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St thinking about it For spoiler reasons I can t say what it is but yall it s bad I almost set the book down after it occurred If it wasn t for the well written smutty scenes I probably would have Complete deal breaker Another character problem was I ended up finding myself interested in the side characters then I was with Chris and Blythe I love when I fall for a side character but I don t like when I m secretly wishing the book was about them instead In my opinion there are two major plot problems First Left Drowning feels like something I ve read oh so many times before It s just nothing new The entire story was just event after event of things I completely saw coming Right when the flashbacks start happening I knew how this book would end There s no way you ll miss it Park does mix it up a tiny bit with some small shock but it was still something I suspected might happen The second biggest problem was how convenient things were Blythe stays in a fancy hotel is walking down the hall and then bam Chris is there So you re telling me not only did you both book the same hotel but you re on the same freaking floor Ha nope Then Chris s fathers profession isn t mentioned till towards the end of the book but all of a sudden he has this never before mentioned or hinted at part time job Again no These are only two examples of events thrown together to try and make things dramatic It ends up just making everything messy The story went from somewhat strong to a completely cluster F I heard Left Drowning listed as one of the biggest NA tear jerkers out there I have no clue how or why it is on that list I didn t fall in love with Left Drowning s characters I didn t fall in love with it s plot And most importantly I didn t fall in love with it s love story Something was just missing and I was expecting READ THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS OVER ON OUR BLOG SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR SBSR 5 Beyond Incredible Stars Emotional beautiful stunning shocking amazing I am at a loss for words I have been an avid reader most of my life All through elementary middle school high school college etc I have been reading several books a week It s not a new thing for me I m sure in the span of my twenty seven years I have read thousands of books Maybe a dozen of those books have effected me the way this book did I wish I could put it into words how I felt while reading this but I can t Not really not elouently To say it moved me touched me or made me feel would be an understatement It is one of the best books I ve read this year hell it s one of the best books I have read period When we are first introduced to Blythe she is stumbling home from to her dorm room alone drunk It is her senior year of college yet she is completely alone She has no friends She keeps to her self She is just existing Something traumatic happ This is one of the worst books I ve ever readSeriouslyI m not kiddingDreadfulI decided to et this book as a part of Kindle Unlimited To be fair this is not my normal read but it was one of the most popular downloads I checked it s ratings on oodreads it had a shit ton of ratings averaging 425 and I ve read a lot of wonderful books classified as YA so I said to myself What the hell But soon I was asking myself What the hellHere enjoy a nugget of shittasitic prose At least one thing is certain Chris and I are inextricably connected Do I have factual reasons to know this Proof Assurances No None Some people believe in God I believe in Chris I believe in Chris WTFI also began to wonder about the title Left Drowning That maybe it was in reference to all the bodily fluid byproduct from all the masturbation and sex Blythe and Chris engaged in during the course of this book How innocent bystanders may have been harmed by the shear volumeOh the humanityNothing not one word written in this book was sexy andor hot I cannot stress this enough Sure there were cocks and pussies not the cute feline kind asses and cocks and clitsoh my All of it was rossHereread this We run through the remnants of our pain and importantly we run for our present and for our future Together we kick heartbreak s ass WhatWhat I worry about most is how many people loved this book and found it profound in some way and rated it five stars Normally it do not judge people by the books they enjoy but A Christmas Seduction goodod people this is not The Pregnant Midwife great literatureThis isn t even decent porn What a beautiful storyLeft Drowning is an emotionally heart wrenching novel about the adverse effects of tragedy on the human spirit Reading about two broken peopleis hard but I loved thatIt was so intense and beautifully written I can t look at myself because I cannot stomach looking at airl who has so little hope leftwho is inexcusably weakI m humiliated by my own inability to do betterThe story starts with Blythewho is at a point in her life where she is left drowningShe isn t really living she is surviving but just barelyShe doesn t feel her emotionsShe avoids themIt is too difficult to face her pain so she tries to ignore itUnfortunately she cannot truly move forward in her life She s emotionally stunted and has no one that can pull her outBlythe doesn t let anyone in and feels it is better that wayEven if I never speak to him again I am The Simple Soul of Susan grateful for this day this one day when my misery lifted even if just for a little whileOne day she meets ChrisShe sees him as he s skipping