Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Deeper by Robin York

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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, and 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 starts right when Caroline’s ex- boyfriend post naked picture of her online. Not only are they embarrassing, sexually explicit photos posted for every pervert to see but the posts also includes her full name. Caroline is devastated that someone that she trusted would be so cruel. She’s disgusted with herself for letting him take pictures of her in the first place. All she wants is for all of these pictures to go away. With dreams of being a judge, she needs this all too just go away. Until she can make that happen she plans on keeping her head down and ignoring the comments, whispers, and looks that follow her around campus and into her dreams.

That’s Caroline’s plan until she literally, runs into West. West, the guy she promised her dad she would stay away from on her first day of school; West, who she knows is into shady dealings that she would never dream of getting into; West, who she has always felt a connection to.

West has a plan of his own that does not include Caroline, but when he sees her starting to fall apart, he finds it hard to stay away. He too has felt drawn to Caroline since the first day they met, but he had been able to keep his distance until her jerk of an ex shatters her world. He finds that he cannot stand by and just watch Caroline fall apart.

Caroline and West decided to be friends. As their friendship grows though, it gets harder and harder to stay “just friends” and as Caroline’s confidence grows and she comes out of her depressive fog, she becomes the Caroline West has been watching from afar.

As the lines between their friendships blur, Caroline demands more and more from West.  Now he has to decide how deep he is willing to go for the girl he can’t seem to stay away from. Slowly but surely we get to see what is driving West 

The romance between West and Caroline is intense. Even before it gets physical you can literally feel the connection between them. But my favorite thing about this book is how West and Caroline help each other. West knows how strong Caroline really is and he slowly talks to her and brings her out of the dark place has been in since the photos of her where released. Caroline is able to get something no one has, learn about who West really is, not just who he acts like. He builds her back up and she breaks threw his extremely high, well-built walls.   It’s wonderful to read about.

“I didn’t plan this, but her lips shape the welcome I’ve been waiting for my whole life, her arms are the anchor I need, her body is my home.” 
“You arm yourself with love, friends, knowledge. You figure out who you are. What you want. You figure it out, and you go after it with everything you've got. And that means sometimes you have to let yourself be scared.” 
“My heart is so light, I think it might be made out of air. It might float up and escape through the gap between my front teeth.”

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Robin York grew up at a college, went to college, signed on for some more college, and then married a university professor. She still isn’t sure why it didn’t occur to her to write New Adult sooner. Writing as 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.
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