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.
I very much enjoyed this book. Yeah, there were a few things I would have liked to have seen done different but overall, I enjoyed it 🙂 It was a quick and easy read with a great, emotionally charged story line, but the thing that bothered me the most was the dialogue. And you know what, it probably won’t bother you all…I am so damn picky when it comes to dialogue, especially male dialogue 😉
This is Parker Porter and Grace Clearwater’s crazy story. For once, both characters are not broken…only one this time. It seems that I have read so many books lately about 2 broken people finding each other and this was a relief to me that they both weren’t. Parker might have had a few hiccups in his past but it is nothing in comparison to Grace. Grace is one tough cookie and she doesn’t even know it. Half the crazy shit that went on in her life, she doesn’t even remember. But, her past is coming back to haunt her, in so many ways. And her present even has a few surprises for her, too.
I wanted to cry for this girl. I am talking, bawl my eyes out for her!!! Her life was just a ball of lies and my heart hurt for her. I hurt for her before and after she found out, because I knew the pain was coming and I can’t even imagine how she was feeling. And then, Parker….he was stuck in a bad place. Do I say it was ok the way he handled things?? Not sure. I feel like he was just stuck. Family, love, and responsibility all made him make the decision he did. I couldn’t be pissed at him, but I also couldn’t just say everything he did was ok.
Can you see how the drama builds up and the emotions take over in this story?!? I am trying to explain how emotional it is without giving too much away. There are some heavy situations discussed in this story and it is definitely a tear jerker. But, it is also a steamy one , too. You wouldn’t think with all the stressful situations going that there would be so much heat, but there is. I am not sure where all the dominant men are coming from but Parker Porter is another one that no woman in their right mind would shove out of bed 😉
To sum it all up for ya, I really enjoyed this story. Yeah, as I said before, the dialogue did bother me a little and there were a few scenes that I just couldn’t connect with, but overall, I think everyone will definitely love this story and I can’t wait to hear what you all think about it. Read it!! Enjoy it!! And let me know what you think 🙂
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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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