Review: In Too Deep – Kathryn Shay

Posted 25 January, 2015 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 8 Comments


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: In Too Deep – Kathryn ShayIn Too Deep by Kathryn Shay
Series: America's Bravest #1
Published by Selfpublished on 16 November 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Freebie
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3 Stars

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?

In Too Deep is short and to the point, with romance, hotness, firefighters and a good enough story.

My In Too Deep review:

If you are able to keep up with the suspension of disbelief, In Too Deep might work even better for you than it did for me. The story is quite good, and the characters are definitely enchanting enough, there is also an outside plot, which sadly wasn’t fully developed. Rachel and Gabe have been in love with each other for a while, but they have been keeping their distance for several reasons. First of all he’s the boss, and as firefighters, they need to be able to keep their heads cool in all the dangerous situations they get into at work.

In Too Deep has just the right amount of tension, and both the main and side characters are interesting enough to make me want to know more about them. There is a few problems, too, though. Like when Rachel and Gabe are trying to put out a fire, and when Gabe tells Rachel to stay where she is while he checks if the stairs are safe, she steps on them anyway, and they fall down in the basement, and are basically boxed in down there. Then, because they think they’re going to die of oxygen depravation, they give in to their feelings and have sex on the dirty basement floor, surrounded by smoke and debris. That just didn’t seem like anything that could ever happen, and it was difficult for me to enjoy their encounter because of the unbelievability of it.

Also, there is a journalist / blogger who always writes scatching posts about the fire department, like they shouldn’t go shopping for food while they’re on call, that it’s strange that they hang out together when they’re off duty and basically spreading bad press about them all. This storyline is not fully developed, and we never understand why this happens, or who the journalist is – as she never is shown apart from through her articles.

There is something there in In Too Deep that makes me want to read more about the other firefighters, though, and one day, I’ll check out the other America’s Bravest novellas. Written in a third person omniscient narrator style, past tense, worked well for the story. There are some typos and use of wrong words, too, though, and that just takes me straight out of the story and into correction mode.

Some In Too Deep quotes:

In one short afternoon, he’d compromised his principals and slept with a firefighter under his command.

“Never found anybody you liked enough to settle down?” She knew he and Brody were six years older than she. “Haven’t tried. Besides, if you have to look, you aren’t ready. It should just happen.”

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Lexxie is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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8 responses to “Review: In Too Deep – Kathryn Shay

  1. Ah, firefighter stories. Hard to resist. Of course I never think about them getting it on in the middle of a disaster. Plus in my previous life and death situations, gotta say, sex just wasn’t on the list of things I thought about. Still, you have forbidden love, heroes, a lot of gear that has to be taken off. Great review, Lexxie.

    I hope you have an excellent week!

    Robyn Jones recently posted: Looking at Normal
    • LOL Robyn! That’s exactly how I felt, too… even if it might be the last time they’d ever have sex… not on the floor, surrounded by smoke and debris.
      Have a great week yourself 🙂

  2. I’m giggling over Robyn’s comment. 🙂 I’m sorry that In Too Deep didn’t work out too well, Lex. I don’t think I’d be able to suspend my disbelief either and I would be frustrated by all the threads that went nowhere. But that there was enough there to make you interested in reading more says something. Although, I’ll probably wait to see what you think once you read another. *ha* Sex in a dirty basement floor while you’re inhaling smoke and fire and debris are falling around you…yeah, that’s *exactly* what I’d do if I thought I was about to die in a burning building…

    **BIG HUGS**

    • Me, too, Brandee! I’m all for the suspension of disbelief when I read, but sometimes it’s really difficult to do so. I am not exactly sure when I’ll have the time to read more in this series, but one day I will. And I’ll definitely let you know!
      *BIG HUGS*

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