Following the sudden death of his wife, Nathan Bell has spent nearly two years burying himself in work and neglecting his biggest responsibility: his daughter. Overcome with guilt, he wants to connect with little Marley, but he doesn’t know how to do it alone. And then Jenna Savage throws him a lifeline.
A single mom of twins, Jenna is more than capable of taking care of Nate’s adorable two-year-old, and wants to help Nathan however she can. Soon, attachments are made, forcing Jenna and her kids into new territory. And the closer everyone becomes, the more right it feels.
Falling in love forces Nathan to face his biggest fear, and when hearts, both big and little, are on the line, the only thing scarier than needing someone is losing them all.
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I’m a huge J. Daniels’ fan. Her earlier stories are some of my absolute favorites, and her Dirty Deeds series brings the steam, the drama, and the emotions that I’ve come to expect from Daniels’ writing. And the fact that both the hero and heroine are single parents in her newest release, Down Too Deep, was only one of the reasons that I couldn’t wait to dive into Nathan and Jenna’s story.
It’s mind boggling just how much Nate transforms throughout the course of the book. The Nate readers meet at the beginning compared to the one that he becomes illustrates how far he’s come since the death of his wife and the subsequent two years he spent singularly focused on his work because he couldn’t seem to handle anything else. And while Jenna plays a huge role in helping Nathan understand what’s important in life, he also has to be willing to do the work, willing to make up for his time spent away from his daughter. And that’s what impressed me most about him – the fact that he wanted a second chance to do right by his precious girl and maybe even a second chance to feel loved by someone who seems to get him and wants to be with him, even if he’s still a bit bent and broken.
Jenna’s present in Nathan’s life helps him to make the changes he needs to and along the way as Jenna keeps him moving forward and Nathan sees exactly what it means to be truly present in his daughter’s life, the bond between them…between all of them, including Jenna’s twins, becomes paramount to their lives. Loss has seemed to be Nate’s most faithful friend for quite some time, and now that he’s moving forward, some growing pains will occur, but with him on the right path now and with Jenna’s unyielding support, there’s nothing he can’s overcome…nothing he can’t make right in the present.
Jenna is an amazing mom, an amazing friend…she’s just simply amazing. J. Daniels did an amazing job of crafting Jenna’s character showing readers just how perfectly imperfect she is and why she can be the one to help Nate find his way, and, in return, feel like her life is even more fulfilled with Nate and Marley in her life.
Love in all capacities is at the forefront of Nate and Jenna’s story. Love for one’s children, love for one’s family, love for one’s friends, love for one’s self, and love for a significant other are all explored throughout the course of the book and what allowed me to see past Nate’s hands-off approach to his daughter after his wife passed away is the fact that readers get to watch his and Marley’s bond grow and become absolutely essential to Nate. And then when Nate and Jenna join forces and have each other’s back, we see just how much all five of them care for each other and rely on one another and that’s truly a precious gift for all of them.
The story line and characters in Down Too Deep epitomize the qualities of a book that gives readers all the feels. With everything that these five people have to overcome, to work through, to heal from, emotions play a significant role in all of their lives and while there are some definite growing pains, at the end, being as deep as they are with each other, allows Nate and Jenna the opportunity to truly live and love, and that’s all any of us deserve.
4.5 Poison Apples
J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Alabama Summer, Dirty Deeds and Sweet Addiction series.
Best known for her sexy, small-town romances, her debut novel, Sweet Addiction, was first published in 2014 and went on to become an international bestseller. Since then, she has published more than ten novels, including the Dirty Deeds series with Forever Romance.
Daniels grew up in Baltimore and currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two kids. A former full-time Radiologic Technologist, she began writing romance after college and quickly discovered a passion for it. You’ll still catch her in scrubs every now and then, but most of her time is spent writing these days–a career she is eternally grateful for.
Always an avid reader, Daniels enjoys books of all kinds, but favors Romance (of course) and Fantasy. She loves hiking, traveling, going to the mountains for the weekend, and spending time with her family.
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