Title – Eyes Wide Open
Author – Renee Dyer
Publication Date – August 11, 2014
Series – Healing Hearts, #2
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 had been waiting for more of Tucker and Adriana from the second that I finished Waking Up. The Healing Hearts series is the story of two broken, seemingly opposite individuals, who help to, much like the name suggests, heal each other. Where we got a majority of Adri’s story in Waking Up, this book was focused more on Tucker. We got his background and his demons, and it was done incredibly well.
To the outside world, Tucker Stavros has everything as a famous actor. On the inside, he’s dealing with the fact that Adriana left him in the airport and hasn’t spoken to him since – an issue of abandonment that he is forced to recognize. Then something awful happens and they are forced together and have to deal with all of the things that have been left unsaid. However, it’s here that we get a peek into Tucker’s past and the true amount of demons he has to conquer. I personally loved getting to see this whole other side of Tucker. He was so confident and assured in the first book that he felt more humanized in a way throughout Eyes Wide Open. Let me just say, for as heartbreaking as Adriana’s story was, Tucker’s broke me in a completely different way. I could relate a lot closer to some of the events of his past than Adriana’s so I developed a gigantic soft spot for him.
One of the things I respected the most about Renee’s writing was the delicate nature with which she handled every difficult aspect that came up. I never felt like reactions were played up or filled with angst and drama for the sake of the story. Everything these characters went through was raw and emotion-filled, but never beyond the realm of reality. The writing flowed organically and told a gut-wrenching tale that kept your soul gripped until the very end.
The story is told mainly through Tucker and Adri’s points of view, but there are sprinkling of others we hear from as well. It helps to keep us invested in this circle of friends and family, not just the two main characters. While Tucker and Adriana’s story is over (extremely satisfyingly I might add), Eyes Wide Open hinted at plenty of other stories to be told. I honestly laughed, I cried, I bit my lip in anticipation…I guess you could say I experienced a myriad of emotions. If you’re looking for an awesome read that will suck you into a vortex; one of love, forgiveness, and a journey to acceptance, look no further…because The Healing Hearts series is a MUST read!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Waking Up (Healing Hearts #1)
Beneath His Darkness (Healing Hearts #3)
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.