Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann
Bar Harbor Series #1
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
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?
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Review: I am really getting into New Adult books lately, at least the ones that I am lucky enough to receive for review. Honestly, I am still a bit nervous to buy any of them in paperback or anything yet as I still have not read too many of them, and am not sure that I am going to love all of them. Despite that fear, I really did enjoy this book very much. I suppose it's nice to read books about characters who are my age once in awhile (even though I certainly still love my teens in my young adult books!). I also love that this was a contemporary/romance, which is by far one of my favorite genres.
I had not read anything by Marni Mann before this book, but from other reviews and posts I have read, it seems like I've been really missing out! I obviously need to change that, too. I really enjoy the way that Mann writes, and that is something that is very big for me. There have been some books I have not finished simply because the writing bothered me too much, so I always love when I find good, solid writing that is so easy to read. Everything Mann did in this book was beautifully written, and aside from a bit of a slow start at the beginning, I feel that the book had wonderful fluidity and kept me wanting to read and find out what happened next.
Drew was a character that it would be difficult to dislike. She goes through something so tragic that you feel so badly for her, and you want to keep reading to know that she is going to be okay, if that is even possible. Of course, just when you think she has gone through the worst there is and that things only have to go up, another secret is revealed and she has to deal with more family secrets and drama. She has to decide who she trusts, why she was lied to, and if there was really a good enough reason for it all to have happened. I do not want to give away too much information on all of this, as I do not want to give away too much of the plot since I hope everyone will read it themselves.
The romance in the book was incredible, and that is definitely something that I look for in contemporary. While some people don't like to read books where the romance is a main feature, I LOVE books like that. Therefore, I am never too happy when the relationship is not something that seems realistic or intimate. I loved the relationship between Drew and Saint, though. They both had been through so much, were dealing with scars and problems of their own, but they came together through those things and ultimately turned their tragedies into something that could be very beautiful. I would recommend this book for any contemp lover.
A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey.
When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. Visit her at www.marnismann.com.