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Gitte: I enjoyed Into The Deep and I love this Author. The writing is always flawless and I love how the atmosphere and scenery is always spot on and sweeps me away to Scotland. This story was a sweet easy read. It didn’t really compare to previous books but it was a good read nonetheless. For a quick escape with romance and a bit of angst thrown in, Into The Deep hits the spot. Do you agree Jenny?

Jenny: Absolutely Gitte. Samantha Young is one of my go to authors. I love her stories and she never ceases to make me fall in love with her characters. I did like Into The Deep and as you say, it was a nice escape and it certainly had the formula we love in our romance stories, but for me this one just didn’t have the same effect on me as her previous books. I definitely enjoyed it but it didn’t stay with me after I finished it.

Gitte: We both love our second chance romances don’t we Jenny and this was the case for Charley and Jake. They connected and fell in love at sixteen only to have tragedy happen which tore them apart.

“…I used to think there was nothing prettier than looking up at the stars. That feeling I got, like I was part of something bigger than anything I could ever imagine. It’s one of my favourite feelings…and I get it every time I look at you.” – Jake

Four years later they meet again and we get to hear through past and present jumps what really took place and how they came to be where they are now. I thought the back and forth was flawless and really set the mood of the story which is told in Charley’s POV (there is a fab bonus POV from Jake at the end though!)

Jake broke Charley’s heart and seeing as he was her first at most things it’s a hurt she has never really recovered from though she makes the most of her life. I really loved Charley, she was feisty, funny, real and very sweet.

“If I don’t believe I’m worth the effort, why the hell would you?” – Charley

As for Jake, I liked him but I didn’t really connect with him. He was just okay for me. I loved the secondary character Lowe more so I hope he gets a book! Jake messed up, but he was young and lashed out. He has a lot of redeeming to do especially considering the fact that he has moved on with a girl who in my eyes was kind of wronged and forgotten. But hey…this is Charley and Jake’s story so I get it. But I had a real hard time connecting to him.

“You save people. You save me. It’s what you do.”

Did you feel the same Jenny?

Jenny: You said it! I just adore second chance love stories. I get so caught up in these types of stories but with Jake and Charley I didn’t feel it as I expected I would. I did love Charley and of course I wanted her and Jake to rekindle their connection and to find each other again. To find that love they once shared because you felt all along it was there and that these two shared something special.

“He didn’t deserve awful but I wasn’t sure he deserved forgiveness, either.”

But I’m thinking maybe I wasn’t completely invested because like you G, Jake had a girlfriend who was really lovely and she was just kind of forgotten which prevented me from feeling that whole second chance love gooey feeling I normally experience in these stories, though I did really enjoy the flashbacks and Jake’s POV.

But as you said Gitte, this was Charley and Jake’s story and I was dying to find out exactly what it was that had pushed Jake away the first time around.

“All I know is that you probably deserve better than me, but I’m too selfish to let you. I’m into you, and I want you to be so into me, you don’t even care that I’m not good enough for you.”

What had happened all those years ago when Jake broke Charley’s heart? And yes, ultimately I did love the intensity of these two characters and the premise of the story was one I love. The secondary characters were a lot of fun and all in all this was an enjoyable story of second chance love and while this one didn’t have that wow factor for me, this is an author who will always be on my to read list.

Gitte: Charley and Jake’s story was a good read, I liked it but I didn’t love it, not like I’ve loved previous books by this Author. Rather, I loved the secondary characters more and found myself wanting to read and know about them as they came across much more intriguing and intense. So here’s to hoping they get their own stories! As always, without a doubt I will one – click this Author as she is a great writer.

“Never accept what hand you’ve been dealt if it’s not the hand you wanted.”

However Into the Deep does not really stand out for me sadly.

Synopsis

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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