Depths: Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

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Do you believe in love at first phone call?

Cohen Rodriquez, Deo’s hilarious, über responsible best friend in LENGTHS got dumped by his longtime girl because he’s ‘not impulsive enough,’ and he's burned up.

But maybe, just maybe, she’s more right than he wants to admit. So he starts to date.
A lot.
But no one really feels like the one. And the more girls he dates, the more Cohen’s convinced she isn’t really out there.

Luckily he has Maren—the girl with the sexy voice who always cracks the best jokes. They’ve been talking daily for a year…on the phone. What started as all work soon blooms into friendship. Then she asks him. 

Do you want to meet?

He's scared out of his mind to ruin the one easy, fun relationship he has going for him. But he takes the plunge, and things are just fine, totally easy and comfortable.

Except that they both sense it's not strictly platonic...there is an undeniable attraction and absolute raw chemistry between them…and every time they're in the same room, that attraction gets deeper and harder to ignore. 

Maren could be the best thing that’s ever happened to Cohen… Or she could send his carefully compartmentalized life into a tailspin.

Cohen has to decide if he’s ready to let go of his comfortable fantasy and embrace the one girl who might be able to change his luck in love.

See Kim's review of Lengths

I absolutely loved Lengths about Deo and Whit. And this book is about his best friend Cohen. Deo is crazy, wild, kind of rude, and always just says what he thinks. Cohen is the more gentle, sweeter, stable, teddy bear type, but he has an edge of sexiness and good sense of humor too. 

Deo to Cohen in Lengths: "Couldn't have done it without you. You may be my lamer, less handsome, stupider side-kick, but you're the wind beneath my damn wings."

Cohen is the good son. He works in his parents furniture store to help them, he likes his quiet life. His world is shaken up and he finds himself single and wondering if maybe he is too safe and boring. He ends up having some funny misadventures in dating that leave him a bit down. 

He and Maren have talked on the phone for work purposes often. They have shared personal information and were friendly, but had never met. They have a great rapport, are both funny, and share similar interests and beliefs. Then one night, they finally meet.  And it changes everything. They have an immediate spark inflamed by their personal history and it makes for an electric first evening together.

Cohen gives off a very laid-back , sweet vibe when we're just chatting, but when it's time to get work done, he's totally alpha about everything. It's a damn sexy mix. I wonder if he's like that in other ways? Sweet on the street, alpha in the sheets...

This girl belongs here. It's so damn clear. I don't believe in love at first sight. I think it's horseshit. But love at first phone call. I'd buy. Because from the moment I heard that sweet, sexy voice say my name a year ago, I've thought about her. Maybe not like this, but somewhere in me, I think I hoped. I hoped it'd be more than it was. 

I adored both Cohen and Maren. She is sweet, real, and strong despite having some serious issues to deal with. I enjoyed them trying to navigate their feelings, their fears, and the outside influences. Maren is skittish and terrified of opening herself up to heartbreak. She has issues at home and has never had anyone to really lean on. And Cohen is such a nice guy that he wants to protect her and help her. Will she be willing to really open up and let him in or will she continue to hide? Or will he push her too hard trying to get deeper?

"Right  into the scary-as-hell depths, doll, You and me, we were both doing our thing in the shallows for way too long. That's not where we belong. We're brave. We're adventurers..."

I loved this couple together almost as much as Deo and Whit. I was happy to see  the continuation of Deo's and Whit's story, and Deo's crazy Mom Marigold. They are absolutely hilarious and totally outspoken. I swear the things that come out of their mouths make me laugh out loud. We also meet Cohen's family: his sister Genevieve will be the subject of the next book LIMITS coming Summer 2013.

Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt are a fantastic writing team and their stories just flow so well that I fly through their books. I was totally engrossed in the story line and characters. There is passion, love, deep emotions, heartbreak and tough situations. Their characters are so likable, so funny,  and so well developed that you cannot help but love them. 


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