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Waking Up

(Healing Hearts #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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
513 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Renee Dyer (first published March 22nd 2014)
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Sarah Robinson
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
This book is NOTHING like I was expecting it to be. Not on the first page, not 20 pages in, not 150 pages in. It was constantly surprising me because even when I was sure I knew what was going to happen, oh how off base I was. I spent the entire time clutching my iPad like a lifeline. I cried, I yelled, I was shocked, and I was in love. I felt every emotion in the book. I will say as a warning to all that there is a sequel coming, so if you were expecting every loose end to be tied up in a prett ...more
Abby P.Cook
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Guilt, sorrow, longing, pain, emptiness; these are just a few of the emotions that Adriana Manroe is dealing with after the death of her husband Alex, the love of her life,

"I miss you so much Alex. I wish I could kiss you one more time. Touch you... in any way. I don't know how to do this without you."

How can she ever bring herself to move on?

Tucker Stavros; the movie star, the man everyone want to be or be with. He seems to have it all. But when he is betrayed by his girlfriend of two years, he
Angie's Reading Dungeon
Wow, the feels you get from reading this book, you go through so many emotions and often all at once you feel Adriana's pain over the death of her husband Alex. She shuts everybody out not willing to hear his name or even touch her friends and keeping them from touching her without going into a panic/anxiety attack that cripples her.

We meet movie star Tucker Stavros, who also knows pain, heartbreak, devastation. His girlfriend of two years who is also a tv star betrayed him and he is over every
Lisa Karafa
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 Hollywood Heart throb stars!

Having not not read the synopsis of this book before I began reading and had no idea what I was in for. It was a pleasant surprise. While the dual POV from the main characters slowed my reading down at the beginning, once additional characters were introduced into the story, the book progressed at a nice pace.

Adri and her friends are very likable characters. They are a tight knit group with a long storied history and are bound by a strong love for one ano
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adriana Monroe has been living the last sixteen months of her life in Hell. If you could even call it living. Her husband and best friend, Alex, was killed in a car accident. They had known each other since they met in Kindergarten. In her attempts to deal with what has happened, Adriana has been pretending to be fine when she is around their close-knit group of friends. But she is secretly dying inside and is thinking she needs to move away from them and all of her memories of Alex.

Tucker Stavr
Ashley Garland
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was Renee Dyer's debut novel and holy hell it was HOT!!! She did an outstanding job writing this. She brought in everyone's point of view and made it work amazingly.

Adriana Monroe had everything she could ever want, an amazing job, the best friends anyone could ask for and the love of her life , Alex. One horrible night her world came crashing down hard. A year later she is still grieving the death of Alex. All she is is an empty shell that can't feel anymore. Her friends try to help her bu
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. Like HARDCORE loved it!!!

Adriana, is still dealing with the death of her husband, Alex, that happened a year ago. She still talks to him as if he is there. Moving on is hard for her.

Tucker, is a movie star yet hates it at the moment. He is close to his grandmother and takes her advice. He is funny, sexy and steamy.

There is a lot of emotions in this book. Love, hurt, guilt, sorrow, romance and laughter. You can't help but fall in love with the characters. They have
Holly Michelle
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I sat for hours reading it.
The book is packed full of emotions. And trust me you will feel everyone right along with the characters.
The entire book is very personal and heartfelt.
The book is based over a couple week period of time. We come to know Adriana a widow who is living her life as an otherwise empty shell, and Tucker the famous movie star trying to get away from the publicity and cheating girlfriend.
Along with them we have a group of supportive
Michael Burhans
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy oh boy are you all in for a treat when this book is published. Hot, funny, and some great storytelling. UNBELIEVABLE that this story is from a first time author. I can so see this being a movie.

