Come Undone

Come Undone

by Jessica Hawkins

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COME UNDONE tells a compelling story of devotion, desire, deception and ultimately, love. It is book one in The Cityscape Series.


Olivia Germaine has already found love. Devoted wife, loyal friend, successful career woman - she's created the life she always envisioned.

But when Olivia locks eyes with a handsome stranger across a crowded room, he peers a little too closely and sees emotions she thought she'd buried long ago.

David Dylan, alleged playboy and eternal bachelor, challenges Olivia to confront the life she's built and to make decisions that could either lead to happiness . . . or regret.

Will Olivia be able to draw the line between lust and love?

And can David respect that line?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016133867
Publisher: Jessica Hawkins
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Series: The Cityscape Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 141,138
File size: 828 KB

About the Author

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.
Follow Jessica on Twitter @jess_hawk

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Come Undone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my what a hot and steamy book. Loved it
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Alukalu More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Jessica Hawkins' work recently, and I have to admit that  after one book I'm already hooked! "Come Undone" put me through so many emotions (to me that's a good thing... it takes a great book to be able to do that to me). There was humor, angst, sexiness... all done so well. Olivia is going through a lot.  I found myself questioning her judgement on many occasions, but as you learn more of her story, you come to understand why she is how she is, and why she makes her decisions.  Her life isn't easy, although she tries to put on a smile and make it appear that everything is ok. David... *sigh*, David. It's hard to not like this guy (you'll see...).  ;)  He's sweet, charming, hot.  Decisions are made.. Life changing decisions. I was on an emotional roller coaster; but as I read through Olivia's eyes, I couldn't help but sympathize. She's put in an emotionally challenging situation, and she's trying to figure out what will make her life a happy one. (I'm trying hard to not give any spoilers here..) I'm already hooked with this first book of the trilogy; I can wait to read the next chapter of their story. Well done, Ms. Hawkins :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an author I am so fortunate to have stumbled upon! Not only is this whole series on my list of favorite reads for 2013, but they are also some of the most ground-breaking books that I have ever read. I'm not usually one to take a chance on indie authors, but in this class I am glad I did - and I have to say she has really changed my perspective on them! For those of you who might be hesitant because of the infidelity aspect of it, I encourage you to give it a try - it is handled expertly by this author and is so well done that I think you'll be surprised at how much you love this book! And it only gets better the further the series progresses! Granted, Come Undone is a bit slow to get started, but if you hang in there, it is well worth it!
lea84LJ More than 1 year ago
I had an honor of winning this awesome e-book. This book had more twists and turns than I could keep up with. Olivia and David have strong connection from the beginning even though Olivia is married to Bill. She is determined, and very well-put together. David was that perfect combination of hot and sweet. He is a successful, handsome young architect. Despite telling David that she is not available, the two have a hard time fighting their attraction for one another. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It ends on a major cliffhanger and is a must read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These stories touched my heart. The emotions of a loved woman in a marriage who just feels something is missing. A perfect story of a woman who realizes there is more to be had but is scared to death. Olivia is such a selfless woman in all reality. I waited to write this review until I read the whole series. I see a lot of myself in Olivia which is what captured me the most. This series seems so real to me rather than the usual romance stories.
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brooklynnRC More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Round Table Book Reviews This story is about an editor named Liv that lives in Chicago with her husband Bill. She always says that she is happily married but you can tell within the first few chapters that maybe she isn’t as happy as she thought. Then along comes David, he’s successful, good-looking, charming, and he wants Liv all to himself. They try to fight their attraction to each other but things are easier said than done. I’m a hypocrite…I LOVE books with love triangles (when people are dating) and it doesn’t really bother me when the characters cheat but it does bother me when the characters are a married couple. This book was a little slow and boring for me at first but the second half picked up and I can’t wait to see what happens with Liv, David, and Bill...yes, I’m rooting for a certain guy. I guess somewhere closer to the end of this book, I became invested in the characters and wishing that Liv would “be with a certain guy.” I don’t want to give anything away, so “this guy” could be Bill or David. This story seemed to flow easily and I didn’t notice any errors in spelling/grammar. Overall it was well written, just slow at first, and I think that had to do with how descriptive the author was with every conversation, etc.
CACathyQ More than 1 year ago
REVIEWED FOR ROUND TABLE BOOK REVIEWS The hardest part of reviewing Come Undone is dealing with the infidelity of one of the characters. I didn’t want to like Come Undone. Yet, I did. The story is compelling. The characters are real. They have real problems, jobs and are each uniquely flawed.  We meet Liv (Olivia) as a hard working, happily married young woman of 27. She has a good job and close friends. She is thoughtful and caring. She even volunteers at an animal shelter. Then a chance encounter across a crowded room and several coincidences bring her into contact with David, a phenomenally successful, handsome young architect. There is instant chemistry and connection but Liv immediately puts a stop to any contact. The story continues to throw Liv and David in each others’ path. How they fight the emotions and connection creates suspense and a great story.  I loved the secondary characters. As I mentioned earlier they are real, believable…except for Bill, Liv’s husband. He feels like a caricature boring husband. He has expectations that don’t seem to be backed up with discussions.  He doesn’t seem to be concerned when Liv is attacked.  I recommend Come Undone for the story, suspense and characters. Watching Liv find herself is an intense cathartic experience. I highly recommend getting all three books in the series. Come Undone could be read without the other two, but you will want to continue and find out more. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars **Reviewed for Round Table Book Reviews** Olivia and Bill are newlywed in the sense that they've only been married for a few years. They're relationship started off pretty slow. They were friends first before Bill ever worked up the courage to ask her out. He's sweet, kind, loving, and takes care of her.  Olivia has 2 best friends that she's had for ages, Gretchen and Lucy. They've helped her through some pretty rough times, Gretchen more so as she saw her through her parents' divorce. It was a very trying time and changed Liv quite a bit. She hasn't really lived since then. Hasn't felt any raw emotion, until she sees a set of dark and intense eyes from across the lobby at the theatre. They connect for just a moment before she looks away. But it's a connection she won't be soon forgetting.  Once I was really able to sit down and start reading this book, I actually really enjoyed it. You can tell that Liv is just going through the motions day to day. She seems to be really guarded. Throughout the book, she's taught to question her current relationships with people, to see if anyone actually knows the real her. I think every once in a while, you have to question certain relationships. Are these people in your life because they you really want them there or is it more of a security blanket type thing? Are we hiding in our everyday actions? How can we truly start living again?  As this is the first book in a series, were left with a mild ending wondering what decision Olivia will make. Will she choose the safe, predictable path? Or will she veer left and go down the road where her emotions are raw and real, and her limits tested? I can't wait to hopefully find the answer to some of these questions in the second book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come Undone, the first book in The Cityscape Series, is an erotic fiction novel that can sometimes feel all too real. The main character in the book Olivia “Liv” Germaine was well developed by the author. Throughout the novel, I found it easy to bond with her character and the inner war she experiences between remaining faithful to her loving husband Bill and the passion she feels for David Dylan. I often found myself routing for Bill. His character is kind and loving and you want him to come back and win the race for Liv’s heart. On the other hand, the book leaves the reader eager to discover what may happen between Liv and David. David’s character is the ideal man many women imagine or hope for. He is tall, handsome, succesful beyond imagination, capable of charming anyone…and lets be honest, he is well endowed beyond anyone you or I have ever “encountered.” He may not exist in the real world, but as a fiction novel the author beautifully developed his character, although I was left wanting to know more about him. That was probably an intentional move by the author leaving the reading drooling for part II of The Cityscape Series. The ultimate reality is that Bill was bound to lose his fight for Liv. Competing against every woman’s ideal man left little hope that He would be able to keep is wife’s affections. At times I found myself upset with Liv for not distancing herself from David enough. I was upset with David for pursuing a married woman. I was upset that Bill seemed to have lost a battle he was not even aware he had to wage. This however, is common with affairs is it not? Come Undone was excellent in that it invoked many different emotions in the reader. As upset as I was one moment with the characters, at another I found myself excited to discover what was about to happen, excited to learn whether or not Liv gives Bill a chance, excited to read all the juicy sexual details that the book leaves you craving for. Come Undone manages not only to develop the love story in Part I of The Cityscape Series, but it also developes Liv’s relationships with her friends as well. Her friends cover a wide range including the beautiful friend, selfish friend, kind friend, and the friend who is a fighter. Jessica Hawkins beautifully developed these real world characters. Even the authors side stories of the ill yet full of life friend were written to have a full emotional impact on the reader. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Come Undone has left me eager to find out what will happen in Part II and Part III! I need to know If Liv and Bill will resolves the unspoken but tension cutting issues in their relationship, I want to know if David will continue to play devil’s advocate by tempting Liv to be unfaithful, and most importantly I want to know what path Liv will take.
