Title: Pulled Within (Bar Harbor Series #2)
Author: Marni Mann
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Booktrope (http://booktrope.com/)
Release Date: September 12, 2014
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 she does on the outside.
Hart Booker, another disappointment from her past, returns to Bar Harbor and shelters her from the rain. 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
Recommended for mature audiences due to explicit language, sexual abuse, disturbing situations, and drug use.
Rae Ryan feels like she is falling apart - everything she loves is either gone or destroyed. She’s only just hanging on when the one person she never thought she would ever see again walks back onto her bleak landscape.
Hart Booker was the only boy that she ever truly gave her heart to and he left in the middle of the night without ever looking back. There was once a time when she would believe all of his sweet promises, but so much has happened in the time they have been apart. Her heart and her face now bear testament to her inner turmoil. Will Hart be her savior or will he shatter her world again?
“I uncurled my body and went into the bathroom. My eyes lingered in the mirror above the sink. I couldn’t stop staring. My mascara had dripped into my scar. The black mixed against the damaged skin, creating a deep, bruised purple. Like a storm gathering on the surface of my skin. It would have been perfect if this were Halloween. But this wasn’t a costume; I couldn’t take it off at the end of the night and return to the smooth, wanted face beneath it. My scar was permanent, a storm that would never pass. It glared back at me every day. It called out its existence whenever I touched my face. It haunted my dreams.”
Hart never forgot the beautiful and intense girl he knew and he wants another chance to find out what they can be together. He’s going to be patient and prove to her that he’s here to stay and it doesn’t matter what happened in the past because they will face down the future – together.
“I met his stare as my fingers drew over his scar again. And again. “You’re healed.” He searched my eyes. I knew it was impossible, but I could feel him looking inside me, into the space where I kept my fears and my past and my scars. They were all so deeply pulled within. He was trying his best to read them all and understand me. His face told me that suddenly he did. “You can be healed, too,” he said.”
Pulled Within is solid proof that Marni Mann is only getting better! She has a way of taking her uniquely broken characters on a journey that connects directly to the heart and soul of the reader. Her stories are poignant and hard-hitting on the surface but just underneath it all runs a delicate thread of hope.
This book left me emotionally raw and I couldn’t help but love every second of it…
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“I don’t want my smell just here,” he said, kissing down my chest and stopping at the first closed button. His lips sat directly between my breasts. “I want it here, too.” The tip of his finger touched the middle of my thigh. “And here.” It moved closer to where my legs met. “And here.” Then it continued to slide up until it stopped on my clit. He only gave me the edge of his finger, and with hardly any pressure. It was enough to stop my breathing. “I want this spot to always smell like I’ve been here.” My back arched as he licked across my collarbone. “And I don’t think I can wait any longer to taste it.”
About The Author -
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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