A Tragic Wreck : Beautiful Mess

  • by T. K. Leigh
  • Narrated by Anadelle Waters
  • Series: Beautiful Mess
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won't let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain? Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia. He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how - in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn't about to lose the woman he loves. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia's whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has lain dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face-to-face with a shadow of both his and Olivia's past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?

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"T.K. Leigh is definitely an author to watch out for. She is taking Romantic Suspense to a whole new level." (Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads)

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A HEART-WRENCHING TALE OF TRUE LOVE & DESTINY

If like me, it's been a while and many books since you listened to book 1 in this series, then it may help if you go back and relisten to the last few chapters of that book before starting this one to familiarise yourself with Olivia and Alexander's tragic story. But if you can easily remember their raw sizzling chemistry and hot passion that's been built on secrets, lies, deception and lust then brace yourself and get listening.

This is so full of self imposed heartache brought on by both Olivia and Alex that I just wanted to scream at both of them to grow up, hug each other, tell all and get a grip as Olivia has changed from a strong woman into a snivelling wreck. Tensions and feelings were high (including mine) as all the drama and angst played out between these two childhood best friends which led to some hot sex but not always with each other as their breakup hit them both hard. The fallout was both heartbreaking and devastating but thank God for second chances.... or that's what I thought.

There was a shocking surprise when someone came back from the dead, more daunting revelations were revealed when Alex eventually opened his Father's letter to him, Olivia suffered more nightmares that was slowly opening Pandora's Box to her past memories and all the while, in the background, lurked their enemy making terrible plans that'll shatter their now hard won blissful world.

Worth the credit? I must admit that this was a very frustrating listen as both of their emotions were all over the place which made them both do stupid, crazy and annoying things..... but I became hooked on their romance from book 1 so I need to know just how it's going to finally play out. So, as hard as it was to listen to all the heartache, anguish and pain that they both viciously dealt each other, I'm a romantic and need closure to their love story and YES it's a tortured, romantic, sexy, addictive and creditworthy listen. Not a stand-alone, told from various POV's, a cliffhanger ending and the Narrator did an excellent job. My only hope now, for my sanity's sake, is that the finale to this awesome trilogy will be with Audible real soon.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

Trilogy Review 2 of 3

The narration was good. See my review of Book 1 for more detail.

Book 2 is a little bit of interesting mixed with a whole lot of painful. The side stories and characters are actually pretty cool. However, the push-pull of Alex and Olivia is way OTT. They both are complete morons. I was like, "Well, good. Here are some relatively stable people that I hope they hook up with instead of each other because they are totally toxic, basket cases together." There's an almost cool twist….that never really materializes. Then…the stupid… it burns. Let's see. What to do when bad stuff happens? Hmm 1- Run. 2- Hide. 3- Booze. 4- Sex. Yes, very mature.

*****MINOR SPOILER******
Alex is supposedly a SEAL, yet he can't manage to stop a woman (who is supposedly in danger and needs a protection detail) from fleeing his house (for no damn reason other than she is an immature twat) even though she has to wait for an elevator in order to leave. Then, Mr. Security Expert can't manage to catch her outside, screams her name and then bends over SOBBING on the street having lost her. Alex is a SEAL? Hell no. Maybe an emotionally unstable florist but not a freaking SEAL. No way. Also, the "cleaner," Donovan, has to be the most incompetent criminal ever written. His "target" is a very gullible and dimwitted woman who regularly flees her security and has no clue to life, and he can't manage to abduct her? Give me a break.
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I'm still hanging in, though I really am regretting investing in the 3 books at this time. There appears to be good writing and a decent story underneath the many moments of pure stupidity. This one ends a bit happier, and promises better things to come. Still hanging in there and enduring. Hoping for a BIG payoff in Book 3 to make this all worth it.
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- Erin "Audiobook Addict. It's all about the Listen. Mostly Romance, but I do branch out a bit. Reviews are my honest opinions-popular or not."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio