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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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“If I’ve learned anything, it’s that hollow apologies and empty promises hurt the most.”
Drowning is a book where the hero and heroine could have easily chosen a different path, could have easily given up, where life had thrown them more crap than they could handle and yet they both came out the other side. Battle scarred, emotionally wrecked, yet still breathing. Their different tragedies brought them together, but could the same ultimately tear them apart? When life seemingly has nothing left to give you and yet somehow gives you the greatest gift of all...love, a soul mate, someone who loves with every fibre of their being and who will go to the ends of the earth to protect you.
“I was just a guy delivering coffee, a guy who had a hat to give.”
Andi was a woman who was incredibly strong, both mentally and physically. Years of abuse at the hands of a man who claimed to love her. Physical and mental abuse had all left their scars, some more permanent than others, but she had managed to stay alive…just. Now on the brink of escape it seems life has more curveballs, more tests of strength but most of all resilience and perseverance. While this journey is tumultuous it makes Andi even stronger, but it also gives her one thing she so richly deserves…Clay.
“Like all the other marks that have graced my body, the pissed off blues and purples will eventually morph into a more serene yellow and green. It’s like my face is art class and I’m five years old again, trying to figure out how to blend basic primary colors to create new bolder combinations.”
Clay was a man that had it all, an Olympic swimmer, was revered by all and wore the stars and stripes like a uniform…before it was cruelly stripped away and leaving him with no option to run. Now living off the grid as it were with cash his only accomplice he has managed to evade being recognised before he can clear his name. Fate though gives him one more choice, one that could ultimately blow his cover, but one that could give him so much more…Andi.
“The windows to his soul cut like a knife yet soothe the deepest of wounds.”
This is my first read by Gia Riley but I have read everything by Marni Mann. While I could tell who wrote what, just because of my affinity with Marni Mann’s writing, the story flowed effortlessly and seamlessly. Marni Mann and Gia Riley deliver an intense, emotional read at times while delivering on the suspense and intrigue as you frantically try to understand Clay and the situation he finds himself in. This was a life journey for both characters, a test of strength with underlying messages that make you think.
“He hurt you, but he hasn’t destroyed you, Andi. Your wounds will heal—now let your spirit bleed.”
Both characters are reticent to trust, both have secrets they want to keep, but ultimately their insecurities are what keep them together. Working through them makes them stronger, together they are resilient, together they work, together they are formidable. When life gives you lemons…make lemonade.
“I have to get it right this time—for you and for me. Because once I’m inside you, Andi, I’ll finally be home.”
About the Authors:
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.
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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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