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.










Drowning was romantic and sexy and was packed full of emotional and angsty moments! It had everything I look for in a romance novel, and the epilogue left me with a big fat smile on my face! What a sad story of abuse that leads into a beautiful love story, with a whole lot of sexual tension on the side!

The writing was great and flowing. The plot was intriguing. I loved all the main characters and I really felt like the authors did an awesome job getting the reader -me- to connect with them.

Andi has just escaped an abusive relationship. With emotional scars and physical wounds still obvious on her, her escape plan aims to get her out of a poisonous relationship. While travelling, she meets Adrian, an American Olympic swimmer. He used to be the ‘good guy’, every sponsor’s dream until the moment he unfairly found himself in the middle of a scandal. As the scandal grew and his image kept on taking hit after hit, he lost his sponsorship deals and was excluded from the team. Now, framed and unable to prove his innocence, he is running from the Law.

I felt so bad for all Andi had to go through, but she is one tough woman! Adrian was so protective over her. I loved them together immediately. After years of abuse, Andi was cautious and frightened. She didn’t trust Adrian and his kind intentions, but she couldn’t deny her attraction to him. I found this hero simply perfect. He sought justice and retribution for wrongs committed against this woman, he was very sensitive and thoughtful towards her. Adrian, a guy harboring his own demons, was strong, understanding, hot, loving and the perfect man for Andi!

I enjoyed seeing Andi get her happy ending and I fell in love with a great hero. Adrian is a strong man who comes alive when he finds a woman that loves him, scars and all. I loved getting to know this couple and seeing them get their happy ending. This book is a keeper!

In short:
Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 3/5 | Romance 5/5 | Angst-Suspense 5/5 | Darkness 3/5 | Humor 0/5 | Secondary Characters 5/5 | Drama-Conflict 5/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 5/5 | Pacing Steady | Action 5/5


ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars




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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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