Sunday, January 27, 2013

Book Review: Deeper We Fall

Deeper We Fall (Deeper We Fall #1)
   
Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher:  Chelsea M. Cameron
Publication Date: January 24, 2013
 
Kat's Review

This book is the quintessential beach read.  Love, hate, friendship, sex, secrets.  It's all there.  With a college campus as the setting and a group of attractive coeds as the main characters, this book is perfect for a fun read. 

The book is told in alternating points of view, which seems to be popular these days.  People either love it or hate it, but since it continues throughout the book, if it's something you hate, then take note.  Personally, I don't mind it if it's done well.  I like seeing into the brain of different characters, getting their perspective on things.  Additionally, this book makes frequent reference to classic literature and the poet Rumi.  Again, this doesn't bother me, but if you've never read To Kill A Mockingbird, or don't know who Mr. Darcy is, some of these references may not make sense to you. 

I found the main characters likeable, and Lottie's hatred for Zan was understandable, given his role in the accident that seriously injured her best friend.  Zan's character is the reformed bad boy, full of tattoos, avoiding his old life of drugs and alcohol, and replacing them with books, music and running.  Cliché? Sure. Sexy? Yup. Everybody loves a reformed bad boy.  I also liked that he kept in contact with a therapist throughout, and that his runs were almost obsessive, like an addiction.  The struggle was always there, present, rather than something alluded to once and then forgotten as the story progressed. 

The love story develops slowly, which I appreciated.  There was no falling into each others' arms after a night of drunkenness, or after locking gazes across a crowded room.  It grew and developed over time.  If there's one area of the story that I thought was predictable, it was Zan's confession at the end.  I don't want to give anything away, but I think it might have been more interesting if they had been forced to work through a certain thing, rather than have it conveniently resolved.  That's all I'm going to say about that! 

Rating: Worth A Look

I finished this book in a day, reading from start to finish in almost one long sitting.  It's the type of book that's perfect for lounging by the pool or on the beach, with just enough romance to be exciting without crossing over into I-don't-want-to-be-seen-in-public-with-this-book territory.  This author has several other books already published, and is writing a companion novel to this one.  I haven't read the last of her books!

A copy of this book was provided for review by the author.


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