Live young. Live hard. Love deep.
Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.
Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.
As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.
And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…
Charley is your average girl who gets the opportunity to study abroad in Edinburgh. She is having a blast with her friends when she is out at a party with her roomy and a couple guys. When she sees a blast from her past. It't like someone threw ice cold water in her face and she panics and runs. Jake is her first love. They were together in high school and were deeply in love. He broke her heart and seeing him opened up all her wounds. The look on his face said it all. To make matters worse, he wasn't alone. He was with another woman...his girlfriend. Things for Charley are difficult after that. She knows he is there going to college in the same city and she knows that he knows she was always going to do this. Is he there purposefully to find her? Then why did he have a girl with him? Can Charley handle him being around? Will she be miserable or will she find a distraction?
Charley and Jake's relationship when they were young was the kind we all wish we had. Then the unthinkable happens and everything changes. Jake leaves her and she is never the same person. Just a shell of the person she used to be. Her family especially knows how awful it was for her. She has been dealing but, never really got over him. Now that he is back in her life she is even more confused. Especially when he starts inserting himself into her life. He wants to be friends to try to apologize for what happened. Again, this makes things hard for Charley because he is there with her friends hanging out...with is girlfriend Melissa! I felt so bad for Charley to have to see them together all the time. It's like hitting someone who's already down. Beck and Claudia were awesome for Charley. They were great friends. As was Lowe! I love him. I really want him to be happy! Will Charley and Jake find what they once had? Will they be able to overcome their past?
Jake is a pretty ok guy. I was angry with him throughout the book however. I thought what he was doing to Charley was selfish. He was doing it all for himself. Charley's dad's reaction when they all landed for the holiday. I think that is what finally broke Jake and he realized how much he her Charley. They really needed to work their crap out.
I LOVED this book! I couldn't stop reading it. I was so engrossed by Charley and Jake's story. It's not your typical boy meets girl and they are in love and live happily ever after. I can't wait for the next one to come out!!