Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Going Under Blog Tour! The tour is being hosted by AToMR Tours. You can find the complete tour schedule here. This week is all about Shallow, book two in the Going Under Series. My stop includes my review of Shallow and a tour giveaway.
Publisher: Georgia Cates
Publication Date: Sept 21, 2012 Format: ebook (Kindle) Pages: 261 Source: Received from author for review.
Payton Archer's best friend, Claire, strives to be perfect in every way. Payton doesn't and this is her story.With an against-all-odds couple that you will love and root for, Shallow is a beautiful sequel in the Going Under Series by Georgia Cates.
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?
Wow. I had high hopes for Shallow because, let's face it, Payton is one badass chick. The girl nearly stole Going Under from Claire and Jessie and I was beyond pumped for her to have her own story. Georgia Cates delivered. Shallow was everything I'd hoped for and so much more. Seriously, the story, particularly Payton, was almost too awesome to handle.
In Shallow, just like Going Under, you have another privileged girl falling for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. It's a story of a girl who has everything, but only wants one thing: love. It's a story of a boy who is looking for another hook-up, but stumbles into the love of a lifetime. I said this with my review of Going Under: the particular story isn't anything new, but with characters that you will love and root for, Georgia Cates delivers stories that will win you over.
I would love nothing more than to sit here and gush, gush, gush over Payton and Nick. These two are some of my favorite characters I've read in quite a while. Payton is truly one of a kind. With her smart mouth and "never back down" attitude, she was clearly (in my mind) written for me.
"Sarcasm, insult, and mockery...my work here was done."
I'm serious, I want to be best friends with Payton. I could only hope to be half as awesome as this girl.
As for Nick, we're talking Swoon City here, ladies. Nick is exactly my favorite type of bad boy. He's actually not that bad at all. Sure, he sleeps around, but that's something I can overlook. What matters to me is that he is good to girl he loves. That he is sincere and honest. And holy geez, the boy apparently has some serious skills. *waggles eyebrows*
Shallow was everything I hoped for and more. I got a great love story, characters that made me laugh and cry, and I just had a darn good time reading it. I know I've already said this multiple times in this review, but Payton Archer is one of the best, funniest characters I've ever read. I honestly hate to let Nick and her go. And when you leave a book with those feelings, you can truly not ask for more. To tell the truth, I may or may not have already started begging Georgia for another Going Under book. Fingers crossed!
"Shizzle, that eyebrow lift thing he did was sexy. I mentally pimp slapped myself and doused my face with ice water." (ebook, 3%)
" 'Jessie and I aren't that different. I can promise you that he couldn't give Claire a number if she asked for it.'
She smiled the sweetest smile and I wondered what had crossed her mind. 'Maybe not, but she's the only number that counts. His last.' " (ebook, 11%)
"He looked down in the direction of his tattoo as if it might have changed from the last time he saw it. 'You don't like it?'
'No, I sure don't.' Liar, liar, pants on fire, and boy were they." (ebook, 34%)
"Did I just attach my lips to Nick Hawke's neck like a Dyson vacuum? Why, yes I did and I apparently did a bang up job at it according to the smile on his face." (ebook, 38%)
"Somewhere along the way, the distinct line of what Nick was to me had changed. I couldn't pinpoint the moment he had gone from being nothing I wanted to everything I didn't want to live without and it scared the hell out of me." (ebook, 43%)
You can purchase Shallow at:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords
Meet Georgia Cates -
I am a wife, mother of two daughters and a labor and delivery nurse. I have recently added Paranormal Romance Writer to my list of things to keep be busy, but I am ecstatic to release my debut novel, Blood of Anteros, the first book in The Vampire Agápe Series. Like others that enjoy a great story of paranormal romance, I am easily bored by the tale of an obtainable, ordinary romance and was inspired to create The Vampire Agápe Series. When I am not tied up with my family or delivering babies, I am working feverishly on the second book in The Vampire Agápe Series.(from Georgia Cates.com)
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