In Too Deep by Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Publication date: June 6th 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: New Adult Romance

Long- Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.

Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.

Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?

Oh my good lord. This book is certainly a emotional roller coaster that will leave your heart hurting. Gracie, before I go any further I must say I normally don't like characters like hers (too much crying) much but there is just something about the way Gracie was written that called to me and bound me to her like no other character. She is REAL (she could be me, you, a friend or sister, the girl next door a work associate, the girl sitting next to you on the bus anyone.....) Sweet innocent Garcie has a job and a boyfriend she was comfortable with, until she met Noah at the pizzeria where she worked. She was warned by all that he was dangerous and not the type of guy a girl like her gets involved with. But we all know how that story goes bad boy good girl....there connection and his appeal makes her life and current boyfriend seems boring plus the relationship developing between the two is undeniable so she does the right thing in breaking up with her boyfriend in-order to explore the overwhelming feelings   she has for Noah. So do they live happily ever after right..........
Unfortunately not in this  case....this is so difficult to write about because it completely breaks my heart. Two years later bubbly, fun, happy, cheerful Gracie no longer exist, instead she is husk of a person broken, dishearten riddled with anxiety and insecurities.
"I hated disappointing people. I just wanted people to be happy with me.
Noah was right, I felt It was something I missing something that made him stray. "~Gracie 
Noah promised to love her but he emotionally killed her spirit and broke her joy. He had her under his thumb and brainwashed to the point where she just kept on going back for more. the emotional and physiological abuse he subjected her to is sadistic and cruel. All abuse not matter if its physical, sexual, emotional or physiological they all leave the  same lasting effect.
"He proved once again that he no longer remembered how to make love, he only knew how to fuck."~Gracie
Luckily for her she has an amazing group of friends and an incredible best friend  Jake who helped her realize just how grave her situation really is but Noah's hold over he is a very strong one so we watch her struggle through her emotions and fear of breaking things off with Noah permanently.
"The night we made love for the first time, my soul married his. How do you undo that simply without pain?~Gracie 
She was so worried about the break-up being bad but she failed to realize that living her day to day on eggshells and a complete emotional wreak was much worse than breaking free.  


On Solid Ground by Michelle Kemper Brownlow
(In Too Deep #2)
Publication date: December 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Gracie survived an emotionally abusive relationship that wrecked her. Her ex, Noah, systematically chipped away at her self-esteem through intimidation, humiliation and infidelity which left Gracie unable to trust her own perception of his intentions. But after falling head over heels for Jake, her best friend and the man who stood by her through it all, she is ready to experience life in the way it was meant to be lived.  However, Gracie may find it impossible to simultaneously heal from the trauma of abuse while navigating a relationship with Jake. Can she put her heart on hold in order to heal her soul?The sequel to the five-star debut novel, In Too Deep, chronicles Gracie’s steps toward healing as she falls deeper in love, reaches out for help, stands on her own, steps out of her comfort zone, faces her biggest fears, and reconnects with a sensual, talented soul from her past all in hopes of finding herself on solid ground.
I taught there was no way Michelle could improve on book on but boy was I wrong because she out did herself. On solid ground is perfectly paced with a lot of insight and depth. Yes the book is long not one single word was unnecessary every beautiful pain staking work had purpose and intent.  


Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was onthe high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.

The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.

Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring

roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.

“Writing is my way of making sense of the world. When I give my characters life onthe pages I write, it frees up space in my mind to welcome in new stories that are begging to be told,” says Brownlow.

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