Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blog tour: Into the Deep by Samantha Young

 Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

 Our 4.5 Star Review

“I don’t think we’re ever anybody’s, and to believe otherwise will get you hurt.”

Nobody expects that at 16 years old you would find the love of your life. It happens and it happened for Charley Redford.
Charley lived in the small town of Lanton, Indiana and with small towns comes lots of gossip. Charley is known as the local “supergirl”.  She is smart, confident and stands up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. She is beautiful and witty. What Charley wasn’t expecting was the newbie in town, Jake Caplin, to weasel his way into her heart.

Jake Caplin was intending to make the effort. I knew because as I walked away, he watched me the entire time. He watched me like he wanted to watch me forever. I knew this because I was looking back at him thinking the exact same thing.

Jake Caplin was a ladies man in Chicago. After moving to a small town, his reputation quickly followed. That was all about to change when he met Charley. He had never met anyone like her and was immediately taken by her. He even convinced her that she was absolutely extraordinary.

“Five minutes with you and I feel like I’ve known you forever.”

Even though they are young, they only have eyes for each other. Together they manage to overcome high school obstacles, gossip and the towns’ bullies. They are inseparable and very much in love. Charley gives Jake every single piece of herself and life is great. Making future plans for college and plans to study abroad, they are enjoying life and everyone around them knows that they belong together.

Things are going well for the happy couple until they go to a party that changes their lives forever. Then the unthinkable happens, Jake completely withdrawals from everything and everybody, including Charley. No matter how hard she tries she can’t get through to Jake. When she confronts him she sees that things are different. The way he looks at her, the way he speaks to her and then he absolutely devastates her.

“No. I can’t be here, in this town with these f$@king people. And you’re one of them. When I look at you, that’s all I see.”
“I can’t believe I gave you everything,” I whispered.
“Yeah, well, we all do stupid s#!t sometimes.”
He shrugged callously, turned and walked quickly out of my life.

About four years later Charley has made her plan come true. She is in Edinburgh with her best friend studying aboard for the year. She isn’t the same Charley she once was. She has vowed never to get in deep again. Jake destroyed her trust, destroyed her heart. Believing she has moved on from Jake, she is enjoying the college life that is until Jake walks into a party she is at with his girlfriend. When they spot each other from across the room, everything seems to fade away and Charley is freaked out that Jake still affects her.

“I didn’t blame you. I said things I didn’t even mean. All I wanted was to get out of there and put the whole thing behind me. By the time I looked back, it was too late. I couldn’t change what I’d done to you. I couldn’t change what I’d destroyed. I thought it was better to just let you move on. We were just kids, Charley.”

Jake wants to apologize for what he did and tries everything to become her friend again. The problem is he is crazy jealous of the guys she talks to. He shouldn’t be, he lost her long ago and he has a girlfriend. He can’t deny the feelings he still has, has always had for Charley. As they grow closer, their struggling friendship starts to affect their lives and the ones they care for.

When they return home for the holidays it is at the airport that Jake fully understands just how bad he hurt Charley and does everything he can to win her trust back. Charley is so afraid of her feelings she still has for Jake and does everything she can to avoid him. When circumstances bring them back together they decide to take things slow.

“We still have a lot of things to talk about...”
“I know,” he replied quietly. “For now just tell me that when you get back on Sunday, you’ll meet me at Milk at nine o’clock so we can start over.”
I smiled tremulously. “I can do that.”

Hanging out and getting to know each other once again. Charley is constantly second guessing her choice. She is deathly afraid of being ruined by Jake again. When they are out one night and his ex-girlfriend shows up and Jake leaves to talk with her but never returns. Only one month into their relationship and Jake is already letting her down.

“I think tonight I hurt you again and you know I didn’t mean to because you know I had to make sure that Melissa gets that we’re over and that I do that in the kindest way possible. I don’t think you’re angry about any of that. I think for the few hours I was away, you let yourself start to panic that I’m going to hurt you a whole lot worse than tonight. You stared to panic because you still don’t trust me.”

Things don’t always go as planned and the chemistry between Jake and Charley becomes explosive.  When Jake confesses he still loves Charley she finds herself freaked out and can’t say it back to him, she had been in deep with him before. When her silence fills the room, he tells her he will wait. The question is will Charley ever let go of the past and be able to move forward for their future?

This book had the perfect amount of angst, heartache and humor. I know people say that people don’t fall that deeply in love at such a young age. They consider it puppy love but I have seen it happen time and again and what Jake and Charley has is that timeless love, the kind of love that people dream about having.

