A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 friend.
Olivia loses everyone she loves. She copes by running across the country and not keeping close friends. She likes Alex, but questions if she could ever get close to him because she is scared of heart break.
Olivia and Alex
I liked the main characters, but I did have some issues. First off, I hate storylines that have that one secret. Alex knows about Olivia’s past and he refuses to tell her because he thinks he is protecting her by not saying anything. It’s the most frustrating thing in the world. It’s what I called angst, something I am not very fond of. There are many times he could tell Olivia the truth, but he never clearly comes out.
I think the first encounter between Olivia and Alex was a bit too instant for me. I would call it a combination of insta-love / insta-lust. I understand Alex feels a very strong connection towards Olivia, but Olivia has to be crazy to respond as quickly as she does. Doesn’t she keep everyone at arm’s length?
Alex also has a letter from his father that he has never read. I am assuming the letter will be a game changer, but does he read it? No. He’s too scared. Are you serious? Just read the letter. I think if the storyline was focused more on discovering Olivia’s past, than Alex keeping it from Olivia I would have been a happier camper.
With all that said I really did like the story. I love a protecting Hero. Alex is crazy dominate, sexy and alpha. The steamy scenes were great and his love for Olivia makes me swoon. It’s the kind of love I LOVE reading in a story.
I want to be swept off my feet and feel cherished and Alex makes me feel that. I also like the back story. There’s so much mystery coming from Olivia’s past. Who is after her and why was she in a car accident? Who can she trust? It makes for a juicy read and I want to know more.
I didn’t care for the cliffy, but I’m glad I don’t have to wait too long since book 2 is out. I would recommend.