Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Deep Down by Elle Aycart

Deep Down (The OGs, #1)Series: The OGs #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: 2/11/14
Format: ebook
Pages: 293
Source: Purchase
Rating: 2 stars

Mike Haddican is a proud small-town gym owner, a renowned karate instructor, and all-around good guy. He’s never needed much to be happy: his family, his friends, his girl. Especially his girl. But when Kyra left him seven years ago to chase her dreams, she all but destroyed him.

Contemporary dancer Kyra Brims made it big, but it cost her dearly. With her life and career in shambles, she doesn’t need a do-over, she needs a friggin’ miracle. Injured, broke, and out of options after going through hell, she’s come back to Alden, the town she swore she’d never return to and home of Mike Haddican, the man who ripped her soul to pieces, to lick her wounds and recover.

Forgetting and letting go proved impossible when they were worlds apart; now that they’re stuck together they don’t stand a chance, especially with Mike’s grandma and her partners in crime plotting, meddling and refusing to give up on them.

As the passion that never died burns out of control, so do old hurts and unresolved issues. Both have reasons to be angry and feel betrayed, but now that they’re older, are they wise enough to make things work?

I wasn't a fan of Deep Down, a fact that both surprises and makes me sad. I'm a big fan of Aycart's Bowen series, and have really talked it up to other readers. I almost didn't write this review for that reason, and also after being so annoyed, I was ready to move on. But I did take the time to read the entire story, so here I am throwing in my two cents. For what it's worth.

Deep Down didn't work for me because I did not like Mike at all. I don't remember a lot about him from the Bowen books, probably because I was blinded by the dirty deliciousness of James and Cole Bowen. And that's what confuses me. The Bowen brothers were dirty talkers who backed that mouth up with a lot of action. They were bossy and gruff and it work for me. So what happened here? Mike is also bossy and gruff, but guys, I found him to be a huge jerk. Actually, I could have overlooked the alphahole personality, if it hadn't been for the sex.

Here's the thing: Kyra and Mike broke up over seven years prior. Kyra got married and Mike got to underground fighting-of course- and laying pipe all over town because the best way to get over someone is to get under (or behind) someone else. It's okay though, he never let any of these women give him a BJ because that's the only meaning of true intimacy. Oh, and he never went down south on any of the sluts, I mean ladies, he went out with because they weren't Kyra. Of course, Kyra never truly wanted anyone but Mike, and besides her husband he's the only guy she's ever been with. Good thing too, or she would've been a whore, right? But her ass though, that is all Mike's. Even better are Mike's very exacting standards for sex. One, he will never, ever use a condom on Kyra. Even when she asks him to stop and put one on. Silly Kyra, you can't ask a man who's been sexing up other ladies for seven years to wear a condom. What are you, a prude? And two, there is no cleaning up after sex. Nope, you do not get the obligatory after-sex wash cloth because King Kong here wants to drift away to dreamland with his semi still planted in you and his hand cover your "sex" so he can feel your combined fluids drip out onto your thighs and the sheets. Nothing says romance like waking up to crusty junk.

Okay, so I'm going on a semi-rant here and it's exhausting. Bottom line, I didn't find the wicked goodness with heart that I've come to expect from Aycart. I got a dirty second chance romance that I just couldn't get behind.

Because I don't want to leave this on a completely negative note, I will point out a couple things I liked. Despite being epically irritated, I did get turned on by the sexy, especially when Mike kept his mouth shut. And the grandmas. Between their scheming and autocorrect fails, they did make me laugh.

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After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.

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  1. This is such a bummer to hear. I, too, loved the Bowen series and was looking forward to this book. But I haven't seen one good review and that doesn't make me want to bump it up on my list. I guess that just leaves room for other books I should be reading. :)

    Sorry it didn't work for you!

  2. I am sorry that this wasn't a satisfying read for you, Andrea. But with the sounds of Mike, I think I'd have to agree with you. I haven't read Aycart yet but I think I'll stick to her Bowen series. :) Thanks for sharing an honest review, hon!

  3. I'm sorry to hear that this didn't work for you, Andrea. It's always saddening when you love the author's previous works and wind up not loving her new one. :(
    Mike sounds like a jerk. You can be a dirty-talker without having to act like a dick and that's exactly what Mike sounds like.

    "Nothing says romance like waking up to crusty junk"
    OMG! I about died reading this line, Andrea! Haha! It made me want to laugh and gag. :D

    I hope your next book by the author isn't as disappointing.

    Great review!

  4. Sorry this one didn't work for you. Mike does not sound like a character I would enjoy either.Seems like he crosses one too many lines for me. Thanks for the honest review.

  5. "Nope, you do not get the obligatory after-sex wash cloth because King Kong here wants to drift away to dreamland with his semi still planted in you and his hand cover your "sex" so he can feel your combined fluids drip out onto your thighs and the sheets. Nothing says romance like waking up to crusty junk." ««« you promised I would love your review and DAMNIT I did! Lololol! Just when I think I can't love you anymore, you write this! Still not as funny as our vox/text/tweet war about it but hopefully Ayecart won't disappoint you with the next book.

  6. Mike does sound like quite a jerk. Sorry you didn't like this one since you're a fan of the author.

  7. That's so funny. In almost every book sex is the intimacy and bj's are the thing you do when it means nothing.

    It's such a fine line for me with dirty talk and alpha guys. You can be all bad ass but you have to soften at times and be kind (Like McKenna's heroes). He doesn't seem like that at all.

  8. Wait ... you got turned on by the grandma's? lol - kidding. This seriously had me laughing. These two sound like quite a piece of work.

  9. lmao, okay well at least your review of this was probably much more enjoyable to read then the book and yea put a condom on it

  10. Oh good lord no on so many levels. I bow to you for finishing this.Thanks for the giggles sure know how to tell it!

  11. Ewwwwww! LOL. Yeah, this would just be a no for me. I'm sorry it didn't work for you, but I am glad we got such an entertaining review! Hahaha!

  12. OOo yeah that would be a ranty one for me too I think. Stinks when it's one you usually love (and that comes with excellent dirty talkers).

  13. Aww, sorry it didn't work out so well for you. Thanks for the honest review though.

  14. Sorry this didn't work for you, Andrea. I did think Mike was an ass in the beginning, but I guess for some reason he didn't bug me as much as he did you. I had to laugh at your crusty sheets line! Great honest review! :)

  15. Aww, booo!! Sucks this didn't work out for you. Since we have similar tastes, I know I wouldn't enjoy this much either. Esp if not even the guy is that great of a character.

  16. I'm sorry this one didn't work for you. It's hard when you don't like one of the main characters.

  17. This saddens me, but I have to tell you that I started this over the weekend and put it down. I just couldn't get into it. I made it to 20% and decided to give it a break Not sure if I'll go back now. Perhaps skim and read the sexy?


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