Review: In Deep

In Deep (In Deep #1) by Kella McKinnon: Brielle

What would you do if you met a man that made you burn like wildfire from the inside out? Burn so hot that with one touch you forgot to breathe?

And if you knew that he had dangerous secrets? Would you be able to walk away?

I couldn’t. As strong as I know I am, I kept going back for more of him. That body… those eyes…

I saw him for the first time on my very first day in Vegas, and even then I think a part of me knew, because I couldn’t look away. It was like that moment when you see something flying towards you and you know it’s going to hit you before you can ever move out of the way, so you just watch, transfixed, as it crashes into you. Cristos Vicario: owner of the illustrious Adagio hotel and casino and reputed billionaire playboy. He sure as hell wasn’t what he seemed on the surface. That man had secrets. No one knew what a dark and dangerous world he lived in, and when I finally saw him for what he was, it was already far too late. I found myself inextricably tied to him forever. The course of my life altered. My entire world changed forever as he took away my freedom and gave me the key to my dreams in one fell swoop.

How could I have known that the one man who should have been my greatest nightmare would become the one thing I couldn’t live without? And all I had to do was forgive him…


I was only living for one thing, one goal, one endgame… until I saw Brielle. And when I touched her, it was all over for me… I just didn’t know it yet. Not until I broke all of my rules for her, one after another, and that still wasn’t enough. I wanted more.

I wanted it all. Yeah, what I did to her was pretty much unforgivable. I know that now. Some small part of me might have known it then, too, but it didn’t matter. I had to hold on to her. I would have done anything to keep her… and I did.
Now I’ve put her in danger, dragged her into my world, and I don’t know whether to push her away or hold her tighter. Letting her go would be the right thing to do… but every time I try to do the right thing… I can’t.

When I take her, it’s always hard and desperate, as if she’ll disappear if I can’t make her feel the same things I feel... if I can’t force her to care about me enough that she’ll look past everything else and see into my heart.
Last night, after she fell asleep, still wrapped in my arms, I rested my lips against the top of her head and inhaled the scent of her as she slept. Trusting me, even though she shouldn’t. “I don’t deserve you”, I whispered. “But I want you. God, I want you so badly.”

Teri Lynn's thoughts: **In Deep generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

In Deep tells the story of dark and dangerous billionaire bad boy, Cristos, and the educated beauty Brielle by way of alternating POV, engaging dialogue and an interesting plot progression. Both characters are quite strong in their being each coming from pasts they haven’t fully let go. One of which we learned for certain is quite dark and haunted yet we don’t fully understand the magnitude. The other much less dark but no less painful. Each of these characters entertained me.

I struggled back and forth with what to rate this book between three and four stars. While the writing could definitely be more fluid and bit more polished, there is no denying the fact of intrigue here. This author somehow completely drew me into the story and engrossed me in these two characters. The attraction to each other was shear animalistic passion. Drawn to each other like magnetics, each taking a mature stance on the development of that relationship. There were definitely parts of the story that frustrated me, there’s a push/pull dynamic between the two characters that gets redundant. But there’s no denying I completely engrossed in what was happening in this plot – some of which is totally predictable yet still intriguing. It’s a hard book for me to review.

Know that I believe readers will be engrossed by Cristos and Brielle’s story. Some finer points to the story could definitely be polished but overall I refuse to rate based on nitpicking. The story left me hanging and I had no other choice but to pick up with book two immediately because the author left me wanting more of the story between these two. That in and of itself is testament to the story. I’d definitely recommend In Deep to romance lovers who don’t mind a push/pull dynamic between heroine/hero, a little predictable mystery, and hot passion.

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