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(Tears of Sin #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  105 reviews
*Drowning is a New Adult Contemporary Romance suited for 18+ due to some violence, language, and sexual content*

"I dare you."

Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison's life forever. She's a party girl that doesn't believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.

Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James fami
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published October 26th 2013 by Naedge Publishing (first published October 12th 2013)
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Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT ! Really Dark book. EPIC Couple. EPIC Bandmates. A Really evil Character .. There were a lot of elements that I liked in the book .. Especially that the girl can sing and play an instrument and surprises everyone;)
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Some stories aren't black and white."

Just like some lives.

Secrets can often be more harm then good. But for those keeping them - Life must go on.

Scars aren't always shown on the outside - often it takes longer for the ones on the inside to heal longer. This story tells of dark, dirty secrets but how love can be found despite the past. It shows how light can be found within the darkness......

Drowning was certainly one of the most intense books I have read of this authors, she touches bases with
Oct 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Having read The Last Beginning by Rachel Firasek (and having liked it okay - read my review here), I was of the opinion, this book would fare the same if not better. Woah, was I wrong? And let me get this straight, going by GR reviews, I am probably the only one who didn't like this book.

I dived in with a lot of expectations, considering the author. But I figure I might have a problem with New Adult because all those books seem like a copy of one another to m

With his own demons to confront, Seth James has started anew trying to prove to his judgmental father that he knows what he is doing with his life. His first big step is moving out and booking gigs with his band. Seth doesn't expect his new neighbor Alice Harrison to blow his mind though. Seth knows she is about to become something special in his life, but Alice has walls erected so high that even he is not sure he can break them down.

Alice has lived her life carefully guarding her secrets, but
Susan many books and so little time
Have you ever wondered what it would be have your whole life a complete mess...and wonder if you can ever get out of it...and have the hope of finding something hopefully find...a reason for living... Well...that is what Alice...has had to do her entire life...wonder...and hope for something good to come into her life...and luckily...while bumping into someone while coming out of an elevator...she finds it...or should I say him...Seth James...

Rachel Firasek...has written on
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was ok

This story just tore me up, sucked me in and spat me out.
How can a Father be so dam sick.

Something happens where the two sisters have to be together, one causing an accident that left her sister blind, she's riddled with guilt. Seth comes into her life with so many hang ups and problems that they are a magnet to each other. A hand to a glove, they fit perfectly. Pain, hurt, raw emotion and as for Agnes she is a bitch.
I was given this as an ARC by the author for an honest and open review.

Great st

Soon-to-be twenty-year-old Alice Harrison is, on the surface, an uninhibited adrenaline junkie who's always chasing her next thrill.  But beneath it all, she's haunted by a horrific childhood and overwhelming guilt over the plight of her half-sister Molly.  To make up for the accident that took Molly's sight, not to mention be near the one person in the world who's ever loved her, Alice has taken up residence in Molly's condo, helping her as she learns to navigate the world without vision.  The
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One glance at the cover and I thought just another cookie cutter NA novel. I honestly dont know why I signed up for this review. But I did. In a way it was your cookie cutter NA novel, but where it counts it sure as feck wasnt.
Alice Harrison is an adrenaline junkie. She thrives on it. She gives it all up after she coaxed her older sister, Molly, into jumping from a cliff into a body of water (I probably shouldve paid attention to said body of water, but it me its really not that important). Only
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I downloaded this when it was free. First read for me by this author. There were some issues with chapters starting in the middle of a page or a chapter ending too early etc but that's more a formatting issue. The product description does warn this is not for the faint hearted.

Alice is 19, she's a tough girl. She's into free falling off the edges of cliffs etc. The book starts where she is living and caring for her 24 year old half sister Molly. Molly has been blinded and Alice holds he
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars


I LOVED IT. I loved the cover, the chapter headings, and everything inside the book. I wasn’t expecting myself to go gaga over this one – but I did. Finishing this with my heart intact was a miracle.

How in the world did you survive, Alice?

