Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O'Roark

Waking Olivia

"That girl isn't just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She's trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She's the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more. And the last thing I need right now is more trouble."A failing farm.His father’s debt.And a struggling college track team. Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the l...

Details Waking Olivia

TitleWaking Olivia
Release DateMar 14th, 2016
PublisherElizabeth O'Roark
GenreNew Adult, Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Academic, College, Contemporary

Reviews Waking Olivia

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    4.5 StarsI really enjoyed this book. And I really liked the character Olivia, the Cross Country runner.I should start off by saying that I personally love to run. Even when no one is chasing me. I just love the feeling I get when I am having a good running day.The endorphins are pumping.The body feels good.The wind is blowing through my hair. I feel all gazelle-like and shit. Now.Truth be told...I in no way shape or form resemble a gazelle. I am ...
  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    ★★★★ ! Waking Olivia (stand-alone). A beautiful, against-all-odds forbidden College love story! “It’s something far beyond running or lust or even friendship.” Waking Olivia (stand-alone) is a poignant story about a lonely girl, Olivia Finnegan, Finn arriving at a new College on an athletic scholarship after a scandal at her previous. As a track star with potential and a stunning beauty Olivia is met by hostility, envy and curio...
  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    4 Sleep running Stars Mild Spoilers "Then why are you here?" "I'm here because it appears possible that I was wrong." "That's big of you," she snarls. "The way you're conceding it's possible that I'm not lying." She turns towards the door. "Thanks for stopping by. Come back if you'd like to tell me you think it's also possible that I don't deal drugs or poison children, and in the meantime, go fuck yourself."-Will and Olivia Hot coach/ student a...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    4.5 STARSThis story is very engrossing, the characters well developed, and the story overall enjoyable. The heroine, Olivia Finnegan is snarky, tough, and she has a bad reputation following assault charges against her from her prior school. She is sent with her scholarship as a transfer student and to now be a member of the East Colorado University track team. Olivia’s issues come to light as her handsome coach, Will Langstrom and her go from e...
  • Nazanin
    3.5 Stars"Waking Olivia" is a slow-paced romance and by slow, I meant snail slow. The MCs have their first proper kiss after 65% of the story! Yep that slow but it’s well-written and has a good portion of angst. The story begins with MCs disliking each other, I liked both MCs but Olivia a bit more. I liked how Will helped Olivia, how he soothed her and how made Olivia feel safe. But I didn’t like this side of him that "I can’t have you so n...
  • NiCoLeTa E.
    ***5 "Unreplaceable" stars*** Well, this story was AMAZING!!!If you like hate-love stories, or student-teacher stories, or books with athletes on college this is one book that don't want to miss!!!It had everything inside...A dark past, a tortured soul, a sassy fiesty heroine, an amazing, stubborn hero and a really touching plot...I will always keep this story close to my heart!!!!It made me feel... almost everything!!!Olivia had a rough time wit...
  • Katerina
    “I don't want to feel sorry for her. I don't want to feel anything for her.Maybe the problem is that I already do.” This is a hard review to write.Waking Olivia was a good book, there is no doubt about it. If I'd read it a year ago, my rating would probably be higher. Hell, if Olivia didn't do certain things towards the end, it would probably be higher. But the thing is, my tolerance for stupid decisions is very low, and both Olivia and Wil...
  • ✰♊ Angie ♊✰
    I'll be honest... this book exhausted me. So much running! She's running...He's running...(And can we just pause here to fully take in the crop-top Ian Ziering is sporting in this flashback to my youth.)The whole team is running...Hell, even I started running...(For clarification... I'd be Lisa Kudrow's character in this scenario.)Who am I kidding... I was NOT running...Because...But, as exhausted as I was with all the running I was reading about...
  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*So much has changed regarding my feelings*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ Re-read: 04.01.2018 This is my first M/F book in ages. Why I decided to re-read this one? Well, I remember adoring it a lot, and I thought that the best way to get back to M/F is to read something I already loved. Did it work? Well, I'm uncertain. The book is absolutely adorable, yet heartbreaking. But it was still not as... good as I remember it. I have become way...
  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆
    4.5 starsI picked up this book on a whim. I was recovering from a trauma caused by the cliffy ending of another amazing book......and then I stumbled upon this book on GR. I skimmed the blurb and some of the shelves and found the following keywords:*forbidden love (teacher-student romance)*a sports theme*enemies to lovers romance*slow burn romance*a college setting*a strong heroine...and I said “what the hell”. And boy am I glad I trusted my ...
  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    ****4 STARSSo let's start by saying that this book is so different from many romance novels, which is awesome. I love a good non-cliche book. (I still love a good cliche book too).I mean, I'm speechless, which is rare.I felt for Olivia, she has been through so much. I just wanted to give her a cuddle.And the chemistry....Yasssssss....Once Will opens his eyes and actually sees Olivia for who she is and stops judging he can't deny how amazing she i...
  • Snow
