A sexy, emotional read, Down Too Deep by J. Daniels has plenty of angst, an abundance of steam, and just enough humor to keep you laughing throughout this contemporary romance.
Following the sudden death of his wife, Nathan Bell has spent nearly two years burying himself in work and neglecting his biggest responsibility: his daughter. Overcome with guilt, he wants to connect with little Marley, but he doesn’t know how to do it alone. And then Jenna Savage throws him a lifeline.
A single mom of twins, Jenna is more than capable of taking care of Nate’s adorable two-year-old, and wants to help Nathan however she can. Soon, attachments are made, forcing Jenna and her kids into new territory. And the closer everyone becomes, the more right it feels.
Falling in love forces Nathan to face his biggest fear, and when hearts, both big and little, are on the line, the only thing scarier than needing someone is losing them all.
One of the things I liked most about this book was that Nate and Jenna develop a natural friendship first. Sure, there’s physical attraction almost immediately — but their relationship is first built on a foundation of friendship. They bond over single parenthood and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.
Jenna makes no qualms about putting her kids’ needs first, and Nate learns this first-hand when he screws things up. (I mean, you know there were gonna be some hurdles!) She’s a strong, fierce heroine and deeply devoted to her kids, and I loved her all the more for these characteristics.
Nate is a hot mess, although it’s pretty understandable given the grief he’s been going through. Seeing him come into his own as a father and as a man is really enjoyable; his character growth over the course of the book is deeply satisfying.
It’s worth noting that Down Too Deep is the fourth book in Daniels’ Dirty Deeds series, but can easily be read as a standalone. I haven’t yet read the other books in this series, and I had no problem getting to know the other characters and slipping into their world.
A book filled with lots of emotions, hilarious moments, and some steamy romance, look for Down Too Deep in stores today.
J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Alabama Summer, Dirty Deeds and Sweet Addiction series.
Best known for her sexy, small-town romances, her debut novel, Sweet Addiction, was first published in 2014 and went on to become an international bestseller. Since then, she has published more than ten novels, including the Dirty Deeds series with Forever Romance.
Daniels grew up in Baltimore and currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two kids. A former full-time Radiologic Technologist, she began writing romance after college and quickly discovered a passion for it. You’ll still catch her in scrubs every now and then, but most of her time is spent writing these days—a career she is eternally grateful for.
Always an avid reader, Daniels enjoys books of all kinds, but favors Romance (of course) and Fantasy. She loves hiking, traveling, going to the mountains for the weekend, and spending time with her family.
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