On Saturday I brought you my review of Going Under by Georgia Cates.
Today I have my review of Shallow, the second book in the Going Under series.
The tour is being hosted by AToMR and you can find the full schedule here.
TITLE: Shallow (Going Under #2)
AUTHOR: Georgia Cates
GENRE: YA/NA Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 21st September 2012
SOURCE: Received E-ARC from author for blog tour
Payton Archer’s best friend, Claire, strives to be perfect in every way. Payton doesn’t and this is her story.
Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the “The Strip” in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him down…fast cars, adrenaline and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch…she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.
Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding it…at least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes aren’t what scares Payton the most…it’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?
Another fantastic story of rich girl/bad guy from Georgia Cates. I think I loved this just a tiny bit more than I loved Going Under, and that’s hard to imagine since I loved Going Under so much. Shallow had everything I loved in Going Under plus a little bit more *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*
Payton Archer seemingly has it all – money, priviledge, nice house, nice car, good social circle. She doesn’t have the one thing she wants though, and that is love. The sort of love her best friend, Claire, has with Jessie. She’s given up on finding it … and the she meets Nick.
Nick Hawke is a bad boy. He lives in Collinsville which in itself is enough said! He races in street races, has had more one night stands than he cares to remember and doesn’t do commitment at any cost … and then he meets Payton.
I loved Payton! She is such a strong, takes no crap, tells it like it is, character. She’s not the sort of female main character we see very often in YA contemporary romances and that makes for a refreshing change. She was fantastic in Going Under and I couldn’t wait to read her story. I wasn’t disappointed. I also loved Nick – he may be a bad boy but it turns out even he’s not immune to Cupid’s arrow when it hits him. He’s sworn off love after seeing his dad messed up with his mum leaving for another man. He pursued Payton with the intention of a one night stand and soon had feelings that he just wasn’t bargaining on.
I kinda feel like there isn’t a lot I can say without repeating the blurb. Neither Payton or Nick are expecting to fall in love. Payton doesn’t want someone like Nick, and he doesn’t want anything serious with anyone at all. They meet, sparks fly, there’s a mutual instant attraction and the rest of the story goes from there. It’s how their story unfolds that makes this story so sweet. Once they’re at the point of no return their love is threatened and it’s how they fight for it that’s heartwarming, and then someone throws a major, spiteful, spanner in the works. Can they work it out or have things gone too far to go back?
I liked how the story also included a side storyline – the reason that Nick’s dad didn’t want him starting anything with Payton (you’ll have to read Shallow for more explanation than that – no spoilers from me!), I think it was a good way to tie things together and help another part of the storyline with Payton’s mum.
Shallow was a story of two people finding love when it was the last thing they were looking for. It’s sweet, intense, a little steamy and just beautifully told. If you liked Going Under you should definitely read Shallow, it’s just as good if not better. Payton and Nick are definitely a couple to root for. Now I just need to add my name to the growing list of people who want Dallas and Dane’s story!