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Coming Alive

(Welcome to Carson #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Two broken souls. One last chance.

Avery never expected to take another chance at love. Until she's thrown a curve ball she isn't anticipating – a man that causes her pulse to race and also happens to be one of her bosses. Finding herself drawn to him, Avery does her best to push him away, but she in no way predicts her heart pulling him in.

Logan doesn't trust women. Period
Published (first published January 17th 2017)
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Katie Jones
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heart!! I couldn't put this book down, and finished it in a day.

Avery has not had an easy life whatsoever, but she overcame everything with such animosity. I was so proud of the person she became from the beginning into the person at the end. What a beautiful soul she is. The relationship between her and Logan is something one wishes to have. Anyone would be lucky to have Avery in their lives.

I am so glad that I was able to receive an ARC of Coming Alive and I CANNOT wait until the next bo
Marieke (Marieke's Books & Books and Tequila)
Coming Alive is the first book in the ‘Welcome to Carson Series’ by Renee Harless. It tells the story of broken Avery and distrusting Logan, who find love in each other’s arms. While I like their story, some parts of the book sadly didn’t work for me. However, I like it enough to give the second book in the series a chance.
“She needs to remain unaffected; being close to him makes her want things she shouldn’t, because she is far too familiar with the outcome -it’s the same every time. Friendshi
Amazeballs Book Addicts
This one is a great read! It's an emotional, heart string pulling story. Avery is a strong character. She has had a tough life. Her family didn't care for her and a lot of the ones she loves have passed away. With the help of a friend, she moves to Carson for a fresh start.

Logan's pass with woman hasn't been good. He has doesn't trust easily. He is drawn to Avery. Avery is skittish and doesn't want to start a relationship. They start out as friend but they have too much of a connection to leave
Colleen  (The Book Lover Blog)
4.5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
Coming Alive is book one in the Welcome to Carson series, and my first read by Renee Harless. Renee’s story will make you smile, laugh, swoon, and possibly even shed a few tears.

I absolutely adored the main characters, Avery and Logan. Avery was such a strong woman, having overcome so much heartache and loss in her lifetime. Logan had been burned by too many women, starting with his mother. He no longer trusts women, but something about Avery makes him want to try. To him, she is
Danielle Dickson
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC exchanged for an honest review.

I love Avery’s character, she's so strong and I love strong heroine's, especially after they've been through a lot in their lives. I also want to mention the writing style which kept me reading on and on, I really loved the story but I must admit it did take me a little bit to get into, I'm not used to reading in third person. I did feel like the H&H's conversations went from 0-100 really quickly in the start, but I get why the author did that as they were
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God. There aren't enough stars to give this book. I devoured it just a few hours. There is nothing better than a strong heroine and Avery is just that! She has been through so much in her young life. Logan is a doctor in the office she works in and they have an instant connection. She is hesitant with good reason but she is finally able to let it go! A absolute must read. Tissues and ice cream are necessary! This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be my last!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

Coming Alive is the first book in the ‘Welcome to Carson Series’ by Renee Harless. It is an incredibly sweet, passionate, erotic and touching second chance at love/contemporary romance.
I really think Ms. Harless has excelled herself with this first instalment, in what I think is going to be a really wonderful series. I never expected to be so drawn to both the characters and the beautiful story. I fell for the charming, well-conceived and complex characters, not just the two leading char
Jan 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Second chances...

Does one take it?

Avery Poindexter never expected to take another chance at love...actually, she had planned on remaining invisible for the rest of her life.
Growing up in a family that would put Cinderella's to shame, Avery Poindexter watched as her sister withstood years of abuse while she was sidelined to the staff quarters unable to fight for her own.

However, she had a plan...

On her eighteenth birthday, with the signed paperwork from
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! I'm completely mesmerized by this story. It's definetly by far one of the best books Ihave read. I couldn't get enough!!

