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Into the Deep is by New York Times best selling author of On Dublin Street Samantha Young. Into the Deep is an epic story about first loves and giving second chances. It follows 20-year-old college students Jake Caplin and Charley Redford.
The book goes back and forth in following Jake and Charley in high school and in college. Charley is a modest, intelligent, gorgeous girl from a small town in Indiana. She is known as a local hero and deems her nickname, “Supergirl,” embarrassing. Her world is taken for a spin when a mysterious and charming guy moves to her town.
Jake is immediately attracted and drawn to Charley from the moment he lays his eyes on her. Charley is reluctant to start anything with Jake because he is a smooth talker, fast and has gained a questionable reputation. Despite her efforts to fight her attraction for Jake, she is magnetically drawn to his appeal.
At the age of 16, they are consumed with so much love for one another. Promises are made and they believe that they will be together forever. Tragedy hits the small town and it pulls Jake and Charley apart. Charley tries to be there for Jake as he fights his internal struggle and demons, but he pushes her out. In the end, their love isn’t strong enough and they part ways, and it leaves Charley feeling as if she is drowning in heartbreak.
Four years later, fate plays a cruel act of a second chance at love, as Charley and Jake are both studying abroad in Edinburgh. Charley is completely shocked and left speechless as she sees Jake again. To make matters even worse, Jake makes it clear he has moved on as he flaunts his beautiful girlfriend. Charley wants nothing to do with Jake, since she still carries the burden of unresolved feelings and questions. Jake still wants to be a part of her life and calls a “truce” and asks for forgiveness.
Charley finds it hard to resist Jake and starts to spend time with him but strictly as friends. The more they spend time with each other, the more they realize that they have not completely moved on from one another. With jealousy, trust issues, anger and confusion, can their love story spark up again?
Young has created a riveting and heartbreaking love story in Into the Deep. From start to finish you will be completely addicted to the scorching hot chemistry between Jake and Charley. This story will pull at your heartstrings as you feel the pain and heartache Charley endured. Overall, Into the Deep is a definite summer read that will spark your interest to read more from Young.
Young has posted the first two chapters on her website, Samantha Young Books. Check out the first two chapters and I guarantee your eyes will be glued to the pages and begging for more. The love story continues with Out of the Shallows, which is expected to be released in 2014.