Saturday, 3 August 2013

Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Chelsea M. Cameron, All Night Reads, and Netgalley.)
Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Deeper We Fall (Fall and Rise, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Chelsea M. Cameron, All Night Reads, and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Charlotte (Lotti) is just starting at college with her twin brother Will, when she realises that she’s ended up at the same university as Zack and Zan Parker – the two boys who ruined her best friend’s life.
2 years ago, Zack and Zan were drunk, and in Zack’s truck with Lexie (Lotti’s best friend), when a deer caused Zan to swerve, and all three of them were thrown from the vehicle in the crash. Lexie now has brain trauma that means that she’s no longer the person she used to be, and can no longer even look after herself.

Lotti swore that she would never forgive Zack and Zan for what they did, but while Zack is easy to hate, Zan isn’t, and constantly bumping into him isn’t helping either. It seems that Zan is just as attracted to Lotti as she is to him though.
Can Lotti and Zan ever be friends? Could they ever be more than friends? And can Lotti ever forgive him for the part he played in destroying her best friend’s life?

This was a good new-adult contemporary romance, about forgiveness and love.

Lotti was a girl who was angry over what had happened to her friend, although I think she also felt a bit guilty for not making more of an effort to stop Lexie getting in the truck with Zack in the first place. I totally got why she was angry though, and I think I would have been hard pressed to forgive them either. I quite liked how angry Lotti was actually, and felt that this added a certain depth to the story that might not have been there otherwise.

Zan was an interesting character, but I did wonder if he was pushing it a bit, secretly harbouring feelings for the girl whose best friend he nearly killed! He did seem to genuinely love Lotti, but I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to be Lotti, explaining to her parents and best friend why she was dating the boy that ruined Lexie’s life! I suppose you can’t help who you love at the end of the day though.

The storyline in this book was okay, but there was a lot of bumping into each other (that sounds really bad), but as a friend pointed out, Lotti and Zan really did bump into each other accidentally an awful lot! I did like how when Lotti eventually spoke to Zan properly though that it was when she was eavesdropping on someone else, so she had to be civil to him to keep her cover, which I thought was a great way to get the two of them together without her instantly freezing him out.
I did feel that there were quite a few coincidences in this book also, like the fact that all of them had ended up at the same college, and Zack’s girlfriend just happened to be Lotti’s roommate, and Zan was right next door to Lotti’s brother Will, etc. The storyline did remind me a lot of another book that I read recently though, where there is a similar theme – Touching Melody by Rashelle Workman, where the main character falls in love with the boy whose father killed her parents. I have to say that I liked this book a lot more than that one though, and that I felt the storyline in this book handled these coincidences a lot better too.
I did like this book overall, but I did wonder a bit why Lotti was getting quite so involved in her roommate Katie’s love life. I know that she wanted to protect her from Zack, but I really did think that it might have been best for her to just keep her nose out, and let them make their own choices.
I thought the ending of the story was pretty good, and I quite honestly hadn’t guessed the revelation that we got from Zan towards the end. There was some sex in the story, but it wasn’t erotic and was handled quite maturely.
Overall; a good new-adult contemporary romance.
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. LOL too much bumping into each other. That's funny.