adler' gets a l ...more
Meg (2 Girls a Book and a Glass of Wine)
So good! My heart has just been all over the place! This was a great read...maybe one of my favorites! It had so many elements I love! Sexy billionaire, intelligent woman, great BFF....but even more it had a lot of depth to it. There was more to each character than just sex. Don't get me wrong I love the sex too...there was just more to it. I loved it and can't wait for the rest of the series.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-books

This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I was hooked from the very beginning. It's a story that you don't want to put down. Which as we all know doesn't happen as often as we would like, but this story satisfied all my needs.

Olivia had to grow up losing everyone she ever loved, so she never let anyone get close out of fear they would leave her or she would lose them. Not a very healthy way of living, but it worked for her. That is until Alexa
Oct 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy this. I really had to force myself to finish it. Looking at all the 5 star reviews I wondered whether we'd read the same book.

The main problem for me was the narrative style - it skipped from person to person, sometimes even within a single paragraph and we got everyone's inner thoughts - including the people who were apparently plotting against her. That removed the suspense and kind of spoiled the story for me.

Some of the dialogue felt clunky, I just couldn't hear the character
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.

A Beautiful Mess is book one in the Beautiful Mess series and is an Adult Contemporary Romance written by T.K. Leigh. I read this as a R2R with Fifty Shades Support Group . As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

2 Small Unsatisfied Stars!
Wish I Could Have Liked This One, But Ultimately, It Fell Flat For Me!

The Review:
This book had a lot of potential. I really thought the storyline and plot idea wer
The first book in the Beautiful Mess series by T.K. Leigh. Olivia Adler lost her parents when she was only six. Twenty one years later she is living in Boston, Mass. She works in a wellness center in the Financial District. When she is attacked by an ex-boyfriend Alexander Burnham shows up to rescue her. Alexander is haunted by Olivia's eyes and is sure she is the girl he remembered from his childhood. Only that girl was dead...

The story started out good but soon fizzled for me. This might have
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Oct 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, not-for-me
DNF at 73%.
At first I really liked this book. I liked the characters and the back story. But then… I don’t know. At one point I noticed I was skimming the chapters and hoping that the book would end already. Everything was a little too predictable and over-dramatic (Adele, the letter etc). Also, Alex seemed like a complete idiot, and I hated that Alex ended every sentence with the nickname “Love”.
And as we got to know Olivia better - she runs marathons, plays every instrument there is, and vol
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
BLOG TOUR Sept 30 - Oct 04

**ARC received in exchange for an honest review**

Olivia and Alexander have more in common than it initially seemed.
Meet the duo in a story full of lust, love and intrigue, a story that leaves you just that, all beatifully messed up.

A Beatiful Mess by T.K. Leigh, the first book in a series with just the right mix of romance and suspense.

It was a rollercoaster ride from the very beginning to the very end.
I knew I'll ride the wave where it takes me - the story of living
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: "A Beautiful Mess" - Book one in the 'Beautiful Mess' series.
Written by: T. K. Leigh
Published: August, 2013
Genre/keywords: Fiction, drama, chick-lit, romance, (HOT!) sexual situations, contemporary romance, suspense, troubled past, amnesia, loss of loved ones, security, music, band, female MC.
Read: August, 2015
Format: ebook via Kindle app (using Samsung Galaxy Tab4).

My raining: 4 "don't give up hope" stars (0-5 scale).

Brief remarks:

I was generously gifted this electronic book from the aut

~~3.75 stars~~

WARNING!! This has a cliffhanger! This book is told from a third person POV. There were things in this book that reminded me of 50 Shades of Grey. The domineering man in bed , the over protectiveness, & rich, handsome man.

Olivia Adler's parents died in a car crash when she was 6 years old. She doesn't remember much. Just bits and pieces of things. And then she lost the only family she had left, her Uncle Charles. Losing so much in her life she promised herself to never get too
Leila Padilla-luna
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok

This review may contain SPOILERS.....

