5 out of 5 Stars
New Zealand police officer and dive team member Piper Harland left her home nine years ago after the death of her father and being dumped by her one true love. Ryan “West” Westlake never got over letting Piper go, but his home is on the island where they grew up, running his family’s business. Now Piper’s brother is in financial trouble, and she needs to return to the island to help save his business. She has to work alongside of West for six weeks in order to put everything back to rights—including her relationship with her family and friends.
Neither Piper nor West is willing to admit their feelings to each other. It’s an impossible situation anyway since she’ll be returning to the city. They both will need to decide what’s most important: staying the course or being truly happy.
In Too Deep was a flirty, fun, sexy read. Both main characters were stubborn, but they way the author had them butting heads was entertaining. Just when I thought it was starting to get old, they both gave in to the UST and allowed the fireworks to soar. That wasn’t the end of their banter though. It continued even during the intimate scenes, but it was appropriate for the characters as they were written and amusing for the reader.
The story was much more than a romance though. Piper had to let go of her guilt over her father’s death, and she also had to mend fences with her family. West had been holding on to a grudge thanks to his mother leaving him years ago that rendered him incapable of being happy in a relationship. All of these plot lines were tied together nicely with secondary characters who added depth and meaning to the story. There were a few instances of Piper’s brother’s point of view, but they were integral to the plot and not just there to get the reader interested in the next book (although I’ll add they did that anyway!).
I also enjoyed the way the author provided information on diving in a way any reader could understand. It was not too technical yet not too dumbed down.
In Too Deep is a must read for contemporary romance fans. I would definitely read more by this author and more of this series.