AmandaC1 More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! This book really makes you...think, comtemplate, and question your beliefs and morality. It was a little slow to start, but after the initial set of up the story and characters, it really picks up and hits its stride. I couldn't put it down...I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. The subject of infidelity, of course, is a tricky one and one that many people would rather not deal with. But let's face it, when lightning strikes and a person finds their actual "true love", "soul mate"...many many things have to be "reviewed and revised"...despite having already made a commitment to another. This is the kind of story that each person has to judge for themselves based on the content matter, but honestly I found myself rooting for Olivia and David. Why should a person forego their own happiness, future, love, and passion for a comfortable arrangement? No way. This is a great read and I highly recommend it! ARC provided by NetGalley.
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
The book had a slow start, but at about 60%, I could not stop reading!! I am so glad I did not give up on this one. We had a family christening and then a recital and I was trying to find every excuse to go back to the car and hide so I could read finish this book. The sexual tension, the steam…it was awesome!! I love stories that leave me wanted the sequel ASAP. There were SO many hard decisions for Liv. A lot of thoughts came to my head when I read this. Bill was a faithful and loyal husband, but did he love Liv or did he just “adore” her. It is not right to cheat (and I mean even having thoughts about another man when you are married), but this book was written so well. The author has you in the character’s head. One night at the theatre with her friends and husband, Liv “felt” David at the theatre (I felt him at the theatre). Later, she felt him at the party (I felt him at the party). Are they truly two souls who have a strong connection, one that they cannot break? Does that make it right???My initial thought no. Cheating is never right, but how could I be routing for David at 88%. I love the side story with the Bill’s drug/gang case. LOVEd it. Not only are we working through a story where a married woman is falling for another man, but there are threats against Liv. Like I said at 60% you will not be able to stop. So just make sure when you are approaching the 60% mark, you have already gotten your snack, your drink (i.e. wine) and have a quiet house with nowhere to go, because you will not be able to stop reading! The minute I walked home from my parties, I was on the bed reading. I called for no interruptions. I did not know where the story was going to go AND I LOVE THAT IN A BOOK!! “I’m having dinner with someone,” he said, looking through the windshield. “And I may bring her to the party.” Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. I could not stand Liv’s friends though. I agree with Bill…Gretchen was a slut, but to her defense she did make some good points to Liv. Pace of the story: Good. After 60%, the pace was perfect. Very intense towards the end. Loved that! “It was obvious. His attraction had waned. The game was off. Pushing me away the week before had said as much. Say something, I urged. Anything!” Positives: The story, the side story with Alvarez, the flow of the writing. I have never heard of this author before, but I know I will ready all her stuff from now on. Negatives: I understand that the author had to set up the characters. She had to show Liv and her husband, Bill, interacting with her friends and I think that some of that was great and needed for the story. However, some of the parts with Liv’s friends could have been edited out. The more her friends “talked” the more they annoyed me. Do I recommend? YES Bottom line: So glad I read this one. I never read a book where the wife had thoughts of cheating on her husband. I was not sure how I was going to feel about that. However, I finished this book and now am immediately going to start the sequel!! Loved the cliffy. Jessica Hawkins is a great writer. Book Format Read: A copy was given by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Cherryreads More than 1 year ago
Come Undone is a complex engrossing book. It is a little slow to start, but it picks up and captivates you until the end. Olivia is a wonderfully flawed character who has hidden depth and strengths that we only begin to get a small glimpse of in this book, and I want more. David is a charismatic bad boy that always seems to always get what he wants. He sees into the secret places in Olivia that she wants to keep hidden. These two have explosive chemistry. If only they would have met before Olivia married her devoted husband Bill. He is loving and patient and he adores his wife. At times, though, there seems to be a disconnect between them. I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this book about a woman who is struggling with fidelity, but I feel that the author handles it with care. Let’s face it, unfortunately, it happens more than we would care to admit. The supporting characters are well written and defined as well. There is love, lust , deception, and danger in this story. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
JulieCelene More than 1 year ago
I was invested in Liv's story from page 1! This isn't your typical love/lust plot which is what makes it a smarter read. I knew what the endgame was but how the characters got there was a welcome surprise. I will snap up the sequel ASAP!