    Ha!I love sport!I love romance, duh?! I love college shit too!And I fuckin thrive for angst!And yeah, I own the book *wink*And this turned out to be an epic love story set in college, a push and pull forbidden relationship between a "messed-up" troubled with a sleep-running nightmares as a proof of her horrid past childhood, young runner Olivia Finnegan and her new track coach/ex-climber Will Landstrom as they each fight with their own demons...
  • Natalie The Biblioholic
    What can I say? There was so much to love about this book. Olivia was a young woman tormented by a past she can't remember and Will was the man determined to help her. This story evoked so many emotions and was written so beautifully that I couldn't put it down once I started. I was hooked from the first chapter. Elizabeth O'Roark is a new author to me but she's definitely gained one more fan.I've never read a book on this subject before and like...
  • Talia (Red Hot Ink)
    2.75 starsI wish I could give this book more, because it's clear that the author put a lot of effort in it. I'm saying this because the dynamics are complex, we have well-deveolped side characters and the story isn't cliché. But... it just didn't do it for me.But first I'll list some things I liked:1- Olivia's background. It starts as a mystery and it stays one for a long while. I liked how we got to unveil it piece by piece.2- The running world...
  • Ira
    Between 4.5 to 5 stars.But full 5 stars for Olivia, I totally love the girl!I down the stars a little bit because I wanted to shake Will for few times! Not exactly the same, but remember Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid? Yup what I found lacking in that book, I found it here with much better story and characters.Olivia is an athlete, a runner. She supposed to be a very good runner, but there’s no consistency in her run. One time her record can be ...
  • Mysza
    **** 4,5 stars ****
  • Ashleyjo
    What Worked Olivia's sleep issue and her past that caused it is the star of the book. Olivia's problem is complex, and there's no easy solution for it. If you think sleep walkers have problems... pssst... Meet Olivia. It's a great plot point. I also appreciated the author didn't create - unicorn and rainbow type of bow tie fix for Olivia's disorder. I liked the sports side of the story. The writing is standard, fair, leaves little technical comp...
  • Michelle
    Waking Olivia brings us the story of Olivia, college track star with a troubled past who is attempting a fresh start after losing her scholarship to a D1 University and Will, her track coach who gave up his own dreams in order to step in when his father passed away. Waking Olivia was a college romance with a bit of a suspenseful twist.Will can’t help but think the worse when his eyes land on Olivia. He doesn’t know much about her, but he does...
  • Sarah
    This was a NA contemporary romance, about a girl from an abusive family.Olivia was a bit of a prickly character, as was Will, so they seemed to make a good match! It did take Olivia a long time to open up to Will though, and share her problems, but knowing her background it became obvious why.The storyline in this was about Olivia sleep-running, and Will trying to stop her from doing it so that she could continue to run long-distance at college. ...
  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    4.5Angsty as fuck but, I still loved it.
  • NMmomof4
    3.5 StarsOverall Opinion: I was really into this book until the author lost me in the last ~1/4. I liked the premise, and I liked the h -- but there was some time jumps thrown in at the end (before the epilogue) that I had issues with. I get that the author wanted to give us closure, but I think it could've been done in one chapter with one jump ahead with a summary type thing. I wanted more time with them as a successful couple! Not just time j...
  • Dilek VT
    3 out of 2,5 starsThe book deals with a very interesting topic in a very boring way (view spoiler)[The heroine suffers from nightmares & sleep-running (yeap, it works like sleep-walking but this is running not walking - and it is running for miles and miles while asleep) (hide spoiler)]...The mystery of the situation about Olivia and her past makes the book readable but it doesn't change the fact that the book is dragging. The heroine, Olivia, is...
  • Nicklein Mae
    I really, really, really loved this. Honest to God, I never knew NA could be this powerful. This was such a page-turner and it helped me get out of the nasty reading slump.I'm so excited to read more from Ms. O'Roark!
  • Katie
    4.5 a breath of fresh air starsYou know what I love? I love it when I read a book that is COMPLETELY different from many of the other romance novels I have read. Waking Olivia fits that to a T! Our heroine, Olivia, is an amazing runner who made a name for herself at her previous school-and not a good name at that. Known for her explosive temper and her seemingly spotty talent, Olivia transfers to a new school and is immediately disliked by the se...
  • Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»
    RATING: 4.5 Liv and Will Hearts!! :D
  • Liz
    4.5 stars.When I first picked up this book, I thought it was gonna be an easy, lighthearted fluff read, but I was so wrong. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I loved the banter and sexual tension between Olivia and Will. There was also some angst since Will was Olivia's coach and he also had a girlfriend. I would definitely recommend this book for people who enjoyed Kulti.
  • Carol
    I enjoyed every moment of reading this book and it is my favorite read of 2016 so far. I loved the storyline and emotionally it was such a satisfying read for me. Just lately I have read a few books with strong but vulnerable female character's like Olivia but she is my favorite by far. I liked her sassiness and snarky humor.There is angst here but the certainty I had while reading, that eventually Will and Olivia would find a way to be together ...
  • Shannon Moore
    4.5You know, I've had this book in my radar for a long time. I think I even bought a copy shortly after it released. Who knows what, but for whatever reason yesterday, I felt like this was the book I needed to read and it was great! Long story short: Olivia has transferred schools due to an incident. Will is her track coach, who also has a girlfriend. So this is all kinds of forbidden deliciousness. Olivia has plenty of issues though which I actu...