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While You're Awake

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novelette

There’s no rest for the fearful.

Ava always knew the bees would come. Just when she’s settled into a place of her own, freelance editing and savoring her independence, her rental house is invaded by a swarm of honey bees. And with their arrival, her lifelong fear morphs into a full-fledged panic that steals her sleep—and her pea
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Seasons of a Story
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Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While You're Awake was a super fun and sweet read! The character's extreme fear of bees was humorous at times, but I also couldn't help but feel for her because her fear controlled her life so much and made her lose sleep.

The romance was nice and I liked the ending...For a short book, it ended well. :) I also loved the dogs and how energetic Moon was. ;)

All in all, I loved this short read. It was fun and quick to read.

*I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book for my honest review. As
I don't typically read contemporary romance, but WHILE YOU'RE AWAKE sounded intriguing. 'Cause a coffee-consuming Sleeping Beauty? Yes, please! And I'd had my eye on some of the author's books for a while, so when a friend sent me a copy, I was thrilled!

WHILE YOU'RE AWAKE was like peppermint tea. It was the perfect length (I suppose that part doesn't necessarily sound like peppermint tea, but otherwise, it was just like it *smiles*), and the plot and writing style were absolutely refreshing. Tho
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I heard Amber Stokes had penned a new novelette—a modern day twist on Sleeping Beauty which involves coffee—I was immediately intrigued!

The story starts out with Ava, a freelance editor in her late twenties who has two major fears: Bees and inconveniencing people. When Ava comes home one day, her worst fear is confirmed. A swarm of bees are in her house and she has no one to turn to. Suffering from exhaustion because of her fear, she takes her pressing editing work to Coffee By Angels to es
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I just love the lyrical dream-like quality of the writing in this story. The focus is definitely on the emotions of Ava as she experiences fear, exhaustion, stress, friendship, and relief. I appreciated the sweetness between Keegan and Ava, how they want to be there for each other and just fall naturally into a relationship. It was easy to picture the story in my mind with the lovely descriptions of the setting woven in with the sometimes intense feelings of the characters. It was a delight to r ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-i-own, 2016
This was a really cute, novella. :)
Meghan DeWalt
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As soon as this writerly friend of mine shared with me about her venture into a Sleeping Beauty retelling, I knew it was going to be a memorable one. The premise based around a classic tale but with a contemporary, charming spin to it, While You're Awake is in short, a lovely novelette. I read it in one sitting with a huge cup of tea laced with honey--an appropriate sweetener for this tale.

Ava is a princess of a character who does not know it. She is one I was very closely able to relate to from
Rachelle Cobb
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had the privilege of reading Amber Stokes' While You're Awake in an early stage, while it still had a different title but the same sweet tone!

I love and admire Amber's ability to take a contemporary setting and set a fairy-tale spin to it, complete with a darling coffee shop and a kind hero. In fact, I think I liked the hero best, just because he was so good to the heroine.

This story is different; it centers around a semi-traumatic event in the heroine's life that catapults her into her first
Courtney Clark
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and delightful! Full review to come soon.
Julie Graves
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Ava has an extreme fear of bees. When bees invade her little rental house Ava has nowhere to turn. Losing sleep but yet needing to keep up with her job as a freelance editor, Ava escapes her little home to a coffee shop in town.
Keegan works at Coffee by Angels and notices how tired Ava looks when she orders her coffee. When Ava has a mishap at the coffee shop Keegan offers to drive her home. Keegan has had tragedy in his past and has a desire and need to help people. He soon labels Ava “Tired G
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fairytale Addicts; fans of the author
Shelves: 2015, favorites, review
As anyone who has read this blog for any length of time could probably tell you, fairytales are a favorite of mine. Or in the words of Miss Dorcas Lane, they are my “one weakness.” To be truthful, like the beloved character on Lark Rise to Candleford who loved that phrase, ‘tis true I do actually have more than one weakness, but fairytales are certainly high on that list. When I discovered that blogging friend Amber Stokes was going to release her loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty, needless to ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very sweet. Some romance-hand holding and a kiss-and the story did move quick since it was a novella, but I loved how Ava was afraid of bees and the fear that was shown as she endeavoured to overcome that. Keegan was nice too :) There's a hint of spirituality, but not as much as I would have liked. ...more
Bailey Marissa
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty that's unique, fast, and really sweet. The romance is clean, but it's not annoying or cliche. There's also really cute dogs.

Recommended 12+ for romance.
Miranda A. Uyeh
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a story that shows that love can find you anywhere, even if God has to use bees to do it (very funny, I know!) it’s also one that shows that [nearly] all kinds of fear can be overcome albeit by the power of love and healthy companionship.
Though a fast and easy read, which I read in one sitting, it doesn’t fall short of any element that makes a well put-together novella. This is what I adore about Stoke’s work! She manages to always give a story the full ingredients that it deserves, no m
So if you haven't figured out by now, Ms. Amber Stokes is one of my most favoritest writers! :D And this little novelette has risen to the top of my list. Based around the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, it's the cutest story of Ava and Keegan. Ava, unable to sleep because of her fear of the bees that are making themselves at home in her apartment, has let that fear completely overtake her life. When Keegan finds this out, his protective instincts kick in and what follows is a sweet story of these tw ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis of this novelette, I was intrigued. The words “re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty” grabbed my attention and made me want to read more. This sweet story certainly has the whimsical quality of a fairy tale, complete with a prince charming. Ava and Keegan’s story is charming, and I look forward to Amber Stokes’s next tale.

I received a complimentary copy of this story in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Miranda Atchley
While You're Awake
by Amber Stokes

Ava's rental home has been invaded by one of her greatest fears, honey bees. Day and night, she can hear the buzzing of their wings, taunting her by their presence. Seriously tired from the lack of sleep her unwanted guests have caused, Ava packs up her laptop and heads to the coffee shop, Coffee by Angels, to sip a moccachino, get some freelance editing work done and maybe clear her head. While at the shop, Ava meets Keegan, or as she soon comes to call him, Ang
Caitlyn Santi
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amber Stokes has outdone herself yet again!
I have read (and loved!) all of Amber Stokes books, so needless to say when I was offered the opportunity to review this book, I leaped at the chance! I was most definitely not disappointed, all of this author's books are amazing but in my personal opinion this is her best book yet! Ava and Keegan were such awesome characters, I found myself relating to Ava in many ways, and if you want to read about a swoon-worthy hero, look no further! Keegan is one a
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novellette! It's a creative story set in modern day but loosely based on Sleeping Beauty.

I admit, there were a few times the sweetness was unbelievable, towards the beginning. I totally wouldn't have let a guy drive me home alone. But I was quickly rooting for Ava and Keegan, cheesy nicknames aside.

I particularly loved how real Keegan's backstory was. There was one moment when it came out and he was asking questions of God, even though he knew the answer and knew it was "st
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Amber Holcomb (Stokes) is a freelance editor and indie author who lives in eastern Washington with her adventurous husband. Previously, she worked in marketing for a Christian publisher for nearly three years. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor's degree in English and now fuels her work with words in this new season of life.

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