Drowning in You

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Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May's been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn't be more different from Charlee. He's ...

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Overview

Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May's been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn't be more different from Charlee. He's tattooed avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter's reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the skiing disaster.

And after all these years he's still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who's too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee's family and Dexter's reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May's millionaire fortune.

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste-they're hooked no matter the consequences.

Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987456625
  • Publisher: Rebecca Berto
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 915,666
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her books, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She's strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Found this book annoying. Having a hard time finishing it and I

    Found this book annoying. Having a hard time finishing it and I don't say that very often. Its hard to feel compassion for Charlee because her thoughts are so unorganized and all over the freakin place. Dexter is being blamed for something that doesn't seem to be his fault, but its hard to feel bad for him because he's really just not a loveable "person". Charlee spends all her time denying what is right in front of her and Dexter spends all his time trying to hide a health condition that makes him look like a drug addict. This book is just not my cup of tea.....

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    Charlee May has been secretly in love with Dexter Hollingsworth

    Charlee May has been secretly in love with Dexter Hollingsworth for the past five years, admiring him from a distance.  Dexter Hollingsworth is the hot, sexy, bad boy that every girl is after - high school football star, tats, attitude, never sticking to one girl for long, yet always with a constant string of them at his feet.  The only one that he has ever been interested in is Charlee May, who he has has had a thing for since high school.  Dexter doesn't think he's good enough for Charlee, especially in the light of the recent tragedy that has taken place.....a tragedy that the town blames him for.  




    Despite all of this, Charlee and Dexter keep crossing each others paths.  Their relationship is complex to say the least.  Try as he may to stay away from her, Dexter just can't.  It is like there is an invisible pull that is bringing these two together, a pull that is both intense and emotional.  Charlee is trying to take care of her little brother Darcey, while her dad struggles for his life in the hospital.  She wants Dexter, yet she feels she needs normal, and Dexter definitely doesn't fit that bill.  He makes her feel and face things that she doesn't want to, but desperately needs to.  Dexter has his own struggles and heartache that he is dealing with, and has secrets regarding himself and his past that torment him.  Things get even more complicated when the circumstances surrounding the accident come into question and Charlee isn't sure who she can trust, all the while Dexter is determined to not only earn Charlee's trust, but to get to the bottom of things.  




    Drowning in You is heartbreaking and heartwarming, with some twist and turns that add a little mystery, combined with some hot romance.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters as they dealt with tragedy, trust, and heartache, while trying to find love in the process.  If you are a contemporary romance fan, then Drowning in You is something you might want to check out.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

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    Charlee just lost her mom and her dad is clinging to life, thank

    Charlee just lost her mom and her dad is clinging to life, thanks to an accident at a ski resort, where her long-time crush just happened to be working the ski lift that failed. She tries to be strong for her little brother, but she’s finding it harder and harder, especially as her dad starts to talk about his death like it’s coming any minute. Dexter feels terrible about his part in the accident, but doesn’t let that stop him from finally making a move on his long-time crush.

    Dexter was a typical bad boy – tatted man-whore with a hidden gentle soul. Everyone thought he was a druggie, but really, he just had a problem maintaining his diabetes, and his hypoglycemic episodes made everyone think he was high. He had a close relationship with his mother, a nurse who was caring for Charlee’s dad, but his dad was an asshat who he didn’t get along with. We never got to know Charlee before the accident, so I can’t say a lot about her personality, but she seemed like a fairly strong person with a good head on her shoulders. Her little brother was a very mature 10-year old, and I liked his character quite a bit.

    The plot was an interesting one; can someone person love the person who’s responsible for their parent’s death? And can the person responsible move past the guilt to love the other? It was presented realistically, though I did have a few issues with it overall. We didn’t learn the details of the ski lift accident right away, and I felt the story would have benefited from having this information at the same time as everyone else. People were blaming Dexter for the accident but I kept wondering why.

    Every other chapter or so was told in alternating point of views, which was nice. I always like being right in the head of the characters. It makes it easier to understand them and their motivations. The dialogue was kind of choppy, with incomplete thoughts. Actually, the entire thing was choppy and jumpy. In fact, the one thing I kept thinking was how frantic everything was. Not the story itself, but the way people spoke and acted. It lacked a smoothness and finesse.

