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Into the Deep: Into the Deep Series, Book 1 | [Samantha Young]

Into the Deep: Into the Deep Series, Book 1

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...
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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, 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...

©2013 Samantha Young (P)2013 Tantor

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    Jordy 12-05-13
    Jordy 12-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "A Second Chance At Love Story..."

    Into the Deep is the book it claims to be. It's a second-chance/ex-lovers romance through and through. It starts off in alternating chapters between present and past, so we really do fall in love with this couple twice in this book. A second chance at love story always tugs at my heartstrings. Not only did Into the Deep tug at my heart strings it settled in and gave my heart a great big crushing squeeze! It was filled with painful longing, lusty attraction, and a once in a lifetime romance. Jake & Charley first meet in high school. Jake moves to Charley's small-town and turns her world upside down. She trusts and loves him whole-heartedly. They fell into love while they were both sixteen. They were very young, but sometimes life works out like that. Unfortunately, tragic circumstances cause a rift and Jake leaves Charley without any explanation shattering Charley’s heart. She’s never been the same. Over three years later Charley has moved on as best as she could and is fulfilling her goal of studying abroad. Complete shock, excruciating pain, and disbelief strike Charley when she finds Jake also attending school there, as well, with a girlfriend in tow! Avoiding him and his girlfriend is near impossible as all of their friends hang out together. Plus, Jake can’t seem to stay away from Charley and asks her to be his friend. She knows that she should avoid him and refuse but she just can’t tell him no. Their mutual attraction and deep connection comes through loud and clear to everyone around, causing drama and angst. The story alternates chapters flashing back to the past, and then going back to the future, revealing slowly what went wrong with Charley and Jake.With all my uneasiness over Jake I still want nothing more than a HEA between them. Their hot chemistry, sparks, and attraction are felt profoundly throughout the story!! Samantha Young always manages to suck me in with her addictive and wonderful writing. All the ups & downs were worth every moment! I'm looking forward to the sequel once released!!

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 05-09-14
    Sharon 05-09-14
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    "Annoying narration."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Honestly, after hearing the first 30 mins of the book I stop and just go on reading the book itself. I cannot stand the delivery of the narration on this book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-16-14
    Judi Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing and anticlimatic"

    After listening to On Dublin Street and Before Jamaica Lane (i loved them both especially Jamaica Lane) I had high hopes for this book. I spent a lot of the time listening to this book thinking "is this the same author?" Into the Deep has its moments but overall it is not great. Its a story of 2 teenagers who fall in love, through a crappy event he treats her like crap and dumps her, she pines for him for 4 years and then they meet up again and then all the angst of should we be friends, how do I get over him etc. There are parts of this that is fine but it just goes on and on. But the real problem with the book is I never felt the connection between these two. I was never routing for them. I never got involved in their story. In fact I kept hoping she would dump Jake's ass and get together with Lowe. Jake is not a very attractive character so at the end its just a big so what. Overall the book has a very immature flavor to it. If you are looking for a love story that pulls at your heart strings, this is not it. I don't think its worth the credit and definitely not worth the money. oh and don't get me started on the narrator. Charley sounds like she is about 12. Narration was really bad!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. O'Neil Birmingham, al USA 12-15-14
    S. O'Neil Birmingham, al USA 12-15-14 Member Since 2004

    Sherry

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    "couldn't finish it"

    The narration sounded like a 12 y/o...an annoying 12 y/o...couldn't make it past the 1st chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-08-14
    Shannon AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Just can't recommend this one"

    I love Samantha Young's "On Dublin Street" series, so I wanted to give this a try, despite the mixed reviews. But I just can't recommend this one for a few different reasons. First, I'm all in favor of angst and build up, as long as it leads to something satisfying. This story was heavy on the former, light on the latter. Second, Renee Chambliss did her best, but her voice is just a little too high pitched and nasally, which I can deal with for the female characters. However, her attempts at the male voices were not nearly masculine enough. It's no fault of hers; it just doesn't sound good to me, and so I struggled to enjoy her male voices. Her Scottish accent was only so-so. And third, the reason behind all the drama wasn't believable enough for me to buy into. I just couldn't believe it could cause as much of a divide between the two lead characters as it did. Bummer. I read the reviews for the next book, and I am sad to say I have no need to purchase it. Same narrator, almost same story. No need to do this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey 12-03-14
    Lindsey 12-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story but annoying narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm unsure. Definitely not the audio version, I do not like this narrator. I liked the story but I did think there is too much sex in it. I got frustrated with characters decisions from time to time but I still want to know what's going to happen. So all that being said, I don't know that I would recommend it to a friend yet, I think I need to see where the rest of the story goes before deciding.


