5 Star Book Review: PULLED BENEATH (Bar Harbor Series #1) by Marni Mann (@MarniMann)

March 18, 2014 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books 0

Pulled Beneath




About the Book


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 who 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 was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that drew them together was the same thing that kept 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?


My Review


My Rating: 5 Stars

“This was a blinding betrayal, this was years of lies, and questioning everything I believed to be true. This was a completely new reality.”

I loved this book! Marni Mann has a unique ability: each time I read one of her books she breaks my heart, and then heals it in a new, better way. Pulled Beneath is an emotional journey; offering heartbreak in its death, lies, and betrayal, and healing in self-discovery and new beginnings.

It’s a journey of single moments, simple snapshots of time filled with intense and palpable emotion that flow easily together in to a fantastic read. It’s beautifully written and fully engrossing. So much so, that even though the story is filled with  many mysteries and unanswered questions, I wasn’t necessarily eager to find the answers, simply because I did not want the story to end. But ultimately, the questions are answered in a surprising and satisfying way.

Drew is a character I couldn’t help but feel for, and though I personally relate little to her personal life experience, I felt extremely close to her as I went with her on this journey. I have never myself lost a parent, but we all understand loss, and the author allows the reader to feel so close to all of the characters. There’s an interesting and multi-layered cast, complete with a sexy, mysterious, rugged, tattooed and seriously swoon-worthy leading man. Saint and Drew’s encounters weave a delicious thread of sexual tension through the book.

A captivating story filled with emotion, heat, loss, family drama, secrets, and ultimately answers and the healing that comes with them, Pulled Beneath is a brilliant read. Pasts are revealed and futures are put in to motion. Lives end and love begins. It has a satisfying “happy-for-now” ending that promises much more to come, and I’m eager to spend more time in Bar Harbor.

” ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. Whether you break my heart or I break yours, that’s not really something we can say right now. But I want to be with you. And you completely own my mind. I promise you, that’s the truth.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


About the Author


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.

Marni is preparing for the summer release of her fifth novel, Seductive Shadows, a provocative, intoxicating, erotic and unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption.

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.


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