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Beautiful Mess #2

A Tragic Wreck

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How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?

Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind, trying to shut the world out. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won’t let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia… His Olivia… He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how… in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn’t about to lose his Olivia. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia’s whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has laid dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face to face with a shadow of both his and Olivia’s past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?

338 pages, ebook

First published January 25, 2014

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T.K. Leigh

67 books4,278 followers




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 outside of Raleigh with her husband, beautiful daughter, three cats, and special needs rescue dog.

When she’s not writing she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over twenty fulls and far too many halfs to recall), having impromptu dance parties with her daughter, or planning her next trip to parts unknown.

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1,088 reviews33 followers
March 21, 2016
Agh, this book has me frustrated. Upon conclusion, we are at the same place in the plot as we were at the end of book 1 - Alex STILL fearful of telling Olivia about her past, scary bad guys pursuing Olivia, and no climatic moment as of yet. Angsty much?

Not sure if I will continue, I've come to conclusion that author is trying to make a three book series with a one-book plot and the additional filler to prolong the suspense is overdone.
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125 reviews
February 12, 2014
Seriously? I gave the first book 3 stars with pain in my heart because I really wanted to like it and I still had hope for this one. It pains me to give it just one star because I'm just not a harsh critic (I have mad respect for authors, I can barely come up with words to write mediocre reviews).

BUT I have a few things to say about this book:
1. People DO NOT talk like this in real life... seriously this was like a badly written Mexican telenovela...
2. Take out Olivia's indecision and "self-preservation" crap out and you have like 2 mini chapters of "interesting" drama.
4. Again, nothing was resolved in this book, I understand there's another book coming and that possibly (hopefully) everything will be sorted out then, I will never know.

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2,101 reviews1,254 followers
April 27, 2014
ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review

****5 + Beautiful Tragic Stars****

A Tragic Wreck

A Tragic Wreck was just absolutely AMAZING!!!!! Ms. Leigh did it once again, with her second installment of the Beautiful Mess series, she had me glued to my kindle and devouring this book in one sitting. Seriously, this woman can write one hell of a romantic suspense. All I can say is that A Tragic Wreck should come with a warning label. Literally this book took me on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride with so many twists and turns. Personally, I didn’t know which way Ms. Leigh was going to pull her readers when it came to Olivia and Alexander. At one point in the book, it felt like I was at the top of the rollercoaster waiting for that big drop that would have me holding onto the edge of my seat since Alexander and Olivia’s relationship was at a stage of uncertainty. Once the crazy ride was over, I couldn’t wait to re-read this book again and that’s how much I loved Tragic Wreck.

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A Tragic Wreck picks off where it last left on in A Beautiful Mess, Olivia left Alexander and her friends without telling them where she has ran off to. In her own little bubble in Florida, Olivia is still a beautiful mess. Her fears of getting too close and issues continues to plague and haunt her. Alexander’s words of " You always try to stay strong, ignoring the past, but you can't keep it all inside, love. It will destroy you. It will destroy me, too," are exactly why Olivia felt the need to run. In her mind, she didn’t want to destroy Alexander with her past and commitment issues. Deep down, she really loved and cared for him and so she felt it was best to cut him loose. What she didn’t realize that how hard it was to escape the memory of Alexander. Several hundreds of miles separated them but the love she feels for Mr. Burnham is something that she couldn’t deny. Olivia was just going through the motions and just existing till one morning, she was approached by Cameron Bowen. Olivia saw Cam as someone who can possibly ease the pain of her heart and someone to take the edge of her sexual desires to FEEL something. As much as you wanted to hate Cam and tell him to back off, he was a total sweetheart and deeply cared for Olivia

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Back in Boston, Alexander Burnham was a mess. Like Olivia, he was just existing. His Olivia left him broken-hearted. The emotional mess Alexander and Olivia goes through really puts the readers on one hell of an emotional wreck. There were times you wanted to snap and yell at Olivia but at the same time, you had to understand her reasoning and fears. When Alexander finally tried to move on with his new love interest, he still couldn’t forget Olivia. No matter how much Alexander wanted to forget and move on, Olivia was forever ingrained in his heart and mind. His Olibia. His first love.

