- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Rebecca Berto (April 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987456628
- ISBN-13: 978-0987456625
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,928,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Rebecca Berto has a great knack for understanding the complexity of human emotion and putting it on paper."
About the Author
Rebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her books, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She's strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.
Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.
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Charlee May has loved Dexter Hollingworth since she was 15 years old. She has secretly and sometimes not so secretly crushed on Dexter but she would never act on her feelings because he is older and a bad boy in every way. So she will crush on him from afar that is until her parents are in a horrible ski accident that takes the life of Charlee's mother and injures her father. This accident has taken so much from Charlee because she has just become the sole provider and parent to her younger brother Darcy. Oh and the accident was at the hands of the ski lift operator Dexter Hollingworth. Yes you read right Dex was at the controls and now Charlee went from loving him and crushing on him to hating him. But as the accident is investigated Charlee finds out some things that just might change her feelings towards Dex and help them come together once and for all.
Dexter is a cocky, tattooed hot mess but he has secretly loved Charlee. But between his reputation and the accident Dex knows that he will never get his girl. He can only hope she will forgive him. See Dex harbors a secret that could change everything but he is not so sure he wants to disclose it. But Dex is not ready to give up on Charlee he is willing to fight for her because he is in love with her and needs her.
What happens when the dust settles and the lies and the secrets come to the front? Will Dex and Charlee be able to be a couple? WIll Dex tell Charlee his secret? Will Charlee forgive Dex? This is a must read that will have your head running wild with what is going to happen next! Man I need book two like ASAP!
I think the author was trying to do a sort of "stream of consciousness" type of dialogue throughout the book. It was confusing and disjointed and unfortunately did not work.
As much as I liked the idea of the story, trying to get through it was frustrating and I ended up turning off my Kindle several times and walking away from the story, which is completely unlike me.
Drowning in You is an intense read and has some awesome characters with great, but complicated chemistry. Being set in not only my country of Australia, but in the state I live in made it a little more personal for me. The story was a little slow to unfold at first, but overall I enjoyed it and found it hard to put it down in the end.
Charlee is a sweet girl and has had a crush on Dexter for a long time. She has admired him from a distance and tries very hard to blame him for the tragedy that occurred to her family. She knows that it was an accident and tries so hard not to like him as much as she does. She appears to be holding up well, but we are able to see behind the walls that she has out up and see how she is struggling with it all. She has a good heart and really steps up to be the support her brother needs.
Dexter is severely affected by the accident that has left Charlee and her brother’s lives in turmoil. He believes that he is not a good person for Charlee and cannot forgive himself for what happened at the ski resort. Each time that he runs into her though, is making it hard for him to fight the attraction he knows is there, but he continues to try and keep the distance between them. Also, in his personal life, Dexter struggles as people blame him for the accident, specifically people that were his friends.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the storyline. Both characters have dealt with their share of tragedy and Charlee’s situation opens old wounds for Dexter. He starts to hear things about Charlee’s dad and begins to dig further to discover the truth. What I didn’t enjoy was how the characters seemed a bit moody and the plot was a bit rough in patches, so I found it a bit hard to follow in places. And I would’ve enjoyed a few more romance scenes with these characters, but I’m sure there will be more between them in the future. But if I look past all of that, or if those areas were smoothed out it could really be a great book.
I think the author has a good writing style and I enjoyed the alternating POV’s. Darcy, Elliott and Rosa were great secondary characters and I look forward to seeing more of Elliott and Rosa in the future. Finding Forever in Us is the next book in this series and is a continuation of Charlee and Dexters story and I would definitely pick it up to see how things turn out for them both.