Depths by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Format: Kindle

Reviewed by: Judith

Final Score: 7/10

Apparently this is book #2 of a series but since I’ve read it (Lengths) and honestly can’t remember what happens beyond a vague, “They get together in the end after some angst and a lot of surf talk”, let’s just call this book a standalone for all intents and purposes. I know I know, I’m useless in bringing you up to speed but I’m still gonna dish all the dirt you want about this one. Honest.

Plot: Cohen Rodriguez is unceremoniously dumped by the girl of his dreams, the one he was planning to marry. Trying to jump back on the wagon, he finds himself going on a string of impressively bad blind dates until he hits his breaking point. Maren Walshe has a deadbeat dad, an uber sexist and sleazy boyfriend, and a job working in a warehouse at Cohen’s family’s business. She talks to Cohen every day but has never met him so when she hears of his trouble with women decides to correct that by setting him up with a friend. But when Maren and Cohen finally meet, it’s clear that they’re the ones who are meant to be together. Can they get past the odds stacked against them or are they doomed before even starting?

Review: This is a hard book to review, ya’ll because a) I love the writing b) I love the authors and c) Cohen Rodriguez seems to be the most freaking amazing and eligible bachelor in all of America (and who doesn’t want to read about a hottie who just wants to love YOU???). My only real problem? There isn’t much of a story here and what is there, gets bogged down in insta-love and sexual angst. And I bet you’re thinking, “Judith, come on! I want to read about a good romp in the hay on occasion! Let me enjoy myself, geez…” I agree with you wholeheartedly! Sometimes all you want is a pretty good book to make you believe that good guys exist and true love is out there. This one definitely delivers but in the end, I had higher hopes for it.

From over here, Cohen seems like the perfect man. His family owns a business which he works for; he outright owns a bungalow on the beach, it has multiple rooms, and is decorated well; he knows his way around the kitchen; and obviously he’s some sort of gorgeous sex-God because he’s pleasuring women left and right! But you can instantly tell what the catch is: he’s uber-needy and just wants to love you and get married. And have babies with you. Oh, and all this after only just getting together with you yesterday.

Maren has never met Cohen and yet seems to think he is the man of her dreams. Sure, they spend a few hours a week discussing problems at work via telephone yet somehow this translates into her knowing that he’s a stand up guy who would never hurt her and even offers to set him up on a date. That date is of course disastrous but only proves how perfect Cohen is for her. While I liked the idea, the actuality of this premise leaves a lot to be desired. There’s way too much insta-love and way too many assumptions that the disembodied voice he/she deals with weekly is linked to an innately good and stunningly attractive person. Also Cohen seems like the neediest dude on the planet! At one point, the day after they’ve just met, he looks out at the beach and remembers all the times he was with Maren in that exact location. They just met yesterday! How many times can there be and how much reminiscing can you actually do?

Now it must be said: you can just tell that Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell adore working together. Their combined words roll right off the page and the writing is seamless and beautifully expressed. The writing is fun and well done. The story is lacking however and it’s ultimately that that dooms this book. Not dooms in a “you can’t read it!” sort of way; more of a dooming to not rise up to its full potential.

Everything works out in the end as it often does in this genre and while you will be happy about that, you’ll wish there had been more character and relationship development to help you understand why it works out.

In the end, I’m giving this a 7/10.

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How much did I like the heroine: 8. Maren has a lot on her plate – dad is a loser, boyfriend is a loser, quitting college to take care of dad, having to apologize to everyone about her ridiculous bf…you just want to give the girl a big hug! She holds it together and is a great person in spite of all that. She is a bit of an enabler though and I just wanted her to have the guts to say to both dad and bf, get out of my life!

How much did I like the love interest: 10. Cohen is the bomb! Hot, rich, young, well mannered, not sleazy, intelligent with an accounting degree he earned through hard work, a surfer with a steady job…the list goes on and on! He’s totally needy but at times that can be hotter than not.

How believable is the plot: 7. I don’t know how believable it is in this age of the internet and Facebook that these two didn’t totally google stalk each other beforehand to see if the other person was date worthy material. It just sounds off! Especially since they had a mutual attraction based solely on each other’s voices! Everything else was believable though: broken hearted boy trying to meet a nice girl to settle down with and failing. We’ve all been there!

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. I love Steph and Liz together. They are a blast to read and their plots are always sexy and fun.

How much did I want to keep reading: 7. I kept hoping there’d be more than the instant attraction and that the characters would grow and mature a bit. They did a bit at the end but not enough for me to be 100% enthralled.

Final Score: 7/10 Definitely worth a read if only for sexy Cohen! Rawr!

****Disclaimer: I got this book for free from the author. I swear I didn’t bribe her in any way, or get paid for my review. My review is wholly my opinion be it good or bad and has nothing to do with the author and his/her opinion of this book. And we might not be legit enough to need this disclaimer but after working at a law firm for many years it’s better safe than sorry!****


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