Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review - Down Too Deep

Title:   Down Too Deep
Author:  J. Daniels
Series:  Dirty Deeds #4
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:  Forever
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   401
Date of Publication:   October 8, 2019
My Rating:   4 Stars


Fans of Christina Lauren and Colleen Hoover will love this sexy and emotional fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Dirty Deeds series.

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.


This highly emotive story by J. Daniels was an excellent read. I will start off by saying that our protagonist, Nathan Bell, is wracked with guilt over his wife's death. (Trigger warning: deals with suicide.) Meanwhile, he all but has turned over care of his toddler Marley to his parents. When his father tells him that they are stopping their nearly full-time care of her and that he must step up, he nearly falls to his knees.

Trying to run his restaurant and working almost all of the time presents an incredible challenge to Nathan. What is more important to consider is that Marley doesn't even know her father and they have nearly no connection. When a woman he ran into previously not only visits his restaurant but recognizes the situation and offers to babysit Marley. 

Jenna is a single mom of two preteens and her job allows her to work at home during the summer months. Jenna and the kids go to Nathan's home every morning, even on Sundays, and Jenna proves to be perfect for Nathan and Marley. What is more is that Jenna finds ways to bring Nathan and Marley closer together. While this happens, it becomes more than evident that Jenna and Nathan click and the two also form a bond.

What a wonderful and warm read. I was so drawn into this book on so many levels. Nathan dealing with his guilt. Nathan's relationship with Marley. With Jenna. With Jenna's two children. This book has already come out and I hang my head in shame for just getting to it. Please pick it up. It will be a very rewarding read for you.

Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


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.


  1. I really like the plot of this story. Great review Robin.

  2. This sounds divine - love your thoughtful and warm review

  3. Interesting plot. Thanks for sharing

  4. I've been looking for a new romance! This looks great - awesome review

  5. Great review, sounds lovely. We all have books we have put off reading then kicked ourselves for not getting to them sooner.

  6. Amazing review Robin, this book looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.