13 April 2013

Review: Drowning in You By: Rebecca Berto

Title: Drowning in You
Author: Rebecca Berto
Publisher: Self Published, (April 5th, 2013)
From: the Author
Format: eARC
Add to: Goodreads

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn't be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.

Review: 3 Stars - Author Rebecca Berto’s “New Adult” title, Drowning in You is a story of a tragic event that affects two people in completely differently ways and how it binds them together forever.

First off I have to say that I was immediately hooked with the dual point of views. It’s one of my favorite things; love to read and I look forward to when I find a new book that’s written from two or more perspectives. Especially when it comes to such a tragic story and the two people who are affected most by it. Having that chance to hear what both the good girl – Charlee and the tattooed bad boy – Dexter were thinking and feeling was needed. I’m not sure how well a story such as this would have worked without knowing both sides to the story.

Charlee and Dexter are both interesting characters with complex feelings and personalities. And while I enjoyed their story and the added layer of mystery that Berto included and the fact that I didn't see it coming was fantastic! However,  there were a few spots that I felt were confusing. I often found myself disconnected and at times it brought me just out of the story enough that disrupted the flow of the whole plot. This in turn is why I've given this one 3 stars.

A couple of other things to love about this title – “New Adult” – this has quickly become a new favorite category of mine. Next is the fact that this is a stand alone book and then the fact that this is a contemporary story. I love series books but it is nice to read a title from start to finish and have everything answered. The final conclusion in Drowning in You pushed how emotional this whole book was right up and on over that edge.

All in all, the story on a whole is sad beyond words. It’s point blank heart breaking and also healing. There were times that I wanted to reach in and yell and or hug both characters. Often both at the same time because you can’t help but feel for Charlee and Dexter and the journey these two take apart and together. I recommend this title to anyone who loves “New Adult” and memorable characters.

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