Series: Waiting Duet #1
Published by Alyson Reynolds on March 21st, 2017
Genres: College, Contemporary Romance
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Olivia Crawford had been through the ringer. All she wants is to start over without any complications or anyone figuring out her secrets. When her twin brother Finn convinces her to move back home and finish her degree at his school, it's just the push she needs to start over.
Nathaniel Ford is the golden boy of SCU. He seems like he has it all, perfect family, awesome friends and fraternity brothers, and a few buildings on campus with his last name on them. But things aren't always what they seem.
From the first time Nate and Olivia bump into each other, literally, he wants more of her feisty attitude, but Olivia throws more walls up with each step he takes closer, and he isn't sure he can break them down fast enough.
✯☆☆҉‿➹⁀☆҉ 3.5 Stars ☆҉‿➹⁀☆҉☆✯
Sometimes, the plethora of amazing books out there is a blessing, sometimes not so much. In an environment saturated with books, it takes a lot to make a book stand out. The storyline by itself, if it’s not the most unique plot ever, is not enough anymore. At least for me, to make a decent book exceptional, many factors need to come together; not just the story, but also the writing and the consistency and congruency of the plot.
Waiting to Breathe is my first book by Alyson Reynolds. I liked the story; Olivia and Nate were perfect for one another. They each had to deal with their demons and heal. Until they met, they were drowning in their problems, struggling to breathe.
Olivia went through hell—betrayed by the people closest to her, she has a hard time trusting people. The only two she does, are her twin, Finn, and her best friend, Cora. They are her rocks, but it isn’t until she meets Nate she starts to open up again and feel alive. Nate is the one shining beacon of light who illuminates her existence and makes her want to live again.
I did love these two characters and their story. I loved how they healed one another and made each other see what they were missing. I loved the way both characters developed and grew—became stronger, more secure, and happier. It was a beautiful journey to experience.
While I enjoyed the story and the journey these two characters took to get to their happily ever after, for me there were a few issues which prevented me from making this a stellar book—mostly editing issues. But mind you, just because I can’t overlook these things doesn’t mean others can’t. However, unfortunately there were inconsistencies with the timeline, as well as plot holes, which is something that I can’t ignore after a while. At some point, while the writing suggested only a couple weeks passed, in actuality three months went by without me noticing. Further, it didn’t always flow as nicely—the discrepancies kept pulling me out of the story.
And as I said, for me the story itself is only one component that makes a good book. Waiting to Breathe definitely has the foundation for a great novel. I loved the main and side characters, especially Finn, but it just lacked in other areas important to me to make this decent book into an excellent one.
I do want to reiterate however, that others will not have these same issues. My issues are very subjective ones. Therefore, I still recommend this story to anyone who loves an emotional read about out overcoming your past and finding your way back to the living after tragedy strikes. You will fall in love with both Nate and Olivia. Hold on and enjoy their crazy ride.
Regardless of my issues, I enjoyed reading this story and I will definitely check out the next book in the duet once it’s out.