DEEPER is Lesley's debut novel and has a great premise. Avi and Noah are both strong willed people with very complicated lives. Avi has a past that she is trying to bury while carving out a new life for herself in New York. Noah has already made a name for himself while aquiring wealth and cultivating a tough as nails reputation. Noah has a large amount of outward confidence and self–assuredness that he often takes to extremes. Noah's business is in no way transparent and that is exactly they way he wants and needs it to be. Both Noah and Avi have complicated pasts that intertwine in a very interesting and ultimately troublesome way.
Avi and Noah's relationship is complicated and often confrontational. Noah isn't the easiest of heroes to empathize with. He is often harsh, self serving, and very abrupt with people and that includes Avi. Noah isn't apologetic in anyway for his behavior and attitude and expects other people to adjust and deal with his mannerisms or get out of his way. Noah quickly realizes that if he wants a chance at being with Avi he will have to rethink his approach with her. I initially liked that Avi didn't back down to Noah immediately, however there are moments when Avi becomes a more frustrating character.
The sparring dialogue between Avi and Noah was entertaining and funny at times. Noah is sarcastic and snarky and Avi doesn't hesitate to call him on it as well as dishing it right back at him. One of my favorite conversations between them was so simple but it sums up Noah's problem perfectly. He says to Avi "I'm going to try this asking business you keep harping about" yet he goes on to issue an order instead of a request. Yet in his defense he does add a "please" afterwards. Noah just can't seem to bring himself to be accommodating and considerate although as the story progresses he does give it a try.
DEEPER is a well paced story but there were a few continuity issues for me. There were a few times where timelines and scenes ended or changed abruptly and it took me out of the flow of the story. I had to back up while reading a few times to make sure that I had the transition correct when there was a sudden change.There is quite a bit going on in this one so smoother transitions would have helped me stay engaged a bit easier. There is also a cliffhanger at the end of this one. It wasn't as bad of a drop as I thought but the story is definitely not complete at the ending. According to the blurb there will only be two parts to Avi and Noah's story so all should be wrapped up in book 2.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Everything Avianna Linton thought she knew was shattered in one traffic stop. With her life turned upside down, she flees to the bright lights of New York City hoping for anonymity and a new life.
Rising from nothing, Noah Adams holds onto his power and control with a bone-crushing grip. No one dared challenge his authority until her...
Avi’s disdain for Noah is barely contained, and Noah does everything he can to restrain himself—a concept he has little experience with.
There’s more between the two than either of them realize. A force looms near, hovering with deadly precision and motivated solely by revenge.
Avi wonders who her new friends truly are and if she’s already in too deep. Noah, accustomed to getting what he wants, will do whatever it takes to draw Avi in deeper.
Deeper is an interracial romantic suspense novel by new author allyn lesley.
*Book One of The Deeper Chronicles (only two novels)*