Left Drowning by Jessica Park: ARC Review

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content

Blythe remembers the days where she was carefree, but her life was all but destroyed the night her family was ripped apart. Trauma has stunted her memories, but the still images that play in her mind will haunt her forever. Four years on, and Blythe lives within her cocoon. She is now a friendless, social misfit who's only reprieve is through alcohol. She has never had a boyfriend, the thought of being touched intimately by anyone terrifies her. After yet another drunk phone call to her distant brother, she decides it's time to change her life... Just in time to run into Sabin.

The flamboyant, over dramatic womanising, community theater actor is dramatic, direct and bounces into her life, making her feel alive again. Giving Blythe the confidence to venture out and seek new experiences... Like the handsome, stone skipper Chris. Finding an instant, inexplicable connection with the complete stranger, who turns out to be Sabin's brother.

Along with Estelle and Chris, Blythe finds an easy friendship with the Shepherd siblings, especially Chris. For the first time since her world shattered, Blythe finally feels that perhaps the future isn't so bleak after all. While she falls into the comfortable routine of being inducted into the Shepherd clan, she starts to release that she isn't the only lost and broken soul. The Sheppard family are holding into a past that even Blythe can't comprehend. As her friendship with Chris blooms, Blythe begins to heal...

But is Chris beyond repair?

Left Drowning is by far one of the top contemporary novels of the year, comparable to Colleen Hoover's Hopeless. It's steamy, laugh out loud funny and emotional. It will tear you apart, and leave you an emotional mess. Jessica Park creates brilliant and poignant characters that will embed themselves under your skin, and you'll feel every low and high along with their story. The sexual content is sizzling!

Sabin is phenomenal, he is the new Celeste (from Jessica's previous release, Flat Out Love). I absolutely fell in love with his character and Sabin's struggle with what the Shepherd siblings had to endure. It was simply brilliant.

Left Drowning
Written By Jessica Park
Expected Publication 16 / 07 / 2013
Thank you to the phenomenal Jessica Park,
for sharing the Shepherd story with me before
sharing it with the world. I adored it.

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