Monday, March 17, 2014

ARC Review of Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann

Goodreads Summary:
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?

My Review:
I was so lucky to be provided an ARC for review of this one. Drew has been through a lot. Her parents are murdered and she is thrown into a new life, one where she feels alone. After she finds out she has inherited a house in her mom’s home town she travels to Bar Harbor, Maine to check it out. She has no desire to stay in Maine but, is looking forward to getting away for bit. She is convinced that there is nothing for her in Maine. She begins the process of renovating the house with the money she was left and getting out of there. She starts to meet the locals and having somewhat of a life there. She is drawn towards her mysterious neighbor, Saint. Who lives on a boat and swims at night. That is kind of how they break he ice. Swimming is a way for Drew to totally forget everything and let go. Drew finds herself getting attached to the people of Bar Harbor. She is also starting to figure out some family secrets. There is something going on here and she needs to figure it out. Will Drew figure out the secrets of her past? Will she fall for Saint?

There were a lot of great characters in this book. Gianna was one of my favorite. She was an amazing friend to Drew through all of this. She was there for her. She gave Drew, a kick in the butt when she needed it too. She was very outspoken. I just loved her! My favorite though was Bella, and yea she's a dog, a yellow lab to be specific. She was the loyal companion to Drew. The only one who had survived the murder at her parents. Drew didn't do much without Bella. Mann did an amazing job portraying this relationship in words. 

I really liked Saint. He was beautifully broken. He had so much going on with his life too. Him and Drew were so good for each other, even if they didn't realize it right away. Saint is quite accomplished in his young life, although he is not without his scars. Him and Drew work towards a path of healing, one that sees so far out of reach. Will they be able to heal together? 

This book was so well written. You truly feel the pain that Drew felt through the words on the page. I would lightly recommend this one to anyone!

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