Friday, April 12, 2013

Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto: Review and Guest Post

Drowning in You
by Rebecca Berto
Published:  April 5, 2013

Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart. 

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune. 

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.

Rebecca Berto 
Favorite YA and NA characters

Part of reading books is finding a new character to love. We tend to unnaturally feel as though we have a real-life bond with them. I would know, being a book junkie, real-world hermit and author of Drowning in You.

I’ve read hundreds of books yet when I read the next and the next, some just fade.

And some don’t.

Some characters are so vivid we know them as if they were our friends. These are my Top Favorite YA and NA Characters:

Harry Potter
Though this series started off as Middle Grade, Harry was a teenager when we got to him in Book #7 and from his terrible childhood, to multiple times escaping death, and his humility, he’s utterly admirable. If I’d want to be like anyone, it’d be the unique smarts of Harry and his eternal braveness to have the courage to save his loved ones in states of mortal danger.

Edward Cullen
Edward is my pin-board man (or non-man?) for the fullest love a man can feel for a woman. Though a monster by definition, though he’s not living, Edward would rather die or go through any sort of pain in order to keep Bella safe and I adore that he has the capacity to love her that much.

Have you read The Book Thief. It’s part YA, part literary fiction, all genius. Death is exactly who he seems to be. But he’s portrayed in a way that makes you accept death is inevitable, however he speaks as a person, making you empathize with him, and real-life death somehow doesn’t feel scary at all.

Travis Maddox
What can I say? I try to be a good-natured, kind-thinking woman and then Travis rips that mirage from me. He’s all sorts of bad and I can’t exactly place why he’s so great considering his over-consuming love for Abby is what makes him dangerous at times. Still, *swoon*

Nastya Kashnikov
A broken girl and devastatingly beautiful voice to read. Nastya starts off by not talking, yet for this first chunk of the novel she encompasses a drug you can’t resist, taking over your mind. And I couldn’t help but chew up the pages. I’ve never been as broken as her, but w-o-w. I connected to her on a level where I felt she were me. 

I have so many favourite characters in Young Adult and New Adult fiction but couldn’t list them all.

Part of teenagers’ attractiveness above adults is their journey to discovering themselves. Whether bullied, bitchy, crazy, confused, shy or whatever, characters in YA and NA fiction will always be a soft spot of mine for the very reason teenage years for many, including me, were some of the best years of our lives.

In Drowning in You, my two main characters, Charlee and Dexter are broken by a tragedy that links them together, yet makes their crushing on each other a journey towards fighting for love, no matter the cost. Seeing them learn things from each other and fall in love is what I love about YA and NA fiction.

 Thanks, Ellen, for having me!

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Drowning in You is on sale for $1.99 for a limited time.  

Currently, there is a Goodreads giveaway going on where you can WIN 1 of 2 signed copies. [open until April 30, 2013]  Click HERE to enter.
My Thoughts:  Charlee May has been secretly in love with Dexter Hollingsworth for the past five years, admiring him from a distance.  Dexter Hollingsworth is the hot, sexy, bad boy that every girl is after - high school football star, tats, attitude, never sticking to one girl for long, yet always with a constant string of them at his feet.  The only one that he has ever been interested in is Charlee May, who he has has had a thing for since high school.  Dexter doesn't think he's good enough for Charlee, especially in the light of the recent tragedy that has taken place.....a tragedy that the town blames him for.  

Despite all of this, Charlee and Dexter keep crossing each others paths.  Their relationship is complex to say the least.  Try as he may to stay away from her, Dexter just can't.  It is like there is an invisible pull that is bringing these two together, a pull that is both intense and emotional.  Charlee is trying to take care of her little brother Darcey, while her dad struggles for his life in the hospital.  She wants Dexter, yet she feels she needs normal, and Dexter definitely doesn't fit that bill.  He makes her feel and face things that she doesn't want to, but desperately needs to.  Dexter has his own struggles and heartache that he is dealing with, and has secrets regarding himself and his past that torment him.  Things get even more complicated when the circumstances surrounding the accident come into question and Charlee isn't sure who she can trust, all the while Dexter is determined to not only earn Charlee's trust, but to get to the bottom of things.  

Drowning in You is heartbreaking and heartwarming, with some twist and turns that add a little mystery, combined with some hot romance.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters as they dealt with tragedy, trust, and heartache, while trying to find love in the process.  If you are a contemporary romance fan, then Drowning in You is something you might want to check out.  

About the Author:
Hi! I’m Rebecca Berto. I’m twenty two. I’m the author of Precise, a novella about a broken mother-daughter relationship, and author of the upcoming novel, Drowning in You, a new adult contemporary romance.
I love books. I started studying Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing in 2011, but had to stop in 2012 due to lack of available time as a full-time Editorial Assistant.
I’m also on Facebook (personal) or on Facebook as Novel Girl (page) if you want to contact me. Also Twitter and  Pinterest. Otherwise, you can always follow my blog (or add me to your favourites/bookmarks if you want to find me later).


  1. Awe, I want to read this so badly. Wonderful review, I really want to meet Dexter and Charlee. Thanks for sharing the guest post.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. I'm glad to see you liked this, Ellen, since I'm set to review it soon. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great guest post, some of my favorite book men are in there!
    I am so glad you liked this one Ellen because I really want to read it but haven't seen a lot about it yet.
    Fun post!
    I hope you have a nice weekend!

    1. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I'll be reading this one soon. Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I really liked it. I hope you enjoy it to.

  5. I'll be reading this one soon for the tour and you have my super excited! Love her memorable characters, Travis always sticks out to me too!

    1. Travis has my heart forever. This was a good book. I hope you enjoy it.

  6. Nastya must be from The Sea of Tranquility?? I loved that book too. Drowning in You has been on my TBR list. I am not sure if I should buy it on sale or see if I win a copy....decisions....decisions.


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