Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Going Under by Georgia Cates
Title: Going Under
Author: Georgia Cates
Published: March 10, 2010
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Description (From Goodreads): Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?
My Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book. I had never read anything by Georgia Cates and happened to read an excerpt from Going Under at the end of Shelly Crane's book. I immediately went to her website and found that the book was going to be released in a matter of days, and was thrilled.
Jessie Boone is your typical oh so hot bad boy, who you can't help but fall in love with, especially as you begin to learn more about his story and his past. He's at a new high school, a star football player, he comes from the wrong side of town, and he has past that he would like to keep hidden. Claire Deveraux is the classic "high school sweetheart," a cheerleader, smart, sweet, and just happens to date the guy who got replaced by Jessie on the football team. What starts out as a game of revenge turns into something so much more. Jessie is the only one who sees past Claire's facade of being perfect, and she is the only one who sees past Jessie's hard outer shell to the great guy he is on the inside. The only problem is that they are from two different worlds, and as the reader, we get to experience what happens when those worlds collide.
This story will pull at your heartstrings, causing you to experience a wide variety of emotions. Georgia Cates has done an excellent job of putting you right in the middle of everything that is going on - all the heartache, the joy, the romance, the passion, the drama - you experience it all. The story line is excellent and the characters are all well written and easy to connect to. I love Claire's snarky friend Payton, and the other supporting characters in the book. I was hooked from page one and there was not a dull minute in the whole book. The ending absolutely blew me away - that is all I can say about that without giving too much away. You are drawn into the story immediately, and although you feel like your heart will break sometimes, Georgia has inserted some humor in just the right places so you are able to laugh and aren't overwhelmed by what's going on. Georgia certainly delivered in the romance area. It was really hot. I absolutely loved Jessie Boone and he ranks right up there with some of my other favorites, like Beau Vincent from the Vincent Boys. I would definitely recommend this book. Georgia Cates is a wonderful and talented writer and I think anyone who reads this book will be awed by it as well.