Reviewed by Susan65
Title: In Too Deep
Author: Kate Sherwood
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 234 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: At first glance, Cade and Aiden hardly seem like a match made in heaven. Their worlds couldn’t be further apart. Cade is quiet, serious, and determined to succeed; Aiden’s a party-loving frat boy. Cade comes from a rough home and worked hard to get the scholarships that make it possible for him to attend college; Aiden’s had it all thrown in his lap by supportive, kind, and wealthy parents. Cade wants nothing to do with Aiden, but from the moment they meet, Aiden is determined to find a way to bring their different worlds together.
Aiden manages to persuade Cade he’s a decent guy, and a tentative friendship becomes much more. But a trip to Aiden’s family cottage puts Cade in the path of a ghost from his past, and a dark secret he never expected to face again. Cade did what he had to do to escape his dead-end life, but now he sees he didn’t leave it as far behind him as he thought.
Review: This is the extended version of the short story, In Over His Head, and where we meet Aiden and Cade before that big dramatic finish that was revealed in the original story. Since I read the short story first, it was with great anticipation that I got to see how these boys’ relationship began, grew, healed, and flourished. If you have not read, In Over His Head, then I highly suggest that you don’t. You will get the whole story here without losing the big reveal that was exposed in the short.
Aiden and Cade were as opposite as two boys could ever be. Rich vs poor, introvert vs extrovert, popular vs lonely, amazing parents vs loser parents, etc….the list goes on and on. You wonder how it was even possible for two such different people to meet, let alone forge a relationship, but with much work and determination by the golden boy Aiden, Cade is pulled out of his self imposed shell and gave Aiden and love a chance.
Most of this story was spent watching Aiden come up with creative ways to get Cade to notice him. He has to have balls of steel and a ton of self confidence to take that much initial rejection. It was humorous and sad at the same time. Aiden is just a ball of sunshine, and you don’t fault him for being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was such a great guy and it didn’t matter. It did matter to Cade though. Cade was the product of loser, alcoholic, non-working, welfare recipient parents who spent more time trying to hold Cade back than allow him to move up and out of the dirt and poverty that was his life.
Learning how Cade got himself into college was an eye opener for Aiden. For Aiden, college was handed to him, just like his car and his credit card. It was just there and expected. Cade didn’t have that and struggled allowing Aiden to know just how different they were. When they finally move forward, you are so thankful. So thankful that Cade is able to get beyond his past and create a life with Aiden. But, after all that…it goes down hill…and fast.
Aiden’s mother was such a petty woman. I really didn’t like her, even after she turned around at the end. She was still such an unlikable person and Cade was right…she is a bitch. The ending of the book is basically the story of In Over His Head. I knew what was coming, and considering I’d read the short story first, it didn’t have the same shock value as it had originally. That is my main reason for recommending not reading it first. This is a great full length story full of emotions and drama, good vs evil, and triumph over tragedy. A great read for those who are looking for a little darkness before the sun finally shines.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*