by T. R. Graves


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Left by T. R. Graves

Your own two feet are all you have when you've been left.

A naive Baylee loves Colt, her boyfriend of four years, more than she ever thought possible. After a little snooping, she's convinced she's well on her way toward hearing an once-in-a-lifetime proposal and starring in the wedding-of-the-year event. Instead, she's blindsided by a very public breakup and the crushing news that Colt is marrying someone else... someone more befitting him and the role his father expects him to take in his law firm.

Baylee may have spent years resenting Ariana, her mother, and her suicide, an intolerable show of weakness in Baylee's opinion, but after Colt leaves her just short of the altar, Baylee sees the world through her mother's eyes. She sympathizes with Ariana's actions and realizes that some things-soul-deep aches-can irreparably damage you and make moving on nearly impossible.
At least that's how she feels until she meets Ryker. With his help, Baylee discovers there is life after Colt, and she prepares to move on by pulling herself up by the bootstraps, holding her head high, and standing on her own two feet.

Unfortunately, a new jealous and hateful Colt has his own plans for her, and they are plans no one-especially Baylee-ever saw coming.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491009451
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/31/2013
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

The author of Warrior, Secret, and Still Standing series-currently available-and Moral Dilemma and Underwater series-to be released in 2013/2014.

She lives in Texas with her husband, their nineteen-year-old daughter, and nine-year-old son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as an administrator and registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.

