Author: Nacole Stayton
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Cover Designed By: Perfect Pear Creative
Cover Designed By: Perfect Pear Creative
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services
Hiding behind the anguish from my past, my coyness seeps off of me like an aroma. I have felt like a stranger in my own skin, trying to claw my way out for far too long, allowing very few people to see past my façade…until my eyes met with his. I felt a sudden rush of energy all the way to my core. It jolted me in ways I never thought possible.
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.
I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely adored Grace and Parker’s story. It was sweet, sexy, and heartfelt. Quiet and shy Grace has just finished college. She has a past that has stopped her from truly living. Although she has moved on from that past, she can never feel true happiness. Enter Parker Porter. He changes everything. He makes her feels things she never thought she would. He is the reason her life is turned upside down. I will not mention the circumstance as to which they meet, as I think it is an important part of the story. This story is full of life lessons, lies, betrayal, but above all things, love.
The story is told in dual POV. I loved that we were able to get a glimpse into the minds of both Grace and Parker. The author did a good job at this, as the story had a nice flow to it which made it an enjoyable read. A Graceful Mess is also full of suspense. Once you learn the connection between Grace and Parker, you will ask yourself, how is this going to work out without hearts being shattered?! But you learn through their characters that love knows no boundaries.
Parker. Sweet, adorable Parker. He is thoughtful, loving, and completely swoon worthy. The connection between Grace and Parker was undeniable. I felt it the moment I realized they were going to meet. There are such tender sweet moments between these two! Talk about good romance! There’s also some sexy scenes that will have you fanning yourself. I felt like there was a good balance of romance and story in this book. Some books, do too much or too little of the other, but A Graceful Mess is sure to have you reading to find out more. I had a hard time putting it down. I needed to know the rest of their story.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. I loved that the author tied everything up at the end. It was the perfecting ending to a heartfelt book. While there are hearts and flowers, there is also betrayal and heartbreak in this story. You will feel for Grace and Parker. But, love is amazing. This book illustrates that love can save us, even when we think it’s not possible. I look forward to more of this authors work.
About the Author
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.
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