Heart of Marley

Sold by Carpe Per Diem / Tracy Kellam
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My sister died the night he snuck into our bedroom.

I brought her back to life when I made sure he couldn't harm her again.

I promised I'd always protect her, that I'd always watch out for her.

I never thought I'd have to save her from herself...


To the moon and back...


From the stars to the ocean...


That was Marley and Cameron Bowen's secret code.


Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life... Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol... And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls. No longer able to stand listening to his sister's screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they're finally able to escape the nightmare.


They're finally able to start over...


But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager she is supposed to be... Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she's no longer able to keep on the mask she has been compelled to wear.


Mature readers recommended.


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If you walked in on your high school sweetheart and husband of ten years in a compromising position with your best friend, what would you do? Would you kick him out, serve him divorce papers, and leave the small town in North Carolina where you grew up, taking his dog with you just to spite him?


Because that's what I did.


I have no idea why I chose Santa Monica as the place of my rebirth, but here I am, in the land of earthquakes, mudslides, and wildfires, starting over when most women my age are just starting out.


When I come across the bucket list my mother scratched out before she died, I decide this may just be the kick in the pants I need to figure out who I am and where I'm meant to be. Stepping outside my comfort zone, I set out to accomplish everything she always wanted to do but never got the chance.


But falling in love was never on that list.


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She's been safe the past twenty-one years. He'll do anything to keep it that way... Even if it means lying about who he is.


Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. For the past decade, she has remained unattached to anyone, men included... Until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But he has demons of his own, ones that could turn her world upside-down.



Will Olivia allow Alexander close enough to protect her from a force threatening her very existence? Or will she push him away and guard her heart instead?


Pick up the first book in the USA Today Bestselling Beautiful Mess series and get lost in this second chance romance full of suspense, lies, and secrets.



Series reading order:

A Beautiful Mess

A Tragic Wreck

Gorgeous Chaos

Chasing the Dragon (Deception Duet #1)

Slaying the Dragon (Deception Duet #2)

Vanished: A Beautiful Mess Series Novel


What readers are saying:


"From the moment I started reading this book, I could not put it down! What a wonderful and romantic love story between two people who were destined to be together. This story was packed full of romance, mystery and intrigue and all I can say is...YOU WILL LOVE IT!" - Literary Nook Book Blog


"A beautiful Mess. That is exactly what this story was. A beautiful yet tragic mess, with rollercoaster of emotions to come." - Endless Reading Book Blog


"T.K. Leigh has written this beautifully and totally leaves me wanting more, she involves you and lets you feel what the character is feeling. Well Done! Totally love it!

I highly recommend this book if your looking for a sexy romance with some mystery." - Magic Within The Pages


"This is T.K. Leigh's debut novel, and boy did she pick a doozy! I just couldn't put the book down! She did a wonderful job of making me invested in Olivia and Alexander, and I really want to find out what happens next to them! If you're looking for a book with non-stop action, hot sexual scenes, and plenty of suspense, pick up A Beautiful Mess today!" - Reading Rainblog


"I finished this in 2 sittings in one day (I had to eat or it would have been one!). This is one of those books that after you finish it will stay with you for a while. It was amazing, the characters were written so freaking well, and the story was smooth and wonderfully told." - Reading Past my Bedtime


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Publisher
Carpe Per Diem / Tracy Kellam
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Published on
Nov 3, 2014
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Pages
366
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ISBN
9780990739906
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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The USA Today bestselling Beautiful Mess trilogy continues. Will Olivia and Alexander find their way back to each other? Or will Olivia's past continue to consume her? Find out today.



Scared of her feelings for Alexander, Olivia flees Boston for a secluded beach, trying to shut out the world once more.


But Alexander refuses to let her.


After a clue comes to light regarding her whereabouts, can he convince her their connection is strong enough to weather the impending storms...even if it means telling her the truth?


Series reading order:

A Beautiful Mess

A Tragic Wreck

Gorgeous Chaos

Chasing the Dragon (Deception Duet #1)

Slaying the Dragon (Deception Duet #2)

Vanished: A Beautiful Mess Series Novel


What readers are saying:


"While reading T.K. Leigh's words, I've experienced the greatest of highs, the lowest of lows and everything in between. My heart feels like it's been ripped from my chest, stomped, shattered, put back together again only to feel it swell to the point of bursting and in need of more bandages... T.K. Leigh has a best seller in her hands. A Tragic Wreck has the ability to make the reader feel so many emotions. God! What a read. I would give 10+ stars or "page turns" if I was able to..." - Turn The Page


"I hope you're ready for a wild ride because it's going to be a bumpy, emotional roller coaster ride on the Alexander and Olivia express. The emotional intensity of these two characters were so powerful, you can't help but feel their struggle, sadness, disappointment, passion, anger and happiness - it was like a vortex that completely sucked you in, you felt it all!" - Fierce and Fabulous Book Diva


"Needless to say this book is a must read. Once you start you will NOT be able to stop. I give it a solid 6 stars out of 5. That's right, for the second time since I started reviewing books I'm giving this book a 6 out of 5 star rating. It really is just that good." - Book Cracker Caroline


"You can't get better than this people. 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


"Yet again Mrs Leigh, you had rendered me speechless for your passion as a writer and the abyss you so effortlessly manage to send your readers into." - Endless Reading Book Blog


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The explosive conclusion to the USA Today bestselling Beautiful Mess trilogy is here! Will Alexander and Olivia find their happily ever after? Find out today!


Finally able to face her fears of abandonment, Olivia begins to prepare for the next phase of her life...with Alexander at her side. But he’s still keeping secrets.


As Olivia slowly starts to remember her past, he realizes it's only a matter of time until she puts all the pieces together and figures out who she is...


And who he is...


When shadows of Olivia's past threaten not only her life, but also those around her, will Alexander finally reveal the truth?


What readers are saying:


Gorgeous Chaos is a TOP PICK for me because it is pretty much written to PERFECTION. I couldn't have asked for a better ending for these two characters that I have become invested in, heart and soul. The ending was unexpected. I didn't see any of it coming, and the surprise had me banging my head against the wall. The expectations I had for the conclusion of the Beautiful Mess series was INCREDIBLY HIGH, and Ms. Leigh did all she could to surpass those, and my god, did she ever! Bravo! - Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads



Gorgeous Chaos kept me on the edge of my seat and I honestly could not put it down. I was so desperate to find out Olivia and Alex's fate. The twists and turns made me gasp with shock. I love how just as I was thinking about a character, blam, the character appeared and had their own closure. The conclusion of this story was amazing. It was exactly what I expected; dirty, delicious, amazing, emotional, frantic, cosmic, the stars aligned with a perfect ending. - Novel Grounds

 

Gorgeous Chaos is such a wild ride and great ending to this series that had me hooked from the beginning. I went in with such apprehension and nervousness. ... This is a great ending to such a thrilling series. Although there is suspense, action and some disturbing scenes, T.K. Leigh also gave us those super sexy moments between Alex and Livvy. - Sticky Reads

 

I am not ready to let go of these characters or this story. I feel like I need time to grieve the loss of these books now that they are over! This was the best book in this series. T.K.'s writing is eloquent, a breath of fresh air, and at times with hot sex in it! - Everything Marie


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I should have resisted him, but I couldn't, too weak to fight the devil himself.

And Tyler Burnham was the devil.

He used me.

He lied to me.

But he loved me. And he still does.


Unable to stop thinking about the man who deceived her, Mackenzie Delano struggles to move on with her life and forget that Tyler Burnham ever walked into her life. But she still aches for him, despite his betrayal. Her mind is at war with her heart, a war that could be the difference between living and dying.


Tyler Burnham is lost without Mackenzie. As he contemplates the meaning of everything, he tries to find a way to prove that his feelings for her are true. That he would walk through fire to keep her at his side. That he would sacrifice it all...his career, his fortune, his life...to protect her.


He may just have to...


Series reading order:

A Beautiful Mess

A Tragic Wreck

Gorgeous Chaos

Chasing the Dragon (Deception Duet #1)

Slaying the Dragon (Deception Duet #2)

Vanished: A Beautiful Mess Series Novel



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