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. (from goodreads.com)
The whole New Adult craze pretty much past me by, happening when I was forced to take a break from reading and blogging for a while. To be honest, I wasn't all that desperate to get on the bandwagon. I'm not sure why, but it didn't appeal to me all that much. but then I got a chance to read Deeper as part of a UK blog tour and decided to give it a go. Damn, am I glad I did. I really, really loved this book.
I grew up pre-internet and was well into my twenties before it became a common thing. Sometimes this saddens me, often I'm grateful for it. Deeper only reaffirms my latter feelings. Caroline is eighteen years old, has been in a relationship with Nate for three years and when he snaps some impromptu pictures during sex, she isn't altogether comfortable about it but she trusts him. But when she breaks up with him and the pictures surface online, the possible repercussions are staggering. We've all done things we'd rather not have out there in the world. Caroline hasn't even done anything wrong, or what millions of others have done. But once those pictures are out there in the public, she knows she'll be judged upon them in all aspects of her life and future career.
Deeper made me so angry at times, by how vile and disgusting people can be. In particular to women, because of course Nate isn't treated the same even though he's in the picture too. It also drives home how much the world has changed, how something like this can have a ripple effect through your life, even though you've done nothing wrong. Scary.
However, I love how Robin York doesn't create a victim of Caroline. She grows throughout the book and I was cheering her every single step of the way. Yes some of it is down to her new, blossoming relationship with West (which I'll get to in a second!) but it isn't because of him. At the end, it's Caroline who has empowered Caroline. Bravo!
Now to West. Phew...hot, hot, hot! Another complex character, with so many layers...part bad boy, part lost soul. I loved him. The chemistry between Caroline and West is electric, steamy and intense...and I loved it. He's a heady mix of strong, sexy and vulnerable. I'm not going to lie...I fell for him in a big way.
Deeper surprised me by just how much I loved it, I wasn't expecting to become so hooked I couldn't stop reading. Rarely do I bother reading those extracts from the next book you find at the end...but I wasn't ready to give up Caroline and West, so I did. And now I can't wait for Harder, released in July. I can't compare Deeper to other books in the New Adult genre, but I know I'd recommend it.
Published by Piatikus March 2014 (uk)
I reviewed this book as part of Robin York's UK blog tour. You can check out the other stops by visiting the blogs below.