Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review: Deeper by Robin York


Title: Deeper
Series: Caroline & West #1
Author: Robin York
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger: Yes - mild.

In the New Adult debut from beloved contemporary romance author Ruthie Knox, writing under the pseudonym Robin York, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper

Deeper is one of this books that are more than difficult to rate and review for me. Some parts were brilliant, some of them where not and while I enjoyed the story overall, there were fragments that I could not relate to or that just bothered me and made me skeptical. Nonetheless, I did have a good time as the story definitely consumed me and made me think.

As for plot, this book was fast moving and paced to go. The story follows Caroline a nineteen year old college student who happened to be ostracized by whole university, because her ex – boyfriend broke her trust and published her naked pictures on-line. Now, she has to live with a red mark on her forehead and constant reminders that she’s a slut.

West also has some serious problems with his family and carries a great deal on his shoulder. Together, they slowly start of as friends and with time they develop deeper feelings toward each other. But Caroline’s porn pictures aren’t going away and West’s drugs dealing problem is not closed either.

At the beginning I wasn't very sure if I will be able to like it much, since it started off very slow and I didn't feel any connection between the two main characters. And frankly, Caroline wasn’t likeable heroine. I had pretty hard time with relating and sympathizing with her. Don’t get me wrong, what happened to her was horrible and my heart ached while thinking about it, but Caroline made it so hard to like her. Fortunately somewhere in the story, she changed and grew on me and I was finally able to enjoy reading Deeper.

As the book progressed, I found myslef liking it and appreciating it more and more. With every new chapter the plot was going on the right track and I couldn’t stop myslef from swooning from time to time or just smiling.

I immensely enjoyed reading ‘sexy times’. Robin York’s done a great job in describing sensual, steamy between the sheets action and I devoured this part of the story.

However, there were other aspects that didn't work for me. I had stop myslef from rolling my eyes few times at Caroline and her unnecessary drama making. I couldn’t understand why she didn’t try asking for help and put up with the bullying. She should have put on her big girl panties and do something with this mess. Fight! I’m not sure if I could go on like she did.

Overall, Deeper is a strong read worth checking out. The writing was solid, intrigue well thought, romance sweet and sex off the charts hot!

**ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review**

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