Thursday, February 2, 2017

Release Blitz ~ #Review ~ Drowning by Marni Mann & Gia Riley

Cover Design: Romantic Book Affairs
Release Date: February 2, 2017

Clay ran from his family, his career.
From every dream he ever had.
He ran until he crashed.

Andi escaped the screams, the fists.
The pain that knocked her down.
She ran until she was thrown.

Brought together by a world of darkness and deceit, all they have is each other.
Freedom is what they want.
Though it comes with a price.

Because the second they stop running, they'll drown.
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Strength and emotion…
I feel like I need to give two separate reviews for this story that felt like two very different styles and content coming together. The first half was intense, emotional, grab-your-heart by the throat suspense. Andi was strong despite her pain and fear, determined to break free, to use the opportunity she’d been given.
“…never took anything for granted, and on her worst day, she would find a way to mask her pain long enough to put one foot in front of the other…”
Clay was more of a mystery even as I felt the frustration and air of regret that followed him.
“Thinking leads to memories and regret, and that hurts too fucking much.”
Andi’s circumstances were very clear as I quickly invested in her and her plight. My heart raced and my anxiety rose with hers… The pages flew by as chapter by chapter the intensity ebbed and flowed along with the strong emotions and events that affected them both.
“He saw me, even when I wished I were invisible.”
Just as I was beginning to “get” these intriguing characters, the tempo and the ‘feel’ of the story shifted. The second half was just as well-written, the romance sexy and sweet, but somehow the switch left me struggling to understand what changed. I admit it was a bit jarring as the momentum went in a decidedly different direction before circling back…
Despite, that, the characters and their story had my complete focus as I finished the book in one marathon session. If I had any lingering misgivings, the wrap up to the story was my reward as I closed the last page with happy satisfaction…
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About the Authors
Marni Mann:
Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.    
Gia Riley:
Author Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can. She’d rather pick truth than dare, bake than cook, and will always choose coffee over tea. Just like life, her stories always have a mixture of heart and humor. You can connect with Gia on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. She also has a reader group, Gia Riley’s Books, on Facebook. Stop by anytime, she loves hearing from readers!  
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