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In Too Deep (In Too Deep #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  631 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hea ...more
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published June 3rd 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing (first published April 23rd 2013)
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Elizabeth (Liz)

4.5 Stars

IN TOO DEEP takes an important, often neglected, topic and brings it front and center in this debut novel from Michelle Kemper Brownlow. This story will flying-tackle every emotion you have and forcibly yank out some you didn't know existed!  The road is B-U-M-P-Y for all involved, and I guarantee there will be moments you want to throttle most of the characters.  But, the story is also all too real, and you will FEEL it. That's a promise.

Gracie Jordan is the definition of innocence an
Kim Person
Apr 23, 2013 Kim Person rated it it was amazing
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In Too Deep is one of those books that had me from the synopsis ~ it was a must have read for me ~ when I got my hands on this one I was totally........

I started reading and was already.....

Gracie meets bad-boy Noah while working at a local Pizza joint together ~ this boy has a reputation ~ a BAD one ~ he's the one that can have any girl he wants ~ but he's also the one that won't be tied down by a girl. Well Noah meets innocent Gracie and no matter how hard she tries to resist she's tempted and
Jun 05, 2013 Imy♥♥ rated it did not like it

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I actually had to double take at the ratings people were giving this book.

Sorry, but I just couldn't finish it.

I felt the writing was a little immature. Surprisingly not the grammar, just everything else. I believe having a strong and/or confident - Not so weak main female character would have been your saving grace. Literally.

The main character "Gracie" well she was the most insecure, blubbering mess of a female lead I have ever read. Who cries that much? T
Jenee -Jenee's Book Blog
I sit here speechless, awed, and deeply moved by Michelle's ability to provoke such intense emotions for not two, but three incredibly dynamic characters. I have never read a book that kept my emotions in such a constant state of turmoil while promising a truly beautiful ending. ~Jenee's Book Blog

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This book was AMAZING! I cannot believe it is Michelle’s first book. Believe me when I tell you, you do not want to pass up the opportunity to read this. You know that feeling when you stomach drops,
Holly - Holly's Hot Reads
Jul 14, 2013 Holly - Holly's Hot Reads rated it really liked it
********ARC received in exchange for an honest review********


To all the silent victims of emotional abuse,

You are not broken. You are not damaged. You are worthy. You are beautiful. You are a survivor. There is a beautiful heart out there with your name written on it. Someone exists who will wrap you in a kind of love you never knew existed. You must free yourself from what holds you down so your heart can accept the unconditional love you deserve. You ARE worthy of that kind of LOVE.

"Again, panic seized my chest. Noah had never given me any reason to distrust him, but that night, something wicked picked at the threads of my heart, threatening to yank the string. You know, the one that never stops unraveling."


"I was Cinderella and we had just left the Ball. Of course, we had a detour that got us even more drunk, but soon we were in the castle and my Prince Charming was going to make mad, passionate love to me."

..and seriously?

"Just ten minutes earlier, we were breathl
May 30, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Check back to Brittany and Bianca Blab Books on June 15th for my full review for the IN TOO DEEP Blog Tour!

Ok... I'm trying my best to compose myself enough to write this review. I don't think I will go into too much detail about the plot, in an attempt to avoid spoilers, and also so that you are able to experience Gracie's struggle for yourself. This book deals with a pretty serious (and, sadly probably often overlooked) issue-- psychologically abusive relationships. I went into this expecting
Holly *Confessions of a Lit Chick*

This is the first book I have ever given 2 stars too. I feel bad but this is an honest review.

I understand that in reality lots of women can be emotionally blackmailed into giving up their independance and relying on their destructive relationship. And I know that many women don't have the strength to leave. This book had the possibility to be great! But it was overly repetitive (I will repeat this).

I personally feel the plot was overworked, things were me
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Jun 01, 2013 Alexis *Reality Bites* rated it liked it
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Alba  BookPics
oh my god...
This book...
I need a minute or a decade to write a goo enough review for this book...

thank you for this book...
Thank you

There is just so much a heart can take, a girl can fight, a smile can falter.
There is just so much that a boy can hurt, a glare can cower, a word can break.

An extremely beautifully crafted novel, a talented author, and a heart-wrenching story. I loved every single word in it!

