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?
October 8, 2012
Shallow by Georgia Cates Review & Giveaway
Shallow (Going Under 2) by Georgia Cates-New Adult/Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/blog tour
I was so excited that Payton got her own book. I loved her in Going Under and connected with her right away. I can think of a handful of characters I've identified with like Payton. She just drew me in. Payton is a solid character with a strong voice and personality.
Because Payton has a firm presence, I knew she would need a guy to keep up with her. So, when I met Nick Hawke *sigh*, I knew she met her match. Nick is cocky, snarky, and exudes sex appeal. But, he's also a lot deeper than I initially gave him credit for. He's not after Payton just for fun, he really wants her. Payton wants something special too. She sees what Claire has with Jessie and she wants to be loved and cherished like that too. She's skeptical that Nick is that guy for her.
Conflicted about her feelings, Payton tries to push Nick away. He's not having it though and is determined to make her see that their feelings are true. There are a few major complications that add to their struggle, but one thing is for sure...Nick loves Payton. I about died with his journal entries! *melts* Once she realizes that he won't give up on them, she owns her feelings. I loved seeing their love for each other grow.
Shallow made me laugh, cry, swoon, and cheer. I couldn't have been happier with how things turned out for Payton. I loved the epilogue. It was perfect. This series is a favorite of mine. It combines all the elements I love in a great series: strong characters, humor, steamy moments, and swoon worthy guys. If you are looking for a great romantic series to get lost in, the Going Under series is perfect for you!