The characters Avery and Logan felt so relateable and real, I felt like I knew them, they were that good. The characters complimented each other perfectly. I was drawn by Avery instantly, her character had been through so much trauma in her life and she was portrayed throughout the book as a strong, independent woman who still carried all the hurt, blame and raw emotions
H.B. Jasick
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story will completely devastate you, rip your heart up into tiny little pieces, and make your eyes do that leaking thing, right from the very beginning. You are instantly depressed, and are left completely broken right along with our girl, but it gets better. You must break, so the rest of the story can piece everything back together. There's only one direction to go, and that direction is up! Our girl meets our guy. They are both equally damaged. They are both Rose from rough beginnings, b ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming Alive: Welcome To Carson, Book 1 by Renee Harless

5 Stars

Avery broke my heart in this book, she went past second chances and moved on to third chances. How she was brought up, and that grandmother, oh my goodness! This author wrote her story in a way that I felt it deep, I cried a few times and just hoped for something to happen for her, and her move to Carson was the start of something positive. Ill admit I thought Nikki’s role was going to be much different than it was…

Everyone needs a
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Harless and I wasn't disappointed. She has a great way of making you feel the emotions of the characters and boy did this book have the emotion. Harless puts Avery through so much and yet she still manages to move forward which makes her such an inspiring character.

Avery--is a girl who has been through hell and back and is still standing. Everyone would understand if she gave up but she never does. I'm not sure how this poor girl didn't drown in her grief. She's also on
Polly Barreto
I am still wondering how to write this review. While I loved Avery and Logan and their story, the book just didn’t work for me. There were parts in the book that lagged and others that went too quickly.

Avery and Logan are two lost souls not really looking for “partner”. Both have issues and come from dysfunctional families (and holy cow are they ever). I wanted these two to face their fears and insecurities together and be able to put their pasts behind them. This book did contain lots of emoti
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can someone really move away and start over? Can they get over the heartbreak of losing someone that they love - not once or twice, but three times?

This is the question that Renee Harless brings up in Coming Alive. Avery Poindexter has had so much pain and sorrow through her young life that, when given the chance to start over, she takes it. Within a week or so, Avery finds herself in Carson, North Carolina where she meets a man also filled with heartbreak and sorrow.

Though neither of them bel
Heather Jasinski
Avery has been through so much in her life. She is such a strong woman! Logan is such a good guy and he as well been through some things. The two of them have instant chemistry...sparks even! I got so wrapped up in this book that I finished it in 3 hours!! I didn't want to put it down. Renee captivated my attention with her writing which was easy to read, detailed plot, relatable characters.

I really liked the ending. I did shed a tear or two while I was reading this book

"You're the air she need
Kathy Rouchelle
A deeply emotional book that will have you wondering how someone so young could possibly be so strong after the life she's been dealt, after all of the losses she has endured and all before the age of 24. This story is heartbreaking, but then it is also about putting the pieces of your broken heart back together again with the help of dear friends and one amazing man. The story is so very well written that you are drawn into Avery's story from the first word of the first page, and you don't leav ...more
Teri Kay
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming Alive was OUTSTANDING!!! This is my first read from Renee Harless but I CANNOT wait to read more!! From the moment I started reading this book, the story was tugging at every heart string. You immediately fall in love Avery, from her rough childhood to the losses that she experiences. Each trial and tribulation never cause her to give up. Logan has been burned by most of the women he has dated and has completely given up on love. But there is something drawing these two together. There co ...more
Vera Fowler
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm totally awestruck with Averys character how someone can go through the heartbreak she does to still find the strength to find love again amazing. I cried and laughed while reading this book I had so many emotions and I loved it. Logan's character is totally swoon worthy. But after reading this book I was left with a positivity that there can be light at the end of the tunnel. Absolutely fantastic read highly recommended and well worth the 5 stars
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avery & Logan are stuck; whether its stuck in their past or stuck in their grief they are both weighed down by their life experiences & some serious traumatic events that they've both lived through. This is Avery's journey to change and start anew and Logan's fight to overcome his fears. When these two meet it's instant chemistry & friendship; you can't help but root for them while they find their happily ever after. You will fall in love with not only Avery & Logan but all these ...more blog~
5 Stars to Coming Alive (Welcome to Carson Book One) by Renee Harless.

Wow, I loved this book! It had everything I love, all the emotions and the feels! Let me say it isn't often that I am already bawling in the first chapter. I didn't need an angsty build up to get me there. This author tore into my heart from the get go. This book was not one I could put down. What an amazing book to start the series with.

