Author: Marni Mann
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Source: ARC was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
Flirty Review: Four Lip Bites
Rae Ryan has had a very hard life. Her past is riddled with tragedy and she has done her best to combat her ghosts the best she can. Unfortunately, in Pulled Within she's reached rock bottom. She's about to become homeless, she's jobless, her best friend is missing, and there is no one whom she could turn too. She's utterly alone in the world. Until Hart Booker walks back into her life.
Hart was her boyfriend in high school and her first love until he up and moved away without so much as a good-bye. He left her feeling abandoned and heartbroken. Now he's back and determined to help her get her life back in order and convince her he's never going to leave her again. And there's hot sex. LOL!
Mann had all the elements of a good, steamy romance. She's proven with her past work she knows how to weave a compelling story. But there are some issues I found. I couldn't connect with Hart very well. I didn't see him motivations as clearly as we saw Rae's. He's back in town and ready to be with Rae full on, but why? It's been many years since they have seen each other but he is ready to pick up from the last time they had been together. Something didn't ring true with me here. His character is very redeemable though and it was an issue that I could look over.
Rae was a very story female protagonist and I really enjoyed seeing her growth. All the cast was present from the first book. Even Drew and Saint from book one. But I have to tell you, I loved them in book one, but not so much in book two. Mann created a very irritable and unlikeable character in Saint in book two. Everything I liked about him was gone in the very limited appearances he made in book two. I wished that Mann would have brought more of his relationship with Rae full circle so we weren't left with a sour taste in our mouths.
All and all, the book is very good. I got into the characters and felt that like I was really in Bar Harbor. I would suggest reading this book and the series, it's an interesting romance with the right amount of angst and drama.