Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the “The Strip” in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him down…fast cars, adrenaline and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch…she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.
Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding it…at least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes aren’t what scares Payton the most…it’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?
Payton was one of my favorite characters in Going Under, so I was pretty excited when I found out Shallow was going to be her story.
I really enjoyed reading this book! It had tons of twists and turns that kept you wondering if Payton and Nick were actually going to be able to make everything work. I loved Payton! That girl is so awesome, I just loved her attitude! Even though I thought Nick was kind of a man whore before he met Payton, I really liked him too. Nick’s and Payton’s relationship happened really fast and normally I’m not a fan of insta love, but I didn’t mind it so much in this book. Nick and Payton were perfect for one another and there was tons of chemistry between the two of them. Every time they were together, sparks were flying!
It was nice to read about Claire and Jessie again, since I absolutely loved them in Going Under. I really like how protective they were of Payton. They were constantly looking out for her. I also liked how close Claire and Payton were, I thought they had the best friendship. They actually reminded me a lot of my best friend and myself in high school.
Overall, I thought this was an awesome read! If you are a fan of contemporary YA, you should definitely give this series a shot. I promise you, you will not be disappointed! 🙂