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Waiting to Breathe

(Waiting Duet #1)

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  171 reviews
She's broken.
He's lost.
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, perfe
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Published March 21st 2017 by Alyson Reynolds
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Anne OK
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Pretty much what I expected from 20 year old college students. There's always drama, non-communication skills, and instant attraction. And don't forget the fraternity house where all those sinful encounters take place.

All in all, it was a fun story -- and maybe my age had something to do with my criticisms, but it was a bit hit and miss for me. Hero Nate was adorable and certainly was the plus in the relationship. Even though Olivia, our heroine had understandable reasoning for some of her beha
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Richelle Robinson
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Olivia has finally come back home after a horrible year. She been through alot and considers herself “broken”. When you find out why she considered herself “broken” you can't really blame her. Will Olivia ever be able to heal? Will she be able to love and trust again? Only one way to find out.

Nate isn't your typical hot guy. He's sweet, smart, loyal and is also carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. There's a lot more to Nate than you think and his character really impressed me in t
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Jenny Q
May 24, 2018 marked it as to-check-out
"...put through the wringer." Am I the only one who decides not to read a book because there are errors in the blurb? I mean, if you can't take the time to get those all-important paragraphs right, what does that say for the book?
Hanne
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Olivia went through a difficult time a few years ago and decided to travel to be gone from everything. She’s in a better place now and is ready to go to college. She goes to the same college as her brother and meets his best friend Nate. Nate doesn’t have the best home situation and goes to college to do his dream job when he’s graduated. Nate likes Olivia from the moment he meets her, but Olivia pushes him away. Nate becomes a good friend of Olivia and hopes that Olivia will give him a chance o ...more
Emmbooks
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really sweet college romance.

I did find Liv to be frustrating at times but given her past, others may be more sympathetic.

Nate is everything you want from a Hero. Sweet, borderline Alpha with plenty of skills in the bedroom.

Definitely looking forward to the second book in this Duet.
Heather Soligo
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Waiting to Breathe was a sweet new adult romance between college students Olivia and Nate. Olivia has demons she was wrestling with from her past and Nate was having issues with his family.
For the most part I enjoyed reading this book but at times I felt the story was just off somehow. The characters were relatable but the drama seemed forced. I felt that even though Olivia was a college student she acted immature when they had disagreements. I know I'm "old"....at least my teenagers tell me I
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Coco.V
May 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Blurb:
She's broken.
He's lost.
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 wi
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Carola
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
book bruin
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Audiobook Review
Story 2 stars
Performance 5 stars
Overall 3 stars

I love NA romance, but this one was a miss for me. I just never really got invested in it or the characters. Even for an NA romance, it felt really immature and was filled with too much cliche drama that made everything over the top.

I liked Nate overall, but just like all the characters in this book, he seemed to bend over backwards to make sure his cupcake was happy. Nate and Olivia definitely have instalove, but I could have overlo
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I was one of the blogs that helped reveal the cover for this book! I then decided to review it for the Release Day Blitz because the synopsis really intrigued me and made me want to read the story! I received an ARC of this book and I started reading it very last minute because I was away on holiday! I did zoom through this book, but it was mainly because I was on a deadline to review it lol! I really enjoyed this book though! The plot developed at a really good pace and it did keep me intereste ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waiting to Breathe: Book One of the Waiting Duet by Alyson Reynolds is the first story in the One of the Waiting Duet series. One thing that I enjoyed about this story is that the author has created characters that you can relate to and also true to life. These characters will pull at your heart strings and make you feel what they do. This story will remind us that sometimes the ghosts from our pasts can come clashing to our present lives. Find out if these characters have ghosts that clash with ...more
Ana Rita
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alyson Reynolds each time I get a book from you I feel like a kid on a Christmas morning. And you know why? Because I know that I will find another beautiful and fantastic story that will blew my mind away.
"Waiting to Breathe" was another story that moved me and took my breath away.
Alyson has a simple but very striking writing. The way she tells her stories allows us to dream and think about what matters most in life.
This book tells the stories of Olivia (Liv) and Nathaniel (Nate) and the entire
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Smashlybookalicousreviewingchicks
When you have two people who meet literally falling down and one is broken and the other is lost (though Olivia gets lost in a different way all the time even with GPS) can they help each other breathe normal again? Can Nate break through to Olivia with all the walls she built up? You will see that those walls were for a good reason though. Her twin, Finn convinces her to come to SCU to finish her degree and to be close to him and their BF, Cora again too.
Olivia has a broken past and is trying
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Michelle Austin
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title Waiting to Breathe
Author:Alyson Reynolds
Series: Waiting Duet - Book 1

Waiting to Breathe was a great 5 star read.
This is Olivia and Nathaniel’s story the first book in the Waiting Duet series.

