Book: Way Down Deep
Authors: Cara McKenna, Charlotte Stein
Genre: Erotic romance
Release date: 6 June 2017
Plot: A damaged soul decides one night to reach out to the number of someone he used to know. He certainly doesn’t expect a reply – but when his phones beeps with a reply, he’s astonished.
One text turns into two, then snowballs until the pair become fast friends. The modern-day equivalent of pen pals. They share more and more and they both cling to those daily texts like a lifeline. When the nature of those texts shift from innocent curiosity to sexuallyy charged, they both consider whether their messages and daily insights will be enough to satisfy them going forward…
Why you should read it: This was a great collaboration: I really admire both of these authors for their originality and sexy stories. The stories are smart and so are their characters. They’re also gloriously flawed. This story consists solely of text messages back and forth. Gradually, we get to see more and more of their character flaws, but it was just a glimpse. There was also a lot of humour too – The messages added a lyrical quality to the writing.
“My romantic history is basically that Gotye song on repeat for four hours. Super fraught and beautifully tortured at first, then by the fifteenth time you’re like ENOUGH WITH THE FUCKING XYLOPHONE.”
What you may not like: lovers of well-rounded, more traditional romance may not enjoy the letters between the characters. There are no peripheral characters, (except for a child we hear about) and just as the story hits its climax, it comes to an abrupt halt. It’s not exactly a traditional HEA, you’ll be left imagining the rest and it may not satisfy everyone.
Rating: 3/5 for a thoughtful, poetic and sexy read. It was quite abrupt at the end, but I guess this story is more about the journey, rather than the destination.