October 08, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Shallow by Georgia Cates! (Blog Tour)

By Georgia Cates
Published September 21st 2012

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?

Georgia Cates is an author that I will forever read her books. Shallow is the third book I’ve read by her, and I enjoyed it a lot. Maybe not as much as the first in the series, Going Under, but it was entertaining enough for me to finish in one sitting.

Payton, to me, is a well written character. I loved her and was able to relate to her in a lot of ways. She is a great example of what female characters should be like. There were so many scenes where I would think to myself I would do this or I would say this, and sure enough Payton did. She wasn’t this weak little girl who let others control her or walk all over her. If she were real, we would be best friends. I’d make sure of that.

Her relationship with Nick was a great tease, but a good one. Things would happen at the right moment, and every time he thought he was pulling a fast one on Payton, she called him on his crap and took him by surprise. I loved it! They were perfect for each other. Nick wasn’t overbearing or way too cocky for his own good. He was a little pinch of everything. That is the best way I can describe him. Of course he was super yummy as well. I was practically blushing with every chapter.

Of course I do have some complaints, but it’s not anything that I feel would ruin the book for readers.

Georgia Cates introduces some serious family issues in Shallow and I felt that each time she did, I was tricked. I thought the story would get intense and severe, but each issue that was presented was sort of ignored within the next couple of paragraphs. I kept waiting for the topic to be touched again, but it really wasn't, so that bothered me a bit. Other than this, though, the story was great. I laughed a lot and found myself not wanting to put the book down.

3.5 out of 5 stars!

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  1. You made me want to read book 1 and now I know that the series stays good. I'm glad!! I hope to read this myself soon :)

  2. I'm excited for this! Your review makes it sound utterly delicious!

  3. I bought Shallow right when it came out. Unfortunately work gets in the way and sadly I am still reading this but I am so loving this story. Hopefully I can finish this soon because its such a juicy story.

  4. ur blog on going under made me discover going under and become a big Georgia cates fan!!

  5. I really want to read this series. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I liked your review. I want to read them all. Thank you!!

  7. Yay just exicted about the giveaway even though i wiish it was paperback giveaway

  8. This series sounds so good, can't wait to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I just started Shallow. I loved Going Under and from the teasers and excerts and what I've readso far... I'll love shalow too!

  10. Oh, this sounds like my kind of book! Great review! :)


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