He hadn’t been her first lover or the first boy to give her an orgasm. He hadn’t even been the first she’d loved.  He’d been the first to turn her inside out with something as simple as a smile. The first to make her doubt herself.  He’d taken her deeper than anyone ever had, and yet she hadn’t drowned.

Redonk Nutshell: Recently separated, woman returns to her childhood summer home and encounters her long dead past love

I’m on a Megan Hart kick, and I’ve had my eye on this book for a good long while.

Bess returns to the beach house where she spent her summers, her heart wrenching at the changes in her life.  When she finds herself at the surf dreaming of Nick, her summer fling from years gone by, he suddenly appears.  He looks exactly as he did all those years ago, and both of them are swept away by unresolved passion.  But something is off – Nick hasn’t aged at all, and he doesn’t know where he’s been all these years.  Bess is at a loss trying to rationalize her emotions, and she can’t bring herself to second guess another chance with Nick.

I really love Megan Hart’s work.  She isn’t afraid to get into the nitty gritty emotional stuff that isn’t always, er, posies and lollipops.  In other words it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable.  Her stories focus on those moments in life that are painful and tough, moments that aren’t always easy to read about.  Deeper is a story about choices and regret.  Bess had made a choice many years ago that broke her and Nick apart.  Nick made a choice that ultimately put them apart for good.  When they’re reunited years later, with the help of the inexplicable, they wade through the events of their past while reigniting their passion for each other.

Though a lovely tale, this wasn’t my favorite by Ms. Hart.  That honor, I think, is still held by Broken or Collide. I found Bess hard to like at times, and I didn’t really understand how she could do the things she was doing (or not doing).  Then again, that’s the fun in reading a well-written book with super introspective themes.  For me, though, I didn’t connect with Deeper as, er, deeply, as I did with other works by Ms. Hart.

Rating: B

Romance: 3/5            Raunch: 5/5

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