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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If you lost everyone you loved, would you have the courage to start over? If everything you knew turned out to be a lie, would you be strong enough to forgive? Those are the questions facing heroine Drew Stevens in author Marni Mann’s new novel Pulled Beneath. Emotional and gutsy, Pulled Beneath tugged on my heartstrings while keeping me hooked with a suspenseful plot line and a touching romance. This was a real page turner and I recommend it without reservation.
Drew Stevens was just starting to test the waters of post-college life when tragedy struck in the shape of a tweaked out druggie. A botched robbery resulting in the violent death of both her parents sends Drew into a downward spiral of alcohol and isolation. A secondary blow comes with the discovery that the grandparents she never knew have also passed, leaving her their waterfront estate in Bar Harbor, Maine. With the encouragement of her best friend Gianna and the faithful companionship of her yellow lab Bella, Drew heads to Maine looking for a brief escape and a few seconds of peace.
“I didn’t need any more awkward expressions staring back at me, more pans of food that I would never eat, more apologies for something that wasn’t their fault. I just wanted a longer pause… and none of them could give me that.”
As Drew struggles to understand the family her mother kept hidden, she finds herself drawn to a dark young man nicknamed Saint. Despite warnings from several locals to keep her distance from the supposedly notorious womanizer, the pain Saint radiates speaks of a loss Drew knows all too well.
“Someone who hasn’t experienced what we have, they don’t understand that kind of pain, or the things we do to defuse it.”
If you’re looking for hard-core sex and characters repeatedly hitting the sheets, Pulled Beneath is not for you. At its core, Pulled Beneath is a story about two young people finding the strength to restart their lives after surviving crushing losses. Author Mann manages to balance Drew and Saint’s heartbreak with a lot of romantic potential and hopes for a brighter future. Pulled Beneath has just a few brief scenes of physical intimacy and I actually found it refreshing. Mann made sure that when those scenes happened, they truly meant something to her characters and to the readers.
“Something passed between us, more than just an understanding… more than just the heat of our hands on each other. It was possibility. A chance to see what would happen without the heavy expectations that came with a promise.”
Pulled Beneath is the first book in Mann’s new Bar Harbor Series. I’m hooked so I will 100% be back to check out book two.
Don’t miss out on this one; Pulled Beneath is worth picking up.