I am in shock as to how high the ratings for this book are. It's like the author threw together scenes from Hopeless and Fifty Shades and decided to write a book. While I was reading this book the "special agent" scenes played out in my head as a poorly acted CSI show. The lead female Olivia started off as what seemed like a strong intelligent woman and ended up as an annoyingly dumb naive girl. How many times can you seriously pass something off as mere coin
Oct 02, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF - I liked the concept of the story but I just couldn't get past the writing. I prefer to read books told in first person so I'm very particular when it comes to reading books in third person. It just really bothered me that pretty much every other sentence, there would be a change in character POV. It just felt really messy and disorganized and it really messes up the flow of the story. I found myself constantly pausing between paragraphs to realize the story wasn't told in Olivia's POV anym ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
actual rating 2.5

Didn't hate it, didn't like it either.
The premise was good, but the story never moved on. The first half was just a repetition of the same scenes, nothing really happened till the last chapters and even then it was a non-shocking end.
Good part of the plot was just a filler, what was described in 300+ pages could easily been wrote in few chapters and the whole story in just one book, certainly not a trilogy.

As for the writing it's nothing special, there're very lame dialogues a
I don't know what happened I really liked this up until about half way. I think when Alexander whent home for the weekend things just went down hill for me. It felt as if I was reading a different book. I gave it my best shot.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to beta this book. This book was a great read. The characters were very likeable. The sex scenes were hot. If you love alpha males then this is the book for you. I cannot wait for book two.

Tiffany Readz
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Beautiful Mess is just that, a mess of emotions from both leading characters. It is a train wreck you see coming for miles, but have to keep reading to see how it will all finally play out.

Olivia's past is as convoluted as ones past can get. She lost her parents when she was six and then her uncle who took her in died when she graduated from college. Now residing in Boston and working at a Wellness Center, Olivia is just existing. She has a good friend Kiera and dates, no boyfriends, just no
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
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Big Joe  Rossi
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had greatness potential and I feel with a little editing it would of easily been a 5 star favorite of mine. 4 stars none the less.

Olivia Adler doesnt do relationships. She has a small group of friends, tiny really. Forget about men! When one gets to close, cut! They are booted. That is until on a night her current f*** buddy turns nuts and tries to attack her outside her office building only to be rescued by a sexy stranger. Enter Alexander Burnham. A rich, sexy, businessman who deals
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Read this and other reviews at A Lust For Reading. I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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
It took me a few chapters to get used to the writing style in this book. First it is written in third person and you get both the main characters’ POVs. However, the POVs did not alternate between chapters. You do not know when they alternate until you are reading. Meaning in one paragraph you will be reading Olivia’s POV and a few paragraphs later, you will get Alexander’s POV. I don’t think I have ever read a book that did that before so it took me some time to get used to it. It was not bad, ...more
MsAjay (Ms. Undercover Geek)
I was gifted this book for an honest review. I give A Beautiful Mess 3 stars. This book had the potential to be a 4-4 star book if the plot was better. The book centered around Olivia Adler a woman with a trouble past. She losses her parents at the age of six and has major attachments issues, not just with men, but her friend as well. I actually liked Olivia’s character most of the time but she was a coward at times which really irritated me. The hero in this book is Alexander Burnham or Mr. B ...more
Kristina Sanchez
May 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
To be fair, I did not finish this book. I should have quit when the victim of an assault with heavy sexual overtones, on the night she was assaulted, started to think about how hot and sexy her savior was. She pretty quickly forgets about the fact she's been beat up by a man she'd been dating because she's instantly lusting after the savior. And said savior is, of course, saying dirty things to this complete and total stranger who had just been attacked outside of the building he owns. Because t ...more
Nancy Stopper
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Beautiful Mess series, in addition to several other works. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, beautiful daughter, and three cats. When she’s not planted

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