    There’s a sadness (obviously) with Charlee’s mother’s death, and her father’s declining health, and usually it was handled realistically. But I also felt some of it was rushed or just glossed over. There was one part I loved though, when Charlee was coming on to Dexter and he recognized it was her pain speaking, not her, and he handled it so beautifully. That really showed how mature he was, and made me think maybe he did deserve her after all.

    This shows on Goodreads as the first book in a series, but I don’t see where the story can go from here, and unless the plot is a fantastic one, I probably won’t check it out.

    The sum up: An entertaining and somewhat realistic look at sadness and hope.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    The characters were too self-absorbed and plain mental. I can un

    The characters were too self-absorbed and plain mental. I can understand Charlee's pain. She lost both parents and she's all over the map. But Dex is not endearing at all. He's kind of creepy, stalking Charlee, breaking into her house and acting all aggressive for no good reason.
    The pacing was really slow and I had a hard time staying with the story. One place is where Dex describes and lists all of his dirty, sweaty clothes as he pitches it into the bin. But there are a lot of places where everything is really slow, almost as if the narrator was on drugs.
    Finally the so-called big mystery was a simple misunderstanding. Major Fail. The only thing that kept me going was to see if Dex and Charlee would undercover a nefarious plot that caused her parents' deaths.

    But near the end, we get a scene where Charlee argues with her brother over video games. At this point, I couldn't take it anymore. I skimmed over it and the rest of the book to find out that there was no plot and it was all a big misunderstanding.  Maybe I still held hope that the author was tricking the reader and there would be some big surprise at the end, but everything was wrapped up neatly into a family outing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

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    Well this book definitely brought some tears to my eyes. Like ma

    Well this book definitely brought some tears to my eyes. Like many New Adult novels, this one is filled with tragedy, scared young adults, and more tragedy. It will definitely grip your heart. You see its not just that Charlee is mourning her dead mother, but she is mourning her dying father. That was a pretty hard part to deal with, let alone read. However, I have to admit that there were some parts that really irked me about this novel. First the copy I got had a lot of issues with the writing style in my opinion. Now, perhaps its because I received an unedited copy, but I found it weird that there was no description (I like to refer to it as the “in-between”). What I mean by this is one moment Charlee is in the car and then next she is wrapper her arms around Dex. There was no “she exited the car and walked towards me”, which, for me is pretty important. It help me get the whole story. Secondly Dexter and his diabetes. He is pretty afraid to tell people. My reaction… why? There is a lot of people in my family that has it and other than making sure they don’t eat too much sugar, or get enough sugar, we don’t really look at them differently. And lastly, Charlee. She ticked me off some. One moment she was mad a Dexter and tells him, and the next moment she is texting him. For people who aren’t friends and never really hang out its weird that they have each others number in their phone. AND, she is trying to get her mind off of Dex by seeing his best-bud. Not ok with me. But all that aside I still liked the moments between Charlee and Dex. I still cried oh-so many times, and I got my heart broken many-a-times while reading this novel. 




    Good:




    Dexter—Although a little weird about his diabetes and not wanting other people’s help I still really liked him. He’s messed up and full of tattoos, but there is always a time in a girls life when they want to nurse someone back to help with the hopes that the patient will heal them too.




    Charlee—I had to give props to her. She deals with things a lot better than I would. 




    Bad: 




    Some of the writing style really took away from the book for me, and some of the character “flaws” really ticked me off.




    Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):




    Overall, it was still a good read. I enjoyed the love story and the tragedy behind the story really punched me in the gut and made me cry. I could not possibly understand what it would have been like to go through what Charlee and Dexter went through. This book was filled with tragedy, drama, romance, young adults having to deal with stuff that they really shouldn’t have to deal with, and an overall tornado of a journey.




    This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

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    Drowning In You by Rebecca Berto broke my heart at many differen

    Drowning In You by Rebecca Berto broke my heart at many different points in the book.  Especially with the interactions with the kids and the father.  Ugh, I ended up misty eyed!

