Review: I picked this up as an in between read and I am so glad that I did because man this book was great! I wasn’t so sure about it at first since the beginning was a bit slow but it turned out to be such a great read with a phenomenal ending. The characters were great and I have to give kudos to the author for creating such an interesting bunch. You will want to know each and every one of the Shepherd siblings by 50% of this book.

Our heroine, Blythe, has experienced a tragedy that I would NEVER EVER wish on anyone and she is “drowning” in grief and despair. Trying the get out of the funk she is in, she meets Chris skipping rocks on the beach. She can’t help the pull she feels between them but tries to ignore it. He does too but for a completely different reason. They fall for each other but fight it every step of the way.

“I went too far with you and I shouldn’t have. I’m not really boyfriend material.” …
“Did you ever consider that I’m not girlfriend material?”…
“Yes, you are. You’re outstanding girlfriend material. I’m the one who’s all kinds of fucked up. Trust me.” ~ Chris

Now when I say this book is slow building it really is S L O W building but not boring so you will totally be engaged with the story and happenings. However, once the ball starts rolling down hill it just doesn’t stop. I found myself tearing up a bit and walking about after reading some of the things Chris and his siblings endured but the love and fight they all have for each other makes this read SO worth it. So worth it. 5 stars for this wonderfully written story with wonderfully written characters.

leftdrowningBLURB: 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.

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