Deeper We Fall (Fall & Rise #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron


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Synopsis:

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He lovesTo Kill a Mockingbird as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache. 

Review:

Oh Deeper We Fall how I enjoyed you. What a great read. I wasn't sure how much I would like it going into it, but I am glad I gave it a try. Zan was just heartbreaking to read. I loved him so much right from the beginning and everything he tries to do. Oh, I felt for him and how everything played out for him thus far. He is so much like Charlotte and they are so great together. Oh, such a wonderful story. 

Two years ago Charlotte's best friend was in a car accident with Zack and Zan. Zack, who is a horrible person, but always seems to get all the girls, was in the car with Lottie's bff and Zan, who was driving. There is so much hurt and heartbreak there with Charlotte not really able to move on from what happened. Her bff will never be the same and she blames herself. She should have been able to stop it, even though she did everything she could. She always takes on responsibility for things she doesn't have control over. Much like Zan seems to do. 

Zan has had a rough two years. He has paid for what he has done, but in some ways he is still paying for it. He has had a crush on Charlotte forever, but he never knew how to approach her. He is not a talker, he is very quiet, and he just doesn't know what to say. He tried that fateful night to finally say something to her, but it just doesn't work out. Then everything changed and now she hates him. Or so she says. But there is still something there. And what would she say if she knew the truth? Zan has been picking up after Zack for so long he doesn't know any different. And when Zack makes mistakes Zan feels responsible, even though Zan doesn't have anything to do with it. 

Oh these two. They both take on so much responsibility for other and blame themselves for others mistakes. If only they would have done something, if only they would have said something or done something differently. If only. The two of them...oh they got to me. Zan is such a sweet, kind person. He lets Charlotte yell at him. He lets her do whatever she needs to because he knows how much hurt that night caused her. Only she seems to maybe not really hate him as much as he first thought. It seems like she might actually like him...oh it was a rough ride. Lots of ups and downs, lot of Charlotte not being able to reconcile what she is feeling and what she thinks she should feel. Lots of me just wanting good things to finally start happening to Zan. Lots of great story to read. 

Through it all, through Zan and Charlotte trying to figure everything out, you also have Zack who is a horrible person stirring up drama. He just does whatever he wants and doesn't care about others. If he wants something too bad if you say no. He really needed Zan to stop cleaning up his messes. He needed to start taking responsibility for his atrocious behavior. I am glad he got what was coming to him in the end. It was a really great read and I can't wait to read the secondary character's stories! I hope they are just as good as this one was. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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