Friday, 16 August 2013

Review: Deeper by Blue Ashcroft

Title: Deeper
Author: Blue Ashcroft
Author Info: Website|Facebook
Genre: New Adult
Source: Ntgalley
Publication Date: 3rd August 2013

Tell Me About It
Rain Wilson isn’t ever going to love again.

It’s a promise she made the day her boyfriend died in a water park accident, one she still blames herself for. Now she’s a senior lifeguard in a new town with a new pool and she’s just going to keep her head down and everyone safe.

Until a mysterious guy follows her into the waves at the pre-season bonfire and kisses her senseless. It’s just one mistake, and Rain is determined to put it behind her, until the dark haired, blue eyed hottie turns out to be her new co-supervisor Knight Mcallister.

Knight is hot, tatted, and carrying baggage of his own. He’s not happy about having Rain for a co-supervisor, and he’s even less happy about his attraction to her.

But between lifeguard drama, hot underwater kisses, and a growing attraction between them that can’t be stopped, Knight and Rain are being pulled deeper into their pasts, and realizing that sometimes too much broken can make a relationship impossible.

Then again sometimes it’s the broken parts of us that fit together best.
My Thoughts
When I first saw Deeper on netgalley I knew I had to read it, I made the request but didn't expect to be accepted.  when I received the email saying I had been accepted I was excited and couldn't wait to make a start on the book.  Deeper begins with a prologue that leaves lots of questions left unanswered from Rains history, and you just want to delve into her mind to find out what happened to make her move to a new state and a new job.

Deeper has two narrators, Rain and Knight.  Knight's chapters have just as many unanswered questions, although he initially comes off as arrogant at the initial meeting with Rain, which doesn't improve at the next meeting in work, as he begins to show a different side to himself as he trains I did begin to warm towards him a bit.  He has his own secrets and past that he is trying to live with, and when he has flashbacks to the event this small sentence broke my heart.
"At least she’s not in pain anymore. She’s not suffering now. That’s all that matters."
Throughout Deeper we get to see what happened for both of these characters, but also how they feel about each other.  Constantly fighting what they felt, feeling guilty for feeling that way.  Love doesn't come easy and it is a struggle for this pair, and that is portrayed clearly in these pages, but it's also worth the risk, to take that chance and hold onto something you never thought would happen to you again.  Seeing this duo form a tentative friendship that is constantly changing to more, then have them both backing up again.  The push and pull and the sexual tension had me reading as fast as I could, wanting to see what this duo would do next.
Every single character in Deeper plays an important role in the story, and while some of them I could quite happily throttle, some of them have just the right amount of sass, spunkyness, or just plain averageness (is this even a word??) to make this story work.

Deeper is about learning to forgive yourself, accepting what has happened and grieving about it, but also allowing yourself to live, to carry on with your life and remember those who you have lost.  Both Knight and Rain have lost people they love under different circumstances and the result has left them over protective or scared to love, scared to let others get hurt.

Deeper is Blue Ashcroft's début book, and what a début it is.  By the time I was only a few pages into Deeper I was so emotionally invested in these characters, I needed to know they would be ok, that they would find comfort and relief for themselves.  Deeper is a book got me out of a reading slump, it took my days to finish a book prior to reading Deeper, and I finished reading Deeper in a few hours.  I literally could not put this book down, and instead of socialising when family came down to watch football, I read like my life depended on it.  I sincerely hope that she has more books planned for the future.

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