LIVE YOUNG. LIVE HARD. LOVE DEEP.
Charley and Jake’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…
Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things.
When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake.
Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself.
While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.
However, as Charley strives to make it through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did…
*** Yesi’s Review ***
4 out of 5 stars
This was by far one of my most anticipated books for 2014 so when I finally got it in my hands I immediately began reading. Once I started, I did not put it down and at 3am my eyes were droopy, but my heart was racing and my mind was blown! That is all on Samantha Young. She is a storyteller like no other. She brings so much depth to her characters and her writing style is brilliant. Jake and Charley are two very complex characters and she brings them to life beautifully in this series. When she released the official blurb I knew in that instant that this book was going to take me on an emotional ride and that my heart was going to hurt along the way. At the time, I just didn’t know how much.
“We love each other so we can hurt each other, but I am making a promise to do everything I can not to hurt you again. I want that promise from you.”
Hmmm…yeah…hurting they did and hurting I was. At the end of Into the Deep we are left with Charley and Jake in a somewhat happy state. They are together and are in love. Yes, there is hesitation on Charley’s part and she was totally in her right. So when Out of the Shallows begins I have to say that I was shocked at where they were at that particular stage in their life and relationship. I will admit that I did not see this storyline coming but whether it is what I wished for or not, it was told in such a way that I was immediately sucked in. I wanted to know why and how this could be. I could not read fast enough. Just like Into the Deep, OOTS goes back and forth between the past and the present and if I thought book 1 was full angst, it had nothing on this one. My heart just ached but there was promise that by the end it would be fully healed.
“It sucks at first, but it gets better.”
For me, this sums up exactly how I was feeling about Charley and Jake throughout this book. I loved Charley but I wanted to shake her and smack some sense into her. I questioned the choices she was making. I loved Jake and as much as I wanted him to grovel in this one, I think he got it much worse. The one thing that was never in question was their love for one another and that made me happy even during the tough times. This story will simply consume your life in the time that you are reading. There is so much to love about it and there is so much to feel sad about too. The times that Jake and Charley are together are beautiful and sexy as hell. The times that they are apart are sad and almost anger inducing. Such an emotional roller coaster and I cannot rave enough about how the story was brought to life. Samantha Young has once again made me fall in love with the two leading characters but also with their friends. Beck and Claudia are scene stealers in this one but in such a good way. Lowe, he still has my heart and I will hold out hope for his own story to be written. Actually, all the men from The Stolen deserve their own HEA. So my recommendation would be to go into this book with an open mind, with full trust that Samantha Young will give her characters the ending they deserve, and with the notion that a great story will be told in a magnificent manner.
“I will never love anyone the way I love you. You’re part of me. You make me feel like I can be anyone, do anything… but you also have the ability to make me feel weak. You have the ability to crush me like no one else can.”
I couldn’t actually dispute any of that, which made me even more pissed, hurt, defensive, scared and … confused.
I started to shiver. “I … I can’t do this.” I turned away.
I hadn’t taken two steps when I felt his hand wrap around my wrist. Jake tugged me, forcefully, pulling me around so I stumbled into his chest. His lips crashed down on mine, his kiss hungry, desperate, angry …
For a moment I forgot everything else but the hard pressure of his mouth on mine, the smell of his cologne, the feel of his body. I was surrounded.
And I let it happen.
His lips moved from my mouth to my chin, along my jaw, as his hand slid up my waist, his thumb just grazing my breast. I sighed, my body arching into his. I was hot. Hot and wanting. Nothing else mattered but the way I felt when he touched me.
His voice was ragged in my ear. “I’ve missed you so much. I love you so fucking much.” He squeezed my waist and pulled me closer, his mouth reaching for mine again but those three little words had broken through the spell of lust created by Jake’s proximity and the four beers I’d had.
“Stop,” I whispered, pushing gently on his chest.
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OUT OF THE SHALLOWS
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Give it All Up – Amy Macdonald
Of the Night – Bastille
Hey Brother – Avicii
No Angel – Birdy
Flying Machine – Everly
Hear Me – Imagine Dragons
Parade – Matchbox Twenty
Artificial Nocturne – Metric
Runaway – The National
Say Goodbye – Olin & the Moon
Almost Everything – Wakey!Wakey!
