Friday, May 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Drowning In You by: Rebecca Berto (Review, Interview, Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the Drowing In You Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can check out the other stops here.

Release Date: April 12, 2013
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Source: I received a copy of this book as a part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Secretly crushing
Crushed by a tragedy
Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.
Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.
And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.
When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.
But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences."

My Thoughts:

I am honestly a bit confused as to how I feel about this book. I didn’t hate it, but I can’t say I loved it either. I guess it is just one of those enjoyable stories, but not one you adore, at least for me. Not every book can blow you away, but that doesn’t make it bad and not worthy of your time.

I’m going to start with the things that bothered me. I was confused at times. I found it hard to follow the story at moments and some of the dialogue was simply confusing. There were moments when I had to re-read passages to find what I missed and sometimes that didn’t even help. I also felt as if nothing happened for a while. Dexter and Charlee spent a lot of the book thinking about how much they loved each other but never doing anything about it. I got tired of reading about what they thought of each other and I wanted more interaction. I also had trouble connecting to the characters. Charlee was tough for me especially. It really didn’t take much to make her breakdown and she broke down a lot. She also refused to listen to things that she really needed to hear. Dexter was better for me, but I wouldn’t put him in the book boyfriend category.

With all of that, I was still invested in the story. I genuinely wanted to know the outcome so I guess I did care about the characters to some extent. I was rooting for the characters to make it work and the book did break my heart at times. It also warmed my heart at times. The ending was very sweet and made me smile. Plus I felt like the story got better as it progressed. At the 80% mark, nothing could rip the book from my hands.

All in all, I would say this is a great read for New Adult die hards. It was a good story to get lost in for a little while.

Interview With Rebecca:

I am very pleased to have Rebecca Berto here on the blog with me today! Thanks for stopping by!
Of course. I’m the excited one. 

So what can you tell us about Drowning In You? What was the inspiration? 
Drowning in You is a bucket full of heartbreak and tears that ends up in a beautiful love story. I knew I wanted to write about an intense love story, and soon enough two polar opposite characters came to mind, Charlee and Dexter. There’s something about forbidden love and the satisfaction at the end of a painful journey that gets to me, and so I started brainstorming those characters and their story. 

What is your writing process like?
Plan, write, freak out, force write, read over plan, write. Something like that. Towards the end I get excited and sort of wish I could never stop writing. Crazy, I know. 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received when it comes to your writing? 
Read. Write. Read. Write. Make it a cycle. 

It’s the only way I know how to do it. If I’m not reading constantly, I can’t immerse myself in the world of stories. If I had to spend a week or more without a book, I feel like one side of the literary swing would be too weighed down and my writing out of whack.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life and could only keep one book or series with you, what would it be and why?
Series! I’ll pick that. Hmmmmm. Don’t laugh. Please?

Harry Potter because reading the series as an adult would mean I’d pick up on so many clues I missed as a kid, and anything better than what I remember of Harry Potter has to be epic. Also, Severus Snape turned out to be one of my all-time fav characters. Oh, and how cool are Harry, Ron and Hermione. Come on!

Who would you say is your biggest influence?
Arghh! Stress-inducing question … Well, I adore romance, but one of my few biggest influences are Jodi Picoult books. After I get hooked, I’m reading thinking, wow; oh, it gets better; OMG; holy crap I can’t sleep until I read the rest (a bazillion words).

Her books are like an inspirational painting to me.

I personally love to associate music with books, is there any song you think goes with Drowning In You perfectly?
Ahh, Rihanna songs. I mean, some of the lyrics are no way related—lesbian love, using drugs, her getting beaten up—but the feel, that intense overwhelming feeling from her songs, that makes you unable to turn her song off? That’s what I match to Drowning in You. 

If people enjoy Drowning In You, what are some other books you would recommend?
Falling Into You. I have a book crush on that one. It’s considerably more steamier, but there’s a similar feel. Also, parts of Ten Tiny Breaths are similar, and that novel has the same type of pain/love story.

Last question, favorite writing snack?
Chocolate! (I swap this for chocolate-flavoured tea, too.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Woo hoo. Loved it!


About The Author:

Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, DROWNING IN YOU. She is also a freelance editor.
She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.
Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

Author Links:Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


  1. Sounds great. Thanks for this review.

    Andreea @

  2. I haven't heard much about this one, but sorry you didn't love it At least it was pretty enjoyable.

  3. Awesome post, ladies! Jodi Picoult is awesome her books are always so intense and the endings always gut me!

  4. I had a hard time following the story too, but I did like Tbe overall theme of the story,
    Nice review, Teresa!

  5. I love that you stuck with this one and that, at the 80% mark, the book could not have been ripped from your hands! That has me intrigued (so does the name Dexter <-- love)! I have this one to read; and, after your wonderful review, I feel like I'm prepared for the hard-to-follow parts and am really anticipating the 80% mark ;) Awesome interview, and I love that she chose Harry Potter!! *huggles*

  6. Great post!! I loved your honesty, and though the book didn't blow you away, I'm glad you still enjoyed it nonetheless. However, not sure if I will pick it up.

    Great Review my awesome/kick-ass/crime-fighting friend!!!!!

    *puts on cape* :D

    1. *puts on mask*

      gotta keep our identities sekrit! lmao!

  7. Great review and interview! It's good to hear that even though this wasn't a major standout, you still enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for New Adult books so I might enjoy reading this one.


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