An erotic romance...told entirely through text messages.
The words he typed were never meant to be read, yet they found their way to her. Two wounded strangers, prisoners of their own lives, brought together by a wayward text.
Without ever hearing each other's voices, a friendship blooms between them. Without ever seeing each other's faces, an attraction grows. Without ever touching, the two become lovers.
But when words suddenly aren't enough, will this bond be able to tear down the walls that keep them apart...or was it only ever fantasy?
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About the Author
Cara now writes full-time and lives north of Boston with her bearded husband. When she’s not trapped in her own head, she can usually be found in the kitchen, the coffee shop, or jogging around the nearest duck-filled pond.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think WAY DOWN DEEP by Charlotte Stein is one of the most intimate books I've ever read. The style in which it's written -- the texting, doesn't make it awkward at all. It makes it personal. I almost felt like a voyeur at times. And these two strangers, each so mired down in their own pain and unimaginable struggles connect with each other so completely. It's just beautiful. So pure. They laugh, and cry, and just put it all out there. They share their fears, their failures, their dreams, their passions, their victories with bone deep honesty. I laughed. I cried. And I was jealous that I am not connected with someone as purely as they were to one another merely through texting. And the ending? Perfect. This is my first time reading a book from Charlotte Stein. I'm impressed. 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Charlotte Stein and Cara McKenna are go-to authors for me when I’m looking for an edgy, sexy romance and this first collaboration shows their trademark styles combined in one intriguing package. Way Down Deep is an epistolary romance, told entirely in the form of text messages between the hero and the heroine. It’s common to have text messages or email make up part of a novel, but to have the whole story told this way is pretty unique. The result is a super sexy and enthralling romance. The story begins with a text message to an unknown number, from a depressed writer who never expects the message to be returned. But to the writer’s surprise, someone does reply, a stranger, who tries to send some encouraging words to the initiator of the conversation. It’s gradually revealed which writer is male and which is female, and the slow unveiling of their lives takes place. Malcolm is a single dad, adjusting to being the sole parent of his toddler-aged son, and Maya is a homebound young woman. Can two strangers find companionship and even love from an online relationship? I loved how this story unfolds, with intimate details given out over time. And then, because they are strangers and sharing things with each other, things take a more dramatic and sexy turn. Soon they’ve got their day and night messages arranged so that at night they can share some of their deep sexual fantasies with each other, while during the day they relay more of the day to day details of their lives. They both have some trauma in their pasts that has affected them deeply and makes an online friendship one that is safe as it comes without the risk of rejection. But they also develop feelings for each other and come to a point where writing to each other isn’t enough anymore. I don’t want to give away any spoilers as it’s the kind of story you’ll want to experience for yourself. The two writers are distinguished by the use of different font styles which made for a much easier read than I’d anticipated so the story flows smoothly and once started, is hard to put down. The ending suits the story and will leave you satisfied with the romance and the connection between the characters. I would definitely be interested in reading a collaboration by this author duo again!
Never would have believed text messages could be so intimate, so raw, so honest. Lonely, hurting, and more than a little drunk, a person reaches out with a distress signal via text - not really expecting an answer. Shockingly, someone responds - tossing out a lifeline via a return text – offering a willing ear, a few encouraging words. And thus slowly, a friendship begins that grows over time to an intimate affair . . . all via texts. I admit I was skeptical going in – not sure an erotic romance could be adequately relayed without any personal contact between the characters. I’ll have to say these authors proved me wrong. Through text messages, two people are stripped naked as they each bare their souls to a stranger – each safe in their own little world. At first, they have no idea whether they are “talking” to a male or female – not knowing the other’s name, age, physical attributes, or personal situation. As the story plays out, they begin to engage in a type of game ultimately sharing more personal details including their most intimate desires and fantasies. Safe in their cloak of secrecy, – after all, they both know they’ll never meet - their games grow to an erotic fever that erupts into a shared intimacy that many couples never accomplish in the flesh. To say it’s erotic and hot is a gross understatement – it is indeed as flammable as gasoline! Lost in an avalanche of desire, they cross a line that neither may survive. Way Down Deep is a raw, riveting, seductive character driven story that I read in mostly one sitting. Surprisingly, it has a very intimate and honest feel to it as it becomes clear these two lost characters were brought together by fate. The plot line is intriguing as there are other things at play here that I won’t reveal due to spoilers, but through a series of twists and turns, readers learn what brought each person to this place and time. I had my doubts that a virtual erotic romance was possible – but in this case, it works! A Must Read!
4 - I never expected to hear back... Stars! The blurb for Way Down Deep is what firstly sold me on reading this book, I was interested to see if the authors would be able to transfer enough emotion and depth to a story that is basically told through the medium of text messaging. The second selling point; Cara McKenna, I have only read one other book by her, but it left such a lasting effect on me, that even three years on from reading it I still think about it on occasion, when you read as voraciously as I do, that is not something that happens often. I have a crush on someone, based on nothing but her words… Back to the book, this essentially starts with the H, sending a text of desperation to a number he never ever expected to get a reply from, here enters the h, as she now has the number that he has texted. I did wonder if developing a relationship over text would be a struggle on a longer time-frame, because there are literally no verbal words spoken in this book between the H/h, and for me in the main the authors hit the right pitch. The first 40% was great in building the anticipation, and you got to know Maya and Malcolm as they essentially got to know each other. The next 30% did drag a bit, because it morphed into one long stexting session, and I found myself getting a bit distracted from it all, the phrase 'actions speak louder than words' was pretty apt for the amount of typing about what they wanted to do to each other went on, but the authors did manage to pull it back with the end, and I found myself sniffling at my desk by the end of it. Something about you, about this, give me hope. Both characters have pretty grim back stories, and I actually think the texting helped keep from making it too angsty in its own way, because although a lot of the texts were written more of a letter length than a couple of sentences, nothing was dwelled on for too long, before they moved onto the next thing. You’re the twig in my pine needle tea. If you are looking for a love story, that’s a little different from the normal ‘boy meets girl’ theme, this is definitely one I would recommend you give a try. I have to say the end though… Gah! I so wanted an epilogue, in fact the authors could probably write another book from the ending they gave this one. Not a cliffy per-se, but I definitely wanted more.
Absolutely loved reading this "different" book. It's entirely written as though two people were texting back and forth. In my own opinion, the story was slow to start, and I had a hard time diving into the book. I kept at it though and of course it became so much more. Malcolm and Maya are perfect together and I would love to read more of their story. It ended right where it could be been so much more, yet after you read the whole story up to that point, it may ruin their story to continue where it ended, Leaves you to conclude with your own imagination. Great writing and loved the different way it was written.