Life in a Beautiful Light – Amy Macdonald
Book 1 in the Series – Into the Deep
Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.
Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.
As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.
And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…
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INTO THE DEEP
Pearl Jam – Black
Adele – Don’t You Remember
Biffy Clyro – The Thaw
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Amy MacDonald – Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
Florence + the Machine – Never Let Me Go
The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb
Rihanna – Russian Roulette
Biffy Clyro – Skylight
Amy MacDonald – Troubled Soul
The Killers – Here With Me
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.
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HEY everyone! :)
I wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU! Thank you for being a part of such a wonderful time in my life! After a lot of thought and love, I’ll no longer be blogging for LLL. I’m SOOOO grateful for the amazing opportunities I’ve had working with this incredible group of girls! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of friends to begin sharing my love of books with. :) I hope you’ll continue to think of me and follow me in my new venture!
Amanda, Elizabeth and I have created a new blog: The Novel Tease. You can follow us on Twitter (@TheNovelTease) and “Like” us on Facebook (fb.com/thenoveltease)! We have so many great things coming up, we hope you stop by! :)
Once again, THANK YOU for all the love this past year! It means the WORLD to me! Best wishes for you all! :)
After coming to terms with the tragedy that rocked her world, Scarlett MacGregor has returned to try to pick up the pieces of the broken relationships that she left behind.
Ash and Mason were left devastated and heartbroken following Scarlett’s sudden, unannounced departure. They are both ready and willing to forgive her and welcome her back into their lives with open arms.
However, a lot can happen in 8 months…
Scarlett must learn to overcome the obstacles thrown in her path to prevent the past from repeating itself.
Can she learn to fly with her own wings and discover the secret to eternal love?
**Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual content and harsh language.
An exclusive excerpt from Ambrosia:
She let me kiss her. She didn’t argue with me when I told her that we would never say goodbye. She smiled, just slightly but it was still a smile, when I called her my Psyche. I couldn’t focus on all of the other things she said. I knew she was angry and hurt; she had every right to be. I had tried to deny what she meant to me one too many times, and I was still afraid the last time may have cost me her forever.
But finally I had something I hadn’t had in a long time ~ hope. Despite her hateful words and lashing out, I finally felt a semblance of the peace I could only find in her presence. I didn’t know what my next move was, but I sure the fuck wasn’t giving up. After experiencing a life without her in it, I would never give up on her. I would never give up on
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. First a bookkeeper, and now an author, she often jokes that she’s a woman of numbers by day and letters by night. Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels and a huge sports fan. Most nights you can find her cuddled up in bed with her husband, her Kindle in hand and a game of some sorts on TV.
- Favorite food: bacon
- Originally went to college to be a nurse, ended up with a degree in British History; now works as a bookkeeper and an author
- Drives a Mini Cooper named VanderBlue
- Makes a rough draft& final copy of grocery list, which must be in the order it comes in the store
- Doesn’t eat anything that ends in –erry
- Loves to fold towels
- Listens to and sings Christmas carols year round
Erin is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite! US only.
Author: Alexandra Richland
Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 6th, 2013
When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: A passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton’s mansion the next night.
Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton’s favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.
About Alexandra Richland:
Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine, and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, and her short story, Gilded Cage. Say hello to her on Facebook and on Twitter.
Title: When Honey Got Married (Anthology)
Author: Kimberly Lang, Anna Cleary, Kelly Hunter, and Ally Blake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 277 pages
Release Date: May 2013
Four high school friends and a high society bride reunite to celebrate the wedding of the year with the sexy, successful men who steal their hearts and set their skin aflame…
A wedding planner should never mix business and pleasure, but Grace couldn’t resist breaking rule number one for a hot night with her high school crush!
Eve hoped to make one last play for the groom-who-got-away…but instead the down-on-her-romantic-luck actress instead found herself in dark corners with his successful, seductive cousin.
The sister of the bride needed a date of convenience and who better than her hazel-eyed, mysterious co-worker? If only Nina could keep her hands off his perfect body until she learned his true identity…
The groom proposed to her eight years earlier, but it was the steamy kiss that Pippa shared with his brother the night she left town that haunted her memories. Now she’s back and sharing much more than just kisses.
