Drowning Instinct (Ilsa Bick)


There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)

Jenna Lord’s first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.

There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain… magnetism.

And there are stories where it’s hard to be sure who’s a prince and who’s a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)

Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules. 

Well I’ll be damned…

This book. Ugh. Bobby-O, this book was just superb. Insanely good. Addicting. Gripping. All of the words! What’s even better about this book is by the time you finish it you just sit there and stare at your ceiling like “WHAT. WAS. THAT?”


The writing was my most favorite part out of everything inside of this book. I loved how the author played out this story through Jenna and her voice. The way the chapters are structured, the way Jenna explains everything so vividly, to her humor and wit.

I’m not telling you a thing about the story line. You can go in blind just like I did. All you need to know is I absolutely tore through this book and I never do that. Ever.

I’m also not telling you why I was such a sucker for this story. It had my top favorite story line in the history of story lines, maybe that will tell you something.


I’m so glad I was given the chance to read this book. I know it will stick with me forever. Shout out to Emily for knowing just what to send me in my time of need.

Ms. Bick, you got me. You got me real good. And I liked it. Mitch is all I see now too.


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