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Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me

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by Tara Sivec

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Due to heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 17+.

From the USA Today Best Selling Author of A Beautiful Lie.

Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she's wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an


Due to heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 17+.

From the USA Today Best Selling Author of A Beautiful Lie.

Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she's wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison's best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.

Death changes everyone...

To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?

Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she's stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father's. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness...until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there's more to that life than pain.

But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?

Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren't ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Donna The Romance Cover
Highly emotional, beautifully written and a book that will stay with me for a very long time, Tara Sivec I salute you!!
Goodreads - Lucia Reading is my Breathing
Watch Over Me was a sad and emotional but beautiful story, one of the most interesting ones I have read within New-Adult genre in a long time. I am glad I found time to read it, it was definitely worth it and I am sure Addison�s story will stay with me for a long time!
Goodreads - Beth The Indie Bookshelf
Tara Sivec has decided to tip her toes into the YA world. And by dip her toes, I mean score a 10 from the high dive. A 10 from all the Olympic judges including the Russian. Yeah...Even the Russian judge. Ms Sivec has conquered to world of laugh-you-ass-off-funny and tough guy contemporary romance/suspense. Now she is taking on the YA world. Ms Sivec will be stepping up to podium to take the gold medal for this one.

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Tara Sivec is the USA Today Best Selling Author of A Beautiful Lie. She is married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Ohio with their two children.