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As much as Olivia and Alexander tried to forget, they couldn’t. In a Beautiful Mess, we learned that Alexander never gave up on his search for Olivia. He had hope that she still was alive. She was the only person who owned his heart completely. In A Tragic Wreck, will fate be kind to Olivia and Alexander again the second time around? Will Alexander finally be able to capture the heart of his Eve? Will Olivia finally admit her love for Alex and stop running? Or will Alex finally take Olivia’s advice and move on? Or is Olivia destined to be with someone else?


I absolutely love Mr. Burnham. He was sweet, domineering, loving, gentle, understanding, protecting, and a total Alpha male. What I truly love about him was that he never gave up on Olivia. He loved her so fiercely and throughout the book you could feel it. Olivia and Alexander’s connection was so raw and heartfelt. The magnetic pull they had for each other was so strong that their love was palpable in each scene they interacted. You wanted to cry with Olivia and Alexander when they were at their lowest point.


One word to describe A Tragic Wreck: Captivating!!! This book blew my mind and I loved it. Ms. Leigh is such an amazing talented author. She literally took her readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. So many tears were shed when it came to Olivia and Alexander. This couple literally gutted my heart. I felt every ounce of their pain, hurt, heartbreak, love, and happiness. If there was ever a couple that I wholeheartedly rooted for, it would have to be Alexander and Olivia. Each moment they were apart and together, you could feel how much they loved each other. Every song and words exchange were so heartfelt and meaningful. Their connection and bond were so strong that I felt their love was similar to a Chinese proverb called the Red String of Fate. In this proverb, it states “ an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.” I truly believe Alexander and Olivia were fated to meet again and were each other’s soul-mates. They were each other’s missing piece of their heart. Overall, all I can say is that A Tragic Wreck took my heart, twisted it around, tore it to pieces, and slowly taped it back together.

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Lastly, I can’t wait for Gorgeous Chaos and I have no doubt that Ms. Leigh will keep her readers on the edge of their seats and holding their breaths as to what will happen to Alexander and Olivia when finally truths and secrets are exposed. I seriously can’t wait for this book but at the same time, I’m sad to have the series come to an end since I don’t want to say goodbye to Mo, Kiera, Cam, Olivia, and of course Mr. Burnham. So if you haven’t read A Beautiful Mess and A Tragic Wreck, I highly recommend you do. You do not want to miss an epic, heartbreaking, beautiful fated romance that will have you yearning for more.

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1,176 reviews4,208 followers
November 6, 2015
After reading this book, I can't help but feel that the storyline hasn't really progressed. Olivia is still in danger. Alex still hasn't told her about her past. I'm still waiting.

This time around, I found myself rolling my eyes a LOT. Olivia and Alex were just irritating with their overly dramatic, back and forth relationship. I couldn't hardly keep up with their angsty antics. It was just too much.

At this point, I'm on the fence about whether or not I want to read the third book. After this one, I feel kind of over this series. At the same time, I hate leaving things unfinished. Maybe I'll revisit it some other time.
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2,770 reviews1,470 followers
September 10, 2016
2.5 – 3 What’s happening?! Stars

I don’t even know where to begin….

I didn’t have high expectations, okay maybe slightly high only due to the reviews, but there’s so many things that went on, let’s just start with the major issue with the book.

Tragic Wreck is split between two books (in my opinion). If you have the first crazy, what-is-going-on half and then the, oh-god-you-know-what-hit-the-fan ending.

Olivia ran away and went to a beach house. Alexander is distraught. So…. I would assume Olivia takes this time to reflect and grow.

OH no… Olivia doesn’t take this time to reflect to grow, SHE MEETS ANOTHER GUY!

WHAT? WHY?!!!!!

