Going Under by Lexi RyanGoing Under (The Blackhawk Boys Book 3) by Lexi Ryan
Published by LoveSwept on January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Netgalley
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If I met Alexandra DeLuca for the first time today, I would only need one word to describe her:

MINE.

She's everything she was when we said goodbye. Beautiful, stubborn, sweet...and off-limits.

After two years leading separate lives, our worlds have collided. Now that she's back home working and taking classes beside me, she's bound to make me lose my mind.

She's all I've ever wanted, all I've ever dreamed of, and the one thing I can never have.

Not because she's my best friend's sister.
Not because all four DeLuca brothers would come at me with fists swinging if I hurt her.
Not even because she's way better than I will ever deserve.

I keep my distance because we didn't meet for the first time today. We met five years ago when I was a different person. When my demons ruled me. Even though I've changed--even though I've gotten my life together and become a better man--I can't change the past. And the secrets that haunt me would destroy her.

But I'm not the only one with secrets, and when the truth comes out, I don't know where to turn. What do you do when your world washes away beneath your feet and you feel like you're drowning? What do you do when the woman you promised yourself you'd never touch is the only thing that can keep you from going under?

Lexi Ryan’s Going Under is the third book in her The Blackhawk Boys series, and the first book of hers that I have read. (This bit of information should tell you that you do not need to follow the series order and that they are stand-alone books.)
Going Under is sweet, fun, a little angsty and layered. Alexandra (Alex) lost her twin city to addiction and was severely burned trying to save her. She has significant scars from the experience – both physical and emotional – and has just returned to her hometown after living away for two years. She’s starting college and works on cars, but she never knew Sebastian Crowe moved back home as well.
Sebastian moved back to town after his mother was sick with cancer. He is football player and has always had a thing for Alex, but he has always considered her off limits because he is best friends with her older brother. But Sebastian has secrets that are also preventing him from ever acting on his feelings for her. Neither realized or planned that they would be living in the same town again and going to the same college. They cannot hide their attraction for each other, but they have a lot of hurdles to jump before they can ever be together – especially Sebastian.
Going Under is good, and I liked the way Ms. Ryan handled Alex’s sister’s addiction. I wanted to push Sebastian a little to get him to take some action, but I understand why he believed Alex was unavailable to him. The story moved a little slow, and there are a lot of secondary characters that were a little hard to keep up with. Overall, it was a nice read, especially if you like college sports romances.
ARC provided by publisher, but no one made me write this review and my opinions are honest and my own.