Tuesday, February 25, 2014

✯Review for 'A Beautiful Mess' by T.K. Leigh✯


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.

This is a really hard review for me to write. I was really, really looking forward to reading this book. It most definitely was not as good as I was hoping it was going to be. I was actually very disappointed with most of the book. Now, that doesn't mean it didn't have it's good parts. Because, it did. Let me explain..

We start off with Olivia. She lost her family 21 years ago very tragically. Unfortunately she doesn't remember most of it. Except the accident, and the green eyed boy pulling her out of the car telling her  everything will be OK. Then, the day she graduates college her uncle dies. It's because of this Olivia refuses to have any kind of relationship.  She only has 2 friends, Keira & Mo. Who after college she moved & never spoke to them until she moved back. She refuses to date. Instead, she sleeps with them. Then, kicks them out. In her mind everybody she gets close to gets ripped from her. Instead of loosing anybody else. Olivia makes it her mission to never get close to anyone.

Alexander has had the same dream his whole life. The day he lost his 'Olibia' on his 9th birthday. Because, he feels responsible for loosing the love of his life. He dosen't get into relationships. He took over his father's security company. He is a billionaire & is considered the most eligible bachelor in every magazine. He was also in the service and was a Navy Seal. Alexander is basically the perfect man. Except deep down he really is damaged.

Olivia has a run in with a ex-fling. As she's running away from her attacker, she runs into Alex. Alex saves her. The minute Alexander sees her the 1st thing he notices is her eyes. He swears is they are the same eyes that have been haunting his dreams for the past 21 years. But, they can't be the same eyes. Then, he learns her name is Olivia..

Olivia & Alexander start hanging out. It's the 1st & only time either of them have actually put themselves out there. They both start having feelings for each other & literally spend every chance they can together.

That was where it started to get on my nerves. You have  2 people who have gone through life never dating. Never falling in love. Never giving anybody a shot. Yet, they instantly change all of that for each other. It just didn't fit..

The more they spend together, the more Olivia starts remembering about the day her parent;s died. She's still not putting 2 & 2 together that something doesn't make sense with her dream & Alex.

Alex on the other hand is listening to Olivia speak & it's adding up to the girl he lost all those years ago. We also find out that he has a letter from his dad. A letter he has had for the past 5yrs. It probably explains everything. Yet, he refuses to open it!!! STUPID!!!

 I could keep going. But, there honestly is nothing more that needs to be said. I really, really haven't disliked a book in a long time. Yet, I still wouldn't say that I hated this book either. I can honestly say that I really, really did love all the characters in this book. With the exception of 1. I didn't like how Olivia was made so 'anti-relationships' I mean I get she lost everyone close to her. But, at times it was a little too much. Then, there's Mr. Navy Seal. He's got all the money in the world. Anything he wants. Yet, he can't read a letter that can change his life?!?! I felt like I was just as confused at the end as I was in the beginning. I am still very disappointed.  

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