Deeper (Caroline & West #) by Robin York: ARC Review

Title: Deeper
Series: Caroline & West, #1
Author:  Robin York

Release Date:  January 28, 2014

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In Robin York’s sizzling debut, 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.

Fans of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster will absolutely love Deeper!

I’m surprised at how much I love this book!  It’s emotional and sweet with just the right amount of steam.  And, West gave me a HUGE case of butterflies in the stomach.

Deeper is a story of love from different sides of the tracks.  West is a bad boy.  And, bad boy usually equals attractive.  They’re dangerous and generally off limits for good girls like Caroline.  Caroline doesn’t care about West’s off limit status.  Ever since move in day the previous school year when he rescued Caroline from fainting, her heart has been reserved for West.  West tries to do the right thing by keeping Caroline at arm’s length, but you can’t always control want the heart wants.

West and Caroline’s romance is slow building, frustrating, sweet, and deep.  I love how they danced around each other for so long.  The buildup is great and really adds to the story.  The ways in which West and Caroline spend time “not” being friends is sweet and …….. it’s the kind of stuff I wish happened to me in college.

I love that West gives Caroline the courage to want things she’s taught aren’t desirable or acceptable.  West will tell you he’s selfish and not admirable.  I beg to differ.  West may not have always gone about things the right way with Caroline, but he has a heart of gold when it comes to her, not to mention his mom and sister.  

I have to say the dual POV is perfect – it gives the reader the insight needed into both Caroline and West’s internal thoughts and feelings.  It’s not a short book, but it certainly flew by for me.  It had me clutching my Kindle in hope and crying at the same time.  West and Caroline are such genuine characters you can’t help but become attached and want to jump in the pages and just make everything right in their world.   West and Caroline’s story could happen in real life, and that made it even more wonderful for me.

I love how Deeper ended.  The ‘AFTER” is absolutely fitting for West and Caroline.  Will everyone love it?  Probably not, many will consider it a cliffhanger, but for me it’s a good place holder until next time………… 

4.5 STARS!!

Robin York

Robin York grew up at a college, went to college, signed on for some more college, and then married a university professor. She still isn’t sure why it didn’t occur to her to write New Adult sooner. Writing as Ruthie Knox, she is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance, including RITA-finalists About Last Night and Room at the Inn. She moonlights as a mother, makes killer salted caramels, and sorts out thorny plot problems while running, hiking, or riding her bike.

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