Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Review: Depths by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt





Title: Depths
Author: Steph Campbell, Liz Reinhardt
Publisher: CreateSpace, March 11, 2013
Series: Lengths #2
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Do you believe in love at first phone call?

Cohen Rodriquez, Deo’s hilarious, ├╝ber responsible best friend in LENGTHS got dumped by his longtime girl because he’s ‘not impulsive enough,’ and he's burned up.

But maybe, just maybe, she’s more right than he wants to admit. So he starts to date.
A lot.
But no one really feels like the one. And the more girls he dates, the more Cohen’s convinced she isn’t really out there.

Luckily he has Maren—the girl with the sexy voice who always cracks the best jokes. They’ve been talking daily for a year…on the phone. What started as all work soon blooms into friendship. Then she asks him.

Do you want to meet?

He's scared out of his mind to ruin the one easy, fun relationship he has going for him. But he takes the plunge, and things are just fine, totally easy and comfortable.

Except that they both sense it's not strictly platonic...there is an undeniable attraction and absolute raw chemistry between them…and every time they're in the same room, that attraction gets deeper and harder to ignore. 

Maren could be the best thing that’s ever happened to Cohen… Or she could send his carefully compartmentalized life into a tailspin.

Cohen has to decide if he’s ready to let go of his comfortable fantasy and embrace the one girl who might be able to change his luck in love.






This is on of those books I have been looking forward in reading since the beginning of the year. I enjoyed reading the first installment in the series, and I was excited to see that the second one will feature Cohen, one of my favorites from Lengths.

Why Do I Love Depths more than Lengths?
1. Less Profanity - Yes, there are still necessary "F" word thrown every now and then, but the rest of the novel was relatively clean. Unlike the first one where I couldn't find a single page without any swearing. Good thing!

2. COHEN - From the first book I already loved this guy. He's the complete opposite of the usual bad boys that girls often swoon for in YA/New Adult Novels. Cohen is a breathe of fresh air for me. If I adored bad boys - I completely love good guys more. They are the boyfriend material, the one you can bring home to your mommy, and the one (when turns real) wouldn't make you run to the nearest exit. 

No matter how hard he tried to be a player or a bad boy - he still ends up adorable: doing the right and responsible thing. These guys may bore some girls - but these guys are limited species and any girl would be very lucky to catch one. Dependability is a rare commodity among guys nowadays. 

3. The Plot. I love the fact that they started as friends over the phone. Although they one knew each other through phone calls - it was enough for both friendship, concern and a little attraction to grow. Their relationship was an unconventional one - Cohen found it safe. So when Maren  finally asked for them to meet, he was skeptical. He didn't want to ruin what he and Maren already has. But it happened - and everything else fell into place.

4. The Ending - (My favorite part) ALMOST REAL.Which is what I love most. It was not your typical ending where everyone got HEA. Oh, some did, but others didn't. There were certain things that were left open and weren't given a happy ending, just a great chance of possibilities and hope. 

What I don't Like.
 Maren.
I hate that she has to settle for something less because it was safe. 

Why do girls in this series always seem to have issues compared with the boys? After Whit, Maren also has some issues not just with her family but with her self as well. She thinks she didn't need help and she can carry the problem on her own. She's a mess and she needs help (badly). Good thing, she found Cohen because he's exactly what she needs - a dependable, boring, good looking man to balance her life.

To End. Familiar heroines, different heroes. I'd love to read the next installment with a less-problematic, more-on-the-normal-side heroine. Oh I definitely enjoyed the novel. It was a great story about moving on, letting go, swallowing one's pride whenever necessary and accepting help. 

Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt will once again make you fall in love and swoon in their second installment of the Lengths series. 


“If this ever goes anywhere, it will be because it's right: right time, right intentions, right everything.”  
“Everything I do with you feels like an adventure”  
“Like, you don't get to move one and just blow your past away. Everything you do, every new move you make is all tangled up in everything you did.”  
“Have you ever had a date so bad, it makes you contemplate a lobotomy?” 
“A one night stand with the perfect girl is like... it's like getting to the airport in Hawaii, then getting right back on the plane and flying home. It's depressing to have been that close to paradise without actually getting there.” 




Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.

She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

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Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.

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