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Watch Over Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried a lot through this book! Such a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very believable. 162 pages. Addison & Zander are great people, people you would like to know in real life. Buy the book & read it, it will get to you, too. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether you still have your Mom here, or she has passed on, this story will capture your heart. I can relate to the pain of losing a Mom to cancer, and the sadness, despair and emptiness that goes with it. I can also relate to the fact that life goes on, and though you never forget, you must live each day to the fullest! This story was written with raw emotion, and from page one until the end, you are hooked right into it! Great book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you lose your Mother it hurts so so so much but iknow she watching over me Thank You for such a great read God Bless
Rayni_Dayreader More than 1 year ago
I have to "warn" you before taking on the journey of this book, that if you have endured the loss of a parent, especially when you were young this book will no doubt capture you. You will take deep breaths, cry deeply/lightly/ugly Oprah cry/hiccupy (it's a word now suck it up auto correct)cry or maybe all or one of these at a time. And, you will most definitely reflect on the parent you lost and your journey through that loss. I know I did and it made me smile A LOT too. I wish to what ever higher power you believe it that you don't have to know that loss, but trust me this reader lived and felt the honesty and truth in the journey of Addison. When I knew I was hooked? Hmmm.......... how bout at this line "I was suddenly the parent instead of the child" thanks Tara Sivec for that. That was the moment I knew I was going to love this book. I've found and to go a little off track that Mrs Tara Sivec can do no wrong in any genre of fiction she chooses to write. Her Chocolate Lovers series, Playing With Fire series, and this book Watch Over Me. Any who, let's get back to my review and why I think you should do yourself a favor and read this book shall we? Addison is a girl who quickly has to pick up the slack of life and drop all her previous life wants and desires to continue on with what she believes to be her mother's. Her Father decides to check out of the whole parenting gig and has his own journey to go through. Addison meets someone at the right time that may just possibly help her move through the emotions and get back to her life. Enter that man Zander. Some moments that pulled at me IF I have to name only a few from Zander and Addison's encounters. "I don't know if Zander is a little thing or a big thing, a possibility or a liability. I've made sure to keep the guessing game out of life by shutting off my emotions and just doing what I need to do to make it through each day" "I brought you flowers" Zander says with a smile as I open the door. I laugh and feel instantly at ease when he..........." You'll have to read the book to see the rest of that sentence, but it is an UBER cute moment. I loved this book and the side character Meg that Addison lets in her life. Here's a moment I fell in friend love with Meg. "You and I both know that life sucks. At any minute something crappy could happen, and the two of us just sit around just waiting for the crappy and expecting it. When something good happens, we have to reach out and grab it, otherwise our lives will turn into one giant run-on sentence of daily sucks. I'm tired of the sucks, Addy. Come on , be tired of the sucks with me." I related to this story personally and I will definitely read again. Come meet Addison, Zander, and Meg. Journey with them through loss and rebuilding their lives. This book will make you appreciate all those people who have loved and influenced the better in you I promise. And, I do believe that my Father and my other angels Watch Over Me as did Addison's.
glaukos More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! This is a total tear jerker. I think I pretty much cried through out the whole thing. When a book hits you with that kind of emotion, you know its a good one. Don' let the emotional upheaval of this book stop you from reading it. Yes it is sad, but there is a happy ending, isn't the the point of a sad book, to get to that HEA? I can say I love it, I don't think there was anything negative I can say about this book other then it had me in messy tears. Everything Addison went through, that poor girl, she had been put through so much, and I felt so bad for her. I still don't know how she makes it through some of it, I don't know if I would be strong enough to go through some of the things she did. But to see the ending and the happiness that she finally reaches makes it totally worth it. I loved Zander right from the start, he is so sweet and strong and such a caring man, who wouldn't fall in love with him?
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
WATCH OVER ME was emotional and heartbreaking, yet hopeful. I honestly had no expectations going into this one. I only knew that I would likely enjoy it, since I'm a fan of Sivec's writing. I really enjoyed it, but I wasn't at all prepared for the emotional journey that I would be taking.   Addison Snow is consumed by grief over the loss of her mother. Her mom was her best friend and cheerleader. When her mom passed, Addison felt lost and alone. She had no support from her father, who instead of being there to support his daughter, turned to alcohol to smother his grief. This left Addison to manage the family business and really take over the parental role, by taking care of her dad. The stress of assuming those responsibilities, while trying to mourn was just too much for her to handle. My heart ached for Addison. I can not imagine having to deal with something so devastating at that age. Luckily, Addison does get the help she needs. As she begins her healing process, she meets Zander. He's become a permanent figure in her shop and always leaves her sweet notes. I felt that the progression of their relationship was realistic. Addison had a long way to go, so having their relationship move forward gradually, was appreciated.  I loved Zander and felt that his character brought happiness into the story. He's just a good guy. He's gentle, attentive, and loving. Zander does have some secrets too, but I felt that Addison may not have been ready to deal with learning his truths at the start of their relationship. I think Addison needed time to heal and feel the happiness that Zander brought her. He really was a super guy.  I'm struggling with a way to say this without revealing too much, but I feel I have to mention that I really enjoyed the message that even though a person may be gone, they are always with you in some way. I'm not a religious person, but I am a spiritual person, so I do firmly believe that souls connect, intertwine, and are also there to comfort and guide. I think that this helped Addison find comfort in the end. It was truly endearing to see.  Overall, I really enjoyed WATCH OVER ME. I'm a sucker for the romance, that's no surprise, but I really did enjoy the deeper message to this story as well. If you're looking for a good emotional read, check this one out. Just be sure to have your tissues handy! Quotes: ~One look into his eyes, and I want to unburden myself of everything. No one has looked at me like that in a long time-like they're concerned for me and just want to make things easier on me.-Loc 595 ~"You can still pick up the pieces, Sugar. They fell apart for a little while, but it doesn't mean anything is damaged. Everything can be fixed. And you don't have to fix it alone. There's always someone who will help you rebuild."-Loc 1380
