I’m not always a fan of NA romances, but the blurb on this one reeled me in. Not only did it deliver, it surpassed my expectations. This book was engaging, angsty, emotional, and tender. I didn’t want to put it down and, in fact, read it all in one sitting. The characters are well drawn and I believed in their love story. I wanted so much for them to make it work that when things looked bad in one part of the story, I actually felt my stomach drop. I cared what happened, which says a lot about Kate Sherwood and her ability to tell a tale.
Cade is a scholarship student at Purdue, who devotes every waking moment to achieving his goals. He focuses 100% on his studies and the jobs he has to work to support himself. There is no time for relationships, especially not love. Too bad Aiden didn’t get the memo. Day after day, the charming and successful sophomore visits the sandwich shop where Cade works, striking up conversation, trying to bring him out of his shell. It’s not that Cade isn’t interested. He just doesn’t see a way that he could change his life to make Aiden fit into it. Aiden is relentless, but to no avail. At least until one day when he sees Cade hitchhiking and gives him a ride home.
I don’t want to give away too much, but that night is what got Aiden’s foot in the door and he slowly manages to worm his way into Cade’s life and his heart. It was a lot to take in at first. Cade was so completely dismissive of Aiden that it made me wonder at times why he kept trying. I couldn’t decide if Cade was a bit of a jerk or Aiden a bit of a stalker. But it turned out that neither was the case. Poor Cade has been through so much to dig himself out of the gutter and he doesn’t want to blow it. The more I learned about him, the more I sympathized; the more I understood why he worked so hard to protect his heart and his future.
Then there is Aiden. He has had everything he has ever wanted in life and Cade is a challenge he can’t resist. But he is no caricature of a rich, entitled brat. Yes, he is naive at times, but he is a good person. He is exactly what Cade needs and every step they take toward each other is so satisfying. But. DANGER WILL ROBINSON. There is a big secret Cade is carrying, and you know that it’s going to blow up in his face. Only, the way that it happens will be a punch in the gut that you can’t really prepare yourself for.
It’s a good book. I’m still trying to recover from the climax. Would definitely recommend if you like your m/m, with a dash of tortured hero.
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In Too Deep
by Kate Sherwood
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press