Nothing was going to ruin Honey’s wedding to the man of her dreams. And she has just the wedding surprise for her beloved groom! Continue reading
There’s a new Professor in town, and his name is Professor Dean West!!! :) Yes, this is one book we can’t stop talking about, and we want to give you the opportunity to get back into the book again (if you’ve read it already) and the opportunity to win a fantastic prize pack by entering the Arouse Treasure Hunt contest. If you haven’t read Arouse yet, you still have plenty of time AND it’s on sale for $.99. Here are the details of the contest:
Arouse by Nina Lane has numerous references to Through the Looking Glass/Alice in Wonderland , The Wizard of Oz , and Arthurian legend, as well as some main themes from Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Let’s see how many you can find. The person with the most CORRECT entries will win a $25 Amazon gift card, a hand-stamped Wizard of Oz necklace, and a signed paperback of Arouse. Open internationally.
Click HERE for the contest entry form.
Be sure to include the reference and the chapter where the reference is found (unless it’s an actual theme). We’ll give you the first one as a freebie. Continue reading
Today is Sylvain Reynard‘s birthday! We want to wish the Gabriel’s Inferno Series author a very happy birthday! As many of you know, our group started because of our shared love for his books! :) Best wishes from the Lovers!
Follow SR and stay tuned for updates on the third installment, Gabriel’s Redemption! Now available for pre-order!
You officially have less than 24 hours to get your mother or another significant lady in your life a gift to show your appreciation. We Lovers have come up with a short list of books that may be a perfect addition to your Mother’s Day gift list. We hope you have a beautiful day!
Author: Judy Mollen Walters
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis: What lengths would you go to in order to become a mother? Midwife Katie Cohen-Langer delivers babies for a living, but despite years of intensive infertility treatments and growing desperation, she can’t have her own child.
As families grow under Katie’s careful watch, her husband wants to move on to adoption. But Katie, who was adopted as a newborn, can’t bear the thought of never having a biological connection to anyone.
So she sets off on a journey to the other side of the country, along with her emotionally unstable sister, to find her biological relatives.
What she discovers about her roots –and about the parents who adopted her — rocks her world in a way she never could have expected. And even as she deals with what she finds, she still needs to figure out a way to become a mother.
Author: Beth Harbison
Genre: Romance/Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis: Can you ever really know if love is true? And if it is, should you stop at anything to get it?
Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she’d already found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. The one with whom she shared everything–dreams of the future, of children, plans for forever. The one she thought she would spend the rest of her life with. Until one terrible night when Erin made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over.
Today, Erin is contentedly involved with a phenomenal guy, maneuvering a successful and exciting career, and raising a great daughter all on her own. So why would the name “Nate Lawson” be the first thing to enter her mind when her boyfriend asks her to marry him?
In the wake of the proposal, Erin finds herself coming unraveled over the past, and the love she never forgot. The more she tries to ignore it and move on, the more it haunts her.
Always Something There to Remind Me is a story that will resonate with any woman who has ever thought of that one first love and wondered, “Where is he?” and “What if…?” Filled with Beth Harbison’s trademark nostalgia humor and heart, it will transport you, and inspire you to believe in the power of first love. Continue reading
Thanks to the wonderful Vilma’s Book Blog for letting us share her wonderful character pics! :)
As you may know, our blog was formed because of our love for Professor Gabriel Emerson. Since we began, we’ve professed our love of the series and SR has been kind enough to stop by the Love Shack a few times as well. We bribed him with doughnuts, coffee, and fine Corinthian leather to get him to stop by. Just kidding! He’s Canadian which means he’s nice which means he stops by when we ask. (Yay!)
We’ve pulled all of our links concerning Gabriel and SR that we’ve posted over the last few months in celebration of the cover reveal of Gabriel’s Redemption. This list doesn’t even include the author interviews where the series or SR is mentioned as an inspiration. Enjoy!