I didn’t not like this development, but it happened. Stuff happens and I’m like… okay, let’s move forward. Then… what do you know, Alex MEETS SOMEONE TOO!!!!


I guess you had to even the score? Well there’s a lot of drama and mixed emotions, feelings, etc. I kind of just wanted to move past this part.


So Olivia and Alex move in to this back and forth kind of relationship and I’m just getting whip lash. It’s frustrating because …


I’m so tired of these secrets. Secrets are not the bases of a plot, for another book. I need something else PLEASE.

With all of that said… I want to finish out the series, I am just not sure when, I’m left a little frustrated and annoyed with Tragic Wreck

Series Order
A Beautiful Mess (Beautiful Mess, #1) by T.K. Leigh REVIEW | AMAZON
A Tragic Wreck (Beautiful Mess, #2) by T.K. Leigh AMAZON
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847 reviews24 followers
December 4, 2013
I am honored to be a Beta reader for A Tragic Wreck. It is the continuation of Alexander and Olivia's roller coaster love story and I have to say T.K. Leigh did it again. She captivated you from the first page to the last page with the up's, down's, happy and sad, oh yes the sad times of there relationship. I laughed and cried and yes yelled at my iPad while I was reading this book. Can Olivia over come her ways of not letting any one getting close enough to her heart to love ? Will AlexAnder find Olivia and bring her home to the only place she feels is her home, Boston or will she stay in Florida ? Will a horrible past follow her around where ever she is or can Alexander protect her enough to keep her safe and keep her safe from who ? Will Kiera and Mo ever be more than close friends ?There are a lot of questions to be answered but you will not be disappointed in reading this installment I have to say I LOVED IT !! I couldn't put it down once I started it, you couldn't wait to get to the next part to see what happened ! Bravo ! Bravo !
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Author 13 books25 followers
January 1, 2014
Arghhh! How long do I have to wait for book three! The suspense is going to kill me. Every time I turned the page I kept waiting for the secret to be revealed or the bad guys to strike. There were times in this book I could quite happily have throttled the pair of them. Alex and Olivia are so obviously supposed to be together yet seem to be on a mutual path of self destruction.

Alex's exes make for some amusing scenes, and there's a cool surfer dude in Florida I really liked, I don't want to see him hurt, he so doesn't deserve it. Alex and Olivia have a way of expressing themselves through song choices and I'm so going to have to go find some of them on iTunes to see what they were saying to each other.

I'm left frustrated after finishing this book, but only because I want book three now. I wasn't happy with the ending of book one if you remember, this time I'm not as disappointed, I'm wound up with suspense wanting to finish the story though.

More snippets have emerged in this book, and all they've done is make me even more worried for Olivia, aside from her safety can she handle the emotional fall out from what's going to come to light. Considering how she handled herself in this book I think it could well destroy her. I'm desperately hoping for a happy ever after, I have a sneaking suspicion she'll get one, but not until she's gone through a hell of a lot more suffering and loss first.

Loved this book and can't wait for the next one.
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3,482 reviews445 followers
March 12, 2014
2 I'm being generous stars!

Watch me now! I'm banging my head against the wall over and over and over. This book just goes on and on and on with no movement in the storyline. I swear two books completed and I feel like Olivia and Alexander haven't moved an inch from the place they started. Overload of duplicated sex acts that absolutely have no feelings or deep emotional meaning to them. It was definitely a major case of porn without plot. There's sex and there's running. Then there's more sex and more running. Enough is enough!

As much as I want to know if Alex ever grows a pair and gets his act together enough to share the big secret so his Ugly Mess is finalized, I don't know if I can read another chapter of this overdrawn pit of despair. With all the nonsensical filler, one book would have sufficed in getting this story told. Okay, yes I'm being melodramatic and a bit bitchy, too. But really -- this is a mess that has brought on a major meltdown for this reader.

