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RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 18 AND UP DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE, EXPLICIT SEXUAL SITUATIONS, AND MILD VIOLENCE.

What happens when you lose everyone that promised they would always be there for you? How can you protect the few pieces of your shattered heart that remain?

Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the young age of six and being raised ...
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Overview

RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 18 AND UP DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE, EXPLICIT SEXUAL SITUATIONS, AND MILD VIOLENCE.

What happens when you lose everyone that promised they would always be there for you? How can you protect the few pieces of your shattered heart that remain?

Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the young age of six and being raised by an uncle who she lost years later, she refuses to get attached to anyone, including friends. For the past decade, she has been able to remain unattached to any man, too worried about losing someone to get too close. Until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But he has issues of his own. And he’s keeping a secret that could turn Olivia's world upside-down. Will Olivia let Alexander in enough for him to get close and protect her from a force threatening her very existence, or will she push him away, scared of letting Alexander in, in order to protect her heart?

A Beautiful Mess is the first installment of a three part series sure to captivate the heart with a story of secrets, courage, and love.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148672234
  • Publisher: Tracy Kellam
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Series: Beautiful Mess , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 8,777
  • File size: 456 KB

Meet the Author

T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer / attorney by trade. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

Her debut novel “A Beautiful Mess” has garnered relative praise, having been an Amazon Best Seller and an Amazon Top-Rated book. Recently, the book was named by The Guardian as a top reader-recommended self-published book of 2013 as well as a 2013 Reader’s Favorite in Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named an Amazon Romance Editor's Fan Favorite for Top Debut Author and Best Page Turner.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    I found this book almost by mistake and debated for a few days b

    I found this book almost by mistake and debated for a few days before I finally broke down and bought it..... I finished the book that I was reading at the time and thought to myself if I really wanted to start it then or read another book.... I finally broke down and started reading it and I amazed how much it sucked me in and I could not put it down was one of the best books that I have ever read!!!! If you are looking for a true romantic story with two really amazing and heart broke characters then this is the book then this is the book for you!! I laughed I cried I bawled I sobed when I was reading this book I am so excited about the second book in this series and then the third.....  TRUELY AN AMAZING BOOK

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    WOW.... This Book is Just Completely Amaazing..... You get sucke

    WOW.... This Book is Just Completely Amaazing..... You get sucked into a complete whirlwind of emotions, you go from happy to sad to frustrated to angry and you will have moments when you want to chuck your ereader accross the room (not a good idea)

    I reconmend this book to everyone cos its awesome & so is the author, i am getting extremely impatient waiting for book 2 to be released :D  f

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Amazing book!! The writing was beautiful. You are an amazing aut

    Amazing book!! The writing was beautiful. You are an amazing author! I loved every page of it..can't wait for the next one!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    A Beautiful Mess is a MUST READ book. This book has it all: roma

    A Beautiful Mess is a MUST READ book. This book has it all: romance, sexy situations and mystery. You are going to fall in love with the characters (lovely and sexy characters!) and live the story as you were actually there. T.K Leigh really did excellent!! How the lives of the characters are linked it's such a master piece! (You will have the need to have a Mr. Burnham in your lives) Plus she puts a playlist that goes with what's going on in the story, great songs with the best story. It is one of those books that you will stay until 3AM reading it just to know what happens next.  Prepare yourself to cry, laugh and love!! Waiting anxiously for book 2!! EXCELLENT job T.K! 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    This book was absolutely wonderful! I literally could not put it

    This book was absolutely wonderful! I literally could not put it down and neither will you!
    Olivia, a lost soul, haunted by a past that she only remembers bits and pieces of. She meets Alexander someone who is a part of her past but she doesn't know it, doesn't remember. This is the beginning of their love story, the good, the bad and the ugly!
    I cannot wait for the next book in the series called A Tragic Wreck...it can't come soon enough!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    WOW, WOW, and did I mention WOW. lol The story was Amazing right

    WOW, WOW, and did I mention WOW. lol The story was Amazing right down to the GREAT sex parts. I loved it. If I didn't have a job that I love and need sleep I don't think I would have put the story down. It was that good in fact 5 stars doesn't even being to cover it it really needs 9 stars :)

    I enjoyed ever minute of it, OK well maybe not every minute I didn't like the end due to it was the end and I was carving more. The hole waiting period for the 2nd book to come out is going to absolutely kill me I must know what the letter says. I also must know if Olivia stops running and faces Alexander I can't get over she ran and didn't need to. I understood that he loved her to death hell he actually did think she was died well that a hole other part must read to find out what I'm talking about. hehehe

    It was great Hands down the best funny, tearful and I do mean tearful I caught myself wanting to cry lot's of times or yell at the characters for the stupid parts kinda like I do the T.V. sometimes. lol. Yea it was very well written and most enjoyable. I can't wait for the 2nd book!!

