Title: In Too Deep
Author: Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Publication Date: June 6th 2013
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: New Adult Romance
Long- Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.
Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.
Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?
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First, I have to say that this story was very intense. The relationship in this book makes you go like 'What the hell?' and 'What's going to happen?'. It was a very surprising book, and there were moments that I enjoyed and not enjoyed. I had a mixed emotion with this book.
We get to meet Gracie, who I thought was very innocent, a kind girl and all that. But there were times when she was too innocent and she keeps apologising when it wasn't even her fault. There were times when I get really annoyed and I'm just like 'Stand up for yourself and stop apologising!'. Like I said, she's the sort of good girl who still has her virginity and all of that. But that all changed when she met Noah.
Noah is the 'bad boy' who is in a frat, Sigma Chi (I actually have no idea what a frat is since I live in the UK). For me, he was a big fat jerk, he took Gracie for granted and played with her heart physically and mentally. I was all like 'I want to slap that guy so bad!'. Even though he was quite a jerk, I could tell that he hasn't fell in love with the right person before since all he does is sleep around. But what I'm really mad about is that I can't believe Gracie was so blind. I guess this book is basically telling the reader how people who are in love are blinded. I could kind of relate to it since it happened in real life before. I like how the author create a world of a relationship where I can relate to really easily.
Gracie might be blinded by love, but Jake isn't. He's Gracie's best friend, and I just love their relationship together. I mean, I would kill to have a boy as my best friend and have him to hug me when I need him. Awww. I love how he didn't lie to her, he told her the truth even though her knew it was going to hurt. That's what best friends are for, right?
But I have to say though, this book was a bit confusing to follow, because it keeps going back and forth between sophomore year, Christmas break or Spring break. It keeps bouncing back and forth so it was quite hard to follow, I had to go back a few times to understand where I was with the story. So this kind of threw me off track and made me lose concentration.
Overall, I thought Michelle did a great job at creating a world of love where we all could relate to about being blinded by love. I actually enjoyed reading this, but not as much as I expected :)
Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.
Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.
The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.
Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.
“Writing is my way of making sense of the world. When I give my characters life on the pages I write, it frees up space in my mind to welcome in new stories that are begging to be told,” says Brownlow