by Rachel Firasek


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*Drowning is a New Adult Contemporary Romance suited for 18+ due to some violence, language, and sexual content*

"I dare you."

Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison's life forever. She's a party girl that doesn't believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.

Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family's vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he's envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.

With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493533572
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/19/2013
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.
She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn't truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart! http://www.rachelfirasek.com/

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Drowning 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading Rachel Firasek’s Drowning, not truly knowing what it was about….It grabbed me and drew me in right from the start. It is told in the first person alternating between both main characters’ voices, Alice and Seth. Alice and Seth are each sticking to themselves until they inadvertently crash into each other in the hall and have an instant and inevitable connection and chemistry. As they begin to get to know each other the past comes crashing to the present and Seth truly rises to the occasion. This book is truly what I would call an emotional read! It is a dark, painful, gripping yet beautiful story. It was definitely a bit heavier and darker than I had anticipated – there is violence (although not too graphic) involved that tears your heart because it is so well written. However, it is also countered by the tender loving moments in the book that restore your faith in humanity, love and family. Rachel Firasek does a phenomenal job in creating her characters. I quickly became emotionally invested in them and found myself rooting for them, hurting for them (or with them), cheering them on and sometimes yelling at them! While the main characters in Drowning are Alice Harrison and Seth James even her secondary characters packed a punch! Particularly Alice’s sister Molly (boy does she end up surprising you!), Seth’s brother Gabe (adore him), and Deacon and Evan (the guys who round out Seth and Gabe’s band). I cannot wait to see them in upcoming books! This was the first book that I read by Rachel Firasek and I am thrilled that I was given the opportunity to be introduced to her emotionally riveting work. I definitely recommend Drowning (Tears of Sin, #1) and eagerly await the next book in this series. I received an ARC of Drowning from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Drowning by Rachel Firasek is the first book in her Tears of Sin series. Do NOT let the cover mislead you, this is a dark tale of adversity mixed in with a romance. Please heed the warning that it contains scenes of a disturbing and graphic nature. Alice has a dark and twisty past that has left her damaged. She is an adrenaline junkie that does anything (almost) for her next "fix". Seth is a musician with his own troubled past. He wants to focud on his music and songwriting. No distractions. This plan is a success until Alice LITERALLY runs into him on their apartment complex elevator one day. Well-paced, troubling, heart-wrenchng and darkly-beautiful. Prepare yourself with some wine or chocolate or both to get through the tougher scenes. While part of a series, this book does end well with the opportunity for more to come.
DStreet34 More than 1 year ago
A gifted copy was provided for an honest review. **4 Stars** This is a beautiful, dark story about Alice and Seth. Alice appears as a strong, carefree adrenaline junkie on the outside. However, Alice is a broken, sad young woman who believes she is worthless and of no use to anyone. Seth is a musician who just wants to write music and get his band off the ground. He moves into the condo his father owns, right across from Alice. They literally run into each other at the elevator in their building and feel drawn to each other. Alice tries to hide who she really is under the façade she portrays of being a tease. Seth is attracted to Alice but can see the pain and sadness in her eyes and isn’t sure he wants to get involved. Seth and Alice decide to just be friends but as they spend more time together, their attraction and feelings grow. However, Alice’s sadistic father has other plans for Alice and threatens the relationship that is blossoming between Alice and Seth. Can Alice escape her father and build a future with Seth? Will Seth be able to save Alice from drowning in her past and the unbelievable abuse she has suffered at the hands of her father? I loved this story. I really enjoyed watching Alice persevere to make a life for herself in spite of her horrific childhood. And Seth truly tries to be Alice’s hero and someone she can depend on. This story is not for the faint-hearted as there are some situations that Alice endured that are described in brutal detail. However, this is a story well worth reading. Although this is the beginning of a series, this does not end in a cliffhanger.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Drowning was a gripping read, overall. It's familiar in that it uses the NA trope of broken girl meets broken boy but it also incorporated some grittiness and suspense.  Alice Harrison is a young woman coping ina life where she's been tortured and made to believe she'll destroy anything good in life. She gave up school and her art to take care of her half-sister due to her belief that it's her due penance. When she literally runs into Seth James, her whole life is turned on its head. Seth James is a young man haunted by the loss of his mother and his father's subsequent absentee parenting. He pours all his passion into his music. He's trying to make a go of it with his band and the last thing he wants or needs is the distraction that one Alice Harrison presents. When Alice's dad comes calling, both Alice and Seth learn a lot about themselves and what those things mean for the other. Drowning is a compelling story. It introduced likeable characters, such as Gabe, Seth's brother, and Deacon and Evan, their bandmates. I look forward to learning more about them in the forthcoming books in this series. I also liked Molly, Alice's half-sister, despite her character flaws. I would have liked to have learned more about Molly though, particularly because of the roll she has in Alice's life. I'm going to assume I'll get more in the future installments. I admired Alice's strength and spirit. The things she's endured - unspeakable acts, would have sucked the life out of most people. Alice didn't let it. In fact, she sought out adrenaline-pumping activities in order to prove to herself she was alive. Until that fateful day, when things went horribly wrong.  