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BOOK DETAILS:
Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann
(Bar Harbor #1)
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: March 18th,  2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

 

 

synopsis

 

What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine, from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation is as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brings them together is the same thing that keeps them emotionally caged.

With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

 

 

review

 

* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~~ 4 Stars ~~

Pulled Beneath is an emotional story about a girl who’s world is turned upside down when a tragic event takes her away her parents and leaves her alone. Not only has she lost her parents but she has found out she had a family that she never knew and that everything she thought to be true were all lies.

This is the first book by Marni Mann that I have read and I have to say I found it quite enjoyable. It is the first book in the series, but each of the books can be read as a standalone. I thought the author did a fantastic job with developing the storyline and the characters. I was a little nervous for a bit, because I thought this story was taking on a different route, but I am glad to say my thoughts were completely wrong. I felt the pace and flow of the story was great. It wasn’t to slow and nothing was rushed. The storyline was unique enough to keep my interest all the way through and she even threw in some twists I didn’t see coming and could never have guessed.

My heart really broke for Drew….she had just lost her parents to horrific tragedy and then she is tossed into a world she knew nothing about. She had known that her mom and dad were from Maine, but never knew why they left or what had happened. She thought that her grandparents had died years ago. That was not the case. Once she received the call to come to Maine because she was left something by her grandparents, Drew was taken back. She is then thrown into this town, where everyone knew of her mom, but no one was talking. During this time she meets both Brady and Saint (aka Justin). She is drawn to Saint and has a fondness for Brady. Although the two guys can’t stand each other. Over the course of the story we find out why. We also find out just how broken both Brady and Saint are also. I really liked both of the guys, but I also had problems with both of them. I really thought all these characters were relatable and believable.

We also meet Rae (Brady’s BFF and Saint’s Ex.) and Gianna (Drew’s BFF). Rae is the character in the second book of this series. We get to know w a little bit about her and her past with Brady and Saint, we also see a not so nice side of her. I am really hoping that we see a better side to her in her book otherwise I am not sure how much I will like her. Gianna is the BFF everyone wants. She was so supportive of Drew and told her what she needed to hear without holding anything back. I would love to read a story about her and maybe Brady?!?!?!?! (crosses fingers)

I would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for an emotional story that also touches on some tough subjects. I will say my only disappointment about this book was that it was light on the love story part of the book. I would’ve liked to have seen Drew and Saint together sooner and for a longer period of time. There was a lot of push and pull with them and I felt a little cheated by their romance. Still not enough to completely ruin the story for me.

 

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BOOK DETAILS:
Pulled Within by Marni Mann
(Bar Harbor #2)
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: September 12th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

 

 

synopsis

 

Storms can’t last forever…can they?

For five long years, Rae Ryan has lived in a storm over which she has no control. Little by little, everything has been taken away from her—her job, her relationship, her best friend and her home. Plagued by nightmares and a terrible family secret, she carries her scars as much on the inside as she does on the outside.

Hart Booker, another disappointment from her past, returns to Bar Harbor and shelters her from the rain. He reminds Rae that forgiveness is possible, happiness can be found on the other side of darkness, and beauty rests beneath her scars. But a sinister figure lingering in the background seems determined to pull Rae back into a past she’s been trying to outrun. Can she survive the storm and become part of the light she so desperately desires? Or is she destined to remain
Pulled Within?

Recommended for mature audiences due to explicit language, sexual abuse, disturbing situations, and drug use.

 

 

review

 

* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~~ 4 Healing Stars ~~

Pulled Within is the second book in Marni Mann’s series, but can be read as a standalone. This book was truly it’s own story. I was shocked at how little some of the other characters from the first book weren’t in this book.

I enjoyed this book and the author’s writing style. She knows how to create an engaging storyline that keeps your attention all the way through. I think the only thing that I didn’t like was that to me this seemed more like Brady’s story of healing then it was Rae’s. I thought Brady’s storyline took up too much space. I understand that Rae and Brady were BFF’s, but I would’ve liked the healing to be more about Rae and her past. I thought it took to long for her past to be revealed, so it made the healing part of her story a little rushed. I did like that we got bits of her past through flashbacks. Normally I think flashbacks are risky, but in this story they worked. I was also happy to see that Rae and Hart didn’t take too long to reconnect. I liked watching their relationship unfold throughout most of the book. I truly felt their feelings were genuine.

We met Rae in book 1 Pulled Beneath. She was only in that book every now and then, we don’t really get to know Rae until this book when everything is revealed. Rae is a troubled person and a broken soul who is determined to help everyone in her life and fix their issues, without really looking at herself and her issues. Rae had a tragic event happen to her and her family when she was younger and her life has revolved around 12/17. She just reminds herself that she needs to get through that day. So besides this tragic event she was dating Hart (in high school) and her disappears without so much as a word, leaving Rae hurt and confused. But now 5 years later Hart is back in Bar Harbor and determined to get Rae back. I really liked Hart….he was the right mix of Alpha male and sweet and tender. Although I did find his reason for leaving in the past kind of weak and uneventful. I was kind of expecting something a little bigger. I did like that even though Hart knew Rae was hurting inside, he never gave up on her and didn’t push her. He just helped her through the tough times until all was revealed Rae was truly on a self-destructive path until she reconnected with Hart and he helped get her on the right track.

I would recommend this book to everyone who is looking for that second chance romance and a book about learning to heal yourself, so that you can put the past behind you.

 

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PULLED BENEATH

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PULLED WITHIN

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