stones in a lakeShe starting opens up to him like she s never opened up to anyone since both of her parents died not even her brotherBlythe cannot explain why it s so easy to let Chris in but she does and he awakens her Chris has ended up at Matthew s uite by chanceHe and his 3 siblings SabinEstelle and Ericare runningRunning from their pasts Chris and Blythe both feel the pullthe needthe lust even love but neither understand itAll they know is the here and now and that now is perfectSome people believe in God I believe in ChrisI can t stop thinking about you and I don t know what to do about itLeft Drowning sure is a story about lovebetrayalpain and loss but it s also a story which celebrates friendship which shows us that there s a fate for all of us and that someone s tragedy can become one s salvation This book was magic A well crafted story that built slowly and uietly in intensity Jessica Park s writing is beautifully detailed and painfully honest Left Drowning sneaks up on you One moment you re fine the next moment you can barely breathe I was emotionally invested in this story right from the book s dedication I moing to share it with you here because it s just so beautiful and truly sets the tone for the entire story This book is for everyone who has survived You are not broken You can love and be loved despite what may feel like the eternally brutal nature of the world Even when you re drowning and so far under there is always time to reach for someone who will teach you how to breathe again I love books that surprise me and NetBeans IDE 8 Cookbook go down paths that I m not expecting On the surface this is the story of airl who is essentially drowning in the tragedy of her past of losing everyone she s loved in one way or another and who is unable to let Master Locksmithing go of the pain Then she meets thisuy and for the first time since her life shattered he makes her feel safe and whole and begins to help her heal But the she finds out about him the she realizes that despite his strong and protective exterior he too is hurting just as much on the inside and is deeply scarred by his past and maybe she might have to save him too I wish he wouldn t look at me I also wish he d never stopWe both have pasts full of pain and he emanated survival in the way I want toI could breathe him in forever I could fall in love forever The first half of this book is very very slow building even sweet at times It wasn t Born to Blog gripping at first but it was totally engaging taking the time to connect you with the characters I loved that it was about than just the romance though it was also just as much a story about family about strong beautifully resilient sibling bonds The sibling dynamics in this story were justold Sabin Oh The New Alpha gosh everyone should have a Sabin in their lives 3Blythe and Chris fell in love uietly But as drawn to each other as they were something was holding Chris back and she couldn t uite figure out what it was Despite their undeniable connection he kept pulling away I went too far with you and I shouldn t have I m not really boyfriend material Did you ever consider that I m notirlfriend materialYes you are You re outstanding Accelerated Learning girlfriend material I m the one who s all kinds of fucked up Trust me But I loved that despite their strong physical and the magnetic pull between them the first thing to develop between them was really just their bond It was something stronger than friendship a very deeply rooted connection that went beyond anything romantic This isn t about sex or lust It s about closeness and safetyYou ll stayAlways he says As a reader I m usually all about the upfront commitment in a relationship but I could feel in my heart from the very start that they were right for each other and was just happy to watch their relationship develop slowlyThen out of no where this book went from uiet to INTENSE There was this scene in particular where it really just slammed right into me Everything about it the vivid descriptions the character dynamics the intensity was just absolutely powerful and felt so realBoth Blythe and Chris were deeply scarred by their pasts in different and yet lasting ways I loved that they each understood each other fell in love with the person who their scars had shaped them to be It was real They were shaped by their scars and their pain but were healed by their love and their bondBut Iot so comfortable in the Fitzpatricks Dermatology in General Medicine, Eighth Edition, 2 Volume Set gentle pacing of the first half of the book that the intensity really snuck up on me One minute I was fine the next minute I swear to God I felt my heart break Literally break It blind sided me and was so fucking painful I felt it in my soul Ice flooded my veins in an instant I teared up My heart was in my throat I couldn t believe what I was reading Seriously bring tissuesuysAs it continued my heart was slowly ripped out I felt sick to my stomach and this is a real tribute to Jessica Park s writing because without the slow build up that had first bonded me to the characters what happened would never have hit me this hardAnd then just when I thought my heart was hurting as much as it possible could it shattered Fucking shattered I don t even have words for it I was too hurt to cry In shock pain betrayal I felt everything that Blythe felt This wasn t how the story was supposed to The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook goFew books have made me feel this helpless before as a reader just