I liked Seth a lot. But he made me angry several times. Drowning is told through dual POV, so I got to read what was going on in his mind. He was flip-flopping on where he stood with Alice and it frustrated me. The writing and pacing in Drowning were done well. There were places where transitions were rather abrupt though. And I felt as though Seth's life maybe wasn't bad enough to warrant the 'broken' boy label. The story though was good. I'm anxious for more from these characters.
ysar More than 1 year ago
Soon-to-be twenty-year-old Alice Harrison is, on the surface, an uninhibited adrenaline junkie who’s always chasing her next thrill. But beneath it all, she’s haunted by a horrific childhood and overwhelming guilt over the plight of her half-sister Molly. To make up for the accident that took Molly’s sight, not to mention be near the one person in the world who’s ever loved her, Alice has taken up residence in Molly’s condo, helping her as she learns to navigate the world without vision. The last thing she needs right now is a complication, especially when it comes in the form of a drop dead gorgeous musician moving in across the hall. Seth draws inspiration from the darkness he sees in other people, using it to give words to his music. His father may not support his dreams, but with his best friends and his brother in the band, he has the support system he needs to pursue his dreams. What he doesn’t need, though, is a girl to distract him and complicate things. Especially the sweet girl with the haunted eyes who lives across the hall. If only she wasn’t so in need of saving. But... Every time The Basement was mentioned, all I could picture was that gay club down on Congress. And then I started trying to figure out if the Harrison house was over in Westlake. And then I wondered why a gunshot victim would be at Seton instead of Brackenridge. None of those are really problems with the story at all; I just didn’t realize when I picked up the book that it’s set in Austin, and once I did, I couldn’t shut that part of my brain off. It makes perfect sense that Rowena would shop at the Domain, but with the band being such a large part of the story, I’m surprised Dirty 6th didn’t garner more of a mention. See? I shouldn’t read stories set here. I end up questioning everything for no good reason. The Verdict... I hesitated to grab this book, since it promised to be a little more angsty than I normally go for, but I can’t say I regret it. It hooked me from the very beginning, and before I knew it, I’d read through it all in one sitting. Alice is a really interesting character, a bit wild, definitely damaged, but with a sort of confidence and free spirit I wouldn’t normally expect from someone who’s been burdened with her life. Her inner strength and somewhat normal façade keep the story from going straight into dark, and that’s what kept me reading. Despite the suffering she’s endured, she’s not altogether closed off. She understandably has trust issues, but her goodness shines through, and while she may not be a saint, she’s impossible not to like. As Seth can attest. Speaking of Seth… Damn. Easily one of the hottest men I’ve read in romance, he’s multi-dimensional and not your typical knight in shining armor. He practically oozes sex appeal, and while he’s no stranger to the mirror, he’s not so cocky about his looks that I want to slap him. Unless he’s into that. Ahem… Watching Alice and Seth give into and fight against their feelings for each other makes for an incredibly entertaining and emotional read, and while I did want to shake some sense into each of them a few times, they didn’t fall into that cliched mess normally found in romance books. They disagree, misunderstand, fail to communicate, and somehow find their way back, and when things take a turn for the truly dark, they make it worth surviving.
Tishia More than 1 year ago
Drowning is the first book in the Tears of Sin series by Rachel Firasek. The main character is Alice, a young woman tormented by guilt and bad memories of a painful past. Alice is the type of character that comes with a lot of twisted, emotional baggage. She literally runs into a hot musician named Seth. Despite not wanting a romantic relationship, she can't get Seth out of her mind. It doesn't help that he is her new neighbor. Seth is a great guy. All he wants is to concentrate on his band – with no distractions. All the band members are great characters. I could see each of them having their own book. Seth is sort of played up to be a “tortured soul”, but his past doesn't really seem that bad. Now Alice – she had the family from hell. She endured years of horrible abuse. It's really dark and twisted. The book has alternating points of view, which I like. Alice seems a little on the crazy side, so it's nice to read some chapters from the outside looking in. I feel like the book wrapped up too quickly, with the exception of Alice's sister. That particular event in the story was unexpected and just felt weird to me. I really don't know whether to think of her as a good or bad character. Maybe her relationship with Seth's brother was left open-ended for a reason? Anyway, all-in-all the book was an interesting read with a good plot and likable characters. I recommend it to those who like the New Adult genre.
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
