Friday, July 10, 2015

Blog Tour: In Deep by Brenda Rothert

In Deep 
by Brenda Rothert  
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I’ve got a secret.

No one knows how I blow off steam, and that’s how I like it. Most of the time, I’m happy just being part of a big family in a small town. And those times I need to get away are mine and mine alone.
My secret stays safe until I meet her – the woman who simultaneously pisses me off and turns me on. She seems like a wallflower at first, but it turns out there’s a lot more to her than I realized. Despite her hidden strength, she has a vulnerability I can’t resist.

As we open up to each other, I realize she’s starting to mean everything to me. She doesn’t feel the same way, but that won’t stop me from doing whatever it takes to keep her safe – even if it means exposing my secret to her. I’m in way over my head, and all I can hope is that someday, she’ll feel the same way about me.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

In Deep is book two in the Lockhart Brothers Series but can be read as a stand alone.  And as always Brenda Rothert did not disappoint with this one.

April has just moved to the town of Lovely where she will be the house mother at the Grieves House, a place for young pregnant teenagers that was started by her best friend Ivy and her husband Reed.  She is a sweet, smart and independent woman who was there for Ivy when she needed someone the most.  She loves her job and loves being there to help these pregnant girls.  But when it comes to her love life, well let’s just say she is lacking in that particular area.  When she meets Mason Lockhart, her best friend’s brother-in-law, they seem to get off on the wrong foot.  She has some issues with Mason and he is not exactly sure as to why.

Mason is cocky and sexy and a bit of an alpha male.  Being hurt by someone he loved and trusted in his past is the reason for his casual flings.  He has no desire to have a relationship with another woman.  When he first sees April she is not anything like the women that he normally hooks ups with.  He honestly has no interest in her until he actually meets her and talks to her and he realizes that there is more to April than he thought.  She is sweet and caring and he wants to get to know her.  But he knows that April is not the type of woman that you sleep with once and never see again. Plus she is his sister-in-laws best friend.  So he knows that he has to take it slow, which he does.  But when things start to heat up for the two of them, will their past get in the way of any future that they have together?

Let me just say that I loved Mason.  He is sexy and sweet and one hell of a dirty talker who also likes to be in control.  Sex with Mason is unlike any sexual experience that she has ever had before and it brings out her wild side.  But it is more than just a physical connection between the two of them.  Mason has a secret and April is the first person that he opens up to about it.  And no matter how much he says it is nothing more than a casual relationship you know that he is falling for.  And April knew from the very beginning that falling for Mason Lockhart would be easy but at the same time risky.  She may risk her heart but she would take that chance.

I loved this book.  Mason and April may have had some struggles due to their past but I knew that together they can get past it all.  I loved that Ivy and Mason’s family were still a big part of this book and series.  Ivy and April have such an amazing friendship, one that just feels so real.  And the love that the Lockharts have for each other will touch your heart.  They love each other and look out for each other.   This series is about love, loss, friendships and family.  I cannot wait to see who is next. I am keeping my fingers crossed for Kyle because if any member of the Lockhart family deserves a happily ever after it is him.  Another wonderful job by Ms. Rothert. 


I pressed my lips together, silencing my indignation. Mousy? Librarian? Who the hell did Mason Lockhart think he was?

If only I was the kind of woman who’d fly out from behind the corner I was hiding around and defend myself. Poke a finger against his chest and show him just how unmousy I was.

But I wasn’t that kind of woman. His words hurt because of the spark of truth they held. My cheeks were flaming with embarrassment as I managed to sneak into another room to hide from view so they wouldn’t see me. I’d die of shame if Reed and Mason saw me, or if they knew I’d accidentally overheard their conversation.

I’d been waiting to meet Mason and thank him for helping move my stuff in. Ivy and I got back early and I had headed down to my room to start unpacking. But I heard the brothers talking as they headed to my room and I didn’t want to interrupt so I managed to make myself scarce. But I still heard every word of their conversation. Fat lot of good that had done me. Now I knew Reed’s brother thought I was a frumpy, mousy bore.

But, seriously, did Mason Lockhart think people got dressed up for moving day? I’d just pulled a U-Haul truck from Seattle to Lovely, Missouri, stopping at motels on the way. Today I’d completed the last leg of the journey and judging by the dark skies it looked as if I arrived in the nick of time. I’d be willing to guess that snow was in the forecast. This morning, after I’d showered and looked through my stuff for my hair dryer and clean clothes, I hadn’t been able to find exactly what I wanted.

And that was why my long curly hair was wound into a bun and I was wearing a random, longish skirt. But the cardigan? That was totally on purpose because it was soft and warm. Mason Lockhart could piss off if he didn’t like it.

I’d seen him at Ivy and Reed’s summer wedding. The Lockhart brothers were pretty much impossible to miss. They were the quintessential tall, dark and handsome man – times five. Other than Reed, I didn’t know any them. Except, possibly, Mason. I doubted I’d ever forget his name now.

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Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.
These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres. She loves to hear from readers by email at

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