by Georgia Cates
Series: Going Under (#2)
Source: e-copy provided by author via SupaGurl Tours
Available as of September 21, 2012
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Payton Archer's best friend, Claire, strives to be perfect in every way. Payton doesn't and this is her story.
Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the "The Strip" in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him down...fast cars, adrenaline and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.
Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding it...at least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes aren't what scares Payton the most...it’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?
Other books in the series...
Payton, Clarie, and Jessie have just graduated from high school. Claire and Jessie know what's to come for them, but what about Payton? One small car accident will change her world. The guy she bumps into has a bet to make with her. Neither knew where it would take them, but getting to their happily ever after might just break them.
I loved the little snip-its of Payton in Going Under and was so excited when I got an email from Georgia telling me she was writing a companion novel. However, we didn't really get to see the real Payton in Going Under. We saw the protective, snarky best friend Claire could rely on for anything. Never the feisty, surprising thing she turned out to be in Shallow. I LOVE her! We can't forget Nick, the imfamous boy who sleeps with anything with boobs. He is just oh so hott!
So what did I like? The number one thing that wins me over while reading any books is multiple points of view. We get both Payton and Nick telling their sides of everything. We see how the actions of one effects the other. I also loved Payton's mouth. She was sarcastic, witty, and never really thought before she said something. This won me over because she sounded so much like me. This made it really easy for me to get into the story. Finally, we got even more of Claire and Jessie's story. So much swoon!
Overall, Shallow was a sweet read that made my heart swell. Now I"m wondering if there may be a book about Nick's sister Dallas in the works. One could only hope.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.