Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tour: Shallow by Georgia Cates

Author: Georgia Cates
Title: Shallow
Publication: September 21, 2012
Rating: 4 out 5
Source: Blog Tour
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?

Thoughts: I'm not going to sit here and rehash what the story is about because the synopsis seems to do a very good job at that. I will say that I enjoyed reading this book. I'm so happy to see Claire and Jessie return in this one, they had such a wonderful and touching journey in the first book in this series but now it's time to see if Payton can find the type of love that she needs and wants. She desires a love similar what Claire has with Jessie and doubts that she can acquire it with Nick, who comes from the wrong side of town, social status and financial wealth. Her parents would most likely have a coronary.

I loved the dynamics between all the characters, it easy to experience how much they care for one another. The heat between Nick and Payton as they banter away with smart mouth comebacks is magnetic. I liked seeing them fall in love even though they try to fight it, but the more they pull away, the closer these two are drawn together. Can they survive a vindictive floozy and a hurtful family secret? My favorite character is Nick, there is just something beautiful about seeing a man be vulnerable and bare, especially one that's as tough as Nick. The writing is good and the story flows well. I would recommend this work to a much older teen audience, maybe 16 and up. Overall, good read.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a sweet little love story. I wonder where Collinsville is, because where I'm from there is a Collinsville to the east and north of us. From what I gather from the synopsis and review I can see this happening in my hometown or close to it.


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