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Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Eyes Wide Open" By Renee Dyer - Book Tour/Review

(Healing Hearts #2)
Renee Dyer

Adriana Monroe had her life planned out.  She was going to marry Alex, have a house full of kids, and spend as much time as possible with their friends.  But, life had other plans.  Life stole Alex from her and Adriana grieved his loss so badly, when she had the chance to love again with Tucker Stavros, she couldn’t do it.  She was broken and felt her love for Alex would break Tucker, too.  So, she walked away.

Now, her heart is shattered and she’s mourning the loss of both men.
Tucker Stavros has lived his life looking for love.  After losing his mom at a young age and being abandoned by his dad, the only love he’s known is from his Grams.  His relationships have been disasters.  He’s never felt that spark… until he met Adriana Monroe.  Everything changed for him the second he saw her smile.  He didn’t care that she was grieving.  He didn’t care that she was broken.  He saw himself in her lost eyes.  He would have done anything to make her his.  Just when he thought they were becoming something special, she walked out of his life, crushing his heart.

Now, he’s alone, afraid he’ll never find anyone that makes him feel the way he felt for her.
             Tragedy strikes and Tucker and Adriana find themselves thrown together once more.  Will she continue to protect him by staying away, or will she find that her heart will take what it wants?  Will Tucker shy away from her, or will he run to her and show her why they belong together?  Will they hide from each other, or will they walk into the unknown with their Eyes Wide Open knowing that in order to heal, you have to first be broken?

I was really excited to get the opportunity to read this book. I was also given the opportunity to read the first one in the series, although you could read the second book on its own. I do, however, HIGHLY recommend reading "Waking Up" BEFORE reading "Eyes Wide Open". There is so much character development done in the first book that adds to the second book.
When I started "Eyes Wide Open" I had JUST finished the first book. I had such  hard time putting the book down because I wanted to see things work out (and find out how/if they would) work out for Tucker and Adriana.
This book picks up where the first one ends and I couldn't put this book down for the longest time. I had so many questions and had to see how things played out! I don't want to give away too much of the story and since there is already a synopsis posted above I can tell you my thoughts on the whole thing.
This book is a complete page turner (or screen tapper, as I call them with the kindle). The story flows so well and leaves you wanting more when you do (for whatever reason) have to put it down. I read it in just a couple of days because of that fact. The way Renee writes from the various character viewpoints gives the story so much depth. This style of writing puts you right in their head so you not only see things they way that particular character does but you FEEL it the way they do as well.
During the course of this book you get introduced to more characters and get clues to what their back stories might involve. I can't wait for the next book and have my hopes as to who the main storyline will be centered around.

I would definitely recommend this book and I would recommend that you keep an eye on Renee Dyer as well! I really enjoy her style of writing and can't wait to see what the future holds for her!

(Healing Hearts #1)
Renee Dyer

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?



From a young age Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that soon turned into journals and later computer documents.  Poetry became short stories and short stories became a novel.  Although she's surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be all woman when she escapes into the fantasy of reading and writing romance.  That is, until she needs male perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband.  She's a true New Englander.  You'll find her screaming profanity at her TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them) reading a good book.  To her snow is not a reason to shut things down, only a reason to slow down and admire the beauty.  Ask her questions and she'll answer them.  She's an open book, pun fully intended.

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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! <3

  2. Renee is was my pleasure! I can't wait to read the next one!


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