Always the sticky leaf: SR’s Charity Page Contribution
Lover Tiffany and The Professor: My Love for the Gabriel Series
Lover Elizabeth loves Gabriel: My Love Affair with the Professor
Lover Amanda spends Valentine’s Day with G.O.E.: Valentine’s Day with Professor Emerson
Lover Amanda really, really loves chatting about the series: Always on My Mind
Lover Karen muses about kindness: What is Kindness?
Our first guest blogger was SR: Art and the Poetry of Desire by Sylvain Reynard
The Professor stopped by the Love Shack and gave us a lecture: “Courtly Love” by Professor Gabriel O. Emerson
Thanks for reading! We can’t wait till December 3, 2013 for the release of Gabriel’s Redemption, can you? Be sure to enter our giveaway for a set of print copies of Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents until MIDNIGHT, Friday, April 26th! Enter below and good luck.
Last week, we asked which vampire series you loved more. It was a tough choice, but we made you vote for either The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer or The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris.
With 68% of the votes, your favorite series is…
Publication date: April 12th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
~ Synopsis ~
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.
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Dad and I look at each other at the same time and I need to speak first or else I’ll cop it, I know I will, and I need to explain that I was just being silly and I’m doing the best I can to be nice for Darcy.
However, getting in first, Dad says, “I’m never getting out of here.”
He doesn’t rub my shoulders or pull me to the bed so he can lean in, trembling with the effort, to kiss my forehead like he used to before a bedtime story. There’s no contact, no connection.
I want my mom. I don’t want to be Darcy’s mom.
There, I thought it. Did you hear that, Dad? I’m not ready for this. I’m not ready because Mom shouldn’t be dead and you’re not dead yet. You hear me?
He just says, “Charlee? You hear that?”
I bop my head up, left, down. It started as an I-don’t-know but I’m not sure what I did in the end. My brain didn’t compute his message. Refuses to compute it.
“Oh, Charlee.” Dad sighs a ragged breath.
This shouldn’t have happened. My best friend Rosa’s dad isn’t like this, so why should mine be? My dad’s not even fifty and hers is fifty-five! Dad winces as he tries to push himself up in bed and it’s so feeble that I can’t watch the same man who used to pin me down and tickle me ‘til I had cramps of pain from laughing struggle like this. I can’t watch, so instead his grunts pierce my ears because I close my eyes. I clench my fists by my thighs until he stops making those God-awful sounds and…
And would you look at that! My father is sitting upright.
“My liver now isn’t—”
“Dad!” Darcy hooks his arm around the doorjamb and skids to a stop inside. He puts his hand to his chest and says, “She’s coming right now.”
“Okay, okay. Come here. Whoa, did she give you coffee?”
“No, I just came here as quick as I could, Dad. I promise she said she’ll come real soon.”
“You’ve done great. Come sit down.”
Darcy, smiling and satisfied with what he’s achieved for Dad, trots over to his chair and sits on the edge. He pulls out his handheld game from his pocket and starts jamming buttons. Then, apparently remembering something, pulls out his cell from his other pocket and starts texting.
Dad’s eyes say come here so I scoot closer.
“He’s a smart ki—” Dad starts, but footsteps are approaching our door. He says, “No tomfoolery with him. You tell him straight up, Charlee. You’re Melissa now and I am —”
“Walter!” someone says from the door.
It’s Lisa. She’s my favorite, because she sometimes has a sour candy for Darcy to suck on, and she always says how Dad’s improving, giving him smiles and pats on the back.
As Mom to Dexter, Lisa has the same shocking blue eyes as he does. She wiggles her hips at the door, fingering her pocket. She has a somewhat round face, whereas Dexter’s is square and bulging with veins and all that sexy stuff I could only dream of touching, but Lisa Hollingworth is cute, in a Mom way. I bet if Dexter never opened that potty mouth I used to hear while I ogled him from the sidelines of the football field he’d look like a Mama’s Boy, too. But when he opens that mouth, his voice is sex oozing from those luscious lips.
“Watermelon,” she says to Darcy.
Darcy drops his electronics on his chair as if they are plastic toys from a McDonald’s Happy Meal and grabs the twenty-cent candy from her. Shame, really. That kid doesn’t know value. But there’s something comforting in that; Darcy is still learning, and I guess I can still tell him our Dad is going to be fine.
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.