Live young. Live hard. Love deep.
Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.
Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.
As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.
And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…
I am a huge Samantha Young fan. I love New Adult. Combine these two things and I just had to read Into The Deep. It had all the elements I love in a book so I was super excited to get started. I actually really enjoyed Into The Deep, though On Dublin Street still remains my favorite. I know its not fair to compare these two cause they come from 2 completely different genres but I can't help it.
Charley is our main character. I loved her. She was very likeable and very easy to relate to. When Charley was sixteen Jake Chaplin moved to town and there was an instant connection between them. Just when things were perfect, a tragic incident leaves Jake and Charley's relationship broken. Jake moves away irrevocably changing Charley.
Now, 4 years later they meet again in Edinburgh and the past comes again to surface. Though Jake has a girlfriend now and Charley will never put herself out there again. As much as I loved Charley, Jake took time to grow on me. At first, he came of as a really selfish guy. But as all the angst and longing started coming out you could understand him.
The spark, the chemistry is present all along between Jake and Charley. Thankfully, there is no cheating present in the book but things really don't happen until after about 70%. We get a really good insight about how things were in the past between them and everything just makes you understand how it was for them.
I also loved the whole gang of friends. Especially Claudia and Beck. I really hope they sort things out between them. Even by the end of the book there are a ton of unresolved issues between Jake and Charley so there is another book, Out of the Shallows in the series. Samantha Young is awesome and Into The Deep made for a great New Adult read.