That said, I actually started the Welcome to Carson series with book two which was another
Spunky N Sassy
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Second chances at love are important in books. This one proves it.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
You will need a tissues handy when you read this book. Avery had to lose alote of people that were important to her and endure a lot of hell, before she was able to get her HEA . Logan's parents didn't even know he was around as a child. With that kind of childhood it makes it hard for him to get close to anyone. After facing many hurdles Logan and Avery do get ther HEA.We some great secondary characters as well in this book , Nikki, Austin, Melanie , Max. I hope to learn more about them in futu ...more
Mardell Bonasso
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I have yet another author to follow! I so enjoyed this book. This book had all the feels from beginning to end. This is the first book in a series and I am anxiously awaiting more. I got so involved in reading this book, I could not turn the pages fast enough. I found myself completely engrossed for an entire day reading it. Such a great story and a must read! I highly recommend this book!
Diana Munn
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book for my honest review. It was my first from this author and I absolutely fell in love with her and this book. This book with have you on an emotional roller coaster so be prepared with the tissues. You will smile, laugh and cry then swoon over the love she finds, then cry more at the heartbreak she endures. But in the end you will want to see her get the life she deserves. It is a book with a lot of heart break and disappoint for Avery but also a lot of lif ...more
Paula M. C. Basílio
The story is about a girl who suffered a lot because her family. Avery Poindexter was abandoned by her mom who got pregnant at fifteen, and was constantly abused by her grandmother.

Her young sister is born, Aria. Was abandoned and abused in the same way since baby. The employer at home, Mila was the only hope for the two girls to have a mom by their side. So close.

Their fathers (by Aria and Avery) didn’t know about the daughters, because was hidden by their mom. But Avery, somewhere in the book
Anna Edwards
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Renee Harless
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Coming Alive tells the story of Avery and Logan as they fight against what has shaped them. Avery particularly has had a terrible time since childhood, but she remains strong and defiant. Both the hero and heroine are strongly characterised, and I instantly felt great empathy with them.

This book is well written all the third person and maybe a bit too much use of the characters name in favour of he, she, they. It did not distract
Amanda Andrews
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of Coming Alive by the author in exchange for an honest review... The story of Logan and Avery literally took my breath away! I've read many romance books that have held me captive, but nothing like this. I didn't want to put it down. Renee has managed to bring these characters to life in a way that is absolutely beautiful. Both Logan and Avery have been dealt a horrible hand yet instead of letting it break them, they each rise above it and better themselves. Avery is by far o ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming alive.. that is a great title .. This is a brand new author who I never heard of or read before this book!

Second before you start reading grab a box of Kleenex as you will need them! I did!

Now, while this is a sad story it also shows so much more. The plot is strong if not a bit heavy handed on the sexual scenes.

Only thing I have a issue with is why would she agree to marry him as she is leaving him. I would demand answers before saying yes not afterwards.

The author also has a few spo
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE THIS STORY! I am a huge sucker for these kinds of this stories. They don’t always work out the way I want but there is just something about a storyline where the main characters are a bit damaged but redeemable. Well this story doesn’t disappoint in that department. The author has written characters with strong wills and a lot of determination to just survive their pasts and move on.

In Coming Alive we meet Avery and Logan. Two people who have basically given up on ever having a “normal” lif
Crystal Jimenez
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Renee is a new author for me, and one that I will most definitely be reading more of from now on. This is one of those ugly cry books that you just can't put down. I was in my feels with this whole book. With everything that Avery has been through in her short lived life, it makes you sit back and look at your own life. And you realize that your problems are nothing compared to hers. She has lost so many, and her heart is almost non existent. And then she meets Logan, can he find all the pieces ...more
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Renee Harless is the author of thirteen romance novels - focusing on contemporary themes or suspense. Her upcoming release, Stolen Hearts, is scheduled for June 26, 2019. Go add it to your TBR.


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Welcome to Carson (7 books)
  • Coming Together (Welcome to Carson, #2)
  • Coming Consumed (Welcome to Carson, # 3)
  • Coming Altered (Welcome to Carson #4)
  • Coming Unraveled (Welcome to Carson, #5)
  • Coming Unplugged (Welcome to Carson Book 6)
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