    Can you imagine having a huge crush on some guy in high school for the longest time only to find out that he was the one who may have been responsible for the death of your parents?  Would you be able to forgive him?  Would you even still be crushing on him?  I honestly don’t know how I would answer those questions.

    Charlee May’s life is turned completely upside down after she finds out that her mother is dead and her father is on his death bed in the hospital.  After a freak accident at a ski lodge, Charlee finds herself in the role as mother to her little brother, and spends a majority of her time with her father in the hospital where his internal injuries are so extreme that the chances for his survival are pretty slim.  That’s quite a bit for a young girl to take on.

    All of a sudden, Charlee seems to have gotten the attention of bad boy, Dexter Hollingworth.  A bad boy that she has been crushing on since throughout high school and whom, she feels, did not even know she existed.  But the twist?  Dexter Hollingworth was behind the controls of the ski lifts the day that Charlee’s parents plummeted to their deaths.  So why all of sudden does he notice her now?

    Told in the alternating point of views between Charlee and Dexter, Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto told a tale of forgiveness.  And it actually delved into the dangers of not taking care of yourself if you have Diabetes.

    One of the things that irked me was that Dexter (hot, bad boy, sexy Dexter) knows he’s diabetic.  He knows the signs, he knows the consequences, and he knows the dangers of not watching his levels.  And with that in mind, he still goes out constantly without his candy, and instead of asking for help, just goes with the motions of his attack until someone one “hopefully” comes by.  I couldn’t get over that!  Hope many “hypos” does he end up having in the duration of this book, and how many times did he have the sugar that his body needed?  Ummm, yah….

    BUT, self-medicating on the side, Dexter is one sexy beast.  Who doesn’t love a bad boy with heart?  And the way in which he pursues Charlee was hot.  Okay, so he just walked into her house and helped himself to her sweets in her pantry…and he just took it upon himself to go in her pool without being invited and watch her like a stalker.

    The sexual tension and the attraction between Dexter and Charlee is pretty hot.  But there were times where I was annoyed with Charlee.  I felt like she was stringing Dexter along and not at all appreciating the little things that he did for her.  Like staying with her at the hospital…or even just holding her when she needed it the most.  Nope, instead, she thinks about Dexter’s best friend and seeks him out so that she can get her mind off of Dexter.

    What I did find endearing were the moments between Charlee and her father at the hospital.  And OMG the letters!  I seriously bawled… Nothing gets to me more than relationships between fathers and daughters.  Now, throw in the fact that the father is dying in hospital and he tells his kids of his love for them while on his death bed…omg you guys…my heart couldn’t handle it!

    I recommend this read to those who want to witness the pain of watching your father dying and hearing about the amount of love he has for his children, and to readers who want to read about the importance of forgiveness, and how much it can change lives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Drag out

    Took me awhile to read it. Could not get into the book plus it totally drag. The book was long and no action. Kinda of boring.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

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    Ok story line and it gets very confusing at times with who says what between the two main characters this also makes the story line boring with a very expecting ending. Also the times will go back in forth when switchig perspectives. O ver 250 pages i would still suggest reading it if your into a story wih th expected ending but with a small twist that doesnt make sense but ending still same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    I read Rebecca Berto's novella, Precise, and I loved it so much.

    I read Rebecca Berto's novella, Precise, and I loved it so much. I was totally stoked to read this one, and it did not disappoint. It's so beautifully written and gets us into the minds of two complex characters who are deeply mired in their own pain. That said, it's not all doom and gloom. There are plenty of sweet moments, and the sexual tension is off the charts.

    I'm a bit stunned after reading the negative reviews, but I think I know why it's not everyone's cup of tea. Drowning in You leans towards the literary, and I think perhaps a lot of people are used to fast fiction. I understand the appeal of reading something that takes you on a quick, smooth ride through a story, but then again, I appreciate stories like these that suck you in and give you something unexpected. Beautifully crafted sentences that create a unique atmosphere are something to linger over, in my opinion. Maybe they're not for everyone, but they certainly work for me!

    Let me put it this way: if a film company were to adapt this story, it wouldn't end up being a big budget Hollywood flick. It wouldn't be a made-for-TV movie either. It would be an art house film. Film critics might call it "gritty" and "raw". And I reckon it would win lots of awards.

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