Title: In Too Deep (In Too Deep #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Kate Sherwood (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 1, 2014 – 234 pgs
At first glance, Cade and Aiden hardly seem like a match made in heaven. Their worlds couldn’t be further apart. Cade is quiet, serious, and determined to succeed; Aiden’s a party-loving frat boy. Cade comes from a rough home and worked hard to get the scholarships that make it possible for him to attend college; Aiden’s had it all thrown in his lap by supportive, kind, and wealthy parents. Cade wants nothing to do with Aiden, but from the moment they meet, Aiden is determined to find a way to bring their different worlds together.
Aiden manages to persuade Cade he’s a decent guy, and a tentative friendship becomes much more. But a trip to Aiden’s family cottage puts Cade in the path of a ghost from his past, and a dark secret he never expected to face again. Cade did what he had to do to escape his dead-end life, but now he sees he didn’t leave it as far behind him as he thought.
I really enjoyed this story. Disclaimer: I did not read any other stories in this series.
The way that Aiden and Cade met was somewhat strange. I felt like I was thrown in to the middle of this story. While I did enjoy that Cade was strong enough to stand up to people, I enjoyed Aiden even more.
Preconceived notions plagued this story. Aiden thought one way, Cade another. But when Cade was able to be vulnerable, it was a thing of beauty.
I wanted to really go at Aiden’s mom. So much so that if I could have re-written some of the things in this story, Cade standing up to her would have been one of them.
Cade’s past is something that he’s desperate to move forward from. Aiden has only caught snippets of what Cade has had to endure in order to achieve where he’s at. I love how hard Aiden works to spend time with Cade and how Cade allows himself to breathe a little.
Aiden’s family friend – ooo, there is a special place in hell for people like him. I felt the emotions that both Aiden and Cade felt, but was much more sympathetic to Cade’s plight. Honestly, I wanted to slap Aiden on the back of his head and yell, “hello!?! Do you not remember how hard Cades’ life has been thus far?”
Overall, I really liked this story and felt that it came to a satisfying conclusion.
I love the way Aiden can’t let Cade go and Cade won’t let anything get in the way of his goals. This is grim and angsty with just a little sliver of hope flickering through it.
Without spoiling the story, Cade’s early experiences are too awful for him to share. Aiden’s easy life hasn’t forced him to make difficult decisions in the same way. The author doesn’t moralise about Cade’s choices, but neither does she shy away from his ugly reality.
I really enjoyed reading a new adult romance with a more serious tone. The boys are young but their relationships and personal growth are fascinating.
A fantastic book.
Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her brand new little boy, and her two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.