Book Review – A Beautiful Mess

Posted January 7, 2014 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 1 Comment

Book Review – A Beautiful MessA Beautiful Mess Series: Beautiful Mess #1
by TK Leigh
Published by Self Published on August 28, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 328
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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Summary from Goodreads

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 past decade, she has been able to remain unattached to any man, too worried about losing someone to get too close. Until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But he has issues of his own. And he’s keeping a secret that could turn Olivia’s world upside-down. Will Olivia let Alexander in enough for him to get close and protect her from a force threatening her very existence, or will she push him away, scared of letting Alexander in, in order to protect her heart?

A Beautiful Mess is the first installment of a three part series sure to captivate the heart with a story of secrets, courage, and love.

Recommended for ages 18 and up due to sexual situations, language, and mild violence.

My Review

I have owned this book for a couple of months now and I heard so many great things about this.  And I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this! I loved this book.  I was hooked into this story right from the first chapter and I hated to put this down!!

There are so many books out now about characters with troubled pasts, but author TK Leigh did an incredible job developing characters that stands out from the rest.  Olivia Adler lost her parents when she was a child. Now as an adult Olivia is commitment phobic because she is afraid to lose any more people she loves.  But enter sexy Alexander Burnham who saves her from an attacker and changes her life.  Alex has had some relationship issues and keeps an important secret from Olivia (a secret that is so huge it will change both of their lives forever).  But even though Olivia and Alex are both “damaged” due to their past, I enjoyed reading a story where the characters grew emotionally and were slowly able to love.  And for once it was nice to see that the male character, Alex, was more willing to make a change. But Olivia’s fears causes problems for both of them.

Along with Olivia and Alex’s romance story this book is also suspenseful.  The truth about Olivia’s past is driving me crazy!! And Alex is holding on to an important piece but refuses (and is afraid) to uncover it. That is why my characters rating is 4.5 stars – I was screaming at my Nook for Alex to tell Olivia the truth!! The book ends in a cliffhanger that has me frustrated but I can’t wait for the next book, A Tragic Mess!

I have heard readers compare this story to Fifty Shades of Grey, but the only similarities I found was the dominating theme. Alex is a successful businessman who prefers to be in control in his life (at work and in the bedroom), but he is also loving to his family and to Olivia.  Alex felt free to express his feelings, which was lacking in Christian Grey.  Both men are ‘damaged’ in ways, and their reasons for wanting control are completely different.  So I don’t think the 2 series should be compared to each other!

A Beautiful Mess is a series worth checking out!


Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About TK Leigh

T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer / attorney by trade. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

Her debut novel “A Beautiful Mess” has garnered relative praise, having been an Amazon Best Seller, an Amazon Top-Rated book, and just recently was named by The Guardian as a top reader-recommended self-published book of 2013.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.


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One response to “Book Review – A Beautiful Mess

  1. Anita Powers

    Thanks for this review, it was great and I too have this book on my TBR list and now I will be reading it.