And I know I'm in the minority -- but it only makes me wonder if I read the same books as others.
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3 reviews1 follower
February 4, 2014
I enjoyed the first book in this series enough to eagerly purchase and read this one. Unfortunately, I feel the story was agonizingly drawn-out in this second installment. I wanted to scream at both Libby and Alex for their dramatics, immaturity, and blatant refusal to be forthcoming with one another. I was done with both characters before I was halfway through the book. The angst factor was simply overdone and the relationship between the two main characters beyond ridiculous.
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1,325 reviews55 followers
November 16, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to read an ARC of the first book in the Beautiful Mess series, A Beautiful Mess. I liked it so much and decided to join the author’s street team and I’m happy to say that T.K.’s Angels is an amazing group of ladies. We’re having so much fun together. We are so good at spreading the word about ABM that T.K.Leigh started to post chapters from A Tragic Wreck for us.

The feeling that when you wake up in the morning and there’s a chapter waiting for you is….well, I can’t think of the perfect word to describe it. But, I’ll tell you one thing – it’s definitely worth the wait. The book is scheduled for release in February 2014. (I was so lucky to get a preview. I discovered I like reading beta versions very much :) )

T told us that reading it is going to be an emotional roller coaster, but I didn’t expect to be pissed at the characters, then happy and in just a moment so sad. I didn’t believe that was possible. Turns out T is a master. She makes you feel all this things jut by reading her book.

What is going on between Alexander and Olivia in this book you ask? Well, I only read the Beta and the ARC won’t be ready until January so some things might change. What I’m going to tell is that at one point I wanted to scream at them both from the top of my lungs. Lucky for them, they’re fictional characters.

Rating - 4 stars

Who would I recommend it to - Everyone who already read ABM or looking for a new great series to read
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488 reviews1 follower
June 8, 2016
3.5. If there's ever been a book that you want to slap someone for being stupid. This is the one. LOL.
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1,755 reviews46 followers
July 2, 2017
3 stars. This book is long winded. Hell I stopped reading it, read another books, then came back to this one.

We pick up with Olivia having fled in secret to Florida. Alexander distraught and searching for her. Drinking too much. Both of them really. Then Olivia meets Cam a surfer who makes her feel a little bit. Alexander meets up with an old FWB named Chelsea. Yadda, yadda, yadda they sleep with their respective rebound but when Olivia uses her credit card off Alexander goes to find her. When he does he confronts her, begging her to go home, she refuses crushing him. He leaves tail between his legs. She is worse off now having made a mistake.....you get the gist.

It is so much back and forth between the two is started to get long winded and when I started liking the secondary characters MORE than Olivia and Alexander that is not a good thing. I realized I was keeping on reading for two reasons. To see what happens when he finally grows balls and tells her who she is....didnt happen. Two, what the hell is in the letter from his father. He finally does read it but it is anticlimatic as what is revealed in the letter was already learned within the body of this book. A huge mistake, the letter lost its power.

I will read the last book but only because I want to know what is so important in the box that 20 yrs later it is still powerful, we learned a little more about it, who knows where it is and what it contains and I think it is silly that 20 yrs later it is still important.

Also the switching of POV is crazy it can go from third person to first back to third all within one paragraph, it makes for uneven reading

One last thing, Alexander makes me laugh as a security honcho. Having worked in security you know that the top key is knowledge so the fact he
1- took 5+ yrs to read a letter that he was sure discussed Olivia and...
2- Refuses to tell her her past and the evil that is looking for her is such a huge mistake no security man would hide these to facts from a client, no less someone you love.