Olivia has moved back home to finish school.with her twin brother Finn. When she meets Nathaniel her brothers best friend, there is something about him that draws her in, however due to her past she is heavily guarded. She is keeping a secret that not even her brother knows about, a secret that gives
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Sara Oxton
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Waiting to Breathe by Alyson Reynolds a breath-taking five-Star read. This is the first book in the Waiting Duet and I can’t wait for book two, I have fallen in love with all of the characters and can’t wait to find out what happens to them all next.
Olivia Crawford had pretty much had her life planned out for her, she fell in love with her twin brother Finn’s best friend Christian and when he broken her heart she felt like she couldn’t go on and went travelling for a year. When she eventually co
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Shelly's Book Corner
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lourdes-reviews
Olivia Crawford has been away for over a year, spending time alone to deal with the consequences of her decisions, but when her twin brother Finn convinces her to join him at the college he’s attending she’ll find herself back with her closest friends, attempting to rescue the girl she once was and, above all, trying to jump start her life.
Nathaniel Ford is a popular guy in campus, one who seems to have it all and Finn’s friend and frat brother. When he meets Olivia, he finds himself instantly a
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Romance Readers Retreat
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by the author and I enjoyed it for the most part. It was emotional, angsty, and drama packed, but I found the very first half of this book to be quite slow and drab at times. It didn't quite keep my attention like I want a book to but the second half definitely redeemed the book for me, hence the 4 star rating.

Olivia Crawford has been through more than any 20 year old should ever have to go through. All she wants is a fresh start and her twin brother, Finn, gives
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Amy
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Waiting to Breathe was the first book I've read by Alyson Reynolds. I was very intrigued when I read the description and was very anxious to dive in. I wanted to love this book so, so much and had such high hopes. Sadly, I was let down some. Olivia drove me crazy. She seemed very dramatic. Her big secret was blown out of proportion. I was expecting something much, much worse than what actually had happened.

Another problem I had with Olivia was how she handled her trust issue with her boyfriend,
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Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
3.5 Stars

This is the first book in a duo by Alyson Reynolds. I had not read this author before. She brings us a New Adult romance that has some very poignant moments in it. Nate and Olivia seemed destined for each other--at least if her twin Finn has his way. They both know of each other before they finally meet.

Olivia has some pretty big walls that need to be broken through before she is ready for a relationship again. Nate is almost just too perfect for the job. He allows her her own pace and
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Nina
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Olivia has been through a lot of heartbreak. Deciding on a fresh start, she attends college where her twin brother and best friend also attend. On her first day, she meets Nathaniel Ford after he saves her from nearly falling down the stairs.

There is a strong attraction on both sides, but Olivia is reluctant to let all of her carefully constructed walls down. She has been hurt badly before and doesn't let people in easily. So she decides friendship is the best idea.

Nate wasn't your typical hot
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Julianna
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Waiting to Breathe is the first installment of the Waiting Duet by Alyson Reynolds

Olivia Crawford is trying to start her life back up after going through the ringer a couple years ago, but for that to happy she doesn’t need anyone figuring out her secrets…especially Nathaniel Ford. The golden boy at SCU who’s taken by Olivia when she fell, literally in his arms. Though Nathaniel will have to use more than his charm to break down the walls Olivia keeps putting up.

Will Olivia be able to put her
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Tania's Book Blog
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I received advance reader copy voluntarily**

I would have to say that this was one of the most refreshing college setting book I've ever read. Nate, the hero, wasn't a player and was extremely focused on his studies; which was a beautiful change from the usual player college guy. Olivia had a situation from the past that made her think she was broken until she ran into Nate on her first day of class.

When Nate met Olivia for the first time it was love at first sight. Olivia thought he was drop d
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Bette Stanek
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty much what you'd expect from twenty-somethings. Lots of drama, miscommunication, and immaturity galore. It was OK for a quick filler type read. I doubt I'll be continuing the series.
Ginette
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
2-2.5 stars
Tracy- OMGReads
Waiting to Breathe is part one of a duet, but can be read as a standalone. This is a 3.5 star, spoiler free review.

The questions and intrigue start from the very beginning, and we are fed morsels of Olivia and Nate's past which has brought them to where they are now.

Olivia is a very complex heroine. She's an old soul, and has had a rough few years. She's very cautious, but it just adds to her strength. She has experienced the ultimate heartbreak, and she's very closed off. Nate, while having s
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Chantelle Smith
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: itsy-bitsy-books
Olivia Crawford has been through the ringer the past year, she is broken and just wants to start over with no complications, or anyone finding out her secrets or the reason she was away for a year. When her twin brother Finn convinces her to come back home and finish her degree at his school, she realises this is exactly what she needs to start afresh.

Nathaniel Ford, seems like he has it all. He has brilliant friends and Fraternity brothers and of course there are a couple of buildings on campus
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Angelina
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waiting to Breathe by Alyson Reynolds is book one of the Waiting Duet series. It could be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading Waiting to Fall (book 2), which is also available to purchase.

Olivia Crawford has spent the last year trying to heal after the breakdown of her relationship and a decision that changed her life forever. She's still broken but agrees to finish her degree at SCU where her twin brother, Finn, is and she hopes it's the start of rebuilding her life. Olivia only
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Anita Glover
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waiting To Breathe is Book 1 of the Waiting Duet Series. It tells the love story of Olivia Crawford and Nathaniel Ford. It deals with adult themes so it is most suitable for adults over eighteen years.
Nathaniel and Olivia both have emotional baggage: Olivia’s from a recent turbulent/violent relationship and Nate’s from responsibilities heaped upon him from an early age. Both of them aren’t actively looking for love or relationships as they both need their own space to be able to deal with things
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Liz
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
“You broke me. I loved you more than anything and you broke me.”
This follows Olivia Crawford and her journey to finding herself again while recovering from a loss so great that she feels as if she will never be able to conquer the everlasting damage it has done to her very being. The book picks up during the first week of her being at SCU with her twin brother Finn and best friend Cora. She wants so much for the fresh start that she hides at first the past that is wreaking havoc on her internall
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