watching the story careening out of my control down the wrong path I just read chanting in my mind this can t be happening This can t be happening This can t be fucking happeningSo I seriously can t tell you how relived felt when things began toet fixed Ohhhhh the relief I clung to every shred of hope I want than anything for the power of us together to be stronger than the power of the damage If I still believed in God in anything I would be praying I loved the way it all came together in the end I ve sat and thought about it a little now and I realize that I had all the pieces of the story all along But just the way your mind protects you from remembering certain memories before you re ready I think my mind was keeping me back from piecing everything until then end There were definitely elements that I suspected but I never realized just how entwined everything wasThis book deals with heavy themes and heart breaking realities highlighting the damage done and marks left by an abusive home But it also shows the beautiful resilience of siblings bonds and the salvation and healing power of love of loving someone unconditionally not in spite of their scars but because of who their scars had shaped them to be This is all sorts of fucked upI know baby I know But the best kind of fucked up Left Drowning will touch your heart and take you on a powerful and beautifully crafted journey of love loss survival and healingIt has a happy ending uys Please don t be scared off by the intensity I was talking about This is an absolute must read There s a little bit of everything in it humour heart ache healing and most importantly a happy ending What are you doingLoving you he says simply If you ll let meAlways God always Left Drowning lived up to my every expectation Everyone should put this book on their radar5 starsCastingBLURB 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 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 uy 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 contentNote due to mature content recommended for Ages 17 For of my reviews book news and updates Main blog Aestas Book Blog Facebook Blog Page Twitter 3 Stars Left Drowning is a touching evocative tale that centers on a fate destined to be fulfilled It heartbreakingly and heart warmingly takes us on an emotional journey where life altering friendships are formed and painful but beautiful truths are uncovered If I m being honest I didn t enjoy this story as much as I thought I would which pains me to admit because I loved Flat Out Love straight down to my toes Jessica Park s writing is uniue and displays such an ease and sophistication I love that her characters are as odd as they are lovable and each present their own idiosyncrasies Not to mention she is the UEEN of uick wit and ado. Ing she doesn’t expect an undeniable attraction to a dark haired senior named Chris Shepherd whose past may be even 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 halting.
Let me start off this review by saying this book made me angry and the last half of this book is utter trash I don t Writing Matters! - Student Book get angry very easily and I don t call many stories trash because I can usually find something of value to salvage my opinion of them This one just manages to boggle the mind on so many levels that I had to finish reading it just to find something where it will redeem itself Regrettably it did not and it absolutely deserves the one star rating that I amiving it I actually uite enjoyed the beginning of the book I thought the introduction of Blythe drunk and stumbling around was uite humorous I was intrigued by her situation and wanted to find out why she is in such a state She seemed like a lonely lost desperate irl but one that was believable So after four years of drinking herself into a stupor apparently she encounters a boy in a coffee shop six months before raduation And he apparently finds her utterly charming and invites her to some random show I thought oookay sure thing Then she meets some boy on the side of a lake skipping stones that she is utterly drawn to because of how beautiful and strong and lean he is Blah blah Really the insta love should have rung freaking alarm bells in my head but I braved on because thankfully there was no mention of any electricity sparking between them or whatever And then she s all hey I just met you but my parents died in a fire and I don t believe in Murder Shoots the Bull (Southern Sisters, god The appropriate response a Lady it s real nice toet to know you but this is kind of heavy and I think you should see a therapist b My mom died too There is no Hudson Valley Mediterranean god not for us cue dramatic musicOoookay Except what came next was much much worse The progression of the next part of the novel was tolerable Blythe spends time with Chris for the rest of the day and meets the rest of his family Even though it was a bit weird that she masturbates to the thought of some stranger she just met and spent the day with I was accepting of it because hey what turns you on is what turns you on right And I don t mind the mention of female masturbation in novels because there should be of it So it s allood Then for some reason she decides to Doing Democracy in Indigenen Gemeinschaften go running I m not sure how much time passes between that day and this day but she s all needing his help since apparently he s the only person she has connected with in the four years she s spent on this campus Why she hasn t failed out of university already or somehow