Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Drowning In You Tour Stop: Review and GIVEAWAY!

Drowning In You
Series:  Finding Forever in Us #1
Author: Rebecca Berto
Publisher: Rebecca Berto
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date:  April 3rd 2013
Pages:  316
Format: ebook
Source: Copy provided for book tour


Reason chosen:  

I was asked to participate in the blog tour and I dived right in.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.


Well this book definitely brought some tears to my eyes. Like many New Adult novels, this one is filled with tragedy, scared young adults, and more tragedy. It will definitely grip your heart. You see its not just that Charlee is mourning her dead mother, but she is mourning her dying father. That was a pretty hard part to deal with, let alone read. However, I have to admit that there were some parts that really irked me about this novel. First the copy I got had a lot of issues with the writing style in my opinion. Now, perhaps its because I received an unedited copy, but I found it weird that there was no description (I like to refer to it as the “in-between”). What I mean by this is one moment Charlee is in the car and then next she is wrapper her arms around Dex. There was no “she exited the car and walked towards me”, which, for me is pretty important. It help me get the whole story. Secondly Dexter and his diabetes. He is pretty afraid to tell people. My reaction… why? There is a lot of people in my family that has it and other than making sure they don’t eat too much sugar, or get enough sugar, we don’t really look at them differently. And lastly, Charlee. She ticked me off some. One moment she was mad a Dexter and tells him, and the next moment she is texting him. For people who aren’t friends and never really hang out its weird that they have each others number in their phone. AND, she is trying to get her mind off of Dex by seeing his best-bud. Not ok with me. But all that aside I still liked the moments between Charlee and Dex. I still cried oh-so many times, and I got my heart broken many-a-times while reading this novel.


Dexter—Although a little weird about his diabetes and not wanting other people’s help I still really liked him. He’s messed up and full of tattoos, but there is always a time in a girls life when they want to nurse someone back to help with the hopes that the patient will heal them too.

Charlee—I had to give props to her. She deals with things a lot better than I would.


Some of the writing style really took away from the book for me, and some of the character “flaws” really ticked me off.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall, it was still a good read. I enjoyed the love story and the tragedy behind the story really punched me in the gut and made me cry. I could not possibly understand what it would have been like to go through what Charlee and Dexter went through. This book was filled with tragedy, drama, romance, young adults having to deal with stuff that they really shouldn’t have to deal with, and an overall tornado of a journey.

Next in the Series:

Finding Forever in Us (#2) ETA: 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of the New Adult genre, then this is a book for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon, The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen, One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy, Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta, Charade by Nyrae Dawn, Crash series by Nicole Williams, Losing It by Cora Carmack, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Read Completely:

This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.


Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, DROWNING IN YOU. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers  are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy. 

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