Gracie, oh Gracie, how I suffered for and with you. How I hated and loved you, how I sometim
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Apr 29, 2013 Tracey (Life and Literature) rated it really liked it
Bad boy meets good girl.
First kiss.
Bad boy turns sensitive.
Good girl gives sensitive boy all of her.
Long distance.
Flowers. Love letters.
Long, sweet phone calls.
Good girl transfers to sensitive boy's school.
Sensitive boy becomes fraternity boy.
Drunken social events.
Secrets revealed.
Fraternity boy pulls good girl under.
Good girl finds herself in too deep.

We can all see the effects of physical abuse. It's there, visible on the skin to see. What is much harder to grasp is the effects of men
Heather Wood
Oh my word! Gah! This book is infuriating, uplifting, realistic and oh did I mention infuriating? Honestly, I am so torn over how to rate this book that I’m going to do my first ever review without providing a rating.

After reading this book, I was forced to consider how to rate and review books. The story itself was intriguing, but I couldn’t stomach the characters at all. I wasn’t fully invested in the characters and it made me not care as much as I should about the outcome of the plot. That be
Feb 22, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
5 Emotionally Grasping; Heart Pounding Stars

This debut was quite the surprise to say the least. It exceeded my expectations and did not realize the deep seeded story between the pages. Emotional abuse is so common and this book hits the nail on the head, it opens your mind to this kind of situation. It was a constant state of feeling and turning those pages.
I was invested in Jake, Gracie and Noah, their story and their lives—I truly believed these were not fictional characters – The experiences
Jun 25, 2013 Bree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Gracie broke my heart. Because I've seen this in real life, and I know for a fact that it works exactly as it's portrayed in the book.

Gracie was beautiful when I started reading the book. I absolutely loved her - her heart was crushed but her personality still shone through. I wanted her to learn to stand up to Noah and end the tale right from the beginning.

Instead I read, in absolute disgust, as Noah abused Gracie, crushing her spirit, molding her into a person who was terrified to
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Jun 15, 2013 Jillian (NetGalley Addict) rated it it was amazing
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This book is part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review

Gracie is everything innocent and Noah is everything that good girls should stay away from, but Gracie despite her instincts and people warning her, she sees something in Noah. Noah cleans up his act and falls in love. Gracie changes schools to be with Noah and soon everything turns bad, but Jake is there to help Gracie. While Jake wants to help Gracie, ultimately she is the one who needs to find the strength to break free. T
Jen ~ The Literary Gossip
Jun 06, 2013 Jen ~ The Literary Gossip rated it it was amazing
I was pissed off the entire time I read this book. Just check my twitter feed and you'll see me blowing up Ms Brownlow's feed.

Noah. I want to punch that douche bag in the face! At times I thought he was bipolar. Nope. He's just a manipulative jackass that acts live a little boy. Seriously, I don't like that guy.

And Gracie, oh Gracie... grows some balls chick! Noah just preyed on her good girl self and she was too innocent to see what he was doing to her.

Thank god for Jake. I liked Jake. Jake c
Sónia Costa
May 16, 2013 Sónia Costa rated it it was amazing
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You can check the full review here:

OMG this was just emotional, raw, painful and happy all at the same time!!!

I'm going straight to the point, you all know I'm honestly brutal in my reviews, that's the way I roll, so here it goes.

This was painful, this was not a happy read, far from that, this was overbearing, difficult to swallow and straight up AMAZING!

I don't even know what to say about Michelle's debut! I mean I do, don't get me wrong, I just don't kno
  KAT ⚛ Kitty Kat's Crazy About Books ⚛
5 Jake stars from me!! *swoon worthy book boyfriend material*

If someone asked me why I loved this book so much I would struggle to answer, the story just draws you in, it is very Y/A which shows how Gracie handles certain aspects of her toxic one sided relationship with Noah, an older person with more life experience would've kicked him to the curb the first time he hurt her..

Also the amount of times Gracie cried in this book could've filled a large swimming pool!! But yet again you still want t
Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)
All I can say is Oh.My.Gosh. From the first paragraph of this book, I could tell this was going to be an intense read. As Gracie told her story, I was enthralled with the events that unfolded. This book literally, almost killed me! It was emotional anguish, beautifully written emotional anguish
“Things couldn’t get worse. I was broken. They had to start getting better or I may just dissolve in my own sadness.”