harmed herself due to liver failure amazes me But by this point I should have realized that this isn t a story about real people withenuine feelings and hopes and dreams and pasts that could actually happen This is just an excuse to write sexy scenes and fantasy dramatic events that couldn t possibly occur in real life Unfortunately I kept on reading because I missed all of these clues They make out and he stops all of a sudden and says this is wrong and ushers her out of the room She leaves thinking I don t know why he thinks this is wrong but it was hot so it s ok and I ll just smile because OMG my The Secrets of Boys girl parts are tingling and finally feel something after all of these years NO I mean NO If auy stops and say it s wrong for us to make out then you should probably have some sort of suspicion that maybe a he is dating someone else or b he Stop Whining--and Start Winning grew up in a strict religious household or is repressing something By the way so far I don t even know what she studies in university It doesn t seem like it even matters It doesn t even seem like she has any sort of future How does she even pay for university anyway Who knows She doesn t need to study oro to labs or do anything college related anyway She just needs to touch herself and obsess about Chris Moving onWe then suddenly switch to a third person flashback about Blythe helping some weird Charlie and the Christmas Kitty guy in the past and then I am thinking He soing to turn out to be THAT GUY but it can t be that obvious because that would be too much I make myself forget about this scene since I m hoping it won t come back to haunt me After some scenes just to emphasize how close Blythe is Il sale della vita getting to the rest of the family and how amazingly they allet along And My Favorite Things gollyee don t you know that Blythe s roommate just happened to move out at the beginning of the year and how convenient it is that her new bestie Estelle Chris sister is suddenly in need of a place to stay because she hates her roommate Her roommate woke her up by playing Michael Buble so uess what she does She starts using her vibrator Look at how fun and amazing this new bestie is How sexually free How unrepressed Honestly that is just kind of ross and unnecessaryOther things happen and Blythe touches herself some while fantasizing about Chris Chris Chris Chris this is all she ever thinks about There s no mentions of oing to class of maintaining ood rades of something about what she s oing to do after she Hiding in the Bathroom graduates She just exists at this moment in time because that s what the purpose of this story is to capture this impossible romance Let s not pretend these are people Then there s some emotional stuff she has to deal with her brother and her parents death which was actually appropriate to the story and not too poorly done I had hope then from this point that the story may actually progress to improving from the hole where it fell into Eh No Chris and Blythe spend five days in a hotel having lots and lots of sex in all sorts of ways And then they don t really clarify their relationship but they flirt and stuff and spend lots of time together and she seems to be cool with it She even told him before that she doesn t want a relationship that they can just be friends and he repeatedly tells her You re tooood for me I m bad for you I m not boyfriend materialWhat I learned from New Adult novels If a The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, guy tells you that he s not boyfriend material RUN RUN AS FAR AS YOU CAN And don t pretend that you are Just friends when you are saying things like I will never sleep with anyone besides Christopher Shepherd That is CRAZY talk there woman Youuys haven t even had a discussion about what THIS is and you are already pledging the rest of your life and your happiness to a The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories guy who obviously has big issues That s justno Because they meet up a few weeks after this marathon sex fest and they re just hanging out with theirroup of friends and he even slaps her ass in front of them then a bombshell drops Chris is with some Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy girl who kisses him and then she finds out FROM HIS FAMILY WHO ARE ALSO SUPPOSEDLY HER FRIENDS that he is dating someirl and has been for a while I mean WTF These people are NOT your friends They do not have your back if they are The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, going to see their brother date anotherirl when they obviously know that you are blindly in love with him Do you know what happens in the future when something happens and the two of you Dare Mighty Things get into a big fight They areoing to stand on his side Forever and always You are not number one to them and they will turn on you just like they ve already turned on you by not letting you know about him dating this other The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife girl Oh and by the way heets engaged to this other Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback girl too And she rationalizes what he does because And that s why you can t ever be with me isn t it I make everything too real for you She doesn t do that You know what Chris BOOHOO for you that you had a terrible past and had to take care of your brother and sister BOOHOO for you that you are so afraid to have a normal relationship and to have feelings So you have too and lead two women on BOOHOO you are