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Caroline & West, #1

I really don't know what it is about New Adult novels that draw me in so much. Is it that I'm close in age with most of the characters? Or that I missed the dorm life of college? Perhaps I just enjoy twisting my emotions at breakneck speeds.

It is hard to pin-point exactly what drew me in so much about Deeper by Robin York. There is so much awesomeness that I can't really find anything wrong with it.

Caroline is struggling with the betrayal of her ex-boyfriend. Nude/pornographic images of her and him ended up on the internet and sent to everyone at their school. Nor does she have to deal with the gross comments of people she doesn't know on the internet, but she has to deal with all the people she sees every day. As a woman who eventually wants to become a public figure, a tarnished reputation could ruin her future.

In West she finds an escape. Since he's on the fringes of all social circles she feels safe hanging out with him, and she won't have to see everyone's disappointment. Unfortunately, just because they say they're "just friends" doesn't mean they are.

It was beautiful to watch their struggle, Caroline with resolving her feelings, and deciding to stand up for herself, and West with his past, and trying to make a future. There is no way these two could have met under any other circumstances. They were pushed together by the decisions of other people, but the choice to try to make it work and it give their relationship a shot is all their own.

Overall this is a great New Adult novel that any fan of the genre would enjoy. New to the genre? Pick it up and see for yourself how wonderful it can be!

Book Blurb for Deeper

In this New Adult debut by Robin York, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2014 5.00