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Excerpt: Pulled Within by Marni Mann

Pulled Within CoverTitle: Pulled Within (Bar Harbor Series #2)
Author: Marni Mann
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Booktrope

Book description:

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.

Excerpt:

My arms carefully unfolded; my legs separated to spread over him. My fingers drew to his shoulders. The sun was rising, the added light glistening over his chest and neck and face. My eyes skimmed all of him as my fingers traced his shape. When I reached his shoulder, I felt something bumpy and slightly rough. I moved my hand away and felt the scar underneath, starting at the corner of his shoulder and stopping at the top of his bicep. With his skin still holding its summer tan, the white line was even more noticeable. It was thick and dotted on both sides where the stitches had once weaved through his flesh.

So similar to mine, and yet so different.

I met his stare as my fingers drew over his scar again. And again. “You’re healed.”

He searched my eyes. I knew it was impossible, but I could feel him looking inside me, into the space where I kept my fears and my past and my scars. They were all so deeply pulled within. He was trying his best to read them all and understand me. His face told me that suddenly he did.

“You can be healed, too,” he said.

I wanted to believe him. I wanted to know that I could gaze at myself in the mirror and not think of that night in the storm, and of everything I had lost. With my scar, my memories and my nightmares unwilling to let go, I just didn’t know how it would be possible.

“Is that what you really believe?” Maybe he knew something I didn’t.

It probably meant I’d have to give him more…tell him more. I couldn’t do that now.

Shit, I hadn’t even been able to reply when he’d asked to have coffee with my mom and me. How much longer would I be able to avoid discussing my family?

And if I did finally tell him the truth, would he still look at me the way he did now?

“Of course I do,” he said. “Everyone has a chance to heal. Some people choose to stay in the past and let their scars define them. Others choose to let it be nothing more than a mark on their body. That’s what I’ve done. It doesn’t define me. It sure as fuck doesn’t determine where I’m going.”

My scar had done just that. But his was hidden, and mine tattooed more than just my skin.

My scar was everywhere.

 

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Marni MannAbout Marni Mann:

A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann, now a Floridian is inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps a mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children..

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