Series: Left Drowning #1
on July 16th 2013
Genres: New Adult
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What does it take to rise from lifeÔÇÖs depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College.
Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesnÔÇÖt expectÔÇöan undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.
As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor sheÔÇÖs been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery.
But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his familyÔÇÖs traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.
I have gotten this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I can’t thank Jessica Park enough.
I was going to write a review containing two words: Just wow.
But then I decided you might want to know a bit more.
I wonder if Jessica Park sat down one evening and decided to write a story, that would be such a mind-f***, that we will feel like we’ve been swept up by tornado of emotions, spit back out and left there gasping for air. Well, she has succeeded. Ten minutes after finishing the book, I still had tears streaming down my face and I am not sure if I will ever recover from this book hangover. It is actually hard to form a coherent thought about this book and the characters. Never did I have to put a book away for a few minutes to get some sense of composure but this book did it. I otherwise would have thrown my Kindle at the wall.
The story draws you in right from the start. Although you don’t know what happened to Blythe, it is evident that she is traumatized, hurting and depressed. Jessica writes the character in a way, that I immediately bonded with Blythe. Meeting the Shepherds her life changes and how could it not. This family, Chris, Sabin, Estelle, Eric and his boyfriend Zach, are the most beautiful characters I have come across in a long time. If it is possible to fall in love with a whole family, I did. Just as Blythe couldn’t resist their wonderful personalities. But one person stands out to her, Chris. Chris is caring, understanding and gives Blythe her life back. He is the rock in a stormy sea and not too mention incredibly hot. From their first encounter, both feel a connection that goes deeper than anything they are capable of explaining. As a reader we get glimpses of where the connection might stem from but until the end we do not have the clarity and it was killing me. There were parts of the book that I was biting down on my hand in order to easy my nerves. The secrets that they uncover are threatening to break them as individuals, as a group and as lovers. They are so painful, so tragic and horrific that I couldn’t help but sob like a little baby. But there wasn’t just tragedy and angst. The story offered so much more. Sabin was by far my favorite character. His goofy, loving and caring personality won me over from the first moment. He was the type of friend we all wish for and are extremely lucky to have. Estelle with her potty-mouth made me laugh a lot and made me love her character even more. I find it charming when a character knows how to swear well, and Estelle would have given any sailor a run for his money.
The interactions between the characters portrayed a wonderful friendship and relationship that put a smile on my face.
There aren’t any words to express how much I loved the characters.
And not to forget the love scenes. Oh holy hell….well, that is how hot they were. Hot as hell. I think I might have left a charred outline on the sofa as I went up in flames. Chris is the definition of sexy and together with Blythe…pure sizzling magic.
The book is such a f****** rollercoaster, I am surprised I didn’t get motion sickness but the ride was exhilarating. From laughing, to sobbing, to swooning, to raw pain….all emotions were there. When a book evokes so many emotions, when it touches you so deeply and has such a profound effect on you, you know you found a true gem.
The book doesn’t deserve five stars, it actually deserves whole galaxies.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)