Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the 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 - that is, until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But Alexander 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 that threatens her very existence, or will she push him away in order to protect her heart?
©2013 T.K. Leigh (P)2014 Tantor
Having read the other reviews, I wonder if I was listening to the same book. This one really didn't do it for me. There is a very emotional romance element but the entire book revolves around Alexander keeping a secret from Olivia. I just couldn't understand why a) Olivia being an intelligent woman just didn't figure it out ******possible spoiler*******: surely human beings' facial features, voices, mannerisms, etc don't change that much from childhood to adulthood *********end of possible spoiler********* and b) the reason that he didn't just come clean and tell her wasn't convincing or clear enough for me. I found myself wanting to just shake the senseless characters into next week, and then I stopped caring.
The narrator is quite good but the story was just not convincing. Not worth a credit for me.
Better writing and a better performance.
The absurdity of the plot twists and the shallowness of the characters.
The narrator's male voices are laughable, she is however good at injecting an irritating element to the voices of those we aren't supposed to like. Her pace and timing are off but perhaps she was anxious to get through a ridiculous piece of writing. The main characters and the plot compete throughout the story for the crown of most absurd. We have an unlikeable female lead who is ok with being treated as a doormat. An ex-Navy SEAL, millionaire running a security firm who couldn't be entrusted with the job of school crossing guard. He is so wrapped up in himself that he spends the entire story wrapped up in angst over whether to read a letter from his deceased father that might contain information Vital Tom the love of his life. Neither character has the emotional maturity that a 10-year old possesses. The story revolves around a decades old tragedy that ties the two characters together, incredibly, these two find themselves working in the same building after decades of living separate lives. In the meantime there is an evil genius lurking in the background, content to wait For years but unable to rebuff being blackmailed by a street thug for millions of dollars.
The whole package makes you want to wretch. I was hoping they'd all end up in a raft somewhere in the Pacific, surrounded by sharks and dying of thirst.....it wouldn't have been an ending more far-fetched than this plot with its one dimensional characters.
This book ends with a cliffhanger, but I have to say the book wasn't good enough for me to feel like I have to immediately find out what happens next.
Say something about yourself!
Probably not. Definitely will avoid narrator.
Different narrator. This one uses a shrill, shreaking voice to characterize Olivia's many mood swings.
Disappointed. Story line had such possibilities, but Olivia's emotions depict someone with bi-polar disorder!
Bought the 3 book in the series, hoping for improvement. By the 3rd book found myself fast forwarding to get to the end. This shouldn't happen in a good novel and good narration.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
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 listen to 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 stars - I was screaming at my iPod 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!
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Olivia had a tragic past which is resurfacing and threatening her today but she is totally unaware of it because she is suffering from partial amnesia so has lost many early memories. Saved one night by a handsome stranger with beautiful green eyes, familiar eyes, eyes of a saviour from that terrible event that's been giving her nightmares, nightmares that leaves her mentally and emotionally scarred and scared.
Alexander is a near perfect Hero, handsome, successful and loving but he's still heartbroken over the death of his childhood best friend, the best friend with beautiful brown eyes that he still searches for in every woman..... eyes that are now looking up at him from the beautiful face of a terrified woman. He remembers everything, she remembers nothing which leads to epic secrets, secrets that hold mysterious questions, danger, suspense, villains with evil plots, murder and, as their unavoidable chemistry explodes, it's secrets he should finally share with her..... but dare he.
What a well-written and gripping romance/suspense story that had so many twists, questions and some very passionate love scenes that sometimes had light Sub/Dom moments. The narration was excellent and added personality, feelings and depth to the characters in the story.
Worth a credit? This was a very emotional story, a story of undying love and it hooked me in from the start but it was one of those books that'll make you so annoyed with the Hero that you could just shake him for not divulging the secrets, secrets that involved the Heroine and is threatening her very life. Then, of course, came a very emotional heartbreaking cliffhanger which not only left me with a lump in my throat but it had me tearing my hair out that it had ended. Luckily book 2 isn't far away and I've already pre-ordered it so now comes the difficult part..... the waiting. Creditworthy.....OH HELL YEAH.
I couldn't get enough of this story. I listened for hours on end every chance I could till it was over, and then immediately began the next book in the series till I was done.
Absolutely! I've read this book several times and loved it each time. But I have to say Anadelle Waters and her interpretation of each of the characters makes a difference when hearing the story.
I loved every single moment. I think the best part for me though was when Alex adopted Runner. You can just see the two main characters coming to that point of no return.
Everything. I love the smoothness of her voice and her interpretation of each character. She had me laughing at parts and in tears in others.
Yes, I actually had trouble walking away from this audio book.
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