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: All or Nothing

You’ve met Ben Shaw. Now meet Braydon Kincaid, the devil-may-care male model who nearly stole the show in Working It by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

As one of the world’s most sought-after male models, Braydon is no stranger to the finer pleasures in life. The last thing he wants to do is limit himself, especially when it comes to women. His best friend, Ben, might’ve settled down, but Braydon doesn’t want to waste his youth on the messy complications of commitment. He wants fun. He wants easy.

Ellie isn’t looking for a casual relationship, but her tough and sassy personality instantly attracts Braydon, who proposes a “friends with benefits” arrangement. Unable to resist the powerful pull of the charming bad boy, Ellie eventually relents, though she longs for all-consuming love.

As the two spend more time together, Ellie soon realizes that Braydon’s posing skills extend off the runway. His carefully crafted façade masks a secret hurt that he’s reluctant to share with Ellie, even as they embark on a passionate affair that sends them hurtling toward a fate neither expected. Can Ellie risk her heart while she waits for Braydon to let her in, or will she be forced to demand all or nothing?

Author: Kendall Ryan 

Series: Love by Design #3

Published: September 9th 2014 by Atria Books

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:  

I was looking forward to this book so much so that when it finally came out I was beyond excited, which now that I think about it was really weird since the last book wasn’t nearly as good as the first and while the first was not necessarily good but interesting the follow-up was disheartening to say the least.

That excitement quickly faded when I started reading. In the first two books Ellie came off as strong, fierce and independent. That however, was not the Ellie I encountered in her own story. She was spineless and emotional and quite frankly pathetic. Her relationship with Braydon started out purely physical which I didn’t understand since she knew that wasn’t going to be enough but I get that we sometimes take what we can get. When she realized she wanted more she asked for it (that’s about the only upside). After she was turned down she cried (okay), licked her wounds but then –and here’s the frustrating part– went straight back at the first text asking to “hang out=sex” where was the advice you gave to Emmy about distance and giving him time to miss you? I didn’t understand how she could be so weak in that moment, yes you’re falling for him and his body is Gods gift to women but have some pride!

Other than Braydon’s unwillingness to commit there really wasn’t much of a plot.  It took me so long to finish because I couldn’t stomach the inanities of the story line, who on earth would in their right mind go to someone’s — who they’re only sleeping with, don’t know what the relationship status is– ex-girlfriend to get information about why he has a hard time committing? How does that make sense as a person and a writer? After asking around the responses I’ve gotten, “I’d get together with my ex’s ex to bash him but not to dig for information if I want to be the important woman in his life.”

It was slow and pointless and not worth writing –in my opinion, I could have done without Ellie’s story. Actually her story should have happened behind the scenes of Emmy and Ben’s second story. It would have been less annoying that way.  I started it so I had to finish it and I’m glad it’s done with.

I’ve noticed that Kendall Ryan’s books have always been hit or miss with me. They are either good or really terrible, consistency is not key.

 

 2 STARS