Left Drowning


How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Flat-Out Love


What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.


I was looking forward to reading this book, after thoroughly enjoying Flat-Out Love last year. Whilst enjoyed Left Drowning, I have to go against the majority of bloggers and admit that I preferred Flat-Out Love. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book. I did. It just didn’t blow me away, like I expected it to. I’m not the biggest fan of the New Adult genre, but I like to dip into it every now and then. I’d definitely classify Left Drowning as New Adult due to the amount of sexual content.

Left Drowning centres around Blythe, who is drowning in sorrow over the death of her parents and her brother’s injury, that she believe has damaged his future career. Blythe is barely getting by in her senior year at college. After meeting Sabin, and the rest of his siblings, Blythe starts to live again. Blythe finds out that the family hold secrets too.

I really liked the characters. Even though Blythe was incredibly depressed at the start, I liked the way she began to live again through finding friends and ultimately love. I loved how important family was to Blythe and how she wanted to make amends with her brother and family friends. I think she really grew throughout the novel, which is always a bonus. I liked the Stewart siblings too. Chris took a while to grow on me, because I really didn’t like the way he treated Blythe. He was a bit of an ass at points, but reading his story the reader can understand why. He also cared about his siblings so much, which helped me warm to him. Chris and Blythe’s relationship was a bit too insta-love for me and clichéd.

I think one of the problems I had with this book was its length. I raced through Flat-Out Love, but for me Left Drowning was a little bit too long. It’s engaging enough, but I expected to fly through it. The story does take place over a long period of time, and this is handled well. I just would’ve preferred a faster paced story.

It being New Adult, there are quite a few steamy scenes. I don’t mind reading scenes like this, but I started to get a bit bored with it. This wasn’t because it was badly written. It just became a bit repetitive and I wanted to continue with the story. I got it quite clearly, Blythe and Chris had great chemistry.

Left Drowning, despite the flaws I found with it, is still an enjoyable read. It has some twists and turns in the story which kept me reading.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
Liv, Forever- Amy Talkington


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