5+++ Review: Left Drowning by, Jessica Park

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Synopsis:

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.
Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

 “It’s just pain.”

This story broke me – I’ve had it on my Kindle for months now, but Jessica Park blew me away with this story. Every book I’ve read of hers has blown me away, but this? Left Drowning? It’s on a whole other level of devastation – love and pure passion.

When Blythe McGuire meets Christopher – she’s barely living…. her past isn’t allowing her to move on with her future – she’s haunted by the loss of her parents, the non-existent relationship she has with her only living sibling and she’s suffering day to day – not living – barely existing. But when she meets Chris – something awakes inside her and slowly she starts to feel again.

The Shepherd Clan are a family you want to belong to – they’re strong, and take Blythe under their wing – making her a part of their lives, giving her a sense of family and belonging she didn’t even know she wanted until it happened.

“You need songs that make you feel. Some make you strong, some make you weak. Some build determination, some tear you apart. But you need all of those.”

Saben – oh god, what is there NOT to love about this character? His personality leaped off the pages and made me absolutely fall in love with him. The entire Shepherd family, Estelle, Eric and even Zach become such a part of Blythe’s life that she can finally allow herself to heal from her past. Chris helps Blythe walk through the nightmare – and you can tell there is chemistry between these two – and it’s steaming hot – goose bump hot – re-read those last three paragraphs again hot. But Chris is still running from the demons of his own past to allow himself to be with Blythe. He pushes her away – again and again and you want to strangle the guy…. and even though he’s frustrating you still root for these two, and hope that things will work out in the end…..

“I am saturated with the need to bring him to the edge of insanity the way he did for me.”

The heat between these characters was blushing – eye widening and gave me the shivers more than once…. it was that good.

I’m still stuck in this story and I’m not sure how I’m going to move on from it – one of the best and worst book hang over’s I’ve ever had.

 

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