When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.
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.
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DEEPER was something fresh and unique to the New Adult genre but strangely familiar too. You have all the key points of a typical NA novel, the hot troubled hero, a seemingly perfect heroine, great best friends, a bit of angst, and a little heartbreak. But what made DEEPER unique was the subject matter. It tackles the subject of revenge porn. Something that happens in real life, that too many young girls have to deal with and that aspect of the story was what hooked me.
Caroline grew up in a privileged life. She knew right from wrong. She knew what she wanted in life. She had goals. Everything changes when her ex-boyfriend, someone she trusted and at one point loved, posted sexual pictures of her online. I felt for Caroline as she struggled to deal with enormity of the situation. As the voices in her head haunted her. As she tried to deal with it all on her own. Her situation makes you aware of the nasty and cruel people in life. But Caroline was lucky, she has West.
West, the drug dealing troubled boy who doesn’t want to love the girl. He has other responsibilities, but he can’t seem to stop himself from defending Caroline. There was something about West I was instantly drawn too. As was Caroline.
I loved the progression of their relationship. The story gave them the time to really grow and begin to understand one another. It was never rushed and felt very natural; especially with all the bumps along the way. DEEPER was also written in dual POV. It transitioned smoothly and worked well with the progression of the story.
What I really loved about DEEPER though, is the journey Caroline took. She was dealt a devastating blow with the pictures that appeared online. At first she struggled, but we got to see her grow stronger. It takes her awhile but she doesn’t let the incident define her; she takes charge of the situation and doesn’t let anyone try to fix it for her. And that is admirable.
DEEPER is a gripping novel full of emotion. It’s one that hooks you and makes you feel. And I can’t wait for the next installment in Caroline and West’s story. But I will say this, the ending of DEEPER made me sad but I still loved it and it was absolutely perfect at this point in their story.
The sequel, Harder is now live.