Never in a million years would I have expected to be in the mess I am today. It all leads back to the night Parker Porter turned my world upside down. The night his hazel eyes undressed me, peeling away the layers of the woman I tried so hard to be. He awoke desires that burned deep within me and changed me in one quick glance, leaving me vulnerable and exposed, picking up the shattered pieces of my carefully constructed life…a life I should not be living…a life I was not born into, but placed into by the state of Maine.
Parker opened a door that I am far from closing until I have answers and am able to face the life I was destined to live. I just have to decide if his love is worth the mess.
“They say be careful of the quiet ones.” –Grace
Warning: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters.
Grace Clearwater is a little socially withdrawn, some may even categorize her as shy. I think that’s why I had such a hard time imagining her as a law student. To me a lawyer is ruthless, fearless and maybe even heartless. (No offense to any lawyers out there.) Grace doesn’t strike me as any of those things. It was a little tough connecting with Grace’s character because she seemed so conflicted in who she was. You can’t be a tough as nails lawyer who is afraid of your own shadow. I understand that Parker helps her come into her own, but she decided on a law career long before she met him. Just seemed a little…strange.
Grace is broken. And the sad part is, just as she begins to glue herself back together, she starts breaking apart again.
Being adopted isn’t the worst thing in the world, unless everyone around you knows, and they’re keeping you in the dark.
Grace’s bio-daddy has recently hired Parker Porter to trail her, in the hopes that she doesn’t become an issue for the upcoming political elections. You see, he’s running for state legislator. Her father has kept her a secret for a long time and he’s doing everything possible to keep her identity and connection to him out of the media.
Parker is a big, muscular teddy bear of a man. His outward appearance would imply that he is all alpha, and while I guess in the bedroom he is, the Parker outside those walls is deep and emotional. Parker is the kind of man every woman dreams of. When his eyes first gaze upon Grace’s picture, he’s done for. We’re talking love at first sight. Well, at least lust. He wants her, and he wants her bad. He soon realizes that being her “fuck buddy” isn’t enough. He wants it all – the white picket fence and 2.5 children. Unfortunately that’s not really in the cards for these two. As hard as he tries to stay away, he just can’t. Mixing business with pleasure is never a good idea. Someone always gets burned. The pull to Grace is just too strong, and eventually Parker can’t fight his feelings any longer.
Add in a psycho ex-boyfriend and you’ve got yourself one heck of a story
I would have liked a little more info about Brody (the psycho ex). He obviously has, or should I say had, some major psychological issues. How did he get that way? How do you go from being someone’s best friend to wanting to harm them? It seems like even before the “incident” he had violent thoughts regarding Grace. I guess I have a hard time imagining that he cared so deeply for her and could just snap, becoming some heinous monster.
The sex scenes were pretty hot and heavy with a sprinkling of BDSM flavor. Nothing too extreme, just the occasional handcuffs and a little bossy behavior. It was just enough kink to make it fun without making the reader uncomfortable (especially if erotica isn’t your cup o’ tea).
The name of the book says it all. This is A Graceful Mess. I laughed, cringed and even shed a few tears. If you’re looking for a semi-emotional read with some hot and heavy undertones, this is the book for you.
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Christian “Nacole” Stayton is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state. She spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. She is passionate about her faith, family and The Bachelor. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos, iced coffee, and happy endings.