Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Pulled Within by Marni Mann

Title: Pulled Within
Series: Bar Harbor, #2
Author: Marni Mann
Category: Contemporary Romance

Genre: New Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
*ARC received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
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.

Expected publication: September 12th 2014

My Review

Pulled Within was definitely an emotional read. I enjoyed the darker themes and heavy situations. Books like that always draw me in and I can never get enough of them.  And, I must say, Marni Mann handled those aspect quite well and made them feel very much real.
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.
First off, I will admit that I did enjoy the first book in the series quite a bit more than I did this one. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this one. I really did. I really enjoyed watching Rae grow and overcome the hardships in her life, finally moving on from a very dark past that she kept buried and hidden.  Marni handle the growth of Rae amazingly.  The emotional aspect of this book was strong and I could really feel the darkness that crept around the corners and the light that was always trying to break through.

Rae is a very strong character. Her life has never been easy and it seems that it just keeps getting harder. With a past that haunts Rae at every turn and a scar that showcases to the world how hard her life is, she just can’t seem to overcome anything. Though Rae was stuck in the past, I loved watching her finally grow and get past her troubles. She’s stubborn and very strong, and can be brutally honest, but I really enjoyed her. 

Hart is  a guy from Rae’s past who shows up when she is at the lowest point in her life.  I just couldn't get a feel for him right away and I will be honest, I didn’t really fall for him. There was just something, which I can't really put my finger on, that didn't allow me to love love his character. I could, however, feel the attraction between him and Rae, but it wasn't that strong, or as strong as I wanted it. Though in the end, I did like Hart a lot more than I did at the beginning. He did prove how much he cares for Rae, and he did help her face her past.
I'd given him complete control., and it was exactly what I wanted. What I needed. 
I knew that Rae and Hard had a past, but the escalation of their relationship moved a bit too fast for me. I think that was something that threw me for a bit. And I did feel like the book was a bit faster paced than what I enjoy. But it didn’t turn me off of the story at all.

Though there were just a few little things I didn’t like, I did enjoy this story quite a bit! I loved the darker atmosphere and the gritty, raw emotion. Watching Rae overcome her past was such a pleasure to read and it made me really enjoy her character. I definitely think this was a good second book in the series and I do hope there will be another one!

1 comment:

  1. The darker themes and heavy situations are what I so often crave.


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