Saturday, June 29, 2013

Giveaway + Book Review - Left Drowning by Jessica Park

4.5 fully submerged Stars!

Left Drowning not only has a beautiful, title and cover, but an emotionally gripping story of intense love.

Left Drowning is nothing like Jessica Park’s last book I’ve read Flat-out Love and it just amazes me! Sure, the title Left Drowning is a little depressing, but I seriously thought I was going into something light and fluffy and boy was I in for a shock! BUT A GOOD SHOCK Oh Left Drowning is very steamy … yeah I know you wanted to know that too.


I got to put the disclaimer because I really need to stress that Left Drowning isn’t anything like Flat-Out Love. Left Drowning is ten times more emotional and basically you are in for a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. If you like this kind of read (which I do!) then proceed.


Blythe is entering her senior year in college and first off, we notice something is seriously making Blythe unhappy and upset, we just don’t know why. One day she meets Chris at a secluded river and instantly forms a connection with him. Both Blythe and Chris have past issues and as they try to overcome disturbing histories, it either strengthens their relationship or pushes them apart.


The beginning is a bit descriptive and usually this irritates me because I do not like descriptive writing, I know, to-each-their-own, BUT this time, it worked for me. Why? Well, it’s all about character build-up. I really got to know Blythe in the first few chapters. I got into the raw and gritty side of her and it was very refreshing. I also liked her sense of humor.

No one else could ever kiss me like this, of that I am positive. I could breathe him in forever. I could fall in love forever.


Oh lord, what can I say about Chris? I am up and down with him. Sometimes I want to punch him in the face and sometimes I want to rip his clothes off and lick his abs. Chris is what I call a flawed Hero. He isn’t perfect, but somehow he balances Blythe.


I want to point out a few things that are worth mentioning.

♥ I was grabbed right from the beginning!

♥ Chris and Blythe’s emotional past issues were not only shocking, but very moving.

Left Drowning was one ball of emotional tension!

♥ Favorite scene… the shower scene!

I have to talk about the shower scene and no, I am not giving anything away people. It’s not a sex scene or anything like that. It’s just a moving and pivotal point in the read and it bumped up my rating. There are a few times when I read a powerful scene, I actually stop and think about it, this was one of them. WOW, is all I can say to that.

I LOVED the title reference. If you have read my past reviews, then you know that is the NUMBER ONE thing I look for in a read. I try to figure out why the author picked the title (if it’s not an obvious one) and Jessica Park … damn girl, you know how to write. When I got to the title reference I was like, OH.MY.GOD… LOVE!

Okay okay, so why didn’t I give this a 5 star rating? I usually don’t like to point out the negatives when I give a 4+ star review and I don’t really think this is a negative, I think it’s a personal preference, BUT I don’t want people to read my review and have certain expectations and then hate me, so I decided with my 4.5 star rating because I felt like Chris was just a bit too flawed for me. I know, I’m a dreamer and as much as I love flawed characters, I felt like Chris was too much one way.

However, I can’t stress enough the intensity of Left Drowning I know there are many readers that love damaged characters, tension filled romances and shocking situations, so if you are one of them, then I definitely recommend Left Drowning. If not for that, then because Jessica Park is one bad-a$$ writer and I wish her and I are best-friends.

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review via Netgally

4.5 Stars

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To be release July 16, 2013

I originally wanted to giveaway a copy of Left Drowning, then I just realized you can't gift pre-order eBooks, so... I am offering you the choice of an alternative ebook, value up to $3.99 because I think Jessica Park is awesome and I'm in a giveaway mood.

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  1. This book has been on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  2. Really wanting to read this! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. I love intense books, when the author pulls the emotions in the situation up and down. I'm with you on that!

    1. Jessica Park is an awesome writer and I enjoyed this read a lot. Thanks for the comment Katie!

  5. This sounds like it'll be one of those roller coaster rides. It's a good thing that I can handle them. :)
    I look forward to it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. It's a good read! Thanks for the comment Jenny :D

  6. Really looking forward to reading this! Great review, thank you!