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 shedoes on the outside.Hart Booker, another disappointment from her past, returns to Bar Harbor and shelters her from therain. 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, anddrug use.Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pulled-within-marni-mann/1120329331?ean=9781620153680
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Author Marni Mann knows angst and heart break, but best of all she knows how to temper it with the right amount of hope. That skill of balancing dark and light is transparent in her new release Pulled Within.
Rae Ryan is out of options. No guy, no job, no best friend and no home. Desperation causes her to take an out of town job that brings her face to face with the one person who may care enough to save her, the one person who may push her enough to face the ghosts of her past
Hart Booker loved Rae Ryan when they were young but dreams of becoming a famous ball player separated the pair. Hart always regretted how the two parted and vows to not only win back the girl he never forgot but also to help heal her scars inside and out.
What I Loved: Pulled Within is chock full of raw emotion. Mann translates Rae's internal struggles so vividly I swear I could physically feel Rae move from the chaos of her rage to the pain of her heartbreak. The chemistry between Rae and Hart is strong and the banter between the two is very, very steamy.
What I Didn't Love: Rae is put through the ringer and I found myself feeling for a character that one I absolutely hated in Pulled Beneath. But near the end of Pulled Within something is revealed that made me feel like some of the hardship Rae faced was unnecessary. I was also disappointed that by the end of the story Rae still viewed Drew (the heroine from Pulled Beneath) with hatred and contempt.
"We were the calm after a beautiful storm that I never wanted to end."
"But maybe there was a home out there for me, and Hart would be able to help me find it. As long as it kept the storms out, that would be enough for me."
Pulled Within is a moving tale of loss and redemption, of love and forgiveness. While Pulled Within can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading Pulled Beneath first. It's a wonderful book and adds depth to the overall Bar Harbor universe. Overall I love the Bar Harbor Series and can't wait for the next one to be released.
A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann, now a Floridian is inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps a 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.
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