Author: Kella McKinnon
Series: In Deep #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: October 2014
What would you do if you met a man that made you burn like wildfire from the inside out? Burn so hot that with one touch you forgot to breathe?
And if you knew that he had dangerous secrets? Would you be able to walk away?
I couldn’t. As strong as I know I am, I kept going back for more of him. That body… those eyes…
I saw him for the first time on my very first day in Vegas, and even then I think a part of me knew, because I couldn’t look away. It was like that moment when you see something flying towards you and you know it’s going to hit you before you can ever move out of the way, so you just watch, transfixed, as it crashes into you. Cristos Vicario: owner of the illustrious Adagio hotel and casino and reputed billionaire playboy. He sure as hell wasn’t what he seemed on the surface. That man had secrets. No one knew what a dark and dangerous world he lived in, and when I finally saw him for what he was, it was already far too late. I found myself inextricably tied to him forever. The course of my life altered. My entire world changed forever as he took away my freedom and gave me the key to my dreams in one fell swoop.
How could I have known that the one man who should have been my greatest nightmare would become the one thing I couldn’t live without? And all I had to do was forgive him…
I was only living for one thing, one goal, one endgame… until I saw Brielle. And when I touched her, it was all over for me… I just didn’t know it yet. Not until I broke all of my rules for her, one after another, and that still wasn’t enough. I wanted more.
I wanted it all. Yeah, what I did to her was pretty much unforgivable. I know that now. Some small part of me might have known it then, too, but it didn’t matter. I had to hold on to her. I would have done anything to keep her… and I did.
Now I’ve put her in danger, dragged her into my world, and I don’t know whether to push her away or hold her tighter. Letting her go would be the right thing to do… but every time I try to do the right thing… I can’t.
When I take her, it’s always hard and desperate, as if she’ll disappear if I can’t make her feel the same things I feel... if I can’t force her to care about me enough that she’ll look past everything else and see into my heart.
Last night, after she fell asleep, still wrapped in my arms, I rested my lips against the top of her head and inhaled the scent of her as she slept. Trusting me, even though she shouldn’t. “I don’t deserve you”, I whispered. “But I want you. God, I want you so badly.”
**An eARC was provided by author in exchange of an honest review**
I'm a huge fan of anything with a hint of a dark, a-hole alpha-male hero. I just have to read a book if it contained any of the mentioned above, and they usually happen to be my favorites. So when I saw the blurb to In Deep, I was more than intrigued, and immediately wanted to read it.
I liked the first few chapters of this book. The writing was alright, things flowed and I wanted to know more. Cristos was introduced and I liked the sexual tension between them, until they started going out on non-dates and things started to go downhill for me from there.
As I said before, I've read a lot of books in this genre and In Deep did not struck me as anything new. It followed the same patterns as every other book, with nothing special to add. The hero is a womanzier, goes on one date, one dinner, one night, doesn't kiss and then kicks the girl out as soon as he's done with her. Our hereon doesn't do one nightstands, has a relatevly good life but a past that is the thing driving her to become better. Then she meets Cris and throws herself into him, knowing he would break her heart and not caring about it.
They make exceptions for each other,of course, him going out on more dates and giving her more nights, she forgives the fact that he never kisses her and starts a something of a relationship that is not a relationship with her.
This made me sigh a lot and roll my eyes. I could pretty much predict what was going to happen all the time, and I had a real hard time enjoying the book. Their relationship with each other took over the whole book, leaving very little for a plot, or for anything else, really. The only thing that happened was them going out, coming back and going to their apartments, only to repeat everything again. This also meant lots of sex. I like sex in books as much as the next girl, I mean who doesn't? But there was so much sex it was boring and I pretty much speed-read the scenes to get to the next part. I would have loved to get a little knowledge of Cristos and the life he lead instead. While reading his POV, we already knew his life wasn't all rainbows and sunshine and that something else was going on, but we knew nothing about that. There where however, glimpses of his life while he was younger but they came very late on in the book and didn't help much as they were not explained or had anything added to them.
Then there is Brielle and her life before she met Criss. We know she too lead a hard life with loss and pain and death, these facts teasers thrown in here and there and then nothing until the very end of the book where the big twist is revelaed, that I predicted from the very first chapter.
There were too many clichés for me. I had a very hard time finisheing the book when I wanted to stop reading somewhere in the middle because I couldn't get into the book or connect with the characters. I felt like I was reading a book I'd already read many times before, and that I didn't like very much.