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Left (Still Standing, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Lifewriter More than 1 year ago
 I had the pleasure of reading this book sometime last year.      T.R. Graves did it yet again.  Her books have a flawless pacing that leaves you craving more and more with every page turn   (not to mention sexy, intricate characters that leave your heart racing at just the right moments).  Left is about a young girl in love with the wrong boy and when his father pushes him too far, it sends him over the edge.  He loves Baylee    but his reputation is more important to him, that is until Ryker comes along and jealousy fuels his rage.    This is more then a girl meets boy story while heartbroken story.  Baylee is a strong female character that deserves attention.  She is a   great role model for girls and women who not only lived through their own version of the story, but for the female population in general.    She's the indie author's Katniss Everdeen or better.  I honestly cannot wait for the second book in this series. And I wish, I so wish this   would be turned into a movie.    Graves has become my favorite author and honestly she is changing the industry and mark of the indie.  I know a lot of people are   hesitant to pick up indie books because of the "indie curse".  Meaning a lot of people think that indies are talent-less hacks that are just   trying to stick it to the industry and couldn't write to save their lives, this is NOT and NEVER will be the case with this writer.  Graves is   beyond talented and her stories are perfect.  She changed my mind about the industry, let her change yours.  Oh, and on a side note--I   went to a writing convention recently and everyone that I talked to that I mentioned Graves' books to recognized her name (and one was   an agenty-type person).  So don't assume that just because someone chooses to indie that they won't be known or aren't talented.   Sometimes it is an integrity thing.  The publishing system sometimes wants to change books into something other then the writer's  vision and the author passes on the deal to keep true to their characters and themselves.   Read this book!  You will not be disappointed!  The story and the writing are breathtaking.  Graves deserves attention for this novel, lets give it to her!  ~Lifewriter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book! Cant wait for the rest to come out! Over 300 pages absolutely worth the money
1949JD More than 1 year ago
Left By T. R. Graves Left begins with a suicide that shows us the reality of how loss and emotion can destroy a life if no one is there to help. Graves then moves us into a world where domestic violence is real and shows us through her characters what it is like to deal with a difficult situation and how the main character Baylee learns that what is wrong with her world is classified as domestic violence. It is something that moves into Baylee’s life slowly and when she realizes what is going on it almost destroys her. Graves sends a strong message in the pages of this book she quotes it in the beginning “Your own two feet are all you have when you’ve been …left.” (T. R. Graves) Strength has to come from within, but sometimes to find it you have to meet others that have survived it. Left will hold your attention and will open your eyes as well. This story will provide you a read you will not soon forget. Bella Doerres M. Ed. September 1, 2013
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intense...a great read, over 200 Pages.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
**4.5 Stars** Holy smokes! This is one intense read! There are so many twists and turns - I had a really hard time putting Left down. Having read Ms. Graves before, I knew I liked her writing style. But Left...it just blew me away! I hope I can put my feelings into words in some sort of coherent manner... Baylee Messenger suffered the traumatic loss of her mom when she was only 10. Twelve years later, she has a college degree, a successful career, and a loving, stable boyfriend of four years. Life seems grand, even if she and Colt, her boyfriend, don't see as much of each other as she'd like. They're both young workaholics, but she feels safe and confident in their relationship. Until she's doesn't. Colt ends their relationship, at his father's request, in a very public, very ugly fashion. Not only does he end things, he also tells her he's marrying someone else! Now, Baylee finds herself humiliated and unable to afford much. She never thought she'd find herself in this situation much less finding an understanding of her mother's actions from so long ago. But Baylee's strong. Standing on her own two feet is absolutely within her power.  Colt Henderson III is painted as a loving boyfriend but also an approval-seeking workaholic. We don't get a good picture of him prior to the present other than he's asked Baylee for quite a lot in their four years together...moving several times, giving up her career in nursing... After their breakup, Colt begins behaving very erratically. Baylee finds herself scared of him but also wanting to help him. But she's going to need help. Luckily, Ryker Russell happens to be in the right place at the right time. Ryker is such a true gentleman. He also happens to have firsthand experience in dealing with some of the things Baylee is currently living through. He's more than happy to lend a helping hand. The relationship development between Baylee and Ryker is so well done. Things happen rather quickly, yes, but it all happens during such intense circumstances that it totally works. As for those intense circumstances, I can't say much without spoiling the story. But the suspense Ms. Graves creates had me flying through the pages, and gasping at each new twist in the plot -- Or crying aloud at a new revelation. There are so many surprising curves and shifts, I actually said aloud 'what a tangled web we weave' at one point. And even better, I never saw these things coming.  The supporting cast of characters is well developed, even if they don't appear often. Eden, essentially the 'other woman', is quite something. I anticipate seeing much more of her in the next installment. She's the consummate rich princess, getting whatever she wants by whatever means necessary. I hope Baylee gets to knock her down a few notches. What made Left such a rich reading experience are the details. Ms. Graves has the ability to draw such sharp imagery; her words create the pictures in my mind -- and I love that. Also, as Ms. Graves is a nurse, her knowledge of healthcare enriched both Baylee's and Ryker's characters (she's a healthcare consultant, his company does work in healthcare), it also made scenes within the hospital more genuine. Other details that enhanced the story, at least for me, were Ms. Graves' accuracy in describing Texas, the setting. Her descriptions of downtown Houston, the Riverwalk in San Antonio, were so on-the-nose, it made for a very authentic feel. Since this is the first in the series, Baylee's story is not over. Thank goodness! I, for one, certainly hope the wait for the next book isn't too long.  I really, really loved this book. It kept my tummy tied in knots. I'm completely emotionally invested in these characters. I am so anxious to see what's next for Baylee as she continues learning to stand on her own...with Ryker by her side? Seriously, Ms. Graves...when is the next one coming?!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by this author. I read it strait throu the night cause I could not find a place to stop. I just could not put it down. AWESOME! Now Im going to find everthing else she has done... :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome story. You get frustrated with Bayley as the victim at work with her horrible co-workers. But, the characters are interesting and the climactic ending is not really The End... Will the next book come out soon? Is it a continuation of Ryker and Bay? What happens to Colt? Sooo...when can we expect the next book called There #2?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was ok.3 stars. Wont buy follow up book.
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SabrinaNedeleaSN More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Itching For Books for letting me be apart of another great tour! T.R. Graves created a wonderful story. It had my heart broken into tiny peaces, it made me angry at some point. It’s rare an author manages to put such feelings into me just by it’s writing. For me, personally it’s honor I had the chance to read and review this book. It was an incredible journey. Our main character Baylee it’s a beautiful young girl, kind of week, but who knows how to treat the person next to hear. Too bad the other don't...She’s been dating Colt for 4 years now, and wants to seduce him, to make this relationship still beautiful, even after so many years. She dresses wonderful for her man, thinking this is it, maybe he is going to propose after all. But her hopes goes to waste, because Colt isn't the man she thinks. After sacrificing everything for him, and putting him first in everything, Colt brakes up with Baylee in public and embarrasses her. But, that isn't enough...Colt goes ballistic and becomes abusive with her.  Baylee’s live wasn't easy at all with Colt, she left her nurses job because his dad didn't liked it. He is a lawyer and works with his dad, she on the other hand works at Healthcare. She has done everything Colt asked. But that night when everything changed, and Colt destroyed her life, someone finally stands up for her and helps her, Ryker. He is beautiful, smart, with an attitude and rich. He is the done that tells Colt to stick it and to leave Baylee alone. All the things go crazy, it’s like she is leaving in another life. She finally realizes her purse is missing and Ryker offers to take her home and invites her to his room to look for the keys. They end up staying the night together and she wakes up in his bed.  Ryker things it’s best for him and Baylee to go into an adventure, just for a few days, to leave the problems with Colt and everything behind. So, she decides to leave, and they went to her house to grab some clothes. But, there Colt was expecting her to talk, and to take him back, like this is something normal. When she says no, Colt goes crazy and becomes abusive. Luckily, Ryker it’s with her and manages to save her again. They leave for a vacation in San Antonio for the weekend. They have an amazing time, realizing that maybe Ryker it’s the one for her. When they come home, she meets again Colt, and he is even more abusive. Every time they see each other he goes nuts and she is afraid. But, Ryker it’s there to help her and to protect her. Will she finally manages to escape Colt? Will she end up with Ryker? I don’t know what to say more because this book really consumed me. I loved that Baylee didn't let Colt to destroy her and her life completely. She stood up whe she realized what kind of a men he was to begin with. Baylee become stronger with every page. I love the relationship she and Ryker managed to have. He was her savior, her rock! I absolutely, without any doubt, loved it! 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has very serious subject matter but it is handled well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not sure what the reviewers saw in this book. It was written to appeal to a much younger audience, yet the subject matter was too mature. the story ended abruptly Just not my cup of tea. I will never know what happens to these people because I would not spend the money (.99) even on this author.