by Robin York
Series: Caroline & West #1
Published by Bantam Release date : Published January 28th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Just when I think I want to give up on New Adult all together, I read one that is so emotional and so good, it changes my views on it altogether. Deeper, is that book. This is only the second 5 star review in the genre (category, whatever). That alone, should tell you something.
Deeper is one of those books that has rendered me speechless. The ones that, no matter what you say, you know that you aren’t doing the book any justice on just how amazing it is. That being said, my review is vague.
When I finished Deeper, my heart hurt. But at the same time, I was smiling because for some reason, I was happy. I was heartbroken because of the ending but it was so real and emotional, I just..
As far as plots go, Deeper doesn’t stand out in originality. Something happens to the main character, causing her to be skittish, shy and construct many walls to protect herself. And the male, is a hard ass that seems to get under her skin, or in this case Deeper. So, what it always boils down to for me is the writing and the characters. This is why I love this so much. The characters are so real, honest and raw. The writing is beautiful, snagging you in and holding you until the end. This is a slower paced story, but it really works. It’s highly character driven, so we needed those moments to see them change & grow realistically.
Honestly, I felt like what had happened to Caroline was put on the back burner for awhile. It wasn’t focused on how to FIX it, but rather, finding someone that sees YOU. That understands YOU. That trusts YOU, and you them. It’s about healing and love, and finding yourself.
I actually know someone personally, that went through almost the exact same thing Caroline went through. It is one of the most foul things someone can do to another, without physically harming them. You are exposed, a target for name calling and I can’t even imagine going through something like that. Caroline, feels these things. Shame, embarrassment and in the spotlight during a difficult time. She lives with the regret from allowing Nate to take those pictures of her, the voices of those that have made comments to her and online. But she is strong, brave and as West would say, fierce. She does have an array of emotions going on inside, but she still lifts her chin and continues about her life. Then, there’s West. West, having a difficult life, is attracted to Caroline but doesn’t feel like he deserves her. He had a hard life growing up and is doing everything he can to make something of himself, in order to take care of his Mother and sister. Not every job he goes is legal. But to me, not everything is black and white. Do I condone it? No. But who am I to judge? We don’t learn everything at once. We get small reveals at at time, which I loved. I wasn’t overwhelmed by it.
Their relationship is a slow & intense and one of my favorites to date. I am not a big on “meant to be”, but these two are just meant to be together. They are different, but in that way that brings out the best in each other. They slowly become “friends” then moves into a more physical relationship, before actually getting together. Once West’s walls come down, they get so close it’s just beautiful.
The ending. I am so happy (but sad) about the ending. Mainly, because it’s one of those you don’t see much in New Adult, or ever really. It really made my heart hurt, but it’s realistic. I can’t wait to see where their relationship is headed in Harder, the sequel.
Overall- I loved it. This is my new favorite in the Romance AND New Adult category. Just beautiful. I highly recommend it.