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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.
ebook, 260 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 (first published January 16th 2017)
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Olga therebelreader
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.

A
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warhawke
Jan 29, 2017 warhawke rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of intense story
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual
Rating:




Andi Harper was stuck in a miserable life. She finally had enough and chose to take life into her own hands. Armed with a fresh future, she was ready to finally breathe free.

Clay had no choice but the run from everything that defined him. After being a ghost for a while, he had become accustomed of being invisible. But his anonymity was jeopardized when fate collided and steered him to another lost soul.



Before reading, I had
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Elizabeth
"Life doesn't have to take one direct path toward happiness."
description

Drowning is a stand-alone contemporary romance by Marni Mann and Gia Riley. Full of suspense, action, tenderness, and intrigue this is one sweet romance full of survival and hope.

description
"I don't know what the hell I've done to deserve someone like her. But, now that I have her back, I'm never letting her go."
Andi Harper is drowning in an abusive relationship. Caught in the toxic cycle of abuse, she is desperate to escape. Finally with th
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Loyda
Feb 02, 2017 Loyda rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-bog-tour, f-br
4.5★★★★ stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual

description

"You're bigger than your fears."


Andi Harper was drowning; stuck in a relationship she did not want to be in. She never thought she was going to be in such a horrible situation where she felt trapped and couldn't leave. The man she had felt in love with was abusive and made her think he loved her but little by little she wasn't able to escape his nightmare.



Clay was running from a past; he was cheated and his entire li
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CC
Jan 13, 2017 CC rated it really liked it
description

Andi Harper is a gentle-hearted woman caught in an abusive relationship. Fearing for her life, she takes a giant step forward to leave that environment. While on the run, she meets someone who shows kindness but Andi needs honesty in order to find her own truth.

“Though scared of her own shadow, she took each breath with purpose because she knew she might be robbed of her next one.”

Clay is a man on the run from his past. While trying to hide the best he can, he tries to find ways he can reve
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Michelle
*ARC provided by the author for an honest review*

This was brilliant luvd Adrian



I really enjoyed this book. My emotion were so over them place. I felt so sorry for both Andi and Adrian. They were both go in through such a hard time when they meet. They still had to deal with so much without the whole book. Both main characters had me luvin them from the beginning and together I luvd them even more.



Andi's life was getting worst and worst. She didn't think she could deal with Brooke's anymore. T
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S.M. West
Jan 15, 2017 S.M. West rated it really liked it
Shelves: broken, arc
4 STARS

This collaboration between Marni Mann and Gia Riley is chock-full of strife, the feels and action. Both Clay/Adrian and Andi have something to hide. They meet and find themselves in an unfortunate and harrowing circumstance where they're random meeting intensifies and binds them together.

As they hide, on the run from Adrian's scandal and Andi's abusive boyfriend, they struggle to make a life while working through their demons, and finding love with each other. Both characters are endeari
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Katie
Jan 25, 2017 Katie rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Whew! What a great read this was! I love my romances nice and angsty and it follows my favorite plot line in which BOTH the hero and heroine are running from something in their pasts.

I felt so bad for the heroine, Andi. With great writing from both authors, you felt Andi's pain when reminiscing about the past with her ex and you want nothing more than a beautiful HEA for her. That goes for Clay as well. Both characters were dealt a bad hand and I love how they found solace in each oth
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Nazanin
Feb 04, 2017 Nazanin rated it liked it
Shelves: dark, romance, 2017
3.5 Stars

"The sunshine is always welcoming, but the night sky is unpredictable. Like the ocean, the depths of the darkness lead to shadows of uncertainty. And, when it’s dark, my mind can play tricks on me way too easily."

Drowning is an angsty standalone by authors that I wasn’t familiar with their works. The story was okay for me. Not so bad not so good. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it but not as much as I liked. I expect more for an angsty.

Clay is an Olympic swimmer but he has gotten into tro
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mells_view
Jan 13, 2017 mells_view rated it it was amazing
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4.5 holy crap so much happened, stars!


Talk about feeling all the feelings. This book is a rollercoaster ride to say the least. I was angry at some points, I was crying at some points, and I was swooning at some points. Andi is running away from someone in her life who is very abusive. She's broken, but she knows running is her only chance to breath again. To stop drowning.

Clay has gotten into some trouble. He's running from it, and unfortunately has to leave the good life he had behind. His lif
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Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Feb 01, 2017 Donna ~ The Romance Cover rated it really liked it
Drowning by Marni Mann and Gia Riley
4.5 stars!!!