My hands were shaking, I was afraid for her, terrified, I wanted her suffering to end. It was terrible to watching her be afraid, watching her experiencing pain and trying to put a br
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alice Harrison had messed up big time and wished she'd never dared Molly to jump. That was three months ago and their father paid for her condo, but she could never leave her alone as the accident took Molly's sight. She felt guilty and although she tried to avoid her sperm donor, often he caught up with her. Her mom was seduced by a married evil politician that got what he wanted and they once tried to abort her but something went wrong and he had to take her to the hospital. It started when sh ...more
Erin McFarland
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Drowning is an incredibly powerful story of strength, trust and love. Rachel Firasek does an amazing job making the reader feel Alice's pain and Seth's determination to show Alice that it's ok to love and more importantly, to trust.

Alice, by all outward appearances, seems the strong, take no prisoners type but it's a mask. She herself, is held prisoner by a sadistic father, her own feeling that she is not worthy and an overwhelming need to protect her sister from the evil's their father bestows
Paula  Phillips
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every now and again, a cover catches my eye and makes me want to stare at it for hours on end and the cover of Drowning by Rachel Firasek is one of those covers. It is one of two reasons that drew me to wanting to participate on the tour. The other was the blurb of this book. Drowning by Rachel Firasek is one of those challenging and edgy content books , that I have to warn you if you are not one to read about child abuse and fathers abusing their daughters for enjoyment or the fact that they h ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
3.5 – 4 Stars

It's a meeting between two artistic souls when Alice Harrison literally runs into Seth James. Although there is great mutual attraction, neither one wants any distractions. Ahhh, but this is romance, right? Pretty soon there's no doubt that friendship turns into something more! I found both Seth and Alice to be both beautifully damaged characters. They each have their own flaws...Alice more so than Seth. He is an aspiring musician. Creating music is his life, and he's trying to do g
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the most intense book I've ever read. Rachel brought me to my knees with some of the scenes in this book. I wanted to scream with Alice, wanted to kick the living shit out of her father and her step-mother for how they treated her, wanted her to find some peace in her life. The characters in this book will make you feel things so deeply, I loved them all. Alice is so fucked up - not her fault, but she's trying to be someone new. Seth is fucked up, but in a completely different wa ...more
A.R. Von
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another awesome read by Rachel Firasek! Drowning is a highly addictive story that gives it to you straight and real. A very intense, emotional, gripping and sensual read that any fans of the genre will enjoy!

Alice LOVES a good rush! Hopping off cliffs, making out with boys, anything that gets her heart pumping overdrive will do. She loves to feel…in control and alive. To lose herself to anything other than what she truly lives with.

Seth’s one main focus in his life is his music. He has no time f
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This Had Me

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I was hooked from the very beginning and read straight thru, except for a sleep break!!

Damaged but not broken. Alice has had to endure so much in her life. And it killed me slowly reading how no one ever helped her. Until she met Seth, her hero.
Seth James was absolutely a swoonworthy.

4.5 Huge Stars for this pleaser!
I am hoping that there is more depth with Alice & Seth in the future from the Tears Of Sin series.
Elena Love
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
"And when you dare to take on life
I'll be here to watch you survive
Cause I'm drowning in you
Waiting in the deep of this never ending blue."

Alice's life has never been easy.And it has been anything but peaceful and happy.The darkness that surrounds her won't let her rest and enjoy life.And the demon itself tortures her every day,with memories she can't forget and thoughts she can't get out of her mind.

"I need to wash away the tears falling from my face.I need to cleanse the ugly thoughts from m
Jillian Stein
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Drowning is the newest work from author Rachel Firasek. I have read most of Rachel’s’ earlier works, and really enjoyed them, but nothing comes close to what she has done with Drowning. This book was remarkable.

