April 12, 2013

Review + Giveaway: Drowning In You by Rebecca Berto

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Digital
Release Date: April 5, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
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.

Goodness gracious, I've been put through an emotional wringer! DROWNING IN YOU is your quintessential angsty, passionate, intense New Adult novel lovers of the genre will adore! Just look at the blurb?! Crushing or loving someone you think is responsible for your parent's death, how utterly conflicting is that?! Aside from the world treating you like a pariah, the guilt associated with it can be debilitating right!

OK, I feel like I'm squealing again with my exclamation marks so let me calm down a little bit and explain....

DROWNING IN YOU started with Charlee's parents being in this tragic ski resort accident where her long time crush, Dexter Hollingworth, is working at. On the day of the accident, Dexter was the one operating the ski lifts and some people are speculating that he might be on drugs that day therefore he was negligent and unfit for his shift which caused over a dozen people dropping off their lifts and Charlee's parents dying. That should be an automatic romantic shut down for Charlee right? Well not quite, no matter how hard she tries, she just can't take her mind off Dexter and at the same time, Dexter is majorly crushing on Charlee. Hence the angst and sort of "forbidden love" begins. 

Eventually they managed to cross over that little misunderstanding and the two of them start building some sort of relationship. But they met another speed bump when Dexter overheard his Dad talking on the phone with someone that led him to believe that his father is somehow responsible for the death of Charlee's parents. So it turned into this crazy investigative thing that Charlee and Dexter did only to find out that their families are connected somehow. So you have a lot of mini-conflicts ranging from family issues, love problems to a possible murder. Exciting! Well it ultimately ended with a neat little bow and the HEA everyone loves but before RBerto gives you that, she wants to have her pound of flesh first.
She's everything unhealthy about an addiction because I can't have her now more than ever, but I can't get her out of my head.
Death. There's a lot of death in DROWNING IN YOU. Not necessarily people dropping like flies but the idea of someone passing, the idea of LOSS, whether it's permanent or not, tangible and intangible. And I think the theme of loss is what makes DROWNING IN YOU very relatable. There are a lot of heart wrenching moments especially the parts where Charlee is slowly coming into terms with her mother's death and her dad being in the hospital withering away while at the same time comforting her little brother. That is one painful shiznit I tell you, seeing someone you love die slowly with each passing day, seeing them fight the Reaper alone knowing they'll lose eventually. And the impact of rebuilding from the ashes once everything is said and done can be an emotional death of sorts. Ugh! I know the feeling all to well and my heart went out to Charlee through her ordeal. But I have to give the girl props, her parents raised her well, despite living a privileged life, Charlee, is very grounded and remained optimistic and loving til the end.

As for Dexter, he's your bad boy next door. Tattooed, pierced, built like a swimsuit model, smooth and a little haunted. He's got his own familial issues and since his older brother and then girlfriend died from a tragic car accident years ago, he's been carrying a sense of loss that he tries to fill with girls, sex and partying. But we all know how shallow and temporary the relief you get from those things are right? So him and Charlee getting together was cathartic and fulfilling. They're both broken sort of but their missing pieces can be found in each other so they fit perfectly, creating this one entity cocooned in love and everything fuzzy and warm that goes with it. 
Maybe that's what I'm doing, trying to save her from drowning in her misplaced guilt and feelings.
DROWNING IN YOU to me was an emotionally challenging story. The theme of death and loss is very personal so every time I'm faced with stories that revolves around this is a knife to my heart. But I can't look away because to me it's therapeutic too, like Debbie said, we need a good cry once in a while and I think I'm set for this month thanks to RBerto! I like the story, I like RBerto's voice, it's very sincere and maybe it's suggestive (based on her photo I think she's a "New Adult" herself or just got off the phase) but I feel like some of the emotions illustrated by her characters came from a real place which made it raw and a little jagged. 

So basically, if you love New Adult or you're into tear-jerking, heartbreaking but heartwarming stories, READ DROWNING IN YOU, you'll get your money's worth!
The best moments in life are the ones when you achieve something you thought was impossible.

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Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the 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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  2. Ginny Blackore, Bones..kinda love it
    Great Post
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  3. Great review. I loved this book to.

  4. Hmm in a loving mood? I just put on some Jazz :)

    Great review! This one is going on my tbr list ASAP :)
    - Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  5. I like to play I Would Do Anything for You by Foster the People :)

  6. Great review! Definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  7. Glad you enjoyed this. Loved your review. Do I spot you reading NA Contemporary....Miss B is back!!

    I am on Book Blitz for this one. SOunds like one I would like to read :)


  8. Loved the review & book synopsis! Congrats on the book's release. I've added it to my TBRs & look forward to reading it.

    Now for the music......I choose Yanni

  9. Crash by Dave Mathews Band. sdylion(at)gmail (dot)com

  10. Great review Braine, I do love angst filled-tear jerking books, and this sounds like something I would is hard when you're crushing on someone you're suppose to hate it be suspicious of, so Charlee' s feelings for Dex are realistic and I like that in my books, especially cause she's crushed on him forever ;)

  11. I'm often hesitant to read books with so much about death because they tend to bring me down & make me really sad... But I'm thinking this one might be worth a read. :) Great review!

  12. I o love angst-filled tear jerking novels, and the idea of Drowning in You is intriguing because Charlee's feelings for Dex seem genuinely real, including her inner struggle to hate him or keep away because he's a potential suspect in her parents' death. Great review Braine :)

    1. As for loving mood music, I play anything from Prince Royce or Joey Montana ;)

  13. Hmm... Michael Bublé is always nice :)

  14. I like to play some Paolo Nutini, maybe Last Request.

  15. Everything I do, I do it for you by Bryan Adams :)

  16. In your eyes by Peter Gabriel. There is NO song more romantic then this one;)


  17. Thanks for the great post! Sounds awesome :) Don't really have a fav song...

  18. I don't have a favorite song for the occasion, but I do have a lot of favorite romantic songs.

  19. I actually prefer the quiet, so no song.

  20. Wicked Games always puts me in a romantic mood:) Thanks!

  21. LOVE Wicked Games & Justin Timberlake & Marvin Gaye.

  22. Hmm, lately I have been listening to Uh Oh by Junior Doctors. Its such a cute sweet song. Or Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson. I love happy sappy pop music.

  23. When I'm feeling in a loving mood I like to listen to Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's

  24. I listen to happy songs, like Michael Buble and Bruno Mars' happy tunes. If you're talking about sexy-loving mood, then it's Nora Jones!

  25. I love a like r&b when I am in a loving mood.

  26. I love Jason Mraz or Bruno Mars song's
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  27. I love relaxed, chill romantic music, like Matthew Mayfield or Ed Sheeran :)

  28. Gosh, hi all! Thank you. Especially you, Braine. xx


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