Title: A Graceful Mess
Author: Nacole Stayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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.
The cover was very beautiful and I was crossing my fingers hoping that this book would live up to it. And it did – way, way more.
Grace knew how to fake her way into living a happy life. But deep inside – she was broken. She has an ugly past that she would gladly forget if it were that simple. It was a nightmare that is constantly haunting her. She tries to managed by putting it at the back of her brain, bury it somewhere and try to live her life one day at a time. Readers will surely have the urge to jump into the pages just to give her a hug. Yet, I find her strong – because some would probably give up after what she experienced. Grace? She tries to live her life as normally as possible and even join her best friend Maci for some fun. If anyone deserves happiness and happy ending in this book – its gotta be her!
Now here comes a potential prince charming for our happy ever after – Parker. He’s hot, sexy, and has secrets of his own. He’s a private investigator who was hired by a very important man to watch over Grace. The moment he took the picture out of the envelope that was handed to him – he’s a total goner. Being a professional, he knew he must not mix business with pleasure. That night when they officially met at the bar, the chemistry was undeniable, the attraction was overwhelming that he forgotten (ahem) professionalism. So he did the second best – protect the woman he learned to care for from pain and danger.
Relationship between these two is a lot of hard work – not just because of the secrets that is looming above them like knives ready to strike down – but personal issues that is already present in each of the characters. Grace has been insecure and has problems with trust because of a very bad experience with a previous relationship. Parker had earned her trust, and knew he’s about to lose it the moment Grace founds out about his secret. Despite this fact – their relationship did something good for the both of them. Grace helped Parker to overcome the pain his cheating ex-girlfriend left and Parker motivated Grace to open up and live life.
It is not only the threat in their relationship, when Grace past suddenly came into the picture and throws in a lot of ‘secrets’ everything in their world starts to crumble, and one by one Grace learns the truth. Will she be able to surpass this and forgive Parker?
One of my favorite things about this book is that it’s in dual POV – I love being inside Grace and Parker’s head. I was not held second-guessing about what might the other thinks. I love how the conflict was resolved – it was simple, real and not much drama. The ending? Wow. It was just great and everyone got what they deserved.
A Graceful Mess got me from the cover page down to the last. It was HOT (if it gets hotter – my kindle would surely be in fire), steamy, sweet, maddening at times, and surprising. It will make you smile, cry, laugh and will have that strong urge of throwing punches every now and then. Trust me, you will keep on turning the pages until you finish this one!
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.
2 ~ signed paperbacks of A Graceful Mess
1 ~ A Graceful Mess Tumbler
5 ~ ebooks of A Graceful Mess (gifted from Amazon)
10 ~ bracelets w/postcards