just a big selfish asshole who doesn t want to be alone and you can Eternal Quest go jump in a lake Then he comes back between the engagement and the wedding and uses Blythe again after his father has a heart attack And now he s basically cheating on his fiancee and she lets him so she s just as much of a jerk as he is I mean the poor otherirl Poor Jennifer you are just some pathetic excuse for drama created for the sake of providing an obstacle between Chris and Blythe There s no need for you to have feelings or personality There s no need for you to be anything but a name You re not pretty but you re not not pretty You re not a hot piece of ass You re just no one I love how Chris family don t warn the The Widows Little Secret girl either They just adore him and allow him to do whatever he wants because he s apparently some sort ofod Anyway of course the wedding doesn t happen and Blythe welcomes him back with open arms and they Resurrection Year get some sort of happily ever after where they heal each other or whatever Ugh Some major problems with this book that repulsed me Blythe finds out that Estelle is sleeping with a professor and also because of her upbringing may have some leanings towards BDSM As aood friend of hers do you ever ask her if there is something The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department going on if there is anything you can do to help Because this woman is obviously dealing with some issues Oh no Blythe just pretends everything is ok because obviously this story is just about Blythe and Chris damaged relationship so other people with their own hurts and painful memories don t matter Same with Sabin s drinking problem or James own personal struggles There could have been some emotional brother sister sort of feelings here but there were about two scenes of that Even though there are lots of sexy scenes about making out and self masturbating and mutual masturbation and lots of orgasms none of it felt real It didn t feel real because Blythe and Chris love is not real There was no emotional connection that was built up over time over little shared moments or connections It s basically some steamy scenes where if you replace the characters names you couldet the same response In fact it might even be even hotter these scenes as one night stands I started skipping these sex scenes because it doesn t really add to the story Also Blythe was a virgin that didn t touch herself for four years and I don t think she watched any porn but man was she able to say some dirty titillating things to Chris to et hot and he was like some dude with years of experience with his dirty talk I felt like I was suddenly dropped into a porno which provided a strange disconnect from the dark and emotional components of the story It s supposedly romantic to have scars that complete each other I mean that s morbid and strange How everything came together was just this side of fucked up They meet somehow when he was being punished by his father and she saves him Then while his father was about to kill him he is called away and saves her life Then they meet years later and fall in love with some sort of puzzle piece shaped scars that fit together This is WEIRD and not romantic at all If this ever happened to me I would be freaked out and I would think this was too much for me and I would leave But I mean if this had happened to me I would have not talked to him ever after he ot engaged to the other Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, girl But hey that s just me This is just like Sea of Tranuility Where She Went and other New Adult books that have been appearing lately Angsty mcangst boys who have excuses for treatingirls in their lives like utter crap and the Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, girls justive in because it is TWU LUV and they are soulmates or some shit The A Miracle, A Universe girl is usually a virgin or naive or innocent or all of the above believing so very much in the hero even though heoes about doing his own thing and plays with people s emotions But it doesn t matter because they are MEANT TO BE due to some ridiculous unbelievable coincidences and it just brings up a bad rendition of that song by Elton John about Written in the Stars Like I mentioned in one of my status updates this book is a crossover between Twilight and Korean drama Twilight because the boy has a some sort of secret b which prevents them from being together c has a close knit family that welcomes and adores her d pushes away and then ives in to her attempts at seduction Korean drama because a they met each other in someway years before without knowing it b everybody in the story has some sort of tragic past and sob story c everything has to come full circle where their lives were interconnected from the start I have a feeling that people will enjoy this though so don t take anything of what I said in this review seriously if you loved any of the above books that I mentioned I do admit I have a weak spot for Korean dramas though And Chris is an asshole The end Last note Cheers to Netgalley for letting me read this It s pretty obvious that I am iving my honest opinion and I haven t been influenced by them when they provided this for my review Loved this one Utterly beautiful heartbreaking at times emotional angsty love story With some serious steamy moments as a bonus and wonderful secondary characters Highly recommend this one 15 From the synopsis we hear that Blythe is struggling with her parents death and is trying