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#ARCReview Drowning by Hope Jones

Title: Drowning

Series: Standalone

Author: Hope Jones

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Tropes: Second Chance

Release Date: 2 July 2020


Imagine orchestrating your divorce under false pretenses.
That’s precisely what Cecilia Topps did. After receiving a disturbing diagnosis, Cecilia felt like she was drowning, unable to take a breath. She didn’t want to bring her husband down with her, so she created a damaging lie.
Cameron Topps had been going through the motions for seven years. The betrayal he felt from his wife left him numb and unable to love again. His indifference led to hatred when he walked into his bar, seeing his wife again after unknowingly hiring her.
Secrets are exposed, lines are crossed, and Cameron finally learns the truth about his divorce. Is he willing to drown with Cecilia all over again, or will he move on for good?

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
ARC Source: Author via Give Me Books Promotions

What an emotional ride! “Drowning” is my first book from the author. I didn’t really know when to expect. The synopsis doesn’t give us much, especially about the reason Cecilia broke their marriage. I’m happy with how depression was portrait. The author gave a pretty realistic view of what people battling with mental health are going through.

Six years ago, Cecilia decided to end her marriage. By doing so she broke both her heart and her husband’s, Cameron. She wanted to free him, so he wouldn’t how to live with her demons. Now they meet again. Without his knowledge, she’s hired as the mixologist for the club he’ll be opening soon. Their first encounter consists of an array of emotions: anger, frustration, loss, and a tiny bit of undying love. Even though what happened messed Cameron up, he can’t help but love her still. However, before he finds out the real reason behind their divorce, he’s cold and unkind towards her.

The story is not just two people getting their second chance. We get to see how depression can affect both the person’s life and their family’s. Even though Cecilia can’t see it, she has many people in her corner. Can Cameron be another one of those people? Can he be the man she needs by her side, through everything that is happening? I felt every emotion through the story, and it stayed with me for a while after finishing it!!




Hope Jones is the wife of her very own alpha male and the mother of four beautiful daughters. She lives in a small town in South Carolina, but was born in Brunswick, GA. She’s always had a love for reading, even at a young age thrillers always interested her. As she got older, romance mixed with some thriller/suspense became her obsession.
If you can’t find Hope glued to her Kindle, you’ll usually find her chasing her girls around, running her hectic household, and plotting stories for the alpha men that have taken over her mind.

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