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Living Again

(Living Again #1)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,600 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Kayley Carson thought she had it all...married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living.

When she meets someone that chal
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ebook, First, 400 pages
Published October 4th 2013 by self published (first published October 2nd 2013)
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Shamika
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is really my kind of story - I'm a sucker for a tear jerker, but also just a good love story with characters who are older and somewhat established, or better yet mature. The beginning of this story is very sad and just heartbreaking! It's raw and Kayley's pain is felt deep as she is dealing with the death of her husband Alex, while also being pregnant with their first child. Kayley is surrounded by her family, Alex' family and her best friend Emily who are such a support system for her dur ...more
Joanne
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: current-fiction
Breathtakingly raw in its honesty. This isn't your Grandmother's Harlequin Romance. This is the other side of those heart wrenching tragic news stories, where you hear of families torn apart. These are the awful steps after the funeral, those moments no one ever witnesses of those left behind. Disbelief, Anger, Grief and Resolution to rebuild the next chapter of their story. The future without the one buried in a coffin. The survivor's struggle through their own ''living death'' to rebirth of th ...more
LeElla Scott
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A page-turner from the beginning!

After being dealt a horrible hand with the death of her husband, Kayley's journey to loving again is filled with heart-felt emotion and proof that there can always be a second chance at happiness as long as you open yourself up to it.

With this being just the author's debut novel, I've got high hopes for her next works!
Kellie
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-books
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! It grabs you right from the very fist page and doesn't let go! The emotions are so real, so raw and you feel like you are a part of the story! I lost count on how many times I cried while reading this book! You will go through a gamut of emotions from sorrow, to elation and everything in between! Can not wait for more!
Vanessa
Wrecked...every emotion has been felt. *sigh* Review to come with my tour post on 11/4.

**FULL REVIEW**

Title provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.


Normally I would quote throughout my review with parts of the book, but for some reason I just can’t do that with this one. This book is so emotional, the quotes aren’t needed. I am going to do my very best to convey what I felt about it…not just what I thought. Thoughts aren’t enough, this is a book that pulls on every emotion, and e
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Crystal
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Forget the tissue box and grab the roll of toilet paper. You are going to need it! I ugly cried the first three chapters and then repeatedly throughout the book!



First we have Kayley, she's devastated during what should be the happiest time in her life.



The hopes she has for the future have been destroyed.



One phone call,



One night,



He's gone.....



How does someone bounce back after losing their best friend? The love of her life gone. Her unborn child will never know him. He and their future was
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Karen
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Everything about Living Again blew me away. Right from the start it was emotional and full of heartbreaking moments. Kayley is suddenly faced with the reality that her life will never be the same. A life is cut entirely too short after a drunk driving accident. With her whole world turned upside down, Kayley is living her darkest days alone and pregnant. Not only is she about to become a first time mom, but she is doing so without her husband and best friend.

After a ton of soul searching, Kayle
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For the Love of Books
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every book I’ve been reading lately has torn my heart out but I am not complaining cause they have been written beautifully but I’m still recovering. This book is easily 5 stars of amazing love!! I love this story because I relate to it in so many ways!! I lost my fiancé and had three boys to raise alone and there were days when I did want to give up!! L.L Collins captured the pain of loss beautifully she makes you feel and understand what someone who has lost something goes through. Every feeli ...more
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It broke me. Words fail me ... an exquisite and breath-taking story. Please, please read this book. You won't regret it - I, promise.
B.A. Wolfe
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was an emotional journey for not just the characters, but for myself. Wow. I felt so much pain for poor Kayley and the tears she shed were matching my own, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. She loses her husband in a horrible accident and you feel like you just lost him too. How does she live again after what she just went through? LL Collins does a great job of this as you find yourself learning to "live again" just as Kayley does. My heart fluttered when she met someone who was trying to change h ...more
Lost in Romance Books
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book may have ruined me for all of the short, insta-love, quick reads out there!!! LL Collins writes an in depth novel dealing with loss, grief, love, heartache, joy, friendship, family.... basically life. And does it in a way that is like floating down a lazy river, giving the reader time to feel and experience the passage of time along with the characters. The length of the book gives the author the opportunity to develop the characters; it allows you to care about them, hurt with them, l ...more
Jenni Fields-Hatfield
5 "Doctor Ben makes me melt" Stars!!