This was a good read.  I agree with the warning – it’s a dark and twisty book.  I like the James brothers and their bandmates and I like Alice, but had mixed feelings about Molly for most of the book.  I want more from the bandmates, but this is Seth and Alice’s story, so I’ll focus on them.  Alice’s family is just…absurd.  I don’t know how she kept going.  Seth’s life hasn’t been easy, don’t get me wrong, but I just didn’t feel like it was THAT bad.  Maybe that’s just because of Alice’s history, I don’t know. As for the abuse that’s mentioned – it’s horrific.  It’s not quite what you might be expecting, but it is absolutely horrific.  My only problem with it is that maybe I’m naïve, but I just can’t imagine that level of abuse to someone going on for so long – politician or not.  Several people knew and it was reported when she was a child.  Things like that aren’t written off without investigation.  Again, maybe I’m just naïve.   That issue didn’t ruin the story for me at all though.  I liked watching the evolution of Seth and Alice and the climax was pretty good.  I really enjoyed the conflict resolution and adored the ending.  I will definitely be looking forward to book 2!  Drowning is a story that will tug at your heartstrings in multiple ways, but will leave you with a smile and looking forward to the next installation of the new series.  Don’t miss out!
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Drowning is the newest work from author Rachel Firasek.  I have read most of Rachel’s’ earlier works, and really enjoyed them, but nothing comes close to what she has done with Drowning.  This book was remarkable. To say that Alice Harrison has had a pretty heavy cross to bear would be a huge understatement.  Feeling responsible for the recent accident that happened to her older sister is just the latest scar left on her emotions.  Those emotional scars add another layer to the physical scars left by a person who was supposed to love and care for her.  That combo has left her hardened and swearing off love and emotions for good.  It was the only way she knew how to survive.  That all changed when she meets her new neighbor, Seth.  He refuses to let something like a slammed door to the face turn him away.  The scariest part is, Alice knows he may be the one that can crumble her resolve and lead her to believe there may be some good left in the world.  Will he have what it takes to love someone as scarred as she is? Seth James hasn’t really had the best childhood.  One of the things that has helped him through it, besides his brother, was his love for music.  Now that’s his main focus.  Well, it was until he sees Alice, the new neighbor.  Funny that just a little conversation in the elevator can have him dying to know more about her.  She’s going to be a tough nut to crack, but he’s up for the challenge.  Seth soon finds out that there’s more to the challenge than just a tough exterior when he finds her crying in the stairwell and realizes she needs more than just a hot boy toy….she needs a knight in shining armor and damn if he wants to be that for her. Seth and Alice have so much from their pasts that needs to be healed.  Working on their own really hasn’t gone so well for them.  Will working together finally be the balm they need to heal the wounds they both have? Talk about an emotional story.  We are given a peek into Alice’s story in the beginning and ever so slowly, the pieces are revealed and the puzzle that starts to take shape is so utterly heartbreaking. From the day she was born, she never stood a chance at happiness in the life she was brought into.  Alice is truly a survivor though.  She is finally free from the hell she called home and is now out on her own and is doing her best to live and be normal.  Then she meets Seth and she gains be a sliver of hope that she could be loved….scars and all.  Seth is amazing.  He’s a man’s man with a huge heart and the love he has for his brother is evident from the first chapter.  That made me love him even more and I knew if anyone can save Alice, he was it.  Regardless of his own personal and family issues, he has a good head on his shoulders and is a delicious balance between hard and soft.  The delicate dance between Alice and Seth was fabulous to read.  There was a slow build of trust and caring between them.  The attraction was instant but the progress into a relationship was done really well.  Especially as we learn about Alice’s past and what she has endured.  I can’t give anything away, but have some tissues handy. Another fantastic addition to the story were the band members….besides brothers Seth and Gabe we meet Deacon and Evan.  Those two boys are a terrific addition to the entire dynamic and make the whole gang have a real family feel.  Albeit a slightly dysfunctional one, a family nonetheless, with all the teasing, bickering and caring that comes with it. Rachel takes the reader on an emotional voyage with love, loss, angst, tenderness, anger, lust and so much more.  Thank you, Rachel, for Alice and Seth and for all of the rest of these memorable characters.  I can’t wait to see what you have planned form them all next!
GraceDZ More than 1 year ago
3.5 – 4 Stars It's a meeting between two artistic souls when Alice Harrison literally runs into Seth James. Although there is great mutual attraction, neither one wants any distractions. Ahhh, but this is romance, right? Pretty soon there's no doubt that friendship turns into something more! I found both Seth and Alice to be both beautifully damaged characters. They each have their own flaws...Alice more so than Seth. He is an aspiring musician. Creating music is his life, and he's trying to do good for his band. There's a reason why Alice keeps things hidden deep inside. She guards such painful truth and needs someone to believe. “I'll be your anchor when the fear creeps in. I'll hold your hand and promise to listen. And when you dare to take on life, I'll be here to watch you survive. Cause I'm drowning in you.” If I could describe this story in a few words, I would say that Drowning is exhilarating, dark and totally unexpected. Don't get me wrong, I liked this story, in fact, I found it completely engrossing. I enjoyed the alternating POV very much. I just wasn't expecting it to go down such a twisted path. The main antagonist in this story is pure EVIL!!! I have no words to describe this sick monster. There were scenes that made me cringe and squirm and left me in a state of high anxiety. Although I felt things wrapped up too quickly, Drowning ends on a good note and leaves you feeling like a brand new journey is about to begin. I hope there will be more. I'm curious to see where Ms. Firasek takes this series. *A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*