Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Pub
My Copy: Sent
He isn’t Mr. Nice Guy…
Julian Dane thought he’d hit rock bottom — until he met a woman (isn’t that what they all say?). He used her and broke her heart. Now he wants to turn things around but the damage he dealt stands in his way.
Kendall Parker’s unique issues have made it hard to live a normal life. Very few people understand her and she trusts even less … but she believed in Julian once, and he only betrayed her.
Now Julian is back — a new man — and determined to win Kendall’s heart. But this reformed bad boy just might find that Going in Deep is harder than it looks.
I’m fairly new to Carly Phillips so I have not read any of the books prior to Going In Deep which is part of the Billionaire Bad Boys series. However, I didn’t feel I needed to read them to get the jist of the situation.
We meet Julian and Kendall in one of the prior Billionaire Bad Boys books. Apparently, Julian was not a very nice guy, to say the least. He used Kendall to get back at his ex-best friend Kade. Julian was an alcoholic and drug addict, Kendall was bi-polar and had her own demons. Julian destroyed Kendall but also hit rock bottom himself.
No one knew of the pain that Julian dealt with and Kendall’s family, including Kade, were left to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Julian tore through her life. Now a year later, both Julian and Kendall have worked tirelessly to get their lives back on track. Kendall by keeping herself busy working along with medication and Julian through A.A. meetings and trying to right his wrongs.
“A man didn’t make mistakes. He made choices. Bad ones stayed with him for a long time, but with a little luck and a lot of hard work, hopefully not forever.”
Julian knows that the time has come to make amends with Kendall and to truly apologize for all of his sins. Kendall tries to avoid Julian at all costs but knows at some point there needs to be some closure. If she wasn’t still attracted to him, it would make it a lot easier.
With their attraction to each other still there, both Julian and Kendall slowly work their way back into a friendship and then into a relationship. However, Kendall knows the issues that will arise if her family finds out that she is once again with Julian.
Has Julian truly changed his ways? Can Kendall forgive him and move on with her life? What happens when everyone finds out their secret? Will it come down to family or love?
I love a good second chance romance but this story was totally unexpected for me. I honestly didn’t know if I could deal with such the heaviness of alcoholic and drug use along with bi-polar issues thrown in. I didn’t know how I would enjoy the story but I really did. It was a good lesson in forgiveness and moving on.
I give Going In Deep by Carly Phillips 4 stars!