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Deep Down

(Lockhart Brothers #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,354 ratings  ·  321 reviews
I’m falling.
Sometimes you fall so hard you can’t get back up. My closest companions now are shame and loss. But a sliver of hope lies in the only person I have left in this world – the one who’s growing inside me.
Survival becomes living again because of my child, and the town where I begin anew. That’s where I meet the man who starts to melt the ice i
Paperback, 258 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Silver Sky Publishing, Inc
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Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

Come on.
I didn't know anything about this book when I started it, but I really thought it was going to be amazing. Instead - it cost me my dinner. 😭

💥 * There are spoilers here, so if you are going to read this book, I recommend NOT reading this review. * 💥
The heroin was raped, gets pregnant and decides to have the baby. 💔
I don't judge this choice, I adore women who decide to turn a bad experience into a good one... BUT this was different. 😬


Ivy's mother pa
• Lisa •
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

To confront the pain, I have to discover what’s deep down inside me.


Brenda Rothert is an author who is a consistent favourite, without any doubt I know I can always pick up any of her work and there will always be something that I love about her writing. This book in particular blew me away, not because I wasn't expecting to fall in love with yet another Rothert story but because I wasn't expecting to find myself immersed in a story of heart gripping proportions. 'Deep do
Aestas Book Blog
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

I read this book in one sitting yesterday!! It had been on my reading list literally since it was released and SO many readers have recommended this author's books to me that I'm really glad I finally read one!

It's a story about a girl who survives her worst nightmare and is left alone and pregnant. But she's strong and she's a surviver and she builds a life for herself and her son in a new town... which is where she meets the hero!! I'd consider it a quieter, almost low-angst read, even though
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Healing Stars.

An event in Ivy’s past, not only determines how she lives but how she faces the world every day. She was never the same person again and she lives only for her son and for her job.
Until she meets Reed and everything changes. For the first time she wants something outside her protective bubble and the fact that Reed is very set on pursuing her isn’t helping.
But when her ghost keep dictating how she lives her life, could she ever be really free to be happy and in love?


Let me s
Hannah G
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm rating this book 3 stars as in average. The biggest issue I had personally with this book was that I couldn't relate to anything in this book. The majority of the characters in this book were very small towny. And personally I'm not a small town person at all more like wanderlust to the extreme. I felt indifferent to this book and characters also. I don't know why but there was just a huge disconnect between me and the story. The romance was too fast paced. It was
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Stand-alone book 1.
I’m falling.
Sometimes you fall so hard you can’t get back up. My closest companions now are shame and loss. But a sliver of hope lies in the only person I have left in this world – the one who’s growing inside me.
Survival becomes living again because of my child, and the town where I begin anew. That’s where I meet the man who starts to melt the ice inside my heart.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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☆ I received an RC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

4.25 stars!!

#A Raw, Powerful & Emotional Read!

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Deep Down covers terrain where most will not. For some it will be shocking and taboo subject matter where most will not speak or even entertain the thought about; and for others, it will be informative and eye opening.

While these topics are in no way graphic, but rather depicted in a tasteful delivery, it is not meant to offend, cause distress, or cause triggers to re
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What happens when the life you had planned for yourself is robbed from you? Your innocence stolen? And the one person you had loved and trusted left you forever tainted and broken? A piece of your heart, soul, and dreams were destroyed leaving you broken, withdrawn, and shamed? Can the pieces be ever fixed? Or will those memories haunt us from truly living? When the cut is so deep, can love be the healing grace to mend the broken pieces?
3/5 Stars

It needs to be stressed that the author without a shadow of a doubt is talented and knows how to write to make your heart break and heal at the same time. It happens here where the heroine was going through the most horrifying time of her life and even though her heart and soul were broken, somehow it found its way to healing and rise above the dark clouds. Love can be a powerful thing to overcome those shadows and thanks to a certain man heroine began to believe again that "physical in
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

There's nothing better than when you start a book not expecting much and bam! your absolutely blown away by how amazing it was.

"Deep down" was such an emotional read the first chapter had me in tears, it was so heartbreaking. What the h Ivy went through was so inconceivable I honestly felt shattered. After her devastation ivy moves to a new town called "lovely" where she settles to raise her son. There we meet the H Reed, he too has comeback to his hometown after being away for years
Sep 09, 2016 added it
DNF after chapter 4

Update 19/7 July:
Seeing that many of my friends are putting this on their 'no thanks' shelves, I do want to point out that I stopped reading it because I couldn't handle the premise. I don't want to do this book injustice as I haven't finished it. It may very well be that Brenda Rothert did a good job by putting everything together wonderfully.


Initial review from September 2016

I'm not rating this because I don't know if it's any good. I'll put the reason for my DNF under
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Ivy goes through a very traumatic event at the beginning of the book, but she is strong and a survivor. Reed is an amazing hero! He was not a manwhore! He did have an ex fiancée that he dated through high school and college. This ex does show up a couple times and while I was annoyed with her I never doubted Reed. It is obvious that the love he has for Ivy is nothing he has felt before. He was also wonderful with Ivy's young son. It was great watching them come together as a c ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Dark Stars


All in all, this was a great, dark read. I loved all of the characters, but the insta-love was a bit 'no bueno' for my taste...hence the 4 and not 5 stars...

The hero was total book boyfriend material and the heroine was very strong- considering what she went through!

Word of caution, the subject matter in the beginning of the book is DARK. It is by far one of the most emotional books I have read in a while!