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
It’s been quite a long time since a book has blown me away like Watch Over Me has done. I’m a big fan of Tara Sivec’s writing, but before now, I’ve only read her comedy and (meant in the nicest way) borderline obnoxious use of crude language. Last year I tackled her Chocolate Lovers series. They’re hilarious, light reads. Watch Over Me is not like them at all, aside from the fact that Sivec shows her ability to write a great book, yet again. Being the polar opposite of previous Sivec books, this novel packed an emotional punch with each new scene, and I may have underestimated it at first glance. Some of the best things about this book were the well-developed characters, believable plot, and slow, non-forced romance. Addison is a broken young woman trying to get through each day. The way she is written makes the reader feel everything she feels, to sympathize with her, but also to realize when she’s being stupid. It’s all displayed and she doesn’t even deny that she has issues. It was great to see a character who wasn’t trying to hide, from the reader, behind a mask of anger or an act, to cover up what she was going through. It wasn’t at all hidden to build to a big reveal later in the book. This was also helpful in going through the story. She let’s us into each interaction, each milestone in her path to recovery. I also liked how, while there’s a romance in this book, I didn’t see it coming for the first chunk of the book. And once Zander shows up, there’s no guarantee if he’ll be a permanent character or not. There’s no insta-love, there’s no predictable personality either. Zander is just Zander. It’s all written in such an honest, no-nonsense way. I couldn’t help by to be drawn into the book. It gripped me early on and didn’t let me go…and still hasn’t. Seeing this type of serious writing from an author who (up until now) is normally trying to make the reader die laughing, gives me even more respect for what she writes. Some authors can write one type of book, and do so in great ways. Others can write many different types, but not really write an amazing book in any. Sivec has shown me her diversity in evoking the emotions of a reader, her diversity of genre, and an adaptive writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartbreaking and beautiful story! I read this book because I simply love Tara Sivec. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors. No one can do humor like Tara and now she has proven that she can do emotional, raw, real, and beautiful stories as well. Life is not always pretty but that is what I loved most about "Watch Over Me". It's not a Hollywood story; what happens to these characters can happen and often do happen to us. I read this book in less than 2 days and it is a book that will stay with me forever. That doesn't happen to me that often. I am not going to give anything away. But I do encourage everyone to read this story. You will finish reading it with a little more appreciation for those in your lives and for those who are no longer with you. Have a box of tissue next to you because you will need it!
Brooke4 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful and emotional and wonderful. Please do not pass on this book. I chose this book for a long car trip, but I was between major releases from other authors and a big one was due out in 48 hours, so I was reluctant to start a new book that I might not rush to finish and might delay my starting my next "big" read. So it was with that reluctance that I started reading Watch Over Me on the return car trip...and OMG let me tell you how thankful I am that I chose to pick it up. First, I finished the book in 1/2 a day. I didn't even take any of the driving shifts from my husband because I could not put this book down once I started. I laughed, I cried, I was in awe. I cannot speak highly enough about this book. Now, let me say that I am a big fan of TE Sivec and recommend her Chocolate Lover's series to anyone who will give me 5 seconds of time, and I enjoy the Playing with Fire series, but holy cow, Watch Over Me is a work of art. This book is beautiful and wonderful and everything a great book should be. I want to say more, but I don't want to spoil a single moment for anyone. This is a book that will stick with me forever, that will be on my "you have to drop everything you are doing right this second and read this book" list. I don't know what else to say except that please please please pick up this book and don't miss out on this experience. It really is that good!
BrandeesBookEndings More than 1 year ago
Let me just start off by saying I LOVE TARA SIVEC! Not only as the AMAZING lady that she is, but that her writing. Many of you know Tara from her Chocolate Lovers and Playing With Fire series……if you have not read these books yet, I highly recommend that you do. It is so great to see that Tara can switch gears with her writing and she has shown us this past year. First up was her Chocolate Lovers Series…..need a laugh….read those books, they had me laughing out loud! Next up was Tara dabbling into a Romantic Suspense with the Playing With Fire Series, if you like a love story with steam and lots of twists and turns, A Beautiful Lie is where you should go. "Death changes everyone. It changes the way you think, the way you feel and the way you live your life. Sometimes it makes you thankful for what you have, but more often than not, it makes you regret the things you’ve lost. " NOW, Tara switched to this more serious topic and wrote a deep story that tugged at my heart and brought tears to my eyes with the emotions and loss that Addison was left to deal with. The way the story is told, you can tell that it was written from Tara’s heart and mind and appears to be very personal to her. While this was a more emotional/spiritual book, Tara could still make me smile and laugh in her story-telling and I did not want to put this book down (it was a one-day read for me). I loved the characters and this story…. I highly recommend you go grab it! So, your question may be “Did Tara pull this one off?” ….. my answer is “She nailed it!”. I can’t wait to see what Tara has up next for me, I will read anything that she writes!
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It wasn't what i was expecting, but overall a good read. Prepare to cry, laugh, and be shocked. A book you will definitely read twice.
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BabyChance More than 1 year ago
great read, cried a lot.
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beasleymom2 More than 1 year ago
What a great story, sad but so heartbreaking too. I love how the author write and I think I have read all of her books but one. Might read that one next.
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life experience was well written and held my interest thoughout.
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This was a very good book!