Today is my stop on the blog tour for Robin York’s debut New Adult novel, Deeper. Robin, also known as Ruthie Knox, is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. Robin grew up at a college, went to college, signed on for some more college, and then married a university professor. She’a a mum and sorts out thorny plot problems while running, hiking, or riding her bike. Read on for my review of Deeper and do check out the other stops on the tour!
When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear; hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defence and punches her ex to the ground.
West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, they hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re ‘just friends,’ their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself – and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.
When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.
Deeper is the first in a New Adult romance trilogy focussing on two university (college) students, Caroline Piasecki and West Leavitt. If you’re a fan of new adult and have enjoyed books like Tammara Webber’s Easy and Jessica Sorrenson’s Ella and Micha series then I would highly recommend trying Deeper next.
On the surface this book might seem like the classic new adult tale of good girl meets bad boy and the sparks fly (and they certainly do fly!) but there’s a very serious message behind the story which explores the practice of Revenge Porn (RP) as Caroline becomes a victim of her ex-boyfriend posting intimate photos of her online following their break up.
Robin York dramatically shows the impact of what happens when trust is betrayed and how a split second decision in a moment of fun can have a life-changing impact. Although we meet Caroline after the photos have been posted it’s clear that she’s gone from being confident and sure of her future to the complete opposite as she tries to deal with her own feelings of guilt, fear, shock and panic at the abusive comments she reads online. Robin doesn’t shield the reader from the harsh realities of RP and this book certainly has a shock factor.
As West steps in to defend Caroline one day we see the start of a complex and intense relationship. I enjoyed how Caroline and West’s romance developed and for a large part of the book the two do their best to deny their feelings for each other which certainly builds the passion in the story! Although the book focuses on Caroline and her attempt to move forward, it was West whose life and back story captured my attention. I loved that there was so much more to his character than the surface ‘bad boy’ and I’m pleased to see that we’ll see more of his story and his relationship with his family in book two of the series, Harder, which will be out in July this year.
Told in turn from Caroline and West’s perspectives and written in the first person, Deeper was an engrossing read that had me reading as quickly as I could. I was hooked right to the end of this novel and can’t wait to find out what happens in book two. This really is a coming of age story and I loved the realisations that Caroline came to towards the end of the book. Robin York is a name to watch and I look forward to reading more from her soon.
Deeper is published by Piatkus and is out now in paperback and ebook formats.
I’d like to thank Clara at Piatkus for providing a review copy of this novel.
Find out more about Robin York and her writing at: http://www.robinyork.com/home/