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Waking Olivia

Waking Olivia

Написано Elizabeth O'Roark

Озвучено Stephanie Wyles и Rock Engle


Waking Olivia

Написано Elizabeth O'Roark

Озвучено Stephanie Wyles и Rock Engle

оценки:
4.5/5 (7 оценки)
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10 hours
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Издано:
May 22, 2018
ISBN:
9781977379689
Формат:
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Описание

A failing farm.

His father's debt.

And a struggling college track team.

Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student.

A smart mouth.

A strong right hook.

And a secret that could destroy her.

Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a past she can't seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please.

Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her.

And determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.

Contains mature themes.

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May 22, 2018
ISBN:
9781977379689
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  • (4/5)
    3.5 StarsI was pleasantly surprised by this book. The NA genre seems full of overused tropes and physical relationships with no real depth, but Waking Olivia breaks the mold.Will and Olivia are great characters who show growth and development over time. While their relationship is the main focus, there are so many great subplots going on that create a heartfelt and entertaining read. Olivia's story is heartbreaking, but Will's treatment of her is perfect. He doesn't treat her as broken, but instead helps empowers her. I loved that it took half the book (maybe even longer) before anything really physical happened to them. There was no insta-love and this slow tension was perfect, especially considering the circumstances. The secondary characters add to this and Dorothy, Will's mom, is my definite favorite. How caring she is of Olivia and her own children melts your heart. Other side characters such as Will's brother, Olivia's teammates, and Jessica Will's girlfriend/ex-girlfriend who I hated rounded out the great cast. I wouldn't mind seeing another book come from this world.
  • (4/5)
    Nice story well acted/ narrated. Will read more from this author
  • (4/5)
    Sometimes, if you're lucky, you pick up a book that immediately lures you into its world. Waking Olivia, a new adult novel by Elizabeth O'Roark, is such a book.

    Olivia, a troubled girl who once seemed destined for track stardom, has lost her scholarship to her Division 1 school and is now at a lower division school in a smaller town. She brings with her lots of baggage and a police record. Olivia comes across as pugnacious initially, but it's a defense mechanism that masks vulnerability and conscientiousness. She is sarcastically funny, which made reading this book a treat.

    Will is the young track coach who is trying to keep his parents' farm in the family after the death of his father and is working to give his younger brother the carefree education that he had received. The last thing he wants and needs is Olivia Finnegan, who is not only troubled but beautiful.

    When Olivia and Will meet, sparks fly, and despite themselves they find they are quickly attracted to each other. Nothing can happen between them though, because Will is Olivia's coach and he could lose his job. However, that doesn't stop him from being jealous when other boys and even his brother take notice of Olivia.

    All of the characters in Waking Olivia have been written to avoid stereotypes, with the exception of Will's girlfriend, Jessica, who turns jealous, scheming, manipulative, and vengeful when it seems she might be losing Will. The other characters for the most part are likable or, at least, believable, especially Will's mother, Dorothy, and his younger brother, Brendan.

    So, you have a new adult novel with a progressing romance, so why not throw in a mystery? It works. The mystery in this case is what is going on with Olivia? What is she hiding? Why is she living the way she is? You're not finding any spoilers here, but suffice to say the climax brings it all together.

    Now, unfortunately, what kept this from being a great book for me was the fact that the book went on too long after the climax and tried to have another, shorter climax, which felt, well, anti-climatic. There's a reason why books pretty much end after the summation at the end of the climax and that's typically based on the reader's emotional reaction to the climax. If the writer has done a good job, the reader is happy and then there's The End. If the writer chooses to go on, the following should be a bigger, more wrought climax followed by a summation, etc.

    And then there was an epilogue. I don't mind epilogues, by which I mean I'm apathetic toward them. A lot of romance books seem to find them necessary, as if you didn't already guess that there was supposed to be a happy ending. Epilogues seem to be the author's way of saying, I know you love these characters as much as I did writing them and look how wonderful everything turned out because they now have 2.5 children! Joy, joy. Huh, maybe I don't like epilogues for romance books.

    After these last two paragraphs, it might seem like I'm itching to give this book a bad to average review, which isn't the case. The points I brought up are actually the reasons why I didn't give it a 4 1/2-5 rating, which I really thought it was on its way to when the story swept me up so completely. This just goes to show how important endings are.

    This book gets 4 out of 5 on the heat index--and the heat is very well written. There is language that some might find offensive.

    I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. Waking Olivia was published on March 13, 2016.