Praying book 3 is tight and will close the loose ends ive encountered in the first two books.
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348 reviews4 followers
November 16, 2014
A tragic wreck alright ...
I was hoping that this second book would give me some answers and the supposed suspense...But it never came.
Olivia was simply annoying to me. Immature. Exasperating.
And all the indecision on his side, and then her side, and then again.... And even the existence of Cam! Really? Why the need to involve another perfectly good man just to make things interesting! Why?
I guess I just got tired of the story just walking around the same issues..over and over and over again.
You were 6 Olivia!! Move on!!
You were 8 Alex!!! Move on please!
It was so much unnecessary drama that the good parts and sexy parts I would just skip in order to get to the end quicker. That's how slow it was for me.
I don't think I'm going to finish the series because I can already see were this is going and I don't think I need to go thru another whole book just to see their "happy ending".
Aaaanndd also the dialogues! Who talks like that?
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110 reviews24 followers
September 15, 2013
I was fortunate enough to get to read the Beta copy of this book. 2 words...ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

I have fallen more in love with Mr. Burnham, he can tell me what to do any day! Leigh has gone and done it again. She writes an extremely captivating story full of love, suspense, and heartache. You will definitely need to have a box of tissues handy for this one. Leigh has gone and given me the best kind of hangover possible. I love her tremendously for that. I've got a love/hate relationship with Olivia...maybe it's due to jealousy. I haven't quite figured that out yet. I absolutely love Kiera and want her to be my Bestie for life! I love Mo even more...I just LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Did I mention how much I LOVE it? I can't wait until the final part in the series come out. <3 Thanks again T for sucking me into a read that has changed me in more ways then I can explain.
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6 reviews3 followers
July 23, 2013
Just finished beta reading this book, all I can say is wow this book is amazing. Ms. Leigh had me drawn into the story from page one I did not want to get off the couch. There needs to be a warning on this book to bring along a box of tissues. I am impatiently waiting for the release of book 3.
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883 reviews27 followers
November 13, 2013
***I was very fortunate to read a beta version of A Tragic Wreck.***
HOLY SMOKING HELL I freaking LOVED it. I just fell more in love with the characters. I believe Alexander Burnham is the PERFECT BBF!!! This book pulled me in from the very first word. A Tragic Wreck picks up where a Beautiful Mess leaves off. A Tragic Wreck completely wrecked me. Be prepared this book will put you on such a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed, I cried (alot). I mean I went through tissues like crazy. I yelled at my kindle a lot I mean I was really PISSED at times.I just can't wait to get my hands on book 3 Gorgeous Chaos. I have to know how the story of Alexander and Olivia Ends.
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246 reviews11 followers
March 14, 2014
I am honored to have been able to beta read A Tragic Wreck and all I can say is: Oh..My..God! You know a book is great when it evokes true emotion in you while you read. The book is the exquisite continuation of A Beautiful Mess. We see the ups and downs of Alexander hiding the truth from Olivia, her flight from her emotions. and the machinations of the people around them. This book made me angry, it made me sad, it made me want to knock their heads together at times, and it made me long for the conclusion! This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster that I will want to ride again! I know I'm being cryptic, but I HATE spoilers. Ms. Leigh, congratulations on another excellent book!
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6 reviews2 followers
July 23, 2013
Another great book in the Beautiful Mess series! Author T.K. Leigh has a way of pulling you in and you just can't help but fall in love with her characters. You hurt when they hurt and you rejoice when they're happy. It takes an amazing author to be able to get her readers to connect with the characters and have them so invested in the story. Miss Leigh has definitely accomplished that here. This is an incredible book from an incredible author and I highly recommend it!
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108 reviews
February 22, 2014
I pretty well reviewed both book under Mess. The only thing I would really add is that there is so much repetition in the story itself I found myself doing a lot of skimming through. It's too bad because the actual story, if it got down to brass tacks, would be great.
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519 reviews35 followers
January 3, 2014
Oh- My- Fucking-Geeee!


Yet again Mrs Leigh, you had rendered me speechless for your passion as a writer and the abyss you so effortlessly manage to send your readers into.

I want to say a EFFIN HUGE thank you for providing me with an ARC copy of this book to read and review. I know I could of read it sooner with me being on your street team, but sometimes It feels weird and like I'm taking advantave...I don't know, but Hey I'm over the fricking moon I've read it.....saying that I can't wait for the next instalment! GORGEOUS CHAOS:'( Boo Hoo

Reading this all I wanted to do was bash Olivia over the fricking head for all the heartache she's causing not only herself, but Mr Burnham AND MEEEEE :@



Arhhhhhhhhhhh :@

Sorry folks, she totally grinds my gears at times, then she's totally in my good books! I can't seem to win, it's a love/hate situation and I don't like it one bit, but congratulations T for causing this....I hope your happy :D

After running from her man, she's lost, alone abandoned and heartbroken...Boo Fucking Hoooo lol

You only have yourself to blame Olivia.

