REVIEW: Pulled Beneath


pulled-beneathAfter her parents are brutally murdered, Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down. With doors opening all around her, she has more unanswered questions than she knows what to do with.

And everything she thought she knew, has been a lie.

As the truths continue to unravel, she stumbles upon Saint, a guy whose reputation is as tumultuous as his past. His scars are too deep, and Drew’s are so fresh, they have the power to heal each other’s painful wounds.

But the very thing that brings them together is the same thing that keeps them emotionally caged.

Can they work through their differences, or will they be Pulled Beneath the darkness of their pasts?

 

Author: Marni Mann

Series: Bar Habor #1

Published: March 18, 2014 by Booktrope Editions

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: 

*This book was given to me for an honest review.

Where to start? There are so many good points to this book, one of them being its total unpredictability. After tragedy strikes and you realize there’s big secret you kind of think, that you know what it is and the rest of the book is going to be dull and boring because you figured it out already. That is not the case, keep reading!

Drew, what interesting name for a female. Drew was a real person to me, usually you either love love love the female lead, other times you want to stab her with a fork because come on no female is that needy and idiotic (in my opinion) but Drew has a quiet strength and I like that she’s so human for lack of a better word.

Saint, I wish we got a bit more into his head than we did but I liked him, he wasn’t all brooding caveman save the day, his pain made him human as well, and I wonder if they would end up together if they didn’t suffer loss. hmm…

Gianna, best female best friend, she up there with the greats and I want her to have her own book. You can mesh it with Brady’s, I like Brady for some reason. I swear everyone in this book with the exception of Gianna is messed up and its awesome! I’m tired of the too perfect 20-somethings, no one is that flawless all the time.

Brady and Rae were very interesting secondary characters, Rae turns out to be surprisingly bat-shit crazy and it was kind of great and kind of unsettling, I would love to know more about her and her story.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wish I was photographer or at the very least swim in below 0 temperatures for hours at a time like these crazy people. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if Drew and Saint get married in the water with their wet suits and Drew give birth in the water as well. Their like mermaids, sad mermaids.

Happy Reading! Thank you for the chance to read and review your book Marni! 🙂

5+ STARS

REVIEW: Killing Honor (Lucky Thirteen #1)

Navy SEAL Brody Battles’ last mission ended with him shot twice. He’s made enemies he’d like to forget ever existed all over the world. He’s more than ready to go home to the family he left behind, but when he returns, he faces sleepless nights, a possible security breach and the fear that his family has moved on without him.

Marrying her childhood sweetheart sounds like a fairy tale dream come true, but not for Devyn. Thanks to his job, her husband has been off on a secret mission for so long, he’s never even seen his daughters in person. But now he’s back, and the fairy tale life is in sight, but Devyn’s not sure the man that returned is the same man who left.

Stitching their broken family back together proves difficult when nightmares and secrets build a wall between them. And while they’re adjusting to being a family again, an enemy waits in the shadows, salivating for the sweet taste of revenge.

Published: March 24th 2014 by Soaring Phoenix Press

Genre: New Adult, War/Military

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:
I liked it, in the sense that I like Addison and would love to read her story because she seems to have some pretty badass secrets. I don’t know of anyone who gets shot in the leg, being all, I think I got shot, that sucks. She’s too tough to be ordinary, I’m working on some theories.

I must also say that discerning who infiltrated their security was way too easy, and made me lose my interest– Once I figured out who Jane was, there really was no point reading the meat of the book, just skip to the last few chapters, you’re not missing anything — which is bad because you should want to read the entire book without having figured it all out within the first 100 pages.

Devyn on the other hand is not the type of female lead I want to read about. Yes, there is nothing wrong with being a housewife but a housewife with no other aspiration other than being a housewife is not my idea of a good read.
I originally thought her shunning the Navy SEALs wives club was a show of strength twisted as it may sound, but even not integrating yourself with them, you are still one of them and I would hate to be the one who is picked as a target because I’m so impressionable. I mean, ya you were stupid but who are you going to trust now? That sucks.

My two issues with Devyn.
– You married a military man, a SEAL for crying out loud, you know his job is going to be dangerous, and for some reason once you experience up close and personal (not saying shock and fear and everything else is warranted) but you can’t seriously expect him to give up his job right? Give up being a military man, and yes I could understand a wife asking a husband to do that because, hey danger came a knocking on my door because of what you do, but that wasn’t the impression I got from Devyn it was a more, I want you home by my side all the time because I’m scared to be without you.

WAIT! this goes into issue 2
– I mentioned earlier Devyn as a housewife and lack of aspiration, right, well this is proof: “A stupid cow of a housewife who has no discernible skill set for the real world.” That’s not even the worst part, the worst part is this: “Nothing she was saying was wrong. I had always been a housewife. I’d always been scared to lose Brody, not just because I loved him, but also because I had not future without him.” See what I mean? never mind the fact that she actually pulled the trigger, which I’m chalking up to reflex and not intention. Devyn just does not scream, strong independent woman to me. And I like reading about strong independent yet vulnerable women.

So although it was good, it wasn’t great. I’d probably only read Addison’s story and stop there unless someone else pops up in that story that piques me interest.

Last Line: “I’m not a sir,” he replied. “I work for a living.” He wrapped his arms back around me, this time so I faced the girls on the floor. He laid his chin on my shoulder and together we watched the girls play until they were bored of the blocks and went in search of more trouble to get into.

3 STARS