to Aguecheeks Beef, Belchs Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections get back on track When the book starts with her falling into her dorm room drunk I thought this novel wasoing to start out a little on the dark side We have our lead being a hot mess then something sweet would happen and then after several shenanigans she would snap out of it This is not the case for Left Drowning Blythe is a mess for all of I don t know two chapters When she sobers up that uickly I oddly found myself being rather disappointed I didn t Black Metropolis, Vol. 2 get all the deep struggles I was hoping for This made it a little difficult for me to connect with her on a personal level Blythe is constantly describing herself as boring andeneric and I think she might be right Nothing about her was sparkling She just wasn t the leading female I was wanting Now on to Chris clearly our love interest At first I really liked him I thought he was charming and seemed sweet enough The fact that he is so involved family wise was a big plus for me However the further the story went the I found myself slowly falling out of lust with him By the middle of this book I was completely over him Things with Chris and Blythe just started being By Words Alone goodish when Chrisoes off and does one of my biggest bookish pet peeves ever I M TALKING ONE OF THE BIGGEST NOPES This one thing is what completely broke any connection I might have had with the characters and their story Almost anything else could have happened and I wouldn t have complained I might have even kept the book at a higher rating Seriously etting re mad ju. 13 hrs 12 mins What does it take to rise from life’s depths swim against the current and breatheWeighted 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 someth.
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Rable banterAlthough all of these alluring ualities were present in Left Drowning I found there were ultimately too many over the top occurrences and not uite enough attention paid to them individually There was also a bad case of the insta s Insta love lust friends family nothing felt radual There were parts of this story I felt were 3 star and then there were some beautiful 5 star moments leaving me extremely indecisive with my feelingsAfter suffering the loss of her parents Blythe remains numb and clings to the insurmountable Enduring Truths guilt of that fateful day When she meets the Shepherd siblings they appear to be all the things she s not happy full of life and centered She finds strength in their friendship as sheradually sinks back to reality Chris Shepherd is an admirable strong and sexy hero who appears composed and put together He seems to appreciate life s simplicities but shares one thing with Blythe a tragic past which incessantly haunts him The relationship between Blythe and Chris was beautiful and intense yet hesitant and complex The anguish Chris harbored made it difficult to deem himself worthy thus igniting much angst within their undefined relationship When we are together the world ets sharper the past becomes unobstructed andthe floodgates open Although the turns in the plot were fairly predictable it didn t stop the chills from racing through my body when some of the anticipated dramatic scenes played out The way everything was so intricately tied together truly took this touching story to a breathtaking plateau Some of it was slightly outlandish but beautiful nonetheless There were certain areas that felt fabricated and vaguely forced For example The strong familyfriendship bond that these characters acuired was inspiring but the we re all in this together moments felt dramatic and overdone All I kept hearing in the back of my mind was Goonies never say die However I can t deny that the family dynamic was heartwarming and Park composed an exemplary friendship that would seem fit to stand the test of time Plus who doesn t love the GooniesI also unfortunately never connected with Chris and not because he was flawed His character had the formula of an amazing hero all the necessary ingredients intact but I felt he never truly came to life His persona was either being downplayed or intensified without ever aining a solid The Chinese Love Pavilion ground By the time the ending rolled in I was slightly bored Which felt entirely wrong because the wrap up was pretty monumental in relation to the story For me this story just didn t hold enough authenticity to capture my heart The writing was spectacular but the erratic plot lost me in areas The shining moments were truly touching and I did love the message of hope and how this story exemplified how tragedy and despair can initiatereater things to follow PS I dare you NOT to fall in love with Sabin He is surely in need of his own book Book Stats GenreCategory RomanceNew Adult Steam Caliber Extremely and abundantly steamy Romance Gradual Reluctant Meant to be Characters uirky flawed lovable Plot Friendships and love formed and strengthened through past tragedies Beautiful concept but a heck of a lot The Peloponnesian War going on Writing Engaging witty beautifully expressive POV 1st Person Heroine Cliffhanger Nonestandalone HEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler My review contains unmarked spoilers throughoutNose Graze Book reviewsOh boy Strap yourselves inuys This is Dolphin Confidential going to be one crazy and slightly ranty reviewSeriously though If you don t like ranty reviews don t read this And I just want to say that I love the author to bits I only