Poor Alexander, pulled from pillar to post. He doesn't know whether he's coming or going when it comes to Olivia.
After the final stray he's done.
Given Up!

Were are on a train ride set for a full on collision with this book!

Chelsea & Adele....urgh! what more could I possibly say?

Gimme me some baby Burnham....Tyler ;)

Keira and Mo...one word....LEDGENDS!

I don't want to spoil it for you, but you need this.

It won't disappoint.....FACT!

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386 reviews25 followers
December 4, 2013
I was lucky to be able to beta read A Tragic Wreck - book two in the Beautiful Mess series.
Let me just start by saying, this book is an Emotional Rollercoaster!!!
I liked A Beautiful Mess. A lot. But after reading it, I was left hanging - I NEEDED to find out what happened next with Alex and Olivia. I absolutely LOVED A Tragic Wreck! The story of Alexander and Olivia just gets better and better! We finally get some answers about the past, but there is still a lot of mystery to be solved!
Without giving anything away - be prepared for twists and turns, a few tears, some steamy sex, and more than a few moments where you would like to grab the characters and shake some sense into them!
Romantic. Suspenseful. Sweet. And more cliffhangers - ugh!
I cannot wait for book three to find out what happens next!
337 reviews2 followers
May 13, 2014
Omg I cannot believe this book!! What a let down from the first book (which was only an ok book for me)

So many missed opportunities to make this book something better, something different, yet it was just a car crash from start to finish.

Alexander, the guy who likes being in control, ended up being hen-pecked by every woman in the book.

Olivia turned into a desperate, needy, whiney pain in the bum and if I had seen her on the beach, I'd have put a bullet through her brain to put us all out of HER misery lol.

The story didn't move on and it does seem like the author wanted to pad this weak story out to a trilogy.

Epic fail on this book. A tragic wreck of a book indeed!
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68 reviews3 followers
January 27, 2014
Just finished doing a ARC read of this book. WOW!! What an emotional roller coaster! Be sure you are alone when reading this book as I was caught crying at work several times when reading this book and listening to the play list that the author provided. Listening to the play list is a must as the songs go along with the chapters and will bring them to life in your head and give you an emotional insight as to what the characters are feeling. All I can say is that T.K. has hit a home run again with this book.
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556 reviews2 followers
January 30, 2014
This back and forth drama is very frustrating. We see the upcoming we know the danger, why prolong? Book one was excellent this one written well, annoyed me with this head case chick. Someone please put her out if her misery. It wasn't sad, it was annoying selfish broken girl.
6 reviews
October 2, 2016
2nd book will not disappoint..