Grab your tissue ladies because this story will suck you in from the first page to the last. I am pretty sure I was in tears for the first six chapters. Kayley Carson has to be one of the strongest women I have ever read about. Just when my eyes would start to dry again Kayley would flash back to her life with Alex and the waterworks started all over again. I could not imagine going through the loss of my husband while pregnant, the loss alone would devastate
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Jamie Rhodes
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Incredible, beautiful, amazing, heart filling....those are just a few adjectives that I can think of to describe this book. This was one of the best books that I have ever read.(and I have read a lot) The author described the characters in such detail that I felt as if I was there in the book with them. Kayley married her best friend, Alex, only for him to die a few years later. Kayley was devastated and was left expecting a child that Alex would never get to meet. Kayley's family and friends we ...more
Sherry Galloway studdard
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story is beautifully written. It grabs you from the first page. Your emotions will take a Roller-coaster ride throughout the whole book. Kayley is broken. Battered she just can't take anything else. Ben is relentless handsome and completely head over heels for Kayley
I will not give spoilers but I will say this. I found myself with tears leaking from my eyes and a vise around my heart more than once. Life is unfair. Tomorrow is not promised. We have No Guarantees. Sometimes if we are lucky fa
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-Deena-
5 AMAZING Stars!!

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This book can be summed up in one word for me-AMAZING! Everything about it was AMAZING! It was such an emotional read, I lost count of how many times I had tears falling from my eyes. It was so beautiful. One of the many things that I loved about this book was it had a playlist. LOVE books with playlists!! The songs really showed the emotions that each character portrayed through the book. This author really pulled at my heartstrings with this novel!

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Kayley and Alex were absolu
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Maggielou
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book and jumped at the chance to read it due to all the amazing reviews and recommendations from fellow bloggers. I do not consider myself an emotional person and I am not one to cry but after buying it and hearing how some people responded to it I prepared myself with a box of tissues just in case.

Living Again was OMG such an emotional rollercoaster and though I did get teary eyed there were no waterworks. What can I say, I’m weird that way! ;)

So here’s a bit about the charac
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Gena Puro
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
~3-3.5 I'M NOT SO SURE STARS~

Living Again is a story of great loss, love and redemption. It's a story about Kayley, a pregnant widow who lost the love of her life due to an unfortunate circumstance and Ben who is a romantic, perfect doctor who has insecurities about himself because of his cheating ex-fiancee.

I gave it a 3-3.5 rating because it is little long for me and there were scenes that I could have live without. I'm not sure if the author just wants to lengthen her book more or if they hav
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Skye Turner
Living Again is a wonderful debut novel.
I was quickly drawn into the story and my emotions were immediately involved.
This is a wonderfully sexy, romantic novel about overcoming traumatic events and taking a chance on love.
I found myself neglecting my duties because I simply had to find out how this story ended.
Once I started the book, I was unable to stop reading.
Kayley is a wonderful female lead who you can immediately feel for and relate to. My heart broke for her, but I was impressed with
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Cori
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book had me bawling my eyes out! We meet Kayley, pregnant with her first child and married to her college sweetheart, Alex. Alex is late coming home from work one night, but we learn that he was in a horrible car accident and did not survive. Kay, expecting their first child in a month was absolutely devastated! Learning to deal with the loss of her husband and raising a newborn baby is a challenge. After a year Kay is finally starting to get back to some sense of normalcy! Until her p ...more
Blythe Kuykendall
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I loved this book. Warning it will make you cry though ;) It truly is a phenomenal book. I have already read it three times! Yeah I'm slightly addicted to L.L Collins book! I can't wait till her next book comes out because if it is anything like Living Again I know I will love it. L.L Collins captivates you right from the beginning and I can tell you right now that I have been sharing this book like crazy with all my friends!
Carmen
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely must buy Living Again