met her for about 2 minutes but she seems like a really nice woman and I seriously hope than anything that she doesn t read this because it would kind of hurt my soulLet s start off with my overall enjoyment or lack thereof of Left Drowning I started off reading Left Drowning hopeful I thought it would be the shining light of a hot romantic contemporary romance that would save me from a reading slump How wrong I wasMy Rage y Recap of the PlotLeft Drowning almost immediately takes a bad turn insta love As soon as the troubled depressed self critical Blythe meets Chris she feels an inexplicable attraction towards him Red flag red flag But you know what I decided to deal with it At this point I was fairly warmed up to both Blythe and Chris so I thought I d just suck it up and deal with the insta love thinking that would be the worst of it But nope I was wrong again the worst was yet to comeSome people believe in God I believe in Chris Blythe page 127 Chris and Blythe are friends despite her super hot attraction towards him They re polite and courteous Then one night they have a crazy random make outgrope session Chris makes it clear that they veone too far and can t do that again but Blythe is amped the fuck up She s so hot and ready for him and she s OBSESSED with him All she can think about is Chris Chris Chris For now Chris is fairly absent and adrift I keep hearing from Blythe that she s friends with Chris and he s so amazing but Chris is never on the fucking page Where is he Who is he What is his personality I have no idea The only thing I learned about him is that Chris never wants to Mairis Mermaid get married He doesn t believe in marriage he thinks it s stupid and he believes that if two people love each other they don t need a ceremony to prove itFast forward a few weeks which is actually like one chapter that s the other thing I expected each chapter to be a few days at most but suddenly I m being told that WEEKSMONTHS haveone by wat and Blythe jumps Chris in a hotel room Chris oesI can t be your boyfriend Blythe I m not boyfriend materialTo which Blythe respondsI never said I wanted you to be my boyfriend NOW GET THAT COCK INSIDE OF MEDisclaimer above two uotes have been paraphrased Not exact uotesCue 5 days of sex sex sex over Christmas break And as she reaches her final orgasm she comes to a realization she s in love with Chris Obviously it s not just because he made her climax for 5 days straight There s true love there Let s ignore the fact that they haven t said as much as 2 words to each other because obviously that s not importantI can feel my orgasm start and the sensation is so intense that it s nearly enough to make me cry I let it wash over me while I writhe against him like I m never oing to see him again And then I realize what has happened between us tonight We just fell in love Pages 244 245 After their sexual escapade in which Blythe transformed from a virgin to a sex addict willing to fuck a plant Blythe and Chris return to university where Chris starts ignoring her He pulls away and flat out doesn t exist for like 100 pages Blythe tells herself she s okay with this because they never agreed to a relationship and she just treasures the moments they spent together nakedA few months later she learns that Chris has a The Shadow of Your Smile girlfriend and has been dating her ever since theyot back to university after Christmas DRAAAAMA At this point I hated both characters On the one hand I m mad at Blythe She literally FLIPS A BITCH as if she had some sort of claim to Chris even though they weren t dating They re not a couple and yet she s in a jealous rage She s the one who said she didn t want him to be her boyfriend so she has no right to flip the fuck out But on the other hand I also hate Chris WHAT THE BLOODY FUCKS During their 5 days of hot and heavy sex both characters were like Omg our connection Omg our love YES YES YES Chris was obviously into Blythe in a relationship way and Blythe was obviously into Chris So why the fuck does he The Three Worlds go find another woman I ll tell you why Because apparently Blythe is too much for Chris She s too intense She s too amazing He loves her too much So naturally he must find another woman Yes he actually said things like thatBUT WAIT That s not all Not only is he dating another woman but he is now ENGAGED to her That s right engaged So apparently he wasn t against the idea of marriage at all despite his earlier claim Iuess he just didn t want marriage with BlytheNow keep in mind that Blythe and Chris have had nothing but sex at this point They have had no real relationship they have barely exchanged words other than like I m here for you You re safe Get your cock inside of me But despite this Blythe is in love with him So when she finds out about his engagement she In the Belly goes into a jealous crying rage She will never love again She will never sleep with another man She is doomed to be heartbroken forever and ever and ever because her one love escaped herAroundraduation time Blythe and Chris have one last teary Becoming Mona Lisa goodbye in which they kiss yes he technically cheated on his fianc e just then and he admits to loving her so so much But don t worry he s stilloing to marry his fianc e WTFFast forward one yearYes the book did that I am not shitting youOne year later Blythe is still in mourning over Chris her long lost love She hasn t dated another Lectures on Buildings guy she refuses to even look at other men Because Chris Oh ChrisAt this point I m actually bored