This book grabs your emotions & will leave you wanting more. Just has exciting as the first book in the series.
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1,713 reviews197 followers
April 21, 2017
Quattro stelle e mezzo.
Che sofferenza questo libro! Che ansia e che angoscia mentre leggevo di questi due maledetti testoni e di quanto si lasciano distruggere dalle paure fino quasi ad annientarsi. Entrambi incapaci di sopportare le perdite preferisco autoimporsele piuttosto che rischiare di essere lasciati. Olivia, che nel primo libro non mi era dispiaciuta, in questo ha raggiunto il non invidiabile primo posto nella mia personale classifica delle protagoniste femminili che più ho odiato scalzando l'antipaticissima Pigeon della McGuire, e questo già vi dovrebbe dire moltissimo. Ha di certo serissimi problemi psicologici, e per fortuna si fa aiutare da una brava dottoressa, ma le crisi di panico e la follia irrazionale che ci dimostra qui hanno veramente superato i limiti anche della patologia, entrando in una sfera che ho francamente faticato a capire in alcuni momenti. La quantità di sofferenza che infligge al povero Alex è davvero al di fuori della comprensione, superata solo dalla quantita di dolore che si autoinfligge, in una spirale di sofferenza in cui viene catturato anche il lettore che soffre come una bestia.
Amici mai T.K. Leigh
Vi dico solo che una notte ho fatto le ore piccole per riuscire ad arrivare ad un punto in cui mi fosse consentito di tirare un po' il fiato e allentare l'ansia. E non pensiate che Alex sia solo una vittima.. no no! Anche lui ci mette del suo perchè ad un certo punto ci fa sudare freddo e perdere ogni convinzione che ci aveva fatto credere nel primo libro. Io stessa lo avevo paragonato al nostro amatissimo Asso, ecco, dimenticatevi il paragone, Alexander prima prova a fare quello che le ha imposto Olivia, ovvero cercare di dimenticarla e andare avanti con la sua vita, poi quando lei torna per riprenderselo gliela fa sudare rendendo tutto più difficile e lasciando isteriche anche noi povere lettrici. E guardate che a me personalmente il fatto che i due durante il periodo di separazione non siano rimasti fedeli l'una all'altro non mi ha infastidito troppo, francamente poteva anche starci, in realtà il loro rapporto era davvero appena nato quando Olivia alla fine del primo libro aveva deciso di scappare, e il cercare di dimenticare qualcuno tra le braccia di qualcun'altro è una cosa che anche noi gente comune facciamo, quindi non scandalizziamoci troppo. Quello che mi ha davvero infastidito è il fatto che entrambi si sono deliberatamente fatti un sacco di male prima di risolvere finalmente le cose e chi ci rimette è il povero lettore che passa ore insonni angosciato con la sensazione nemmeno troppo nascosta che l'autrice abbia voluto allungare un po' (forse troppo) i travagli della storia d'amore per lasciare la risoluzione della trama gialla nel terzo ed ultimo libro.
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February 8, 2019
The title says it all.

The first book of the series, A Beautiful Mess, had interesting characters and plot lines. This 2nd book makes both main protagonists into crying messes. Both Alexander and Olivia run away from love and each other--it just doesn't ring true.

I also didn't appreciate the author stealing lines from "Sweet Home Alabama" and "The Notebook".
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500 reviews1 follower
November 30, 2018
OMG Olivia! Stop being so Olivia!
OMG Alexander! Tell her already!

I was incredibly frustrated with this book! I just wanted to shake both of them!
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72 reviews16 followers
January 30, 2014
**ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**

I was very honored to have been given an ARC for "A Tragic Wreck." Honestly, when I received it from T.K. Leigh, I literally dropped everything I was doing, as I had been chomping at the bit for more Alexander and Olivia and frankly, that's what you do when Mr. Burnham walks into your life! This book definitely deserves way more than 5 stars!! "A Tragic Wreck" was utterly riveting, mind blowing and beyond remarkable.

First and foremost, I would like to forewarn you to have a box of Kleenex handy, as you will definitely need it (maybe another box, depending on your emotional stability...I wasn't stable at all and it seemed like I was ugly crying the entire book! LOL)

The story picks up right where "A Beautiful Mess" left off, with Olivia fleeing Boston. She was becoming overwhelmed and frightened with the strong feelings she was beginning to feel for Alexander - her nightmares became unbearable; she began hearing a voice screaming at her to run and she felt as though she had completely lost control of everything. Ultimately, her fears and the voice were victorious, as she chose to run and leave everything behind, including Alex.

Now let me first establish that I love Alex and Olivia with all my heart and soul, but throughout the book, there were parts where they both made me so angry I wanted to smack the hell out of both of them - oh my goodness, they were so frustrating!! You can't even fathom the amount of drama and suspense that builds up throughout the book, it'll keep your heart racing, so make sure you take blood pressure meds (if needed).

