Shallow River by H.D. Carlton

Shallow River, a Dark Thriller Standalone Romance, by H.D. Carlton is now LIVE!

Title: Shallow River

Author: H.D. Carlton

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Release Date: November 1st

Genre:  Dark Romance. Thriller

 Cover Designer – Chris Schade


Shallow Hill is where souls suffer slow and miserable deaths.

When River McAllister escaped from Shallow Hill, she left her innocence behind–and some of her sanity, too. Now she’s rebuilding her life with her dream man and life couldn’t be better.

Ryan Fitzgerald is everything you’d want in a man. Attractive, rich, an aspiring lawyer, and would do anything to keep River. But that’s not the only thing that attracts her. It’s his attentiveness, his possessiveness… maybe not so much his temper.

When her relationship takes a dark turn, Ryan’s estranged brother, Mako, is the only one who sees it. He knows exactly what Ryan is capable of, and it’s not the first time he had to be a knight in shining armor.

River came from Shallow Hill, though. She’s never needed saving before. What Mako doesn’t see is that River is perfectly capable of taking care of herself.

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There some books that make you sit up and take notice. The books that have a powerful message or voice. Shallow River has both. Shallow River tells the story of River , a young woman in a vicious circle of abuse.

You feel her every move. The questioning, the insecurities that make up this experience. River thought she escaped her abusive childhood and moved on to college with guarded hopes. Every chapter pours out every thing. There is no hidden nooks. There is no escape from the world , her boyfriend Ryan has created.

She learnt too late , the truth and she sinking. The man she loves who has become a nightmare. She doesn’t know what to do. As she never been given the tools to help herself and she doesn’t know how to deal with this world she found herself once again.

You wonder why put herself in this situation given her back story. Some people don’t want help. They need to find their own strength and Shallow River is the story of this woman. A woman who was forced to sought to make her own decisions and take things into her hand

Her journey isn’t easy. Her story isn’t a walk in a park .She isn’t looking for romance. She looking for an escape. Carlton captures it perfectly and I can’t wait to read more of her writing. She captured every second of this book perfectly. You can literally feel the emotions that River is feeling. It oozes out of her. This isn’t a typical romance. This a woman seeking her own answers.


“What triggered you?” he asks finally, cupping a finger under my chin and jerking my chin up. My tear-filled eyes meet his steady greens.

“The knife,” I admit reluctantly.


I try to look away, but he jerks my chin back to him again. “Because the last time I used one, I hurt someone with it. It feels like I’m holding a weapon in my hands now, not something to cut tomatoes with.”

“Would it help if the knife became something different than a weapon?”

My brows pucker with confusion. “What do you mean? I thought that’s what I was doing by cutting tomatoes…” My voice trails off when he grabs the knife with one hand, pulls out the collar of my shirt with the other, and begins cutting the fabric down the middle.

“Mako,” I gasp, stunned. The tip of the knife grazes my skin. Not enough to break skin, but enough to leave a dull sting. When I glance up at him, his eyes are concentrating hard on the knife. He’s grazing me on purpose.

My heart rate escalates, accelerating my breath along with it. My shirt falls off my shoulders and down my arms. He cuts my bra next—I liked that bra—and then my shorts and panties. By the time he’s done, my naked body is adorned in scraps of fabric.

“What are you doing?” I whisper, the tip of my tongue darting out to wet my dry lips. He ignores me and grabs my ankles and spreads them, setting each foot on either counter. Next, he bundles up all the scraps and throws them behind him. Distractedly, I watch them all flutter to the ground.

“Reclaiming what a knife means for you.”

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Author Bio:

H. D. Carlton grew up in a small town in Ohio. She suffers by the hands of Mother Nature cursing the area with all four seasons in the span of a week. By day, she does boring adult stuff, by night, she’s putting her imagination into words as her cat climbs all over her. She published a few poems back in her days, but now she is devoted to turning poetry into stories. Stories that feature wicked worlds and the worst kind of villains that don’t talk about themselves in third person.

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