Review: Deep Down by Brenda Rothert

Reviewed by Joanna

Ah I love a cute scene with a hero who’ll do anything to get his girl. Reed drops to his knees in a cafe and belts out a line of “Build Me Up Buttercup” to convince Ivy to go out with him. It made her smile and it put a big grin on my face too. But that was after a rocky start to this small-town romance.

Ivy flees her home city after graduation, packing her pregnant ass into a car her friend gave her and driving until she finds somewhere to stay. Her pregnancy follows a vile rape, which though not covered in intimate graphic detail, was enough for me to cringe and grimace my way through the scene.

Ivy is indomitable. She loves her baby as soon as she realizes it exists, but men are out of the question after that. No kidding.

This is a simple tale, nicely written without too much dwelling on the drama. I liked very much how Ivy’s spirit wasn’t broken. She’s a quiet and tough heroine so needed a dedicated hero to sweep her off her feet. Reed Lockhart is just the man.

A local lawyer, he’s returned to practice in his home town, the place where he was left at the alter several years ago. Since then relationships haven’t been that big a deal to him, until he sees Ivy working in the local cafe. She’s it for him, instalove city. And he is a patient guy.

There’s lots to like about this book. The community around the town of Lovely is, well, lovely. Ivy is welcomed and supported, and the Lockhart brothers are big, hot and several of them are available. I spy a series.

The writing is accessible and the pace doesn’t drag. This did mean that some big deal scenes were moved through somewhat quickly, and I didn’t have the time to develop an emotional response (apart from the rape scene, thank dog that wasn’t dwelt on more).

Overall enjoyable and I’ll go on to read the next, with a different Lockhart brother in the firing line.

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon

Deep Down
by Brenda Rothert
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Silver Sky Publishing

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