Title: 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.
This was an absolute heart wrenching love story! I don't think Nacole left a stone unturned. Grace, who just wants things simple and peaceful, keeps up a facade for those who are not close to her. And there are very few who are really close to Grace. This is on purpose. Grace doesn't want to let anyone in because if she does, the ugly truth would have to be told and she wants to just forget. But then one night, Grace and her best friend go out and this is when she meets Parker. Oh my, what could I tell you about Parker? HOT, SEXY and VERY, VERY ALPHA MALE. Grace and Parker instantly connect.
"He awoke desires that burned deep within me and changed me in one quick glance, leaving me vulnerable and exposed"
Grace and Parker lose themselves in each other and both are beginning to realize they have a deep connection neither have ever felt before. Even though they have both claimed they have been 'in love' before, what they are feeling now seems so much more. With Grace's broken past, can she let Parker in? Can she trust him enough? Every time Grace feels as though they take steps forward, Parker runs and is always leaving a note. Why? Grace is determined to find out...
Parker, he has a job to do....and his job is Grace. But once he lays eyes on her, there is no going back and his job could ruin everything. Determined, Parker continues the charade that everything will work itself out in time but things become more complicated and a freaking disaster. Grace's past collides with her present life and causes complete destruction. So many secrets and lies are being told and the only person Grace believes who can get her through this is Parker. But Parker has his own secret and lies. Will they both lose each other coming to terms with what has happened and the lies that have been told?
Nacole Stayton did a fantastic job in 'A Graceful Mess'. The writing was superb and flowed from beginning to end. Each character was brought to life through her writing and you felt you knew each one personally. The conversations were so realistic. Nacole totally drew me in immediately and kept me constantly on the edge wandering what more could one single person go through. If I was Grace.......Shit, I would have been put in a mental institute.
Congrats Nacole!!! Job well done.......
*Reviewed by Kim
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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