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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What an amazing story this book is. Clay and Andi's story is not your happy go lucky fun romance. It's not typical and its not always easy. They are both running from something, though different things haunt them, they are connected by one thing, the need to escape the past and do it together.
Clay's been hiding out for a couple of months, getting the hang of being the new him, the unknown version, hiding in plain sight. When he gives in and decides to visit his mother after not seeing her for a while, he ends up on train where he comes across a woman that he can't ignore. He can see that she's in a situation, like him, one that she needs to get away from, and something is calling to Clay to help her.
Andi knows escaping is the only way she'll survive, she's got to get out of the city, get away from her problems, to do so she's risking alot. When Clay tries to assist her on the train ride to her new life, she's not sure what to think, when she discovers a little about him, she's really not sure about him; but events transpire that make her believe in his sincerity and even grow a bond with him.
Clay promises Andi that he's going to help her and she'll never have to face her past again, and in doing so he's also going to be hiding from his own past.
Drowning takes us on an emotional journey of two people and their suffering. Though they are both dealing with things on opposite ends of the spectrum, one thing is clear; if they stop running - they'll be back in over their heads drowning. Some parts of this story are hard to read, because the truth of them is painful, each offense adding another stab of pain. Clay is such a good guy, despite the fact that he's running instead of standing against the falsities that have landed him in such a position. His desire to help Andi is built out of more than just a connection to her, more than the possibility of a relationship. Andi is a character who doesn't know her own strength, she feels beat down and maybe even a little guilt about doing things the way she is.
The interactions between Clay and Andi show their deep connection. The fact that Andi, once she hears Clay's story, doesn't blame him at all shows a lot of how she trusts him. Though their friendship started rocky, it quickly grew and built up into something much more complex. The problem is, the past doesn't just go away, it's always there, lurking, waiting to strike out at you again. And when you have such extreme problems from the past haunting you, it's inevitable you'll have to eventually face them again. The question is, when will that happen and what will they choose to do?
To be free from the past, Clay and Andi have much more to do than avoid it and hide out. With each passing moment, as I read, I wondered when that pivotal moment would come. I kept waiting for something to happen, someone to find them, or recognize Clay. The book was woven together amazingly and though I kept waiting for the fall out, I also fell deeper in love with the characters along the way.
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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