Title: Drowning in You
Author: Rebecca Berto
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review
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.
Drowning in You is the beginning of a New Adult series by Rebecca Berto. It follows Charlee and Dexter – both going through their own emotional pain. Charlee has been crushing on Dexter for years. However, he is the one that was operating the ski lift that recently left her mother dead and her father critically injured. Despite the charges being dropped, everyone is blaming Dexter. Everyone except Charlee.
The story is told from both points of view. Charlee is obviously having a hard time dealing with everything. Her father's prognosis isn't looking good and she has a little brother to take care of. She isn't ready to be a mom. I liked how Charlee stood by Dexter even when the town thought he was guilty.
Dexter has his own inner turmoil going on. He feels responsible for the accident, but yet deep down he knows he didn't do anything wrong. He thinks that he needs to stay away from Charlee so she doesn't get caught up in all the drama with everyone blaming him. Dexter has had a death of a loved one in his past, so he can empathize with Charlee.
The concept of this book is really good. I thought that I was going to love it. I really wanted to love it. But I didn't. The writing felt off to me. It didn't flow smoothly. It was jumbled and confusing to me. The story was kind of slow. I thought about not finishing, but I hate not finishing a book and I was a little curious to how it would end.
I didn't really feel a connection with the characters and I didn't feel any spark. When they FINALLY became a couple, and got to their “love scene” - I was pretty disappointed. It wasn't very romantic at all. That's just my opinion though. If this sounds like a book you'd be interested in, go to Amazon or B&N and read the sample they have of the beginning of the book. That way you will know if the writing style is for you.
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