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Waiting to Breathe (Waiting Duet, #1)

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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
ebook, 203 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Alyson Reynolds
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Anne OK
Apr 03, 2017 Anne OK 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
Richelle Robinson
Mar 15, 2017 Richelle Robinson 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
Mar 21, 2017 Hanne 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
Heather Soligo
Mar 16, 2017 Heather Soligo 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" least my teenagers tell me I
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Mar 21, 2017 Kendall {Book Crazy} 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 Bobbi Wagner 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 Ana Rita 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
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
Mar 28, 2017 Sara 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
Shelly's Book Corner
Mar 21, 2017 Shelly's Book Corner 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
Romance Readers Retreat
Mar 21, 2017 Romance Readers Retreat 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
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
Mar 17, 2017 Nina 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
Mar 14, 2017 Julianne 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
Tania's Book Blog
Mar 18, 2017 Tania's Book Blog 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
Apr 22, 2017 Emmbooks 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.
Apr 15, 2017 Ginette rated it it was ok
2-2.5 stars
Tracy  Kalvin
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
Mar 22, 2017 Liz 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
Mar 21, 2017 Roseanna rated it really liked it
Waiting to breathe by Alyson Reynolds review 4 stars

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
Shannon Youngblood
***5 Bad Ass Bitch Stars***
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After reading a ton of dark, mind-fucky, crazy ass books, I decided I needed to cleanse my pallet with a sweet, down-to-Earth, contemporary Romance, and let me tell you, Waiting to Breathe by Alyson Reynolds was EXACTLY what I needed. It wasn't always sweet, and had some slightly grayer aspects to it, which I loved (Because come on----life isn't perfect, and sometimes you need a little of that realness to reflect in a book). Overly Sweet, Overly perfect love stories m
Amber Eckstein
Mar 22, 2017 Amber Eckstein rated it really liked it
Waiting to Breath
By Alyson Reynolds

Four Stars

Waiting to Breath by Alyson Reynolds is a story about finding the perfect person even after everything bad that has happened in your life. This story is about hope when you think there is not hope any more. It is a beautiful story about finding yourself and overcoming obstacles that are in your way.

I loved this book. The characters were amazing and Olivia,though sometimes I wanted to slap her upside the head and tell her to knock it off. Her feelings
Mar 21, 2017 Morgan rated it it was amazing
Waiting to Breathe is the first book I've read by Allyson Reynolds, and it was absolutely amazing! I finished it literally in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. She put so much thought into these characters and making them each relatable in their own way. Waiting to Breathe was an amazing 5 stars!

Waiting to Breathe starts with Olivia Crawford, she's a dark haired beauty who has spent the past year "traveling" and taking college classes. She's starting at SCU so she can be closer to her t
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
2.5 stars

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I wanted to love Waiting To Breathe, I really did but I unfortunately thought it was just okay. I love a good new adult romance but I just kept hoping this one would turn into something great. I am probably in the minority so please form your own opinion on this one.

I think my main problem really was Olivia who I will get to in a minute. Nate was who I absolutely adored throughout the book. He had some f
Mar 21, 2017 Stacey rated it it was amazing
Olivia has finally returned home after going through a awful year, she has been through so much pain and had to make really hard decisions which will always be with her so with this she consider herself broken and there's no turning back and being her old self to much as happened. She wants to keep her secrets to herself so this means keeping people at arms length and not letting anyone in even Finn her twin brother don't know some things about her. Olivia just wants to put her head down and stu ...more
Books Laid Bare
Mar 20, 2017 Books Laid Bare rated it really liked it
After a year that she would rather forget (and by the time you have read her story you will realise why) Olivia is home and facing a future that she just doesn’t seem to have much enthusiasm for. I hate the term “broken” but she has her reasons for feeling that, that is the only word to describe her current state of mind but was being home going to help or exacerbate the problem…only time would tell. I liked Olivia, she was the sort of woman that you just wanted to take under your wing and befri ...more
Mar 20, 2017 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Waiting to Breathe is book 1 in the Waiting Duet by Alyson Reynolds. This book focuses on college students Olivia and Nate. Nate is the "it" boy at the college. Olivia is the new girl on campus. They first meet as they knock into each other, literally. We see how Liv starts in this story as a closed off scared girl. She has gone through so much heartache and pain in her young life. Nate is this cocky self assured boy, or is that just what he wants people to believe. He has to deal with being old ...more
Dawn Yacovetta
Mar 25, 2017 Dawn Yacovetta rated it it was amazing
I don't think I need to give any of the details about this book away, as enough teasers have been given in other reviews. Suffice it to say that I loved this book from the first page to the last. The story was a captivating coming of age tale about 4 best friends going to college together. Olivia's best friends have always been her brother, Finn, and, Cora who grew up with them. Nate joins their group when befriends Finn. Though this story is about the relationship that blossoms between Olivia a ...more
Barbara Barber
Mar 19, 2017 Barbara Barber rated it really liked it
Young Love.. Nothing like it. The author has written a wonder story that will reach out and tug the ole heartstrings. Nate and Olivia are both college student that are balancing college and inner personal battles. The story delves into their lives and takes you on a very emotional ride.

When they first meet Nate is drawn to Olivia and wants to get to know her. But Olivia is such an emotional wreck she can’t let him in (Olivia Ex’s boyfriend had really hurt her and put her life in a tailspin). Bu
Sassy Southern
Mar 21, 2017 Sassy Southern rated it really liked it
Olivia and Nate are probably the sweetest couple you'll ever read in any contemporary romance novel. The author has created two extremely loveable characters-who you're dying to read more and more about. You get the feeling that these two just belong together- and while they are both suffering through their own problems, put together they can finally just breathe, and live life how college students are supposed to.
Olivia has been through the ringer. With parents that virtually only care about th
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Originally from the south, Alyson likes to incorporate what she knows into her books. She's lived not only on the east coast, but the west coast and a few places in between. Alyson loves sharing stories about her crazy family to anyone who will listen. Her guilty pleasures consist of coffee, country music, brunch, breaking th
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