Series: Going Under (book 2)
Author: Georgia Cates
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
The moment I finished Going Under, the book lovin' part of my brain immediately wanted me to dive into Shallow. I resisted the urge for about 5 minutes before giving in. My willpower is not strong...
Shallow is the story of Payton and Nick. If you've read Going Under, then you'll remember that Payton was the smart-ass friend of Claire's. I loved Payton in the first book and knew that I would love her again in this book. And I did... Nick knew he wanted Payton from the moment she rear-ended him. Of course he thought she was beautiful, but the second she opened her month to zing him, he falls in love. Their story is sweet and sad. He persues her relentlessly and she finally gives in to temptation. They have a whirlwind romance that, of course, hits a pretty big roadbump that forces Payton to break-up with him. But in the end, they come back together and live happy.
I really enjoyed Shallow, but there was on aspect that irked me. The first is the storyline involving Payton's aunt. It has a huge impact on their relationship, but it was sort of swept under the rug. I would have loved to read more about it or it have more of an impact than it did. Other than that, I loved the book. It has a lot more sex than Going Under. Payton and Nick have sex and it is a little graphic. Not overly graphic, in my opinion. I also love the fact that we see so much of Claire and Jessie. I love it when a sequel carries on and gives us updates of the first couple. Not only were there updates, but Claire and Jessie were woven into the story and play pretty big roles.
I am hoping that the author is going to continue the series with Dane and Dallas. Maybe set 3 years into the future since epilogues from both Going Under and Shallow take place 3 years after the last chapter. Pretty please, Ms. Cates? :)