Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Graceful Mess Review

A Graceful Mess
Author: Nacole Stayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Publication date: August 27, 2013

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 rated Nacole Stayton’s A Graceful Mess three and a half wonderful leaves. Let me start off by saying that this book was nothing like I expected it to be. However, it was very riveting from the moment I started. Talk about unputdownable. I wasn’t expecting there to be a dark past in the storyline. I loved the hint of suspense that it brought to the plot. I loved Parker, he was sexy, protective, dominant, and intense. I am still up in the air about the protagonist, Grace. She was strong, exceptionally strong given what you find out about her messed up past towards the middle of the book. But, she just wasn’t the strong, feisty girl I look for it most protagonists. I’ll give her credit though, because she grew confident and sexy around Parker. The two of them together is explosive. They have a strong magnetic pull that I found doubtful at times, but, hey it makes for a great story. It all happened a bit fast if you ask me, but when you know you know right? Besides, they make it well worth it for us readers.

The prologue is a scene of a little girl at an adoption shelter who is holding her stuffed bunny and is deathly afraid of the storm. We also know that her best friend is Brody and he is leaving to be adopted. Fast forward in the next chapter and Grace is graduating college with her best friend, Maci. Grace is not too excited because now she is heading to law school and also because she is broken and depressed on the inside. Why? We don’t know yet, but it has to do with an ex. Maci is our standard best friend who brings Grace out in an attempt to make her more normal. I think I would have hated A Graceful Mess if it didn’t switch POVs between Grace and Parker. I loved getting into Parker’s head. He is being groomed to handle the family business which is private investigation. The first project his father entrusts to him is to watch Grace, whom he immediately falls in love with after one picture. He doesn’t fully know it yet, but he is completely captivated by her. The legislator that has hired them to watch is her biological father but she was given up for adoption. Parker’s part of the story is fairly predictable. He has to watch her, he can’t stay away, they fall in love, but, oh wait, he’s keeping it a secret that he was hired to follow her. All the twists come from Grace’s past, but even they can be predictable. And that’s only if you can calm yourself down from the steamy scenes in this book. Damn, Parker is dirty in bed. And Grace’s shy façade lasts for maybe half a night with him. She matches him in and out of the bedroom.

All in all, I found this to be a pleasant, quick read. A Graceful Mess was a perfect way to wind down by the pool. Actually, maybe not given all the hot scenes and the adrenaline-inducing plot twists. But, anyway, it was a wonderful book from an author I have never read before and I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next. A book about her best friend Maci maybe? 

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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