I have never read a book that has made me cry in the first few chapters. This book was so touching and me feel so bad for what Kayley went through. Get a box of tissues before you start reading this book. A great book!!!!! Must read. Great Job 'LL!!! I can't wait to read more of your wonderful writing.
Books&Dreams
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**I was given this book as a ARC for an honest review**

I just finished this book, and all I have to say is OH WOW!
I CRIED, feels gif photo: cry tumblr_lwxn1xwbWX1qewxhd.gif I laughed, laugh gif photo: laugh laugh.gif
This book gave me so many feelings !! feels gif photo: feels gif HOWDOIHOLDINTHESEFEELS.gif

So that being said I give it 5 heart wrenching stars!!!

There is not much to say without giving spoilers away, but I will do my best. This book had me captivated from page one!
I would have to say this book is different then any book I have ever read, the author sucked me right into Kayley's life and I never left, I think I
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Stefanie Kral
I'm not a 100% sure where to start!! Oh, yes I do. Tissues... Make sure you have them because you're going to need them from page 1 all the way to the last page.

We start off with the beautiful Kayley Carson who's pregnant with her 1st child. She doesn't know she's having because her and her husband didn't want to know. They wanted to be surprised. And, they were so beyond thrilled to be having their 1st child. If only it were that easy.

Kayley's world went from being fantastic to everything crum
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TC
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. It has a blend of emotions throughout and pulls you in from the very first page. This book is a tearjerker and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it as I don’t usually read books of this type, but boy, am I glad I did. Were introduced into Kayley’s life after the loss of her husband, who is realising her life will never be the same. Heavily pregnant at the
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Amy
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

***Review From Amy Conley For The Nerd Girl Page***
Kayley Carson thought she had it all...married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living.

When she meets someone that chal
...more
Dianne
L. L. Collins knows how to pluck at one’s heartstrings in double-time! For the first few chapters of Living Again I almost needed to resort to paper towels as I ran out of Kleenex! Talk about a living nightmare, brutal and heartbreakingly horrific, Kayley was married to her best friend, the love of her life and they were having a baby, her life was perfect and it was all shattered in an instant. She became a young widow with a baby who would never know her father and she was lost in a world of d ...more
Dee
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I tried the sample and I didn't even finish the first chapter before I started skimming and these are the reasons why:

- The Flashbacks: Which I typically don't mind, it didn't flow or support the story. I.e., when she first met her hubby and how everyone knew they were going to be together, it didn't support the heroines excuse for not walking to talk about him at the funeral to his closest family and friends. It just didn't mesh with the flashback from a few paragraphs prior.

- The Telling: The
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Butterflies, Books & Dreams
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
First, let me say that I would have never guessed this was LL Collins debut novel. It was brilliantly written and I could not put it down.

I am more than familiar with the lose of a loved one and the stages of moving on. So, this book hit a little close to home for me. It takes a superbly strong woman to move on from such a tragedy. This is where I will give Kayley props. Her main focus is her daughter but after meeting Ben she realizes maybe life is worth living again.

"Dis my Daddy," she said, b
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Tracey
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Living Again is a book you definitely need to have your tissue box handy. It tells the beautiful love story of Kayley and Alex that was cut short by tragedy. Alexis was the one thing in her life that would be a constant reminder of Alex. With this tragedy she did not want to get hurt by love again and thought she would never feel anything close to the way she loved Alex. With the encouragement of her best friend and the constant pursuit by Ben, see if Kayley can open up and fall in love again. T ...more
Phyllis Williams
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Living Again was a good read for me. However, I felt it was a bit too long. This is a sad story with an eventual HEA. I cried more than a couple times. I loved the hero Ben and the lil princess Lexie. Ben is a good book boyfriend for me. There were great secondary characters in the book. Overall a good read for a long winter weekend. :)
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L.L. Collins was born and raised in the eternal summer state of Florida. She lives with her high school sweetheart husband and is driven mad daily by her two teenage boys, but her princess dog is her favorite child and kind of makes up for the testosterone flying around her house. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, almost six years ago she made her l ...more

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