"Promise me you'll always remember me, walking out on you, then coming back here and losing you all over again has been painful enough. But as long as it wasn't for nothing, as long as it meant something, then maybe I can move on like you have." - Olivia

"I want you every second of every day. I want the good. I want the bad. I want the sweet. I want the ill-tempered. I want the hot. I want the cold. I want the crazy, irrational, exasperating pain-in-the-ass girl that I love with my entire f'n heart."- Alex

T.K. introduced Cam in this book and although I'm Team Alex all the way, you can't help but have love for Cam, as he was so sweet, understanding and nurtured crazy ass Olivia and practically saved her life. Kiera and Mo are as supportive to Olivia as ever and they actually have a little romance of their own blossoming. Adele is back and I wanna bitch slap her more than ever, but there are also other characters in the book you will definitely love to hate and will make you wanna "cut a bitch."

I hope you're ready for a wild ride because it's going to be a bumpy, emotional roller coaster ride on the Alexander and Olivia express. The emotional intensity of these two characters were so powerful, you can't help but feel their struggle, sadness, disappointment, passion, anger and happiness - it was like a vortex that completely sucked you in, you felt it all! I was so wrapped up in their relationship and I completely immersed myself in it, needless to say, I was emotionally spent after reading the book.

I highly recommend this book! A Tragic Wreck was PHENOMENAL and I LOVED it with my entire being. T.K. Leigh does not disappoint and does a brilliant job at developing the characters and capturing your attention from the very start. Bravo to T.K. for a job well done. I can't wait for Gorgeous Chaos to see what the future holds for Alex and Olivia!
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80 reviews21 followers
January 11, 2014
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Holy crap! Ok, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect going into this one. I read and adored 'A Beautiful Mess' to the point where I was a little apprehensive of this follow-up novel because I was worried there was no way it could be as good as the first book. I hoped it would live up to its predecessor and somehow T.K. Leigh managed to surpass the greatness that is 'A Beautiful Mess'. I seriously loved this book. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing the whole thing in one very emotional sitting.

In this book Alex and Olivia are estranged. Olivia is hiding out as a hermit in Florida and Alex is in Boston having meaningless sex. Olivia is trying to hide both physically and emotionally and Alex is determined to find her. He finally gets a break and tries everything he can to get her back. Romance, danger, and drama ensue as Alex and Olivia fight both for each other and for themselves, and for their safety.

This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. One moment I was laughing and the next I was literally crying (I think my husband might think I've totally lost my mind). And in between the laughter and crying I was swept up in romance and the suspense of it all. T.K. Leigh manages to bring me to my knees emotionally through her obviously carefully selected words. I don't know how to explain it any better than that really. Her writing sucks you in and makes you feel so deeply for these two characters. I had to constantly remind myself they aren't real, they're fictional just so I could get through the novel without ending up with some sort of clinical emotional problem. I worry that sounds insulting, but I don't mean it to be. It's a rare talent that can make me feel so deeply through words alone.

As much as I love both Alex and Olivia they also drive me a little insane. They both manage to do so many stupid and frustrating things that make me want to yell at them and ask them just what the hell they think they're doing. They are perfect for one another and I want them to be together so badly, but they both just keep messing it all up. I have read books in the past that I hated due to characters like this, but Leigh manages to make me still care about them enough that even though I want to slap them both sometimes I still loved this book and care very deeply about what will happen next for Alex and Olivia.

The suspense is making me a little nutterbutter. I seriously cannot wait until the third book. I don't want to give anything away, but so much has been set up and built up that I am counting down the days until book 3 comes out and I might get both answers and closure. Leigh knows how to grab a reader, suck them in, and keep them begging for more. After reading and loving this book as much as I did, I am optimistic about Leigh's ability to live up to the high standards she has set for herself in the third book in the series. Needless to say this book is a must read. Once you start you will NOT be able to stop. I give it a solid 6 stars out of 5. That's right, for the second time since I started reviewing books I'm giving this book a 6 out of 5 star rating. It really is just that good.

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