Cannot tell you anything about it specifically but I found it amazing.
Jaime Pendleton
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was 5+ stars and I need the next one like yesterday! Summer better get here real soon! What a great book with so much emotion!!!
Victoria Torres
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story. I cannot wait for the next book.
Spunky N Sassy
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
SNS Overall Rating: 4.5

~~~~~~~~~~Dee's ★★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

A pleasant journey of growing into a love relationship with some mighty demons to overcome by Adriana and Tucker. Even though they are attracted to each other, they each have built walls around their hearts. Enjoyed reading their thoughts as they struggle with conflicting emotions. One wants to nudge them together, encouraging them to take a leap of faith. Tucker only wants to be loved for himself and not for his money or fame or as a
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Waking up (Healing Hearts #1) by Renee Dyer
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Adriana Monroe had everything, the love of her life, great friends and a great job but in a split second she loses him, her husband, her best friend, her Alex. The loss is gut wrenching and everything and everyone reminds her of him. One chance meeting of actor Tucker Starvos proves to change everything.

Incredible debut novel by Renee Dyer, this was “Mommy Porn” if you will, or a Housewiv
Nikki Lostinsweetwords blog
I have to start this one by saying how brilliantly Renee Dyer wrote this book, it is definitely a roller-coaster of heart filled emotions. This book flows so well through the story and there is never a dull moment, I really struggled to put it down!! When Adrianna lost her husband it completely destroyed her and she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be the same again. You feel every emotion that Adrianna is going through and how heartbroken she is trying to carry on living without Alex by her side. He ...more
Lynn Smith
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Adrianna has been living inside her grief and pain ever since her husband Alex died. For sixteen months she hasn't really lived. Just going through the motions. Tucker an actor got in his truck and took off after finding out his girlfriend of two years had been cheating on him for most of that time. Bad enough to know about it, but to actually see it. A couple of weeks away from the her and the set of his show was just what he needed. Taking his grandmothers advice to drive around the town of Ep ...more
Eye Candy Bookstore
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading a story about a woman who has lost her husband is heart wrenching. Adriana struggles to let her late husband Alex go and her family and friends are worried for her. One day a sexy hot movie star turns up in her driveway, unable to turn the sexy Tucker Stavros away she offers to cook a meal for him. There is a underlining connection there but Adri refuses to see it or allow herself to feel it.
Tucker has been hurt and cheated on so he travels to clear his head. When he meets the very beau
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am unable to comprehend how this was Renee Dyer's debut novel! This book was so HOT!!!! Renee did an amazing job with this book.

Adriana Monroe had everything a person could ever want. She had a great job, amazing friends and the love of her life, Alex. One horrible night changes everything. Adriana's world comes crashing down around her. A year later, Adriana is still grieving and unable to move on. He life has turned her into the shell of the person she used to be.

Enter Tucker Stavro. He is t
The Book Fairy Reviews
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Beautifully written! I couldn't get enough of Tucker and Adriana!
Okay ladies fair warning you are going to need a glass of wine and a big box of tissues for this one. But let's start with the fact that Adriana and her friends rock! I can see me in each and every one of her, (as she calls them) Bitches! Let's see Adriana and Ahlana are addicted to their kindle's and have a slew of book-T's to go along with their Book Boyfriends. Mickayla loves her Super Natural and of course they both LO
Sian Davies
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. Cant believe this is Renee's debut novel, feels like she been doing it forever.
With this book you go through so many emotions along with Adriana, the pain,guilt and heartache.
Adriana has spentthe past sixteen months numb over the death of her husband Alex,She can even bear to her his name being mentioned,
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Book Worms  United
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those "grip you from page one and doesn't let you go even after the book has ended" stories. Thankfully I have book two ready to go as soon as I finish this review. Adrianna has been through hell and back. Suffered more loss than it seems anyone could survive. She hasn't been living because of the pain and the guilt she feels. She even has pushed the people closest to her back so that they don't know the truth of her heartbreak. Her secrets keep them in the dark.
Tucker has just b
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is book one in the Healing Hearts series. After reading it I was shocked to realise it was a debut novel by this author. Oh my dayz - this author can certainly write.

Adriana has been through hell. Although she's acting as if she's ok to her friends, inside she's dying. Tucker is a really hot movie star. Away from the cameras he's broken. When these two bump into each other the attraction is instant. Can these two broken souls move on from their past and find happiness?

This is a brilliant s
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Renee Dyer knows how to bring a story to life, and her characters know how to bring your emotions to the surface! From sexy, troubled Tucker to Sweet, broken Adriana, and every character in between. Their stories intertwine in a way that makes you feel as if you're with old friends. Sassy Mick will have you laughing at her brazen unfiltered remarks, Tucker & Adriana will both cause you aches of the soul, each character is so real, so unique that you can't help but fall in love with them all. As ...more
Tami czenkus
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy for an honest review!
I absolutely LOVE this story and it has so much depth I couldn't put it down.....
I wasn't a fan of the multiple POV at first but it grew on me and gave the storyline deeper meaning for me.
This story is about loss, love and healing in several levels throughout the book.
Tucker oh man Tucker yum yum!!! I am truly a Tucker slut for life!!! I loved Adri and all of the characters. There is a realism to the story that had me crying, laughing and yelling at my ki
Nicole Allen
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing-reads
This was a very emotional read. I still am reeling from everything that this book made me feel. The ending was...I don't even know how to describe it...I loved it and hated it. I just can't wait for Book 2!! I hope that there is a book 2! Everyone should go read this book! Thanks Sarah R. for recommending it to me!!
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So happy I was gifted this book, now i have found an amazing Author i will read all of her books this was one of those books you don't want to put down once you start reading, now that I am finished this book I am off to buy her second one in this series so I can see how this turns out, Thank you so much Renee, Loved it and recommend you all buy it, Cheers
Vickie Raynor
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adriana still suffers the loss of her husband, best friend and soul mate. Tucker who lost his mother early on and his father. Both unexpectedly find each other and work on healing. Get caught up in the characters. The group of friends make you want to be a part of them. Touching romance. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Nicole Naranjo
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I absolutely loved Tucker, he's so sweet and sexy. He truly helped Adriana wake up. This book invoked so many different emotions. Of course I hated the ending but not because it was bad just because I'm selfish and need the next book now!
Sara Prevendoski
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG loved it! Absolutely. love Tucker and my heart breaks for both his and Adriana's broken selves. They both deserve love only if Ariana coukx realize Alex would want her happy. Looking forward to part 2 of their story.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I laughed and cried through this book A wonderful story!
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Renee Dyer is a New Hampshire girl through and through. She began writing because staring at trees got boring and her mom gave her a journal to make her stop talking all the time. She’s a tea-drinking, Supernatural-watching, Patriots-loving, fuzzy sock obsessed, craft hoarder, who fights with her characters, but typically gives in because their ideas are better. Most days (because it feels like a ...more

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