May 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto Review + Giveaway

Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto
(Finding Forever In Us, #1)
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Publisher: Self; 316 pages
Secretly crushing

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.

Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.
I cried a few times while reading this book. Authors love when readers cry - it means they did their job. You've connected with the characters and their story. It felt real to you. This felt real to me. Charlee is devastated by losing her mother in a terrible skiing accident and her dad is holding on by a thread. At the young age of twenty, her entire life is being thrown upside down plus she now has to step in and be mom to her younger ten year old brother, Darcy. But don't you worry, it gets worse. The man whom she's been crushing on since forever is the one responsible for this accident, as he was operating the ski lifts. Hopefully that's all it is, an accident but how can you really know? She doesn't. The entire town doesn't. The police have ruled it an accident but was it really?

You can't help but feel for Charlee. What she's going through, the pain she's in; you feel it too. I'm sure most of us have lost someone close to us; maybe not a parent but a best friend, a significant other, a relative? That loss and pain never really go away and when you read about someone else going through it, even if they're only fictional, it makes it real. It makes your own pain surface and though you might think it's a bad thing, it's truly not.

The relationship between Dexter and Charlee was weird. From the beginning to the end, it was weird; probably one of the weirdest relationships I've ever read. I've never seen two people so hot and cold toward each other. It's like one second things were steamy and the next, someone dropped a bucket of ice over the two. I almost felt like I was getting whiplash from the back and forth we witnessed. Sometimes it was a bit much and got frustrating from a readers standpoint. But on the whole, I absolutely adored these two. Two people from different worlds secretly having a crush on each other all through high school and still, in their early twenties.

One thing I loved most about this book was the things I never saw coming. How everything came together in the end, I never ever suspected it. It made me happy and satisfied and just - it was just perfect. Obviously, I can't say much about it because it'll give away the whole story and that's no fun. It's worth the read so you won't want to be spoiled anyway.

Many times I thought there might have been a love triangle but it never fully blossomed and for that, I'm grateful. I'm not sure I could've handled a love triangle in this book especially with the people involved. That being said, not just the relationship between Dex and Charlee did I love, but there were just so many that we realistic and wonderful. Even if they weren't the best of relationships, they were realistic which is something a contemporary book needs to have.

I just found out that there will be a second book and I am definitely going to be checking it out. If you're in to New Adult, are a little bit older and can handle some sexual situations and lots more language (though not too much), check out this book. It was fantastic and I finished it in a few short hours. One of those you are so engrossed in that it's nearly impossible to put down.

Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be part of the blog tour. Thank you to Rebecca Berto for allowing me to read her novel in exchange for an honest review.

Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, DROWNING IN YOU. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, 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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  1. Charlee sounds like a very relatable character which makes a story like this very emotional. You have to almost mentally prepare to read a book like this ;) Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  2. Great review. I've been wanting to read this one. It sounds interesting.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful book! Great review.Thanks for sharing.

  4. sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This really sound like the kind of book I usually enjoy. Added it to my TBR!

  6. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!


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