12 Sep 2014

Review: Pulled Within by Marni Mann

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 Pulled Within?
Recommended for mature audiences due to explicit language, sexual abuse, disturbing situations, and drug use.
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My Review
Marni Mann has done it again. She's produced another book that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, your heart aching for what the main character goes through. I cried several times whilst reading Pulled Within and I can't wait for more.
I must admit, I'm a bit of a prude at times and I did blush through much of this book - there is an awful lot of sex which I'm clearly not used to reading. Occasionally this left me a little uncomfortable  (but like I said,  me = prude - or so my sister tells me!) but the story itself was so deep and heartfelt. It covered some really intense and horrible issues in life like drugs, abuse, death and so on but it's the deep love between some of the characters that just had me from the start.
I totally fell in love with Hart (just like I fell in love with Shane in the previous book) and felt he was the perfect man, really. I didn't think I was going to like Rae after reading so little about her in book one but the issues she dealt with totally changed my mind and I couldn't help but root for her. I just loved the way she changed throughout the story.
Like its predecessor, Pulled Beneath, Pulled Within is an amazing book and I shall wait with baited breath for Marni Mann to produce more in the near future. All in all, a fabulous read.

Best-selling author Marni Mann, knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel.
She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she's not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she's scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

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