- Series: The Bar Harbor Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1533095612
- ISBN-13: 978-1533095619
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,932,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pulled beneath the waves, into the hole I had climbed into. It was a dark, damaging place.
There is something important to be said about the same author experiencing this unintentional shift into a reader as the book's gorgeously written words push her into that hole. It's hard sometimes, once you've written books and stories and articles, once you've embraced your own authorship, to cut that instinct away and just really enjoy a story as a reader. But I never, ever have that problem with Mann's books.
Marni Mann makes it easy to be a reader.
It smelled just like him: unpredictable and rough.
I love this novel. I love that it's NA and isn't led exclusively by sex. I love Drew's innocence. I have a very hard time relating to people, to characters, who have never struggled. Who have lived perfect lives. And Drew has, to a point, until nothing is perfect anymore, and it seems it never will be again. I'm used to that strong, independent female character who has struggled all her life and knows how to survive. But there is a certain strength in someone who doesn't know that, who hasn't been embedded with that survival skill, is branded by tragedy and rises above anyway. It's very rare that I come in contact with a character in this genre who is just, sort of perfect in her own way, in that every decision she makes is a good one, or at least one with good intentions. I guess that's another thing I love about Mann's novels. She writes about good people with bad cards. There is nothing more that I can relate to in this life.
"Love," I echoed before hanging up. With Gianna, the you had never been needed.
The word itself had always been enough.
I love Gianna, too. She is essentially me; a redheaded spitfire of a friend who knows nothing more than she knows loyalty and I think she was the perfect balance for Drew and everything that was going on with her. I love Saint, I love Maine through Mann's eyes.
I love Pulled Beneath. I am irrevocably in love with this novel.
It's Mann's best work yet.
Several months later she receives yet another shock. While she was raised believing that she had no living family she is distraught to discover it was a lie. She has inherited the family home in Bar Harbor, Maine from the grandmother she never knew existed. Confused and angry about what she has discovered she goes to Bar Harbor with the intent of quickly settling her grandmother's estate and selling the home she has no interest in.
What she gets is handsome Justin Drake (aka Saint). While everyone she meets in Bar Harbor warns her to stay away from him she just can't seem to do it. In his eyes she recognizes someone who is familiar with pain as well and that connection calls to her.
I really enjoyed this book. There was such sadness where Drew is concerned. She was so lost at the beginning of the book. It was nice seeing her come out of the self imposed cage she built around herself. Saint was a mystery for a bit of the book. He was always so protective of Drew but also kept pushing her away. The rumors surrounding him weren't good and it was hard to decide if he was actually a good guy or not. There seemed to be an abundance of that with some of the secondary characters. As in life not everything is as it seems.
Drew just lost her parents in a vicious attack in their home in Florida. She was lost and wasn't looking for anything except time to mend her brokenness. Then she got a letter that said she inherited a house from her grandparents who were supposed to be dead according to what she knew anyway. So off she goes to Maine, the place her mom grew up but never talked about. She finds out much more than she bargained for and she learns some things that shape her into the new person she needs to become.
I really enjoyed this book. This story is told from Drew's perspective, but the other characters she encounters along the way play a significant role in the plot as well. Brady is the guy who is friendly to Drew right away. He quickly becomes someone she feels she can trust. His dad Shane is also a great guy and that's a good thing because they are the men doing the renevations on her grandparents house making it ready to sell. She immediately decides to make these changes to the house so she can cut ties in Maine and move back to her home in Florida. I mean she can't stay in a town she knows nothing about.
As the story unfolds, the reader is pulled in to Drew's thoughts and feelings as if you yourself were living it. It feels quite real. I just couldn't get over how well I related to this character. The sadness and problems Drew went through captivated me. She seemed so lost and didn't have a friend to call her own. And then there is Saint. The tough rugged man who she meets on the pier who just does something to her every time he speaks. But Saint is a big mystery. Brady can't stand him and her new friend Rae won't really say much, but Drew knows there is more to this man than meets the eye. She is determined to get inside his head and find out what makes him so quiet, withdrawn and angry with everyone. But why should it matter if she is leaving soon anyway?
This story was the perfect blend of romance, intrigue and emotion. I felt the author did a great job at getting into the story quickly and occupying the reader with an amazing cast of characters. I would recommend this new adult romance to anyone who enjoys a memorable story told in perfect detail.