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
Grace had suffered something tragic that made her hide her true self, she only lets very few close and even fewer know her secret. When she meets Parker it is almost like he holds the key to unlocking her true personality, but he keeps pushing her away every time they get close. Watching her come out of her shell when around Parker was a great thing. At times, Grace acted immature when she would find information out or something would happen. She gets mad at Parker at one point, and while she did have a good reason to be upset, she took it to the extreme. It took something serious to happen for her eyes to open and stop acting like she was towards him.
Parker wanted Grace from the moment he first saw her, but he knew he had to keep his distance for more than one reason. He was hired to keep an eye on Grace, he is a private investigator. He has a job to do and doesn’t want to screw it up. Once Parker finally accepts his feelings for Grace, he refuses to let her go again. He really is this emotional guy and what he feels for her is strong. He screwed up in keeping secrets from Grace, but he will do anything to protect her.
I liked A Graceful Mess, it did start off slow but it’s worth reading the entire thing through. It gets very emotional, especially when you find out what happened to Grace. Parker I just loved, he was sweet, sexy, protective, slightly Dominate in the bedroom and overall a good guy and would love to have him at my side any day of the week. The emotional roller coaster you go on is one you won’t forget. Make sure you have tissues close by cause you will need them.
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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