by Marni Mann
Overview (from B&N.com): 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?
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author, via Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: Losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a parent would be shell, but I can only imagine how terribly painful that would be. The strength you have to dig deep and find is admirable and even a little scary.
The beauty of Pulled Beneath‘s story telling is incredible. It felt like the author gave the story credibility and did these characters and their grief justice. At first, I didn’t really think it would be my kind of story because it seemed to be sad and full of self-pity. I couldn’t have been more wrong if I’d tried.
The characters were relatable and so was their pain. Even if you’re not dealing with the exact same issues, it’s unbelievably easy to relate to Drew and Justin/Saint. They also had impressive chemistry. I really liked the slow build between them. Nothing felt rushed for the sake of telling a story. The pace fit the characters and the trials of their demons.
Overall, I truly enjoyed every minute of Pulled Beneath. Even with its very serious subject matter and depressing circumstances, it was a joy to read and understand. Whether you empathize or sympathize with the characters, you’ll still get something worthwhile from their story. There is some sexual content, so readers should probably be 18 and older. As long as you meet that requirement, I would recommend Pulled Beneath.
3.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I still can’t believe how much I enjoyed reading this book or deep it was.