“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 tea
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Lučka
~~~ 3.5 "Drowning" stars~~~

First of, I wouldn't say this is a dark-dark read. It was more like a fluffy dark for me. But who am I to judge, right!? I like extremely dark, bloody and insanely creepy. The gruesome the better.
I know what you're thinking
description
Mind your own vagina and let me be. "wink"

The story has some triggers (view spoiler), which certify as a dark fiction.

The plot is quite interesting. It's packed with suspense, drama, angst, passion and romance.
Adrian, our
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Karlie Davis
Feb 19, 2017 Karlie Davis rated it it was ok
*1.5
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
Jan 18, 2017 Quinn's Quippy Quotes rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Andi:

I've endured enough pain. I'm ready to start over.

I'm ready to start living again.

Clay:

I've shamed my family.

I've ruined my life.

I've thrown away everything I ever worked for.

I'll never get out of this mess.

I've never get to clear my name.



We've all had to walk away from something in our lives, but sometimes you have to run. That's what Andi and Clay are doing, but for very different reasons. They both need to escape their pasts, the decisions that have led them to where they are, and t
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Elle the ClosetRomanceReader aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received as part of blog tour*

2.5 ★

Before anything else, let me just say that this is another case of “it’s not you, it’s me” sadly. I honestly don’t know what happened. While Gia is a new-to-me author, Marni isn’t. I’ve highly enjoyed Marni’s previous works. So I’m thinking this is just me.

It’s a good story, with lots of good source of angst, suspense and all kinds of hotness. The h (eek, I don’t even remember her name... *reads blurb* oh yes, Andi), running away from a terrible situation
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Libby Harrison
https://romanticcynicblog.wordpress.c...

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Andi): 3/5
Hero (Clay): 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Grovel: none
Cheating: none
HEA: yes
Triggers: abuse, domestic violence, descriptive sex with other woman, rape

Average score: 3.5/5

Best Line: “I’ve got you, Andi. I’m not letting go.”

Worst Line: “I’ll never get to clear my name.”

Personal Review:
This was a fast paced romance between a wrongly accused athlete and an abused woman

Random Ramblings
•I liked that they were careful with eac
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2OCC Reviews
Feb 07, 2017 2OCC Reviews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marie
While reading Drowning by Marni Mann and Gia Riley I was hit with a lot of emotions. Having avoided books that dealt with any kind of physical abuse, I was drawn into this book because of the healing powers of their words within the pages.

Adrian/Clay has his own problems, but when he sees Andi, he wants to help. Andi is a broken woman trying to run away and find herself. The ups and downs that these two go through will break your heart and then mend it.

Character development was exceptional in th
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Books and Boys Book Blog
Jan 15, 2017 Books and Boys Book Blog rated it it was amazing
** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **

Sometimes the difficult reads are the ones that touch your soul, Drowning was just such a read for me.

It's not always easy reading about characters going through emotional pain, however when they FINALLY achieve the happiness they so richly deserve, well then the roller coaster was well worth it.

Andi and Clay are both damaged, they both are running from the past and are so alike in so many ways yet different in others. Life has not been easy
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Le Ann Foster
Jan 24, 2017 Le Ann Foster rated it it was amazing
♡♡Reviewed for CherryOBlossoms Promotions ♡ ♡

I gave this book 5 Stars!

So I have read everyone of Marni's books and I have to say that I can't pick just one that is my favorite because she can make you love them, gut you or keep you guessing to the end. With Gia's it's a different story for me because this was the first book I have read from her and I can say that I will be definitely reading more of her work in the near future.

I have to say ladies yall done a AMAZING job at telling Andi and A
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Laura- BookBistroBlog
Jan 28, 2017 Laura- BookBistroBlog rated it really liked it
Two lost people...Both on the run...Running for two different reasons. Can they escape and make a life of normalcy or will their pasts catch up with them?
Andi has been in an abusive relationship for years. Finally working up a plan to escape with the help from her best friend. Making it to the train station, boards the train and takes off to start her new life in a new state.
Clay is a star swimmer who got caught up in a scandal. Set up and left to hang all alone. Living his life on the run now.
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Tabitha Willbanks
Jan 21, 2017 Tabitha Willbanks rated it it was amazing
WOWZA!!!
I swooned hard reading this book!!
Clay *sigh* This poor, tortured character, and Andi, she was such a strong female lead. The authors put these two through the perverbial ringer. Good grief! My heart almost couldn't take it.
It's no secret that I am a HUGE Gia Riley fan, and this was another that didn't disappoint. Her teaming up with Marni Mann was just this much better! Thanks ladies for a fantastic read! I hope we see more from your team soon!
Kaitlyn
Jan 12, 2017 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless. This book, just wow!!! I was drawn in right from the very beginning. I'm very familiar with Gia Riley but I haven't read anything by Marni Mann. But I just had his feeling I was going to love it. I didn't just love it, it just I honestly have no words for it!

So let's dive into the book. First of all Adrian is an Olympic swimmer and let me tell you thank you Michael Phelps. I love stories about swimmers!! Just love! But the poor guy, he's had a rough go of life and for very unfai
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Catherine Imbeault
Jan 31, 2017 Catherine Imbeault rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR!

What a beautiful read. I am a huge fan of Marni Mann's, and this book did not disappoint. It was a touching book about two people pulling themselves out of their holes, and helping each other heal.

Andi is an unbelievably strong woman who is stuck in an abusive relationship. She is attempting to run from this toxic life she is trapped in, and in doing so meats Adrian. (
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Nance
Two people fighting for their lives are thrown together when destiny rocks their world. I couldn't help but truly be invested in their emotional journey. It was one tearful and thrilling roller coaster of a ride. Not knowing what was going to happen next was always in the forefront. The abuse was hard to read about, but Andi was one courageous and passionate woman. And, Adrian, his story was obviously one of deceit and heartache. He was one unselfish and kind man. Always putting Andi before hims ...more
Cyndi
Jan 20, 2017 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
I've read most of gia's books but marni is new for me. They didn't disappoint. You will feel for the main characters in the book. I wanted to just hug them and give them strength to do what needed to be done.
I couldn't put it down as usual with Gia's novels. I received this as an ARC and so very happy I received it from them.
Jennifer
Feb 03, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
4.5. Loved the book!!
The Rock Stars of Romance
Jan 19, 2017 The Rock Stars of Romance marked it as trsor-authors
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Drowning by Marni Mann & Gia Riley is an emotional contemporary romance releasing February 2nd.
Read a SNEAK PEEK and be sure to add this powerful story to your TBR!
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Carla
Jan 13, 2017 Carla rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

*Carla's Four Star Review

Ever since she met Brooks, the wolf in sheep's clothing, Andi has been living her own personal nightmare. As she sees the darkness in his eyes grow stronger each day, Andi realizes that if she doesn't leave now, she is going to end up dead. With the help of her best friend, Camille, Andi ends up on a train headