4 of us were happily surprised when we started reading Renee Dyer's first book, Waking Up!!
For Adriana Monroe life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, her photography business is booming and she married Alex, her childhood best friend. Life is perfect. It’s a fairy tale really.
But one night changes everything for her.
Suddenly she’s alone. She’s afraid to trust and afraid to love. Most of all she’s afraid she’s broken beyond repair. Nightmares torment and haunt her every time she closes her eyes.
Will she ever be the same?
For Tucker Stavros it looks to the outside world like things come easy for him. He’s gorgeous, rich, famous, has a hot girlfriend. Hell, he’s a movie star. If women aren’t trying to get with him then men are wishing they are him. What they don’t see is the broken child hiding behind the smiles he fakes for the cameras. They don’t see the man who wakes up drenched in sweat from his nightmares from a past he can’t escape.
Betrayal sent him running.
A chance encounter throws Tucker and Adriana together. They try to fight their attraction for each other. They feel they’re too broken for the other.
Will they continue to suffer in the hell of dreamland separately or will they find that Waking Up to real life together can be so much sweeter?
Of course our review echoed that!!!!!
Review, by Vicci :
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I literally just finished it. You know when you read a book and have to write about it straight away and tell everyone about it??? Thats how I feel about this book. I can't believe this is Renee's debut novel! It feels like she has been doing it forever.
With this book you go through so many emotions along with Adriana, the pain,guilt and heartache.
Adriana has spent the past sixteen months numb over the death of her husband Alex. She can't even bear to hear his name being mentioned, she completely shuts downs. She can't even handle being touched by her friends... (I have to mention her group of friends 'cause they great and always have her back.)
In comes Tucker Stavros into her life and bam!!! Things change (could to say i LOVE Tucker so much?? *sigh*) He is getting away from his own mess, his girlfriend of 2 years cheating on him (but why???? he is sooo HOT!!!). Tucker is a well known actor but nothing like you expect. He's hot but so sweet too.
They both help each other heal in a way no one else could.
This book has it all! It's HOT, sweet and pulls on your emotions.
I couldn't put this book down, read it in one sitting.
CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH!!
CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 2!!! NEED MORE TUCKER!!!!
Thankfully (for us), Tucker's and Adriana's story does not end here!!
Tehy get a second book, which we absolutely loved!!!!
Blurb (Contains spoiler):
Adriana Monroe had her life planned out. She was going to marry Alex, have a house full of kids, and spend as much time as possible with their friends. But, life had other plans. Life stole Alex from her and Adriana grieved his loss so badly, when she had the chance to love again with Tucker Stavros, she couldn’t do it. She was broken and felt her love for Alex would break Tucker, too. So, she walked away.
Now, her heart is shattered and she’s mourning the loss of both men.
Tucker Stavros has lived his life looking for love. After losing his mom at a young age and being abandoned by his dad, the only love he’s known is from his Grams. His relationships have been disasters. He’s never felt that spark… until he met Adriana Monroe. Everything changed for him the second he saw her smile. He didn’t care that she was grieving. He didn’t care that she was broken. He saw himself in her lost eyes. He would have done anything to make her his. Just when he thought they were becoming something special, she walked out of his life, crushing his heart.
Now, he’s alone, afraid he’ll never find anyone that makes him feel the way he felt for her.
Tragedy strikes and Tucker and Adriana find themselves thrown together once more. Will she continue to protect him by staying away, or will she find that her heart will take what it wants? Will Tucker shy away from her, or will he run to her and show her why they belong together? Will they hide from each other, or will they walk into the unknown with their Eyes Wide Open knowing that in order to heal, you have to first be broken?
Again, it was difficult to describe how much we enjoyed this book in just a review!
Review, by Vicci (contains spoiler):
Omg Renee hit a home run with this beauty! I absolutely love her writing skills.I was lucky enough to win a competition to win an Arc copy of EWO. #ExcitedDoesntBeginToCoverIt.
We left Waking up with Adriana leaving Tucker at the airport, and that left me hating Adriana.
I told Renee this and she told me to bear with it.I hate giving spoilers to books but I will tell you Adriana redeems herself tenfolds in this addition. ;)
I absolutely love the way Renee has written this book, it is such a fantastic book and BIG too, which I love books to be. It's not dragged out and nor is it rushed, its just perfect.
I love we get to see more of the other characters in this book and I've found my next love interest and he goes by the name of Adrian (#swoon).
All of the characters have hidden pasts and I can't wait till we get to read each and everyone of their stories. This book is definitely going to be a best seller and rightly so. It's truely amazing, emotional and loving writing that will leave you craving more and more. It has great gut wrenching twists and secrets to give you that shock factor. I definitely recommend you stock up on the tissues, because you will definitely need them a few times in this book.♡♡♡♡♥♥♥ Now bring on Adrians book lol ♥♥♥♡♡♡♡ #ATVS #TIVAS
To sum up, we are above thankful we got to read her books and we are patiently waiting for "Beneath his Darkness".
About Renee :
From a young age Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that soon turned into journals and later computer documents. Poetry became short stories and short stories became a novel. Although she's surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be all woman when she escapes into the fantasy of reading and writing romance. That is, until she needs male perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband. She's a true New Englander. You'll find her screaming profanity at her TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them) reading a good book. To her snow is not a reason to shut things down, only a reason to slow down and admire the beauty. Ask her questions and she'll answer them. She's an open book, pun fully intended.
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