Review: Drowning by Jassy Mackenzie



Drowning by Jassy Mackenzie

Sensuous but stifled New York City photographer Erin Mitchell thinks going to South Africa on assignment will be the perfect getaway. But when a flash food washes away Erin’s vehicle and she is stranded at a luxury safari lodge, Erin’s romantic working vacation takes an interesting turn. She awakens from her near-drowning and meets her rescuer, Nicholas—hot and brilliant, successful and caring—not at all like her abusive husband. At Leopard Rock in the steamy South African heat, Erin faces the toughest choices of her life.
Nicholas is ripped, he’s smart, and he’s “no strings attached.” To give in or not to give in drowns Erin’s senses as she struggles with two impossible goals: ignore the exquisite physical charms of her host and conceal every last detail whenever her controlling husband calls. On the other side, Nicholas faces impossible choices of his own, as the bon-vivant playboy may just possibly collide with feelings more powerful than lust.
Erotic. Exotic. Wild. Drowning sizzles in the African heat as one woman is stretched to the breaking point by the strength of her vows and the intensity of her seething primal desires.

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WOW, what a jam-packed, thrilling, hot in more ways than one, emotional roller coaster ride that I’m so glad that I took. Jassy de Jong is a new author for me but I’ll definitely keep her on my to watch list for upcoming books.

Erin and Vince Mitchell, photographers from New York City, are going to South Africa for one of his jobs. Before leaving, a disagreement and his temper has left them at odds. Erin hopes the time away will help them reconnect and fix the issues that have developed. While traveling, they ride in separate vehicles.

Unbeknownst to either of them, the rain, storms and floodwaters are rising. Vince is traveling in a better vehicle and doesn’t realize when his wife is in trouble. When her driver loses control, the bridge is washed out, and the car goes into the river and oohh you’ll not believe what happens next!! Or you will if you’ve read the blurb, she near-to-drowns but she’s rescued by the beautiful, ripped, Nicholas de Lanoy, who owns Leopard Rock where they take her to recuperate.

Ooohhh and the chemistry between Nicholas and Erin is off the charts HOT!!! But Nicholas knows she’s married, he just wants an indecent proposal until she can get back to her husband. Erin declines at first but with the way Vince continues to treat her, by phone, she reflects back on his treatment in her marriage and realizes she’s not happy and wants to be. So she decides to proceed with Nicholas and they have some sizzling hot, sexy times, enjoying each other.

There’s also some companionable treks after poachers, repairing fences and normal guy – girl stuff. This is a wonderfully written story about a feisty heroine who goes after what she wants, action packed, romance, erotic, page turning, read all in one sitting, gorgeous scenery that’s easily pictured with hints of domestic violence. A fabulous 5☆ read I’d recommend easily.

Reviewed by Tara

LLEP Review Team

About the Author


Jassy Mackenzie is from a family where books weren’t just more important than television, they were so important that television was banned from the house.

Jassy is the second youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe, and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. Today, she is the editor of HJ, a hair and beauty magazine. She lives on a smallholding outside Johannesburg and shares her life with her wonderful partner Dion, two horses and two cats.

Her first novel, Random Violence, featuring the feisty P.I. Jade de Jong, was published by Umuzi in South Africa in 2008 and shortlisted for Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Africa region. It was published by Soho Press in the USA, where it was nominated for a Shamus Award in the Best First Book category and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

Her second book, a standalone thriller called My Brother’s Keeper, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for Best First Novel – Paperback Original in the International Thriller Awards.

The next book in the Jade de Jong series, Stolen Lives, was published in 2010 (in the USA in 2011). This was followed by Worst Case in 2011 (titled The Fallen in the USA). Stolen Lives received a starred review from Library Journal, and The Fallen received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

The latest in the Jade de Jong series, Pale Horses, has been published in South Africa in 2012 and will launch in the USA in April 2013.

Jassy has also written a humorous erotic novel, Folly, which has just been launched in South Africa. She is now hard at work on the next Jade book.


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