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?
|I loved Shallow even more than the first book, Going Under. Shallow can be read alone but I would recommend reading Going Under first so you can be introduced to Jessie and Claire. I loved Jessie and Claire and I didn’t really think anyone could top them. I have such a soft spot for faux bad boys that have a sweet side- and Jessie did big time. So I thought there was no way that I would connect with Payton and Nick in the same way. But I was so very wrong. I liked Payton and Nick even MORE than Jessie and Claire, which is high praise from me.
Payton has such a smart mouth on her. Haha she cracked me up so many times. There were so many innuendos in Shallow that I lost count. I would say this is a book for a slightly older crowd because of that. Nick seemed like such a great guy. I know they described him as a player but I never really saw it except for in reference to his past. All I saw was a great, very sweet guy that was clearly in love with Payton. He made me smile. Plus, I totally want to drive his awesome car. The one thing I didn’t like about Shallow was the over use of the word “playah”. It is such a minor issue and it is the only complaint I have about the whole book, but I just didn’t like the spelling of it. It kind of grated on my nerves when I read it, but other than that I fell head over heels in love with Shallow.
Georgia Cates did such an awesome job with this series. I would love to see another one for Dane. He is such a sweetie too! I would also really like to see a college years story featuring both couples (jessie, claire, payton and nick) That would be super exciting! Fans of contemporary romances need to read this series. I loved it. I totally got into the worlds of East Franklin and Collinsville. The split in point of views was perfectly done. It wasn’t too quickly and it was very easy to follow who was speaking and all that. I was sad every time I had to put Shallow down to go do something else. I just wanted to keep reading. Shallow is a well executed romance and super fun to read.
You can check out my review of book 1, Going under HERE
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