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Left Drowning [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Park
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Book Description

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.



Editorial Reviews

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Left Drowning is a powerful, sexy, unflinching story about letting go and learning to love. It's about sinking and swimming, collapsing and surviving, and ultimately about the strength it takes to love. You won’t be able to put it down.” –Tracey Garvis Graves, author of On the Island and Covet

“Beautifully emotional and ferociously sexy!” –Colleen Hoover, author of Hopeless and Slammed

"The romance and intensity left me spinning, left me breathless, left me wanting more." –Jamie McGuire, author of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster

"With strong writing and a compelling plot, Park tells a multifaceted story" –Romantic Times

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jessica Park mines the territory of love’s growing pains with wit, sharp insights, and a discernible heat and heartbeat. Her previous novels include Flat-Out Love and Relatively Famous, and she authored the e-shorts What the Kid Says (Parts 1 and 2) and Facebooking Rick Springfield.
Please visit Jessica on the web, Twitter, and Facebook at these locations:
jessicapark.me
@JessicaPark24 https://twitter.com/JessicaPark24 https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark

Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477817158
  • Publisher: Skyscape (July 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJQR23C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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113 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Left Mesmerized July 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is one thing that I will give Jessica Park credit for in addition to her impeccable writing, and that is contributing to my reader's anxiety. I, myself, am a writer. I'm not much a reader. It takes a lot for me to get sucked into a story long enough to actually enjoy a book or to connect with the characters, so when I do, and the book ends, I mourn slightly. I feel sad, and would like to know what has happened since then. (They ARE real people, damn it!) I think other hardcore bookies will understand that - either that, or I'm crazy. Regardless, after discovering Jessica Park earlier this year, I am hooked. Her writing style is fresh, fearless, pushes boundaries, and utilizes the eloquence of our language while beautifully flowing from scene to scene, infusing modern-day, young vernacular with hints of sarcasm and freely dropping an F-bomb wherever she deems fit. (That's my kinda writing!)

Left Drowning was no exception to any of this. I will admit, I'm not typically a fan of any sort of erotica, but the "adult content" fit so well with the storyline and made the bond between the characters that much stronger. It was beautifully written, with that hint of "naughty" that 99% of people pretend to be offended by but are secretly wishing their significant others would say to them in the middle of a midnight romp. (Don't lie, you know it's true. You're mad because you got caught. It's okay.)

The love story is believable. Whether or not you agree with me completely depends on how you feel about God, or Fate, or whatever entity (or lack thereof) that you may or may not hold dear to you. I have read a few reviews from readers who "didn't get" Chris and Blythe's immediate connection or thought it was weird, and I'm honestly sorry for you.
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146 of 162 people found the following review helpful
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[[This review contains HUGE HUGE SPOILERS!]]

I wanted to like this book. I really did. Flat-Out Love was charming. And, although the book has some of the interesting character dialog as that in Flat-Out Love, I just couldn't bring myself to accept this book.

Maybe I am too much of a feminist to enjoy it? Maybe I just want my heroine to have self respect? I have no idea, but it achieved the opposite effect within me. What I was reading felt like a horribly toxic relationship that made me want to take a mental shower.

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First, the characters. The main character, Blythe, showed promise. She had issues, which suggested some sort of growth potential. I liked that she had an obstacle to overcome, and I would have loved, just loved, if the novel addressed more of self-forgiveness, growth, and realization of self worth. Or maybe her renewed interest in faith or maybe something else that gave her comfort? I don't know. But, within the story, it is like Blythe is measured and measures herself based on her relationship with the other characters. As such, Blythe's personality falters. Once she is defined by her relationship with the other characters, her personality becomes secondary, and we readers are left to assume Blythe is just stellar and fabulous only because others find her so.

Christopher, the main love interest...where do I start... It seems that the book goes to great length to describe just how he looks, how hot he is, etc. But, his supposed wonderful personality is just not present or just wanes as the story goes along. The actions of Chris, however, speak loud and clear. Of course he is protective, he is damaged, he is hot, but why exactly am I supposed to root for him?
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of 2013!!!!! July 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been racking my brain for the right words to clearly describe my love for this gut-wrenching, amazing, brilliant novel. I've looked up words in the Thesaurus and still, nothing can quite fit the bill. I can only compare it to the feelings I had when I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I was left feeling overwhelmed by the tragedy these characters faced. My chest ached (I caught myself rubbing my chest to try to alleviate the discomfort quite a few times), my heart hurt and my brain was buzzing with all kinds of emotions. I had this crazy urge to flag people down on the street and tell them to mark their calendars for July 16, 2013 so they can buy this book, because it's going to rock their world. Left Drowning is the perfect combination of angst and sex with a storyline that is gripping, thought-provoking, tortured and dark.
Blythe McGuire breaks my heart. To say she is an emotional wreck is an understatement. Her life was changed forever when a fire took half of her family. I can't even imagine how one would live with a tragedy like that. She drinks to numb herself from the emotional pain she carries around. She's haunted by a brother, who she was once extremely close to, and now isn't. You can feel her desperation in wanting to be forgiven for her actions the night of the fire. Blythe is closed off, shut down and barely functioning when she meets Chris Shepherd. Almost instantly, Blythe feels a connection to Chris that leaves her reeling, wanting more, and suddenly... hopeful. Hopeful that she can pull out of her despair and be normal again. Hopeful that she and Chris can become something more.
Blythe becomes close to Chris and his siblings, since they all attend the same college together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible read
This book totally drew me in. Great character development. Interesting from beginning to end. I had never read this author but will again for sure.
Published 11 hours ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this so much. I see myself and what i want in life in the character. Thank you. Ill find my Chris
Published 14 hours ago by Candace
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual.
The story drew me in and kept me interested. Not the usual romance story, but a really good read. Hope you enjoy it to.
Published 19 hours ago by Jake
4.0 out of 5 stars a page Turner
Good read, a little cheesy but definitely a page Turner.
Published 20 hours ago by Lauren Long
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Loved this book. Easy to read and the main characters will keep you wanting more. I would definitely recommend it!
Published 1 day ago by John P.Donahue
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
While the story line was a little "out there" the really great writing made it work. I will be interested to keep reading this author - she is finding her voice and I look... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Holly G. Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply amazing
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars where was this going
I wasn't sure when I started because she just seemed so childish yet alone. I fell in love with Sabin. Like I want a friend like his. The Shepard siblings were awesome. Read more
Published 3 days ago by BHarvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done!
I basically loved everything about this book. I'm a sucker for romantic books but this had me crying and feeling the characters pain and depression. Just so good!
Published 4 days ago by Joann Cruz
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Read
Warning: this is an emotionally draining and occasionally overly sexual story. But it's worth every "Holy crap" and "Did I pick up '50 Shades' by mistake? Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kristine Bainbridge
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More About the Author

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

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