    Has Into the Deep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, I quite enjoy the genre.


    What didn’t you like about Renée Chambliss’s performance?

    Her voice is annoying. She sounds kind airheaded to me and immature. Her enunciation is fine so that's not a problem I just think it's her voice that bothers me. I had forgotten that I listened to one other story from her and really did not like her when I bought this. I did listen the whole way through so it wasn't annoying enough for me to quit, but I will not buy more books with her narration.


    Did Into the Deep inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Kailua Girl Kailua, HI United States 12-01-14
    Kailua Girl Kailua, HI United States 12-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Teen romance"
    What disappointed you about Into the Deep?

    Appropriate for a teen romance novel but not even close to the caliber found in On Dublin Street.


    What was most disappointing about Samantha Young’s story?

    No depth. dull characters.


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    Margarita New York, NY 09-25-14
    Margarita New York, NY 09-25-14 Member Since 2013

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "Second chance on love?"
    What did you like best about Into the Deep? What did you like least?

    The author did a predictably amazing job unfolding the characters piece by piece and showcasing their strengths but also flaws and weaknesses.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The overall tone of the book ended up being very sobering, which took away some of the ease while reading the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely adore Samantha Young. This story was not up my particular taste but that has nothing to do with execution on her end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ina LONG BEACH, CA, United States 01-15-14
    Ina LONG BEACH, CA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "20 to 21 year olds only! Immature...."
    What did you like best about Into the Deep? What did you like least?

    Best, nothing. Least, everything. I love Samantha Young and her Dublin Street series, so I thought let's listen to this new series. I felt like I was back in high school, and who wants a trip down memory lane with teens? Please stick with the grown ups, your writing is so much better with mature characters as lovers....


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Story was fine, ending was expected. It took forever to get there.... I listened on three times the speed to not waste the credit....still way to immature.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    All she needed to do was chew gum and I would of been back in high school....fast talking teen....help me. Listening it to three times the speed made it almost funny like listening to a fourteen year old ramble on....


    Could you see Into the Deep being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Heck No! Too much sex for an afterschool movie, and that is the age level!


    Any additional comments?

    The latest book "On Jamica Lane" is a great listen/read...please stick to mature romance stories, you do them so much better Samantha Young.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO, United States 02-26-14
    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013

    Love a good NA/YA and romance.. Run Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss book blog!!

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    "Everything good!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Well what can I say about Trouble ?? It was alright- so-so, could have been better, didn't get attention right away. I was really looking forward to this book- and I waited for it to come on audio- and when it came I was so excited!!!-


    The book was done in a Duel POV from Mia Monroe and Jordan Matthews ~ which that usually grabs my interest right away, because having both point of views makes a whole story come together.


    Lets just face it- right from the start Mia Monroe really got dealt a shitty hand- abused by her father- and now abused by her current boyfriend. We aren't talking about verbal- we are talking out verbal, physically. The poor girl has been broken down- and she gets that mill-a-second to escape her boyfriend..... She finds out during the process her mother didn't die, but she did leave her. She left her with the monster of a father. Having a ton of money from her deceased fathers death since he was a doctor, Mia fled from Forbes her boyfriend after giving him a big kick to his junk...

    Mia decides to head to Colorado to find her mother- and find out why she left her with Oliver her dad. At this point this is were she meets Jordan Matthews, the guy that luvs them and leaves them- never a 2 night kinda guy.... but when he sets his gorgeous eyes on Mia Monroe he knew he had to have her. Something about her is different.


    This book takes you on a wild ride- about 75% into the book- is when I was like OMG thats his......... This has got to be good!.. You must read this to understand what I'm talking about.


    The narrators on the book are Tatiana Sokolov and Sean Crisden- At first I didn't know if I liked the narrators- but once I understood the characters, there voice flowed. Trouble is everything what the title is. Mia Asher is all full of Trouble and you def feel for this poor innocent girl.


    Jordan is everything good. He's the optimity of hotness, and understanding.
    Mia is a broken soul that finds her way back-

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "The book got ruined for me :-(("
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have discovered Samantha Young by listening and then actually reading Dublin street series. Paula Castello has done wonderful job reading it and I fell in love with Samantha's writing.

    Following the success, I have purchased this book (and its follow up) and I was tormented by it. What a disappointment. I am not sure whether poor narration killed the story for me or it was a combination of narration with lousy story line.

    Renee Chambliss is unable to differentiate characters in any way. Not by changing the tone of voice, neither by the accent nor voice's timbre. Furthermore, every single sentence is finished by prolonging the pronunciation of the the last word in the sentence. So irritating!!!!

    Awfull!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Narrator needs to be changed and the book relaunched! Maybe it will save the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By inviting Paula Castello to narrate it.


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