Title: Waiting to Breathe
Series: Waiting Duet #1
Author: Alyson Reynolds
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 21, 2017
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 with his last name on them. But things aren't always what they seem.
From the first time Nate and Olivia bump into each other, literally, he wants more of her feisty attitude, but Olivia throws more walls up with each step he takes closer, and he isn't sure he can break them down fast enough.
Romance writer. Wife. Mother of two. Avid reader. Queen of multitasking.
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 the rules, and pedicures. And she will always be a daddy's girl.
When Alyson isn't chasing around her two kiddos, she's normally writing. Or reading. Her Kindle library is out of control. Alyson writes mainly contemporary novels and novellas with a bit of new adult mixed in.
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 to find ways to move on the best way she knows how. Bravo to her is all I can say, but that was one tough decision to make. It was the best move though in the situation she was placed in. Will Olivia's problem stay away or will it find itself resurfacing again? If it resurfaces how does she handle it, like she did before or as a more stronger willed, feisty person she became is what you will be wanting to find out.
Nate knew of her only as Finn's sister and heard stories, but when he finally meets her by peer luck you can say, he knows that he has to have her. He knows that he has to work hard to show her that he is serious and this includes being friends first and knowing that he has to show her and Finn that he is serious and will not hurt her. Love how Finn had a little hand in this as well you can say. The mystery sister did not do justice to seeing her for the first time. She is beautiful and completely opposite of the typical college girl.
As you will see in this story there is much heartache, laughter, forgiveness, a little suspense in the beginning, OK towards the end too you can say and passion between these characters. We see just how strong, Nate was the glue to his family and how he handles family issues with being a pre-med student. There is a miscommunication that occurs and will have you antsy trying to figure out where this is going and if we can breathe again too. Loved the ending! You might even crave "cupcakes" after reading this story.
This is book one in the duet; however, it can be read as a standalone as the next book will be about Finn and Cora. Which I am patiently waiting for cause if you enjoyed this story and meeting these secondary characters, you know that there story is going to be a bomb dropping one. We may need to design a dessert for this next read. In the meantime, I will settle for "cupcakes" until book two is ready. This was the first book I have read by this author and it certainly will not be the last (besides the duet of course) cause the others look pretty good too.