This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Series: Left Drowning #1
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Genres: Abusive past, Contemporary, Emotional, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 399
Format: kindle book
Source: borrowed

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.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Oh my heart…I loved this story. I had all of the feels. Left Drowning is exactly the book I am always craving. Emotional, scarred pasts, brooding, romance, sexy times! and of course the best part, the healing. Ms. Park’s writing was effortless and I was able to slide right into this world and become part of their lives for a while and it was glorious.

Both Christopher and Blythe (gah, I love her name) had been through so much. When they first met, Christopher had already adapted better at going through the motions of daily life. He was able to reach out to Blythe so that she could function and start living again. She then transformed; she got stronger and soon became the source of strength that Christopher was going to need to not just exist, but start to heal. It was a beautiful journey, and it was full of pain and sadness, but always so much hope and such a slow burn of love. Yes, there were some very sexy times, but they were fueled by such a deep emotional connection which is what made it all so amazing. I could not get enough.

I’m going to admit I never read the flashbacks. I just don’t and I don’t know why! I never read song lyrics either. It’s just me and my weird reader ways. I probably missed something….but I don’t think so, I loved the book! Also, leopards and spots and all, I’m never going to change.

The ending was good, but I feel like it needed an epilogue…however, that could be where book 2 in the series comes in. I was ready to jump right into it, but then noticed it might ruin book 1 for me. I’d love to see what happens with all the of Shepherd siblings, especially Sabin, so we will see if I cave or not. Part of me just wants to roll around in the goodness of this story for a while. But that should tell you how outstanding the secondary characters were in this book. I’m telling you, I love them nearly as much as I love Christopher and Blythe, which is a ridiculous amount. When an author can do that the whole world the book is set in becomes more vivid, and that is probably one of the reasons this book touched me so much.

Rec it? YES YES YES! If you love deeply emotional stories that make you choke up with tears, this is a read that should be on your TBR. Throw in an amazingly slow burning romance with some great sexy times and it’s a home run.

Happy reading!

Book Rating Breakdown
Dirty Talk Ability
Brooding level of the hero
Degree my heart was ripped out
Angst Me So Good
Smut Hotness

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