In Too Deep

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
IN TOO DEEP is the first novella in Shay’s powerful, new anthology, AMERICA’S BRAVEST. (All six novellas are available in a boxed set.)For months, Captain Gabe Malvaso and Firefighter Rachel Wellington have kept their knife-sharp attraction to themselves and out of their firehouse. But when a building explodes around them and they’re trapped in the basement, will they still avoid temptation? More
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About Kathryn Shay

A NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and PEOPLE magazine. There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands downloaded online. Reviewers have call her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”

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Review by: Tom Odyssey on Aug. 04, 2017 :
This is an excellent and well-written story, the firefighting aspect adding a unique and interesting angle. Firstly, the cover image is quite good, though it would probably look even better if the story's female character were depicted as well. Also, of perhaps even more importance, the title of the book ought to be larger and placed on the upper portion of the image. It really never makes any sense to me when the author's name is written in unnecessarily huge letters that dwarf the title; the unfamiliar author name does me very little good, whereas the name of the story is always important information. Funny enough, other books by this author seem to take the large-title-on-top approach, but I guess this is an exception for some reason. Regardless, these issues are at least forgivable. On the positive side of things, the yellow-and-black color combination looks great and fits the firefighting theme of the story well. Some people get the cover image wrong, so extra points are definitely earned for getting this integral part of the experience right.

In terms of the writing quality, while the style does feel decently refined for the most part, there are some slight rough edges. I'll get one thing out of the way early: Curse words are completely unneeded, don't add any value or emotion to anything, and only serve to cheapen an otherwise fine writing style. Another thing I found strange is that sentences are occasionally split by periods in ways that cut off what would be the sentences' second halves, leaving fragments. What caused me the most grief, however, was the dialogue. I've said it before elsewhere—I'm just not a fan of the style where speakers' actions are described for a sentence, or even a paragraph, and then the accompanying dialogue carries no name tag. It can be very confusing keeping track of who says what at times, which is only compounded when minor characters are thrown into the mix. I don't know if some writers think avoiding "he says" and "she says" somehow looks more professional, but honestly, the other way around just feels cluttered and convoluted, in my opinion. There are ways of using clear in-line speaker labels that don't require repetitive use of "says." Despite these annoyances, the reading experience was still uninhibited most of the time.

As for the story's progression, I equally enjoyed both the moments that were romantic as well as ones that were intense, the interplay between the two being balanced nicely. The sex scene in the early stages of the book is done tastefully and described very well, and the moments of high anxiety are particularly gripping, compelling me to read until the outcome is revealed. As the main characters' emotional struggle developed, it really made me feel for them, causing me to wonder how the situation would resolve itself and hope that everything works out for the better. All of these things make this a solid book that's worthy of a five-star rating and is definitely worth your time to check it out.
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Review by: SylvieLisa on July 05, 2016 :
Very good book :-))
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Review by: Theresa Chapman on Jan. 20, 2013 :
this was a very good book. I would read more from this author keep the good work up.
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Review by: hrhsophia on Sep. 02, 2012 :
Well written obviously for adults with a tasteful, passionate sex scene. Great chemistry and lots of humor. Firefighters are amazing!
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Review by: Kathleen Clark on Jan. 09, 2012 : (no rating)
Great story line but far too many curse words and sexual scenes. Story would be far greater without them.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on Nov. 18, 2011 :
The novel grips you from the start
The words the author uses flows together to sweep you on to the next page. I'm looking forward to reading the rest.
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