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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

Determined to move on with her life, Olivia Germaine has vowed to forget David Dylan. Struggling to keep her head above water, she focuses on her new promotion and refuses to drown in the memory of their night together.

But when Olivia realizes what life without David means, she must decide if she is willing to risk everything for him...and if she is ready to reopen the wounds of her past.

Can Olivia move forward with her marriage despite her feelings for David? And can David stay away like he promised?

©2013 Jessica Hawkins (P)2015 Jessica Hawkins

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Disappointing

I am a huge Jessica Hawkins and Andi Arndt fan, and I hate writing bad reviews, but I felt compelled to share...I haven’t even finished this audiobook, but I am SO annoyed with the main character that I don’t know if I even want to finish the book or the series. The main character just has such disappointing, selfish, repetitive, frustrating behavior throughout the book. I appreciate that she has issues stemming from childhood (don’t we all), but for some reason, I have really lost any empathy for her at this point. I am just over her, when usually I enjoy and am rooting for the main character(s).

I have no problem reading about forbidden romances, and generally enjoy the angst, but this character is just too selfish. Her going back and forth so much has gotten old and is making me want to pull my hair out.

So, while I love the author, and Andi Arndt is great as expected, this series is proving to not be my cup of tea...To each his own.

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  • DD
  • 02-16-18

ok

I wanted to beat my head against the wall with this book. Angsty romance novels where the heroine can't see the forest thru the trees drive me mad. How is it that two intelligent people can be so stupid. Sorry... thanks for the rant. I love Andi Arndt the narrator though! The book is well written just infuriating;)

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Jessica Hawkins slays it again!

What made the experience of listening to Come Alive the most enjoyable?

Jessica Hawkins's Cityscape series captivated me from beginning to end. There's not a thing about it that I would change.

What did you like best about this story?

How relatable the characters were, even with the MC having so many flaws.
The writing is flawless!

What does Andi Arndt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Andi is brilliant as the narrator for this series. She fit perfectly!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did!

Any additional comments?

Read everything ever written by Jessica Hawkins - you'll forever love her. She's brilliant.

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  • Megan
  • BARNARD, VT, US
  • 04-13-17

Annoying

Ugh, this story has so much potential, but it's almost like it's stuck on repeat. Back and forth of the same thing. My curiosity is the only thing that will make me get the third. If it's as annoying as this one though, I may need to just fast forward to the end and be put out of my misery.

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The most unlikable heroine!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book tells the story of a shallow, heartless, immature, cold, artificial and simply dumb woman, Olivia Germaine, who cheats and then leaves her husband for no other reason than she is undecided and another man was pushing her more than her own husband. She is tacky and cruel with no opinion of her own and absolutely immature. Olivia (Liv) is the kind of a woman, who at 29 doesn't want to commit to a serious relationship, a marriage involving respect, love and children. She doesn't want any of that. Instead she prefers to go out with her girlfriends and stay up late at night, have cat fights in bars and to cheat on her husband, who by the way, is portrayed as a successful, kind, generous, faithful and decent man. I'm not sure what the author really wanted us to read about and admire: the hero, Billy (Olivia's husband) or even David (the lover, for which she leaves her husband) or the anti hero: Olivia. Words cannot describe the disdain I have for this woman. She plays with people's feelings, her husband's, her best friends', even her lover's and she justifies it by calling herself "cold and detached". And all because her parents went through a rough divorce when she was a teenager...Very disappointing. I'm sorry to say, Olivia, but you're not the only teenager who experiences divorce of your parents, and yet that doesn't give anyone a reason to behave so heartless and immaturely. I kept reading through the series hoping that by the end, Olivia would realize the fault of her actions, even if it involved separating herself from her husband (which, by the way, didn't deserve her at all) to be with her lover (who she didn't deserve either). But even with her lover she is still mistrustful, immature and shallow. I just hated her with passion and don't want to hear about Olivia ever again in my life! Billy, all I can say to you is GOOD RIDDANCE!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The writing was decent and quite fluid. The depiction of emotions was very well done and for that my congratulations to the author.

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Better then book 1

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this book to anyone. This series is real, raw, powerful, and could happen to anyone of us at anytime. This book is about making hard choices, any doing things that will impact others. Some reviews say this is a whiny story, I disagree!! This books is all about Liv and what she needs be happy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved David he was strong and powerful but not over bearing or making her decide, he just gave her space to what she wanted.

Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but i would again. I cant say enough good things about the series.

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Bitching & Moaning

I thought Come Alive was about 7 hours of Olivia bitching and moaning about whether she should stay with her boring husband Bill or have an affair with bad boy David.

Rather than work through her own emotional issues, Olivia was content to stifle her feelings, get drunk with her friends and bury herself in work. Except for her volunteer work at an animal shelter, Olivia is too self-absorbed and easily manipulated.

I was hoping Olivia would realize her potential and grow into a confident, self-sufficient woman who didn't rely on a man for her identity. Unfortunately, she didn't have the desire or integrity to act like an adult woman.

I wanted Olivia to leave Bill, not for the arrogant David, but for her future well being. David put on a good show of being romantic and caring, yet he was actually controlling, dominating and sometimes violent. Not a good catch!

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A Bit Frustrating but SO GOOD!!

Parts of this continuing story about Olivia and her husband Bill and David, the love she never knew she could have is at times way too out there and unrealistic.
I know this is a book and it is not true, so I can get through those parts.
The author is trying to stretch it into 3 books which is not really fair, but I am going on to the third book next.
I wish the emails between Olivia and David would not have to state the date, time, TO and FROM and the company name in every email.
Just noting a real frustration that you have to listen to many times.

So, to the good parts. It is a very exciting back and forth with some realistic moments about Olivia and Davids affair.
I love the passion in this book. I do not love Olivia and her ignorance about how she does not let David speak his mind and how he feels. Why not??? She keeps saying NO to him and then, well okay, just one more time.

Besides all that frustration, this story is really good, and keeps your interest. In fact I can not put it down.

Can not wait to see how she is going to deal with her husband in the third book.

Also frustrating why we can not use apostrophes in reviews?? GEEZ!

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  • Jeanne
  • Elgin, IL, United States
  • 11-09-18

Go for it girl!

I’m scared to read the third considering the reviews.

While I love the push and pull, and the hot temptation, and her struggle. I’m pulling for her one way, then I’m hating her, then cheering her on. So frustratingly good.

Love this narrator! She does the male voices fantastically.

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It's not the angst that kills it

It's really the fact that several main characters have to be morons for the plot device to work. We all love angst, but seriously how: 1. Does Bill not notice his wife is cheating? 2. Nobody tells him? 3. Olivia doesn't admit she loves David until the end? 4. Does David even stick around long enough through her stupid behavior to even fall in love with her?
So even if you ignore that, you'll be infuriated that she goes through these 'realization' moments where she all but admits she doesn't love her husband and she does love David....but she'll inexplicably say in the next breath she can't possibly leave her husband. She'll do that over and over again throughout this book and you'll want to scream what the heck?
I can't possibly make it through the 3rd book after this one. I simply don't like or care about the rest of the resolution.

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  • Stef kowalski
  • 09-08-17

Great three part series

If you could sum up Come Alive in three words, what would they be?

Engaging romance drama

What was one of the most memorable moments of Come Alive?

Drama

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably the relationship building between the two and seeing the bad side of her husband

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great series

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  • Joanne Carver
  • 11-10-15

fabulous

I love this series! I can't wait for the third and final book. great narrator too 😊