Friday, November 8, 2013

A Graceful Mess Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Title: A Graceful Mess
Author: Nacole Stayton
Publication Date: August 25, 2013

Summary: 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 fa├žade…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



 My Review:
3.5 Romantic Stars!

I am so into contemporary romances and New Adult right now. So when I read the synopsis for this, I knew I was going to sign up for the tour. I absolutely love the cover, and the blurb sounded amazing. 

I thought A Graceful Mess was a sweet and enjoyable read, with a strong aspect of love (and not just romantic love), and the inspiring message of overcoming personal pain and finding triumph over those who have hurt you.

The start of the story is a prologue where we first meet the main character, Grace. All of a sudden, it's about seventeen years later. Grace has just graduated from college, and she has a fun and carefree summer ahead before she starts law school. She meets Parker Porter at a bar and is instantly attracted. And the attraction is definitely mutual. Except, Parker has a huge secret. He's in charge of a private investigation firm, and his new client is the biological father of the woman he wants in his bed. This dude is playing with fire. Doesn't he know that no secret stays hidden forever? And yet, he still kept it from her, and told her at the worst possible time in the world. Seriously, Parker, you're so stupid. Okay, really, I like him. However, he made some pretty stupid  moves. Saying goodbye in a letter. Leaving her bed before the night was over and then saying goodbye IN A LETTER AGAIN! He tells her about his private investigation after she finds out she was adopted. I liked Parker, but I didn't love him. 

However, I did love Grace. I thought she was such a strong character. She has gone through some painful, painful experiences. And she doesn't even know she's adopted and that she's known her psycho ex-boyfriend a lot longer than she thought. Because of her suppressed memories, she doesn't figure it out until her parents give her Brody's journal. Everything hits her at once, and she doesn't know what to do with it all. It pushes her into a potentially dangerous situation. Tragedy befalls everywhere, and Grace realizes that life's too short to be angry. So, she forgives her father. And she forgives Parker, because he saved her when she was doing everything but living. Just like she made Parker feel alive again.
"You're going to be my undoing, unraveling me piece by piece." -Parker
The relationship between Parker and Grace was Hot. Explosive. Sizzling. The chemistry between the two of them was electric. At first, it starts out with sex. Then it develops from a tentative friendship and the two of them hanging out to even more hot sex. However, I wanted more. I wanted more depth, more emotions, more time for them to explore their insane attraction. This was an emotional story, yes, but I thought the emotional connection between the characters should have had more time to develop. When they first used the 'L' word, I found myself rolling my eyes because it seemed way too soon. Had there been more than sex between the two, I might have been smiling and saying, Oh, they are the cutest couple I have ever read about. They were both great characters. I just didn't see them in it for the long haul (forget the epilogue). 
"You learn to love and then give love. It doesn't  always come easily, or it may come fast, but once you've loved, whether it be your partner or a child, there is no better feeling in the world."
Love that quote. <3 I liked how the book ended, but I wish Grace had explored her relationship with her biological father. I felt like that part of the story-line was so underdeveloped, and then tragedy struck. It was too easy how that happened. And I wanted more of that subplot. I thought it was an important part of the story. 

I'd definitely recommend this read. It's all about forgiveness and healing, and most importantly, about what it means to truly love someone. <3



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