Charley is beautiful, witty, funny, strong and confident. Although she is going to school for her law degree her passion is to become a police officer. I adored her.

Jake is gorgeous, smart, funny and a bit cocky. What happened to him was tragic and it broke my heart when he hurt Charley but I found he purposely came back into her life. Although people got hurt along the way, Jake and Charley are meant to be together. I adored the chapter at the end from Jake’s p.o.v.

Samantha Young wrote such fantastic characters and definitely did not disappoint. I felt the lust, the love, the hurt, the fear and the remorse. I look forward to seeing what happens to Jake and Charley in the upcoming Out of the Shallows.


Jake POV from Out of the Shallows (Into the Deep #2)

Chicago, March 2010

“I woke up this morning and I felt like I could breathe for the first time in a long time,” Jake said, gazing out of the floor-to-ceiling window onto the Streeterville area of Chicago.

Dr. Leery scratched his nose, something Jake had come to determine he did when he had a particularly important question on his mind. “And why do you think that is, Jake?”

“It wasn’t my fault,” he replied quietly, nervously picking at the skin around his thumb.

Since last July, since waking up out of a fog of self-flagellation and anger to discover he’d lost Charley, since decimating his room in a grief-stricken rage upon that realization, his parents had paid for him to go to therapy. They’d moved back to Chicago after everything that had gone down in Lanton, returning to Oak Park. Once every two weeks Jake took the Green Line into the city to sit and talk to a guy who barely looked older than him. At first he didn’t really want to talk about it, but slowly, over the weeks, he began to tell Dr. Leery everything—his guilt spewing out, real and violent for the first time since he’d broken up with Charley.

It was amazing how much it helped to have someone who didn’t know him, who didn’t have any emotional obligation to him, tell him that he wasn’t to blame for what happened. Together they walked through every moment that Jake felt could be attributed to the build up of resentment from Brett and his consequent death. 

It helped Jake focus, and it helped calm him enough to begin to rationalize it.

Finally, he was starting to feel less burdened.

Dr. Leery nodded, seeming pleased. “Jake, that’s wonderful to hear you say that.”

Jake gave him an unhappy smile. “When I think back to what was going through my head, I can’t believe that was me, you know. I know Brett’s death wasn’t my fault but I’ve got to face the fact that my actions aren’t the actions of the man I want to be.”

“You’re eighteen. You can be any kind of man you want to be from now on.”

“I’m not going to be that guy,” Jake told him, his voice low with vehemence. “I won’t let myself become a victim or a martyr again. If something bad happens, I’m going to face it. I’m going to handle it.”

Leaning forward, Dr. Leery scrutinized him with an intense brightness in his eyes. “You be who you want to be, Jake, but don’t look back at seventeen year old you and sneer at him in disdain. He’s a kid who found himself in a situation much bigger than he ever anticipated. You did what you needed to do in order to cope.”
Jake clenched his jaw, looking back out the window. “You’re talking about, Charley.”

“Aren’t you?”

He was quiet a moment, feeling the familiar ache in his chest at the thought of her. “At the time I kept thinking I had to get away from her because how strong she was made me feel weak. She was saving people while I couldn’t even save myself.”

“You don’t think that now?”

His gaze shifted back to Dr. Leery, his eyes alight with perspective. “If I had let her in, she would have made me strong, not weak. Every moment up until the accident she made me feel better, stronger. Like maybe I deserved her. I don’t know how I forgot that. I don’t know how to forgive myself for forgetting that.” The corner of his mouth took on a wry quirk. “You must think I sound like a lovesick high schooler.”

It was not the first time he’d said that. And for as many times as he’d said it, Dr. Leery replied, “I think what you had with Charley was special. I think now that you’ve finally accepted your lack of culpability in Brett’s death that it’s time to forgive yourself for what happened with Charley. It’s time to try to move on.”

The thought made him feel sick. “And if I don’t want to?”

“She’s only a two hour drive away, Jake. You could apologize.”

The thought sent a cold sweat over him. The thought of seeing her, having her look at him in disgust and hate... “I don’t know if I’m ready for that.”

Dr. Leery smiled kindly. “We’ll get you there.”

About the author

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-three countries.

For more info on Into the Deep visit the official blog http://intothedeepseries.blogspot.co.uk

For info on her other books visit www.samanthayoungbooks.com

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  1. Thank you for being apart of the tour! And the teaser is killing me btw, but I love it! Lol :P

  2. Loving the teasers! This was an awesome book. Must read!


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