I will DEF be checking out more books from this author in the future! :-)
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
Maybe it's time to do more than survive...
I've been waiting for the tears to stop so I can write my review, but then it starts all over again. It's a good thing we have progressed from writing longhand on paper, the ink would be smeared and the paper warped. Brenda Rothert took on a 'deep' subject matter and did it justice. Being a survivor myself, it was a 'therapeutic' read. It brought up a lot of memories and emotions that I had pushed 'deep down'. I can relate to many of the feelings that Iv
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, emo
All in all this was a good book. It read really smooth and the writing was great.

There is a sensitive topic in the first few chapters. It was dealt with really well though. I've read far worse!

So why not 5 stars?

It was a bit TOO insta-love for me. I didn't feel their whole connection because it felt kind of surface. I needed more complexity to them as a couple.

Also Reed is a lawyer and something happened toward the end that I wasn't very happy about.
Ivy was pissed too, but I felt maybe she f
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this ages ago and LOVED it!
Lucy Qhuay

It's hard talking about this book, concerning it deals with a sensitive issue like rape, but I'll try my best.

'Deep Down' is the story of Ivy, one more teenager in the whole mass of people in the world.

Her mother has just died and she feels lost and bereft without her, especially now that her father is drinking more and more each day.

She has friends and a boyfriend and she's looking forward to go to college, where she hopes to major in English.

All her plans and dreams end the day when her father
Tracie Payne
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
So many things were wrong with this one. The first chapter had me very weary but something kept me reading. By 80% I almost DNF, but I skimmed the rest and the whole thing was just wrong.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story has two very sensitive subjects that may not be for everyone. The blurb doesn't prepare you for the material covered here. So, if you have triggers, you may want to read a review with spoilers.

It's hard to read at first because it's very sad and enraging, but most survivor stories are!

I stayed up all night to finish this book because I needed a HEA after the very sensitive first couple of chapters breaking my heart for the MC.

This is a story about how a person can be torn apart by
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A portion of sales from this book for the month of May will benefit the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP

ith the power of love.

I really don’t want to give away much of this story as I feel allowing the reader to experience it as the plot unfolds will lead them to pure emotional highs and lows.

The reader meets Ivy as an innocent, fresh faced (though a bit wounded) teenage. The reader is then faced with a deeply wounded Ivy and then an Ivy determined to set her own path… and
Deserie williams
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm excited I get my ARC for this tonight but at the same time nervous because I don't know what to expect.

This book was amazing! The beginning of this book was very difficult to read (triggers )to know that stuff like that really happens is just sickening! Ivy wow what an amazing ,beautiful,strong soul! Her strength was inspiring! A very touching , incredible emotional heartbreaking story. I hope that this will inspire any survivors out there that they too can start over and start to exist agai
Sep 22, 2016 marked it as no-way-jose
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Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Opening with teen drama the bk surprised me when suddenly turning into a horrendous nightmare for the heroine/Ivy. Jump forward 4 years and Ivy's in a new town moving forward with her life but living with a HUGE secret. Even though the story deals with some very heavy subject matter it doesn't ever get as psychologically in depth as one would expect. More like a made for TV movie where it just skims the surface. Of course, no story with a damaged heroine can be without a handsome, dee ...more
Dilushani Jayalath
This was a cute and yet sad read. I genuinely felt sad for Ivy for what happened.

Despite that I wasn't entirely taken over by the story. I mean as far as the plot went I felt genuine sympathy for Ivy and liked Reed but that was it. It didn't engage me completely.
Reed of course was a nice guy and ever so patient and Ivy and obviously Noah were simple sweethearts. Other than that the story was just there nothing more than that. Nothing extra special for me but that does not mean it wasn't a nice
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
do you know those books on your kindle that have been there -that you have been meaning to get to? this is that.
and I have no idea why I waited.
loved it. big time. the story engulfed me & I read it from almost cover to cover in one sitting.
(then I went to start another book and after 6 trillion ones I started - I was left with a little bit of book hang over, go figure)
Great Read!
The beginning had a lot of emotions but then it began to drag and Reed was just too perfect.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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I absolutely loved. loved. loved this book. It was so elegantly written, that I was drawn in with each word. I really enjoyed this book, it actually had me in tears and warmed my heart. Beginning of it was quite disturbing and saddening what Ivy went through... Trigger Warning Alert: (view spoiler)

Even though I'm a city girl, I loved the setting of the small town living.. I felt like I was right there with them.. All the characters are f
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
Thus author has a wonderful writing style and tackles a very serious topic with a great deal of sensitivity and honesty. That being said, I felt that the themes were dealt with in a somewhat simplistic manner that just didn't quite work out for me. There were certain crucial details that just didn't make sense to me and unfortunately, interfered with my overall enjoyment of the book. Lots of readers absolutely adore this one, but I just couldn't quite connect with the characters. I will definite ...more
That was my only way forward - bury the past and take on the future, one step at a time.

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....because Brenda Rothert has done it AGAIN!!!!!!

I literally wrote off everyone for a few hours to read Deep Down simply because it was that damn good! I couldn't put it down! I had no desire to even say hello or peep to a single human being while I got lost in the world of Ivy & Reed.

Before I cloud your head with the unicorns, rainbows, cotton candy and cute puppies, we must first get a litt
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Omg! 5+Stars! Brenda blew me away with this one!

Review to come...

Brenda Rothert blew me away with the story of Ivy and Reed.

Ivy’s world is turned upside down in the matter of moments. My heart aches for Ivy and what she endures at the hands of someone she should be able to trust. Life as she knows it is completely changed as she’s forced to take a different path.

“Sometimes I thought walking might be my salvation. When I didn’t think I could go on with my life anymore…”

With the help of April, Iv
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