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?
Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine – Where nothing and no one is as they seem…
Tragedy brought Drew Stevens to Bar Harbor and she has every intention of wrapping up her unpleasant business and returning home to Florida as soon as possible. But what she finds there is that her life, as she knew it – was a lie.
Justin “Saint” Drake is her mysterious and far too gorgeous next-door neighbor. Everyone in town tells her to stay away but something about him draws her like a moth to a flame. But with every answer that Drew uncovers, more questions are revealed. Is the truth too lost to ever be found?
“My hands clenched and released, my fingers squeezing back into a fist. My sickened stomach churned and pulsated. The tears in my eyes were making it hard to see. Why was I here alone? Why had everything been taken from me? Why had she left her family and pretended they’d never existed? Why?“
Saint knows what everyone in town thinks of him. They say that he’s a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” kind of guy and he never really cared about that – until Drew came to town. But they are both fighting to keep their heads above water in the vast ocean called regret. Is it possible for two such damaged people to heal each other or will they just be pulled beneath?
“You’re too good for me, Drew.” “No…” Our faces finally separated. We didn’t, though. He brought my fingers up to his lips, kissing the skin between my nails and knuckles. “You need someone better than me.” And then he was gone. Again. When he reached the top of the peninsula, he crossed the grass that separated our properties. He never turned to me, never paused. The last thing I heard was his door shut. “But I want you…” I knew he couldn’t hear me. I didn’t say it loud enough for my voice
Pulled Beneath is a bit of a departure for Marni Mann. She weaves this complex web of mystery with her usual multi-sensory approach. I could almost smell the salty ocean air and feel the cold water rushing across my feet! There is such a delicious tension that runs through the entire story and I loved that she had me teetering on the edge all weekend long…
Exclusive Excerpt -
I pulled into the entrance of my parents’ subdivision and rounded the first bend. I could smell smoke in the distance. Brush fires were common this time of year, and since the weather affected my parents business, I was constantly reminded of how little rain we had received this spring. The current fires were several miles east and largely contained. But a few years before, I’d witnessed how fast they could spread and how much damage they could cause. I had volunteered to help clean-up after one. They were serious danger. I hoped they wouldn’t be heading our way.
About the Author -
A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps 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.