by Robin York
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Bantam
Source: ARC from InkSlinger PR
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In this New Adult debut by 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.Review:
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.
I was immediately intrigued by this book the instant I read its synopsis. I might have judged Caroline a bit instantly also after reading it though (shame on me!). With the recent influx of the same case here in my country, I can’t help but think: why would girls let guys, even if he’s a significant other, to take private pictures/videos of them together? If you don’t want others to see it, then why do it all? It was a simple but effective prevention to that. With that, I guess you can already assume my non-existent experience when it comes to this kind of relationship. That said, after reading Robin’s Deeper, I can proudly say that I have learned something and I am very thankful for Robin for making me realize what I didn’t understand by reading this book.
Caroline is a character that’s very easy to sympathize with. What happened to her is an unimaginably terrible thing to happen to anyone. She has an ambition in life. She wants to go to law school and be a judge, but after what happened, how can people possibly respect her anymore? One mistake and her dreams all came tumbling down. Her actions afterwards were all understandable and I can’t blame her for them but I couldn’t help but feel sad for her. I kept cheering her on. Nevermind that she couldn’t hear me. The girl needed all the support she could get! And this is where West enters the picture. West is not the most sanctimonious guy out there and if I were Caroline, I’d run the opposite way at the sight of him – or not. Actually, nevermind about his dirty record and drug pushing activities. The guy is extremely hot! And really, he’s not so bad. He is, in fact, a really good person. I love that there’s more to him than just a smexy guy. He has his own personal battles to fight and it’s really cute that he loves his sister so much.
Deeper is a thought-provoking novel that will take you in a roller coaster ride of emotions. Did I mention it’s hot? I am just so happy that Caroline finally opened up to West. West is such a wonderful guy and I know he’s going to take care of Caroline. I’m really rooting for these two. I love them so much! The intimate scenes between them are S-C-O-R-C-H-I-N-G! And the character development? Astounding. The romance is slow burn and it was a joy to watch them grow closer to each other. But really, what I love the most about their relationship is that they started off as friends. Heck, even their friendship started off on a rocky path. So you can really see the remarkable development in their characters and relationship alike. There is a slight cliffhanger but I have faith in these characters and I KNOW that everything is going to work out for them in the end.
Disclosure: An advance reading copy was provided to me for an honest review as part of the Deeper Blog Tour. No compensation of any kind was received in exchange for this.
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About the Author
s Ruthie Knox, she is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance, including RITA-finalists About Last Night and Room at the Inn. She moonlights as a mother, makes killer salted caramels, and sorts out thorny plot problems while running, hiking, or riding her bike.