even writing this so I ll speed things up Chris came to his senses didn t marry the mystery womanot back together with Blythe and they had LOTS LOTS LOTS MORE SEX Then they worked through some intense deeply rooted issues and possibly happily ever after with therapy ConclusionThroughout my entire read of Left Drowning I could just feel myself not clicking with it Blythe was in love with Chris before she d barely spoken to him And throughout the ENTIRE book they barely speak at all because Chris is pulling away for 90% of it or engaged to another woman The whole book just left me with a huge sense of WHAT THE BLOODY FUCK Why does Blythe love Chris so much I don t know How is she still thinking about him after not seeing him for an entire year I don t know All they d had was sex and she told him about how her parents died That s it There weren t long hours of conversation there was no falling in love phase It was literally 5 nights of sex and then her realizing that she loves him Because of the sex I don t know The sex was the only time when Chris came alive There he had personality But outside of the sex He was an empty shell that was barely even in the bookAnd then there s the fact that Blythe never seemed special to me She didn t have that much personality And yes Chris and his family are OBSESSED with her She s amazing and the best thing that ever happened to them What How Why She doesn t even talk that muchBlythe herself just Land gets progressively annoying throughout the book First when Chris starts dating another woman sheoes into a jealous RAGE But she and Chris were never dating she never had a claim to him He wasn t cheating on anyone and yet she s PISSED Because apparently she loves him soooo muchThen there s the fact that she has a very do as I say not as I do attitude I ll let this uote speak for itselfSeriously my dear sister what s with all the travel size liuor bottles So what I had an impulse purchase at the liuor store You re driving I thought I d have a drink I pour the mini In Defense of History: Marxism and the Postmodern Agenda gin into my half empty bottle of lukewarm tonic water and take a straw from my purse What I m doing is illegal and stupid So don t ever drink in a car I don t plan to And you shouldn t be driving with a passenger who is drinking I know that Page 298 Blythe tells her brother to never drive with a passenger who is drinking WHILE SHE S POURING HERSELF A DRINK IN THE CAR So basically Don t illegally drink in the car or drive with people who are except for this one time Then there was this whole thing about Blythe complaining that it was sooo embarrassing that she can t run a marathon Poor BlytheI can do a half marathon but not a whole fucking one Don t tell anyone It s embarrassing Blythe page 312 So to everyone out there who can t run a marathon me you should be embarassedUgh just this book The romance was honestly horrible Because there was no romance It honestly didn t exist I felt zero love between Chris and Blythe Sure they had some sexual chemistry but nothing they did built up to love It all screamed instantI wanted to DNF this book so badly but I didn t because I wanted to hold out for the big twist at the end But that was also a let down because I honestlyuessed the entire twist ever since the first flashback thing at the beginning It didn t come as a shock to me at all So that was ruinedIf you can click with this book and somehow not hate Chris for being an annoying douchebag I think you might like this book I feel like a lot of the pieces are there it just didn t work for me at all It s supposed to be emotional and intense it is pretty hot the sex is The Armlet of the Gods good butod Put it all together and none of it worked for me except maybe the hot sex scenes Honestly there s still a lot I have to say about the book especially with regards to the side characters but I can t The Crystal Rose get past the big fat asshole that is Chris I loved this book This is so beautifully writtenBlythe Airl so alone Drowning in depression What is her life NothingWhat I find interesting at least from a human interest standpoint is that while I am painfully aware of my feelings and symptoms I m unable to shake them and move forward I am stagnant I Paradise For Two guess Which makes senseiven that stagnant is sort of just a synonym for depressedShe s lost everything which mattered and its her fault That s what she thinks Now 4 years later Blythe is still stuck in that rut she was inUntil she meets a boy at a LakeChris Never did Blythe know that in those moments this boy was Finding Happily-Ever-After (Matchmaking Mamas, going to save her from drowning in herself Feel me He inhales and his chest presses into me Breathe he tells me Breathe with me I loved Sabin oh this boy is such a beautiful soulAnd Estelle and every single one of this familyMy secret wish to believe in fate spirituality or something so I don t only have to exist with the cold certainty I feel that there is nothing bigger than random chanceWhen Blythe starts hanging with Chris and their family she begins to feel aliveLife has meaning Some people believe in God I believe in Chris Chris Oh I could have slapped him when he made his outrageous decisionMy heart broke in a million pieces for her You are thereat love of my life that I m never oing to have Random lyrics went through my head Until its time to take the next step and fight. Ly to love this uy 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.
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