To say that Alice Harrison has had a pretty heavy cross to bear would be a huge understatement. Feeling responsible for the recent accident that happened to her older sister is just the latest scar left on her
Anna McC
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Thank you to Itching For Books who provided me with a copy of this book as part of its Blog Hop*

Amazing! This is a heartbreaking book which keeps the reader hooked from start to finish. The author cleverly keeps the reader in the dark which allows them to stay up at night desperate to find out what will happen next. ‘Drowning’ is a dark, emotional and romantic book that keeps you on the edge of your seats. Rachel Firasek is a fantastic author who as created a brilliant book that keeps the reade
Obsession Is A Book - Terrie
(ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

26. There are 26 letters in the alphabet. Those 26 little letters arranged in such a way that I’ve been left dumbstruck.

Drowning it the story of Alice and Seth. The book is told in dual POV’s and I fell in love with both of these characters as well as the secondary characters. Rachel has done a great job of creating characters that you easily fall in love with as well as characters that you have no option but to fear and hate all at the s
Katie O'Sullivan
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
I feel lucky that the author provided me with an ARC for my honest review. I'm so glad I got to read it early - except that it kept me up and reading way, way too late...

This book kept me up late into the night and early morning hours, unwilling to walk away from the sexual tension and roller coaster plot line. The well-written if mercurial characters kept me on my toes, as each new situation arose to challenge them. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy dark contemporary romances.

Cocktails and Books
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
DROWNING is a fascinating story that will keep you captivated throughout the book. The type of captivation where you don’t want to put the book down. In all honesty, you will experience a range of different emotions when you read this story. You will experience Alice Harrison’s roller coaster ride of emotions and you might find yourself getting a little teary eyed when you read this book. Intrigued? Let me tell you a little about Alice Harrison.
Alice Harrison is a young adult who has been drown
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Drowning is the first book in the Tears of Sin series. This book is told in the POV of Alice and Seth.

Alice was a party girl that didn't believe in love. She loved to be high in adrenaline because it helped her forget about her memories and past. That was before she caused caused her one and only loved one to lose her eyesight and she struggles with the guilt and pain.

Seth was a stubborn man who grew up in a house of men since his mum left. His dream was to pursue music which his absentee fathe
Anne Lange
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You have to read this story. Just do it.
The story of Seth and Alice draws the reader in right from the beginning. I applaud the author for this and I love the fact that she gave us both points of view. I often feel like I’m missing something when I only get to see inside one character’s head. In Drowning, both Seth and Alice have suffered in different ways, and yet they are inexplicably drawn to each other because of their pasts. For two so young, they are incredibly mature. Circumstances, sad
Jane Hunt
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Drowning is an experience rather than a story. Written in the first person from Alice and Seth's perspectives it charts their emotional journey towards happiness and fulfilment. Their happy ever after comes at a price which at many times in the story you believe is too high for either to pay.

Alice is an adrenaline junkie who seeks thrills to gain control of her life. Past abuse and present guilt damage her chance of happiness. Ha
DJ Sakata
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

Favorite Quotes:

“I ease back into our apartment with one last glance at his closed door. He pisses me off and intrigues me more than I’d like. Both could be lethal to my sanity. And with Molly, I don’t have time to find out why my heart still beats like a hummingbird dance the Cupid Shuffle on it.”

“I gasp. He spoke so eloquently. Bold and rich. I’d have never thought he had it in him if I hadn’t just witnessed it! And no one has ever come to my defense. Never. Seth James was ten feet tall and ma
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Two dark souls step into the light together to find a beacon of hope.

Alice lives a life, if you can call it that, riddled with guilt and darkness. Her past has literally left scars all over her body and soul. That darkness fills every aspect of her life. She used adrenalin rush activities to help deal with the dark stains on her soul. Until the accident....that is where the guilt comes in. Her half-sister Molly is left blind due to an unfortunate accident. Alice lives with this daily guilt and t
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Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Drowning is an incredibly powerful story of strength, trust and love. Rachel Firasek does an amazing job making the reader feel Alice's pain and Seth's determination to show Alice that it's ok to love and more importantly, to trust.

Alice, by all outward appearances, seems the strong, take no prisoners type but it's a mask. She herself, is held prisoner by a sadistic father, her own feeling that she is not worthy and an overwhelming need to protect her sister from the evil's their father bestows
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