Book Review: Drowning by: Jassy De Jong

Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions, LLC

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Sensuous but stifled New York City photographer Erin Mitchell thinks going to South Africa on assignment will be the perfect getaway. 

But when a flash flood washes away Erin’s vehicle and she is stranded at a luxury safari lodge, Erin’s romantic working vacation takes an interesting turn. She awakens from her near-drowning and meets her rescuer, Nicholas―hot and brilliant, successful and caring―not at all like her abusive husband. At Leopard Rock in the steamy South African heat, Erin faces the toughest choices of her life. 

Nicholas is ripped, he's smart and he's "no strings attached." To give in, or not to give in drowns Erin’s senses as she struggles with two impossible goals: ignore the exquisite physical charms of her host, and conceal every last detail whenever her controlling husband calls. On the other side, Nicholas faces impossible choices of his own, as the bon-vivant playboy may just possibly collide with feelings more powerful than lust. 

Erotic. Exotic. Wild. Drowning sizzles in the African heat as one woman is stretched to the breaking point by the strength of her vows and the intensity of her seething primal desires.

Review: Photographers Erin and Vince Mitchell have come to South Africa on assignment for a new shoot. After an argument, Erin and Vince are driving separately to the location when a flash flood hits. Vince wasn’t affected and managed to get to their hotel, but Erin’s car was washed away and she almost drowned. She was rescued by the owner of a luxurious safari lodge and wild animal refuge, but she’s now stranded there at Leopard Rock. When she meets the owner, Nicholas, she is struck by his gentle yet fierce nature and his rugged beauty. He offers her ‘no-strings’ days and nights filled with passion during her stay, but Erin is torn between temptation and the controlling nature of her husband. DROWNING is about one woman’s journey, not only physically but emotionally and sexually as well. Erin Mitchell is in an abusive relationship and her husband uses every trick in the book to keep her down and under his thumb. Nicholas sees Erin in a totally different way – as someone to cherish and adore. As domestic abuse is rampant across the globe, it was good to read a story where the lead female was able to escape the clutches of her abuser. In addition, the conservation and protection efforts for the wild African animals by Nicholas were a beautiful touch. DROWNING will touch your heart and soul and leave you wanting to bring more beauty into your own life.

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