Deep Down, #1 of TBA


Book: Deep Down, #1 of TBA
Series: Lockhart Brothers
Author: Brenda Rothert
Publisher and Publication Date: Silver Sky Publishing, Inc., 05/05/2015
Pages: 258
Genre:  Romance
Rating: 5-star

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*

What’s It All About?

I’m falling.
Sometimes you fall so hard you can’t get back up. My closest companions now are shame and loss. But a sliver of hope lies in the only person I have left in this world – the one who’s growing inside me.
Survival becomes living again because of my child, and the town where I begin anew. That’s where I meet the man who starts to melt the ice inside my heart.
As we get closer, reminders of my past become sharper. Clearer. To confront the pain, I have to discover what’s deep down inside me. Is there enough left there to become whole again, or am I too wounded to heal?

A portion of sales from this book will benefit the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP.

My Review in a Nutshell:

I wasn’t ready.

Be prepared, Deep Down is extremely, incredibly, and utterly heartbreaking, sometimes disturbing. But this emotional roller coaster is undoubtedly worth it. Be prepared to cringe while hiding behind your hand as you peek through your fingers and try to stomach through the first forty pages.  What Ivy endured… It’s almost too much to handle.

And the drama… The ‘thing’ that happens. The thing that I CAN NOT FREAKING TELL YOU, is a brewing beast. The whole book I was waiting for it to explode.

After the first forty pages pass, with a snap of a finger, Ivy’s story becomes more light and hopeful. The fresh setting and mood felt so much like the Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow. I could not have been more in love with the small town vibe and quirky townspeople. And of course Reed, Ivy’s love interest, had me melting like a Popsicle on a hot summer day.

I enjoyed the fact that Reed and Ivy’s relationship was slow going (but not too slow) and not BOOM “we’re in love”, and that Ivy’s journey wasn’t drowned out by romance, but rather amplified by it.

Brenda’s ability to intertwine difficult topics with romance never ceases to amaze me. And you can always bank on an admirable heroin you immediately root for. Dear god more people need to read this book so I can freak the eff out with someone.

To Read:

My Favorite Quotes:

“Tell stories that matter. Diction is about characters who don’t exist, but their pain and sorrow and joy are very real.”

“Because going out with an attractive intelligent man who is obviously ass over teakettle for you would be so awful?”

“Let the anger and betrayal boil over and you’ll feel stronger. You’ll be stronger.”

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