Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.
Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.
Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?
Gracie is a really good girl. She loves her family, her friends and her boyfriend, Noah. Now that she has transferred and they now go to the same university, they are able to spend more time together. But the more time that she spends with Noah, the more she questions what she ever really saw in him. One minute he is the perfect boyfriend – loving and considerate – and the next he is lying to her and flirting shamelessly with other girls. Every time this happens and she feels like she is going to drown in her own sadness, she turns to her friend, Jake. Jake is always there with his easy smile and open arms to pull her to safety.
“But our story wasn’t ready to end. It went something like this: Bad boy meets good girl. First kiss. Bad boy turns sensitive. Love. Good girl gives sensitive boy all of her. Long distance. Flowers. Love letters. Long, sweet phone calls. Good girl transfers to sensitive boy’s school. Sensitive boy becomes fraternity boy. Drunken social events. Secrets revealed. Fraternity boy pulls good girl under. Good girl finds herself in too deep.”
“This was so different than being confused and crying in Noah’s room. The juxtaposition of these two polar-opposite men in my life was unexplainable. One man I couldn’t hold on to to save my life, and I knew one would save my life if I held on to him. But I didn’t deserve someone like Jake. He deserved so much more than what I could give him. When I looked in the mirror, I no longer saw the girl I used to be. I let Noah pull me this way and that way, then finally let him pull me apart, and he left behind only a fraction of who I once was. The carefree spirit I was once known for had been painfully scraped away. Jake deserved more than the shell of a girl I was. I didn’t recognize that girl. I was embarrassed by her.”