Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron (Deeper We Fall #1)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication date: January 24th 2013
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.
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Faster We Burn by Chelsea M. Cameron (Deeper We Fall #2)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication date: April 20th, 2013
The last thing Katie Hallman needs is another guy in her life, but Stryker Grant is there anyway. What starts out as just an escape from her previous relationship disaster soon turns into something more. Stryker gets under her skin the way no one has before, and soon she realizes she can't shake him, even if she wanted to. But is Katie ready to trust her already-battered heart to the guy who could shatter it into a million pieces?
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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
The setup was interesting: an accident occurring years earlier has left Lottie’s best friend with a traumatic brain injury. She blames two brothers: Zan and Zack and they both end up attending the same college as Lottie. Lottie finds herself drawn to Zan, despite the fact that he was driving drunk and caused the accident.
The characters were compelling and I loved how richly drawn the secondary characters were in the story. They weren’t merely showpieces and I would really be interested in their own stories (especially Will’s, Lottie’s twin). The next book focuses on Katie, Lottie’s roommate, and it should make for an interesting read.
I wasn’t totally feeling the romance and I can’t pinpoint an exact reason why. I think all of the right elements were there (brooding bad boy/ sweet good girl) but it felt off to me. I did like that the author told the story from dual POVs. I’m sure I wouldn’t have liked Zan otherwise. He would’ve seemed like too much of a weird creeper if I hadn’t known what was going on inside of his head.
The pacing was a mixed bag for me. The beginning really dragged and I kept waiting for something to happen. However, once I got to mid-point, the story kicked into high gear and I was able to finish the novel quickly. There were a lot of twists thrown in that I didn’t see coming.
This was a good New Adult read and I would definitely read another book by the author. Although I didn’t love the romance, the rest of the story was intriguing enough to hold my interest until the end.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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