Series: Bar Harbor, #1
Author: Marni Mann
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*book was received in exchange for an honest and fair review*
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?
I’m hundred percent happy I picked up this book. Right from the start I was pulled in to the world that Marni created and her interesting characters. She threw in a great mix of plot twists and mysteries that kept me guessing and flipping the pages. And I thoroughly got wrapped up in her writing style.
Let’s talk about the characters. Each one was interesting, held unique depth, and each was alluring in their own way. I really became invested in their stories. Of course, Drew is the kind of MC I love reading about and getting inside her head was fun.
I was drawn to whatever was broken in him, probably in the same way he was drawn to what was broken in me.
Drew comes from a tragic past (a recent tragic experience) and that turns her world upside down. And this tragedy leads her to places, and to people, she never thought she would meet. What I enjoyed so much about this character is her underlining strength, maturity, and the real emotional depth she displayed. When the mysteries of her family slowly unravel she came apart like a normal person, held together by fragile strings. That showed uniqueness and individuality in her character and also made her feel relatable.
The love interest, Saint (love that name), is also quite a character. He held secrets of his own and he also displayed a few contrasting emotions towards Drew when she first appeared. However, he never really came off as an asshole. How he behaved and acted gave me insight that no matter what he was a good guy. Saint, like the town of Bar Harbor and Drew’s family, is surrounded by mysteries. That instantly drew me to his character. But what made me really like him is his genuine concern for Drew and his warm character.
There are quite a few characters within this book and, like I mentioned, each one was interesting, held unique depth, and each was alluring in their own way. I adored Gianna. She was the prefect best friend for Drew. She held Drew together when her world was unraveling and she was also a great support system. There are a few other characters, and I definitely (except one) that I really enjoyed getting to know. Though I did figure out the trouble of one character, I still enjoyed him and I can’t wait for his story!
The plot played out well. It threw some well-developed mysteries out there, some I didn’t see coming and a few that I did. Though it lagged a bit, here and there, the story flowed well. The relationship between Drew and Saint developed beautifully and their attraction felt so real. I loved watching them each grow individually and together. I also loved how the town was full of secrets (much like real small towns). I’m happy that I got a chance to read Pulled Beneath. I’ve never read anything by Marni Mann, and I definitely a fan of hers now.
What the hell happened here, Mom? If it wasn't for your room, your name written above your bed, I wouldn't have known you ever lived here. There's no trace of your anywhere in this house that I've see so far. What did they do to you? Or what did you do to them?
Pulled Beneath was heartbreaking intense. I enjoyed the deeply woven mysteries that were worked into the wonderful plot twists. I definitely recommend this book for New Adult fans that like a story about a girl finding not only love but family and that contains a love story that was sweet and passionate!