A Beautiful Mess : Beautiful Mess

  • by T. K. Leigh
  • Narrated by Anadelle Waters
  • Series: Beautiful Mess
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the 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 - that is, until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But Alexander 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 that threatens her very existence, or will she push him away in order to protect her heart?

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Not a great listen for me

Having read the other reviews, I wonder if I was listening to the same book. This one really didn't do it for me. There is a very emotional romance element but the entire book revolves around Alexander keeping a secret from Olivia. I just couldn't understand why a) Olivia being an intelligent woman just didn't figure it out ******possible spoiler*******: surely human beings' facial features, voices, mannerisms, etc don't change that much from childhood to adulthood *********end of possible spoiler********* and b) the reason that he didn't just come clean and tell her wasn't convincing or clear enough for me. I found myself wanting to just shake the senseless characters into next week, and then I stopped caring.

The narrator is quite good but the story was just not convincing. Not worth a credit for me.
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- Diva

"Mediocre" is a generous comment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing and a better performance.


What was most disappointing about T. K. Leigh’s story?

The absurdity of the plot twists and the shallowness of the characters.


Any additional comments?

The narrator's male voices are laughable, she is however good at injecting an irritating element to the voices of those we aren't supposed to like. Her pace and timing are off but perhaps she was anxious to get through a ridiculous piece of writing. The main characters and the plot compete throughout the story for the crown of most absurd. We have an unlikeable female lead who is ok with being treated as a doormat. An ex-Navy SEAL, millionaire running a security firm who couldn't be entrusted with the job of school crossing guard. He is so wrapped up in himself that he spends the entire story wrapped up in angst over whether to read a letter from his deceased father that might contain information Vital Tom the love of his life. Neither character has the emotional maturity that a 10-year old possesses. The story revolves around a decades old tragedy that ties the two characters together, incredibly, these two find themselves working in the same building after decades of living separate lives. In the meantime there is an evil genius lurking in the background, content to wait For years but unable to rebuff being blackmailed by a street thug for millions of dollars.

The whole package makes you want to wretch. I was hoping they'd all end up in a raft somewhere in the Pacific, surrounded by sharks and dying of thirst.....it wouldn't have been an ending more far-fetched than this plot with its one dimensional characters.

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- Old n'tired

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio