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Waking Up: Healing Hearts #1 (A Healing Hearts Novel)

Waking Up: Healing Hearts #1 (A Healing Hearts Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Renee Dyer
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For Adriana Monroe life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, her photography business is booming and she married Alex, her childhood best friend. Life is perfect. It’s a fairy tale really.

But one night changes everything for her.

Suddenly she’s alone. She’s afraid to trust and afraid to love. Most of all she’s afraid she’s broken beyond repair. Nightmares torment and haunt her every time she closes her eyes.

Will she ever be the same?

For Tucker Stavros it looks to the outside world like things come easy for him. He’s gorgeous, rich, famous, has a hot girlfriend. Hell, he’s a movie star. If women aren’t trying to get with him then men are wishing they are him. What they don’t see is the broken child hiding behind the smiles he fakes for the cameras. They don’t see the man who wakes up drenched in sweat from his nightmares from a past he can’t escape.

Betrayal sends him running.

A chance encounter throws Tucker and Adriana together. They try to fight their attraction for each other. They feel they’re too broken for the other.

Will they continue to suffer in the hell of dreamland separately or will they find that Waking Up to real life together can be so much sweeter?

About the Author

Renee Dyer is a wife, mother and happy pet owner to a bubbly chocolate lab named Bruschi. She has just finished writing Waking Up, the first book in A Healing Hearts Novel Series. When not writing she's a true New Englander, screaming at her TV while the Pats play, snuggling under several blankets in the cold seasons (that's most of them) while she reads, getting out as much as possible with her family while it's warm. She recently found she's an author stalker and loves book signings! Some of her favorite authors are Heidi McLaughlin, Kelly Elliott, Molly McAdams, S.K. Hartley, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Gail McHugh and K. Bromberg. These are only in the romance genre. Ask her about other genres and she'll enthusiastically recommend her faves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Renee Dyer; 2 edition (22 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J762ZWY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 MASSIVE STARS 19 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book, I literally just finished it, you know when you read a book and have to write about it straight away and tell everyone about it, thats how i feel about this book. Cant believe this is Renee's debut novel, feels like she been doing it forever.
With this book you go through so many emotions along with Adriana, the pain,guilt and heartache.
Adriana has spentthe past sixteen months numb over the death of her husband Alex,She can even bear to her his name being mentioned, she completely shuts downs and cant even handle being touched by her friends, i have to mention her group of friends coz they great and always have her back.
In comes Tucker Stavros into her life and bam things change (could to say i LOVE Tucker so much sigh, he is getting away from his own mess, his girlfriend of 2 years cheated on him, (why he is HOT)Tucker is a big well known actor and nothing like you expect, hes hot but so sweet to. They both help each other heal in a way no one else could.
This book has it all its HOT sweet and pulls on your emotions.
I couldnt put this book down read it in one sitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book! 25 May 2014
By Caz088
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very emotional love story adored theese character's of Adriana Moore she had great friend's her photography business was going from strength to strength, she is still grieving for her husband and childhood friend Alex she suddenly feels so alone without him,All through there friend's are there to support her she is still having nightmares that haunt her every day she is totally heartbroken, She meets Tucker stravos he is gorgeous rich and very famous what people don't know his what he hides behind his smile a childhood which left him totally broken ,a chance encounter throws together Adriana and Tucker where otherwise they wouldn't have met both got strong feelings for each other,They are both broken and don't know if they can be fixed both got great chemistry together, I can honestly say I can't wait to read more by Renee Dyer and her next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional journey 2 April 2014
By Lisa
Format:Kindle Edition
A beautiful story of re-awakening that is full of emotion. This is Adriana and Tucker's story as they both begin to rediscover life again but for very different reasons.
Adriana is barely living after the tragic loss of her husband in a car accident. Her behaviour is causing her friends to be incredibly concerned about her as she shuts down emotionally and physically. She is trying desperately to hold on to his memory; to keep him alive.
Tucker is escaping from his own relationship issues when he discovers his long term girlfriend and co-star cheating on him with a fellow actor. He is devastated by the betrayal and takes off to escape the drama. Following the advice of his very spirited Grams, he ends up in front of Adriana's house.
The chance meeting changes both their lives as they are instantly drawn to each. Adriana fights the attraction at every turn as she believes she is betraying her husband. The feeling of guilt that she should be able to live her life is over-whelming for her. For Tucker these feelings are very new and he quickly realises that his previous relationships were lacking. He instinct with Adriana is to immediately put her best interests first and protect her.
Adriana, despite her reluctance, starts to come alive in Tucker's presence and start living again. Tucker, despite his reluctance, is falling fast and hard for her. As both start to reveal more of their own pasts and secrets, their bond becomes deeper.
Tucker and Adriana's story is a powerful one as it deals with the journey of recovery and of living after the loss of your soul mate. You cannot help but go through the whole raft of emotions with the characters as they travel on their journey of self-discovery together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOT, Sexy, Steamy read! A MUST!! 24 Mar 2014
By AJ's Bootylicious Book Reviews - Published on
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*I was gifted a copy from the author*

I absolutely LOVED this book. Like HARDCORE loved it!!! Adriana, is still dealing with the death of her husband, Alex, that happened a year ago. She still talks to him as if he is there. Moving on is hard for her.
Tucker, is a movie star yet hates it at the moment. He is close to his grandmother and takes her advice. He is funny, sexy and steamy.
There is a lot of emotions in this book. Love, hurt, guilt, sorrow, romance and laughter. You can't help but fall in love with the characters. They have a real feel to them. My heart broke that she couldn't let Alex go. Any kind of grieving is hard, but she has to learn to let him go. I loved that Adri's group of friends are considered her family and they are all close knit. The book t-shirts between her and her friend had me cracking up! I can relate to that subject so it was awesome to read about it! The sex scenes were hot! No, scratch that, they were MAJORLY HOT!! I literally cried at the end of the book bc I couldn't believe what was happening!
As a debut novel, I think the author did a FANTASTIC job! I was drawn in from the very first page and from there I couldn't put it down! Renee will go very far with her amazing writing talent! I am honored that I was able to read it! I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!!! My only question now is...... When can I get my hands on book 2???
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5.0 out of 5 stars great debut , promising series 11 Aug 2014
By amie - Published on
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This is my kind of book , long , full of details , tons of emotions and struggles , twists , humor , real life situations that you can relate to and HOT guys !!

Adriana is struggling with nightmares from her past , something she just cannot get over. It haunts her day and night. She has wonderful friends and family but everyone is at a loss of how to help her. It is difficult to read of her struggle and bit by bit you are able to piece together just how horrible of a situation she is in. You want to fight for her , you want to smack her so she snaps out of it and I know I wanted to hug her and give her my shoulder to cry on more than once. Will Adriana be able to let go of her struggles and let happiness in or will she bury herself in the past and let the possibility of a wonderful future pass her by ??

My favorite part about this story is the circle of friends we meet. They are all wonderful and full of love and humor. Adriana has such a great relationship with all of them and I truly enjoyed getting to meet each and every one of them !! I love her relationship with Preston , it goes back to their childhood and they really have a wonderful touching bond. Reading about Adri through Preston is heartbreaking , you really see what type of a man he is and witness Adri's struggle through another POV. Same goes for Alahna and Mick , they are funny , stubborn and full of love for their men and their friends. I laugh so hard it really is easy to relate to these woman.

Of course we have Tucker , #proudtuckerslut here !!
He is trying to escape from many things , a cheating ex , his past , the busy crazy life of being an actor and also himself. Taking a road trip to get away he ends up in a small town in NH and in his travels he ends up in the driveway of someone who may just be as lost as he is !! Oddly enough Tucker and Adri meet , connect and start a fast friendship where she finds herself opening up to him more than she has anyone lately. He meets her friends , hides out at her house and they really get to know one another. There is some serious chemistry and sexual tension. It is hot and you want to rip their clothes off for them !! But as time goes on we find that this may just be too much for Adri and Tucker , but then again maybe it is exactly what they need ?? Will Tucker and Adri be able to get out of their own way and find happiness or will they both run away hurting each other ??

This book is about struggles and it can be a struggle to read , it is hard when characters cannot get out of their own way and see what is good for them. But everyone heals in different ways and this is Tucker and Adri's journey to healing. Yes it is a series and yes the ending will have you wanting more right away !! I really recommend this to anyone who loves a great struggle and a series that has plenty of characters with their own issues that you learn bits and pieces about. This is a great set up for many more stories to come !! It is a promising series !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 26 Jun 2014
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This is probably one of the best debut novels I've read in a long time! There are so many emotions in this story. I absolutely can not wait for the second book to come out!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars HEALING WITH TIME 11 Jun 2014
By lavita - Published on
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I loved how truthful this story really was cause she did start let go but not completely and as much as her friends were pushing her to move on. Only she can do it on her own or with the help of a therapist. I hate that she said goodbye to him but I find it to believe that when she is ready....she will go to him
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!! 26 May 2014
By Jenn - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am unable to comprehend how this was Renee Dyer's debut novel! This book was so HOT!!!! Renee did an amazing job with this book.

Adriana Monroe had everything a person could ever want. She had a great job, amazing friends and the love of her life, Alex. One horrible night changes everything. Adriana's world comes crashing down around her. A year later, Adriana is still grieving and unable to move on. He life has turned her into the shell of the person she used to be.

Enter Tucker Stavro. He is the hot movie star who grew up living a horrible childhood. The only thing out of the entire world that he wants is to be normal. He does not want the paparazzi around him, following him around 24/7. When he sees his girlfriend cheating on him he realizes that he has to get away. Tucker and Adriana meet and there is an instant attraction between the two. Tucker brings out the side of Adriana that has been hidden ever since that horrendous accident. Adriana can be the fun loving person she used to be and Tucker is finally treated like a normal human being.

This book is absolutely incredible! It stole my heart from the very beginning and I was unable to put it down until I was finished it. Renee Dyer has done a tremendous job on her debut novel and I will definitely be looking forward to the next one!
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