    This is a MUST READ I mean it. go get a copy and read it.

    This book was given to me Via T.K. on Facebook for a honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    I enjoyed this book! I had never read a T.K. Leigh book. I am ha

    I enjoyed this book! I had never read a T.K. Leigh book. I am happy that I was granted the honor to read this book. This book makes you laugh, it has mystery and draws you in. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and other books by T.K. Leigh! Great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    This is a definite MUST read!!! Add it to your TBR list and enjo

    This is a definite MUST read!!! Add it to your TBR list and enjoy :)

    TK Leigh does an exceptional job with her characters as well as the story. She knows exactly how to pull you in and have you coming back for more. It might be a cliffhanger, but it's one that I'm happy to wait for the next installment. 

    OH. EM. GEE.

    This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I was hooked from the very beginning. It's a story that you don't want to put down. Which as we all know doesn't happen as often as we would like, but this story satisfied all my needs. 


    Olivia had to grow up losing everyone she ever loved, so she never let anyone get close out of fear they would leave her or she would lose them. Not a very healthy way of living, but it worked for her. That is until Alexander came into the picture. He turned her world upside down and rocked it in more ways than one. He pushed her and made her want to run, yet at the same time opened her up to the idea of love. 


    Alexander is a very successful business man who lost someone very special at a young age. Deep down he felt as though she wasn't really dead so he spends his life searching for her. *SWOON* This man knows how to use words. He lost his best friend when he was 9 or so he thought she died... I can't help but love this man. He's everything you could possibly want in a book boyfriend!!! SWOON away ladies ;) 


    I loved the characters as well as the storyline. I was a little bummed it was a cliffhanger, but i'll be waiting as patiently as I can for the next installment. I had several emotions while reading this, yet towards the end I was more pissed off at Olivia more than anything. She had everything she could want, yet she just ran away. I hope she can open up her eyes and realize what she left behind. As for Alex, I was a little shocked at how easily he gave up once she left. For someone that was searching his whole life and finally found her, I would of assumed he'd hunt her down at any cost. *sigh* 

    Overall I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I highly recommend you add this to your list and pick it up once it becomes available. 

    Thanks T.K. Leigh for the great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I Loved this book. I really enjoyed the adventure that T.K. Leig

    I Loved this book. I really enjoyed the adventure that T.K. Leigh took me on though her charters of Alex and Olivia. Yes they both have some issues to work through. But this book has me wanting more of Mr.Burnham. I can not wait for the next installment of this journey. Thank you T.K. Leigh for this Beautiful Mess that you have drawn me into.CourtswifeEG

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

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    I really cannot believe the high ratings for this book. The writing was a weird version of third person and even fourth person when his father was speaking as if alive. These characters are portrayed as immature teenagers. The plot is ridiculously farfetched because of the way it is written. The H/h are so unlikeable it is impossible to care about them. I really wanted to like this book because everyone else seems to but I was just so disappointed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    I was pulled into this book from the first word and captivated u

    I was pulled into this book from the first word and captivated until the last. The characters are full of life and easy to relate to. I was not ready for the book to end and am waiting anxiously for the second book of the series to be released. This is a great read...I did not put it down once. Thank you to T.K. Leigh for a magnificent story!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    A Beautiful Mess is just that, a mess of emotions from both lead

    A Beautiful Mess is just that, a mess of emotions from both leading characters. It is a train wreck you see
    coming for miles, but have to keep reading to see how it will all finally play out.

    Olivia's past is as convoluted as ones past can get. She lost her parents when she was six and then
    her uncle who took her in died when she graduated from college. Now residing in Boston and working at
    a Wellness Center, Olivia is just existing. She has a good friend Kiera and dates, no boyfriends, just no
    strings attached sex and moving on. Olivia is scared to let anybody into her life as she doesn't want to
    love them and lose them like she did her parents and uncle. If she gets too close, she will run away from
    the attachment and just start over in a new town.

    Alexander Burnham is the most eligible bachelor in Boston. He is handsome, rich, successful and has
    had a broken heart for over twenty years. Alexander had the chance to save the love of his life years ago
    when she was in a car accident with her parents, but couldn't and has regretted it ever since. As a nine
    year old boy, Alexander didn't know what was going on with Olivia and the car accident, but as an adult,
    he knows deep in his heart she is alive. Alexander has spent his entire life searching for her, he now runs
    his fathers successful security company and has the resources to do so.