Gracie was such a complex character. She changed so much throughout the book and in so
Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
3.5/5 stars

I don't even know where to start. This book was an emotional rollercoaster. For real. I say that about quite a few books- but this one. For the love of all that's holy... I have never wanted to scream at a main character as much as I did Gracie. If I weren't reading on my Nook, I might have thrown the book across the room in frustration. I say all this, and let me tell you. That's a GOOD thing. The fact that Michelle can ignite these feelings in me, means it was a good book. Yes, I w
Mar 06, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
*I was gifted a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Y'all know those books that make you want to throw your e-reader against a wall...or light the paperback on fire...or just straight up strangle someone because you're so frustrated and pissed off and heartbroken? Yeah, you do. We've all been there. The thing is, if my emotions are going to get whiplash, I like a warning. So, in case you're like me, here's your warning: In Too Deep is one of those books. It rips
Trish at Between My Lines
Mar 01, 2013 Trish at Between My Lines rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
NA books are often described as intense and emotional but this is one that truly warrants that description.

Gracie, a junior in college in Memphis is innocent and sweet. Well she was until she met handsome, cocky, bad-boy Noah. The love she has for Noah is genuine and real however he takes it and twists it in to something ugly. Love should be patient and kind not angry and deceitful but that’s what Noah’s ‘love’ for Gracie is. Can she find the strength to pull herself away or is she in too deep?

Jul 27, 2013 Deb rated it liked it
I've read various other reviews on this one - people who loved it, people who didn't.

I liked the idea of this book, which is why I decided to give it a go. It's a good tale that gives a ton of warning signs for girls to look out for from guys they might be totally infatuated with. It lets them know it's not actually OK for him to treat you like this, and you can expect and do deserve better.

That being said, I did find Jake a little too good to be true... but I don't doubt there are men that empa
Oct 09, 2013 Luvtoread45 rated it it was amazing
Luvtoread45 I had to wait a couple of days before I did this review, still pissed off, I wanted to throw my iPad thru the wall a couple of times ,I had to get up ,walk around, or call my sister out of state to vent about it! This story is one about great mental and emotional abuse .

Bad boy meets good girl. First kiss. Bad boy turns sensitive . Love...then good girl falls hard....he turns sensitive and with flowers,love letters,long phone calls,
Sensitive boy Noah becomes a frat boy! Noah is a t
Jul 27, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
Firstly I’d like to thank Sapphire Star Publishing for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. I loved the sound of this book, I had a feeling it would be my kind of read and I was totally right. I literally couldn’t put it down, I found myself doing the housework one-handed just so I could carry on reading. This rollercoaster read was finished in less than a day!

A dramatic start grabbed my attention straight away, I was flipping through the pages to find out exactly what had ha
Nov 24, 2013 Jammie rated it really liked it
In this book we meet Gracie she is a sweet, magnetic, good girl who is living her life. Then we meet Noah, and he is 110% bad boy. They meet at when they are both working the closing shift at their jobs. Gracie is immediately thrown by what she has heard about him, and then meeting him for the first time. It didn’t seem to match up. She was pulled to him like a moth to a flame. Noah showed her that he wasn’t what everyone was else saw. Little does she know that the warnings would become her real ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta
I've been staring at a blank screen for about five minutes trying to decide how to write this review. I'm really torn on my feelings about the whole thing.

In Too Deep is Gracie Ann Jordan's story. It us told, in first person, from her perspective. The first few chapters of the book switch back and forth from present to past. Occasionally I was confused as to what was going on because of this, but quickly figured it out. We get a front row seat to the train wreck that is the relationship between
Jun 11, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. What made me like it more was a few snarky reviews. I love when people write really negative and have no clue what they are talking about. If you read this book like I did, you would love it. The entire Gracie saga was scary, real, and happens a lot. Gracie is innocence! Noah, well she fell hard for him. The best parts of the book where going on in Gracie's head. She tried to convince herself that Noah was not a turd. She tried over and over to justify things he did and said. A ...more
Roz Ward
Jun 14, 2013 Roz Ward rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. I loved Jake from the start. When Noah was good I loved him too. But when he was horrible he truly was a nasty piece of work that made my body shake with anger. Told from Gracie's point of view made it possible for (I imagine) every single girl to relate to. I have no doubt that the majority of people have been in a similar kind of relationship to Gracie and Noah's, and having it down on paper made me realise I wasn't the only one who had, at some point, felt like this. Grac ...more
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