    When Alexander saves Olivia one night, he is sure he has found his girl. Not wanting to spook her,
    Alexander gets close to Olivia, closer than she has ever let anybody before. They become friends while
    trying to figure out who each other is in their minds. She will say things that make him believe she is his
    Olivia, and he will appear in her dreams as the little boy that tried to save her that fateful night.

    I like the romance/action/suspense genre when it is done well and this book is. There is enough of
    everything to keep the reader interested. We are following the steamy romance of Alexander and Olivia,
    while trying to figure out what went wrong in her past. Besides the cliffhanger, the most annoying part in
    this book is the letter from Alexanders dad. He just wouldn't open it no matter how many times I yelled
    into my Kindle for him to do so. Let me explain, there is a letter left from Alexander's dad and while it
    could possibly contain information on Olivia's past, he Just. Won't. Open. It. Drove me mad, especially
    when I got to the end of the book and things were such a beautiful mess for this couple.

    It is a cliffhanger and I saw the next one states it will be out in 2014 which is a bummer because it's a
    really good story. Well written, sexy as hell and I will be waiting to see how this mess gets cleaned up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Olivia has a past that she has no memory of and the hottie Alex


    Olivia has a past that she has no memory of and the hottie Alexander is a good guy looking for his
     best friend who he was told past away but he never thought so. One crazy night
    Olivia gets into a crazy scary situation that Alexander is a night in shining armour that is
    there for her and helps her out but something happens and the past starts to come back to her.
     She is a runner when she gets scared. Can't wait for the next one. Great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Loved it!

    I loved this book and can't wait for the sequel. TRUST ME, you will not be able to put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    HOLY FREAKING CLIFFHANGER!!!! OMG! This book was AMAZING! I love

    HOLY FREAKING CLIFFHANGER!!!! OMG! This book was AMAZING! I loved every second of it....The chemistry between Olivia and Alexander was HOT! Olivia lost her parents when she was just a kid and Alexander has a connection to her that she doesn't know about. When a guy that Olivia was "screwing" attacked her after she broke it off Alex came to her rescue. Alexander changes Olivia in the most amazing ways but Olivia is still scared. When Olivia feels like she's getting to attached to Alex she starts to pull away but can Olivia's fear keep her from finding true love....will Alexander ever tell her what the connection he has to her past is....This is a MUST read!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    A Beautiful Mess is a Beautiful read! One of my favorite books

    A Beautiful Mess is a Beautiful read! One of my favorite books of the year...
    T.K. Leighs debut novel couldn't have been better!

    Her characters, Alexander and Olivia are really down to earth compared to some out there. It was really a nice change to have the characters actually have a "friendly" relationship before hopping into bed. There are a lot of funny and hot one liners, and some hot sexy going on...
    One of my favorite lines comes when Alex and Olivia have just recently met and he tells her..."People only have to call me Mr. Burnham in the bedroom". Alex is a little Dominant (not in the RROP kind of way) but also so tender and loving. Olivia is a little screwed up with abandonment issues, and Alex is just trying to "open her heart" to love and a real relationship..not the love em and leave em kind she's used to. In A Beautiful Mess you will find some laughter, some heartbreak, lots of sexy and disappointment that the book ends...I can't wait for the sequel...A Tragic Wreck...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    I can not say enough good things about this book. It had me from

    I can not say enough good things about this book. It had me from the beginning to the end and i want more. It is a twisted love story with alot of hurt and some healing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    A Beautiful Mess had a bit of everything! Romance, suspense and

    A Beautiful Mess had a bit of everything! Romance, suspense and mystery, and of course hot sex! The characters were different than the standard girl meets domineering billionaire, it may have been that to some extent, but wasn't thrown in your face like other books. The author made me care about these characters, and I had so many emotions running through me by the end of the book, I want the next one to be here. Now. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    Oh my Alexander,what a tangled web we weave, when first we pract

    Oh my Alexander,what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Quite an awesome,romantic suspense story between the main characters, Alexander and Olivia. A Beautiful Mess captivated me from beginning to end. Lots of unexpected twists and turns. Alexander was on an emotional mission to find his childhood interest,Olivia. Twenty years later, they reunite and sadly she has no recollection of Alexander nor their past. They eventually become an item and sparks fly with intense "muy caliente" intimate scenes. Yet their past secrets that they both harbor may keep them together or tear them apart. I highly recommend A Beautiful Mess. It will not disappoint. Thank you T. K. Leigh for a great read and sleepless nights. Looking forward to A Tragic Mess!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    I have to say i love A Beautiful Mess it was an amazing story an

    I have to say i love A Beautiful Mess it was an amazing story and i cant wait for the next book in this series I know its going to be even more amazing than this one. I started reading this last night at 8:30 and i finished about 2:30 this morning i couldn't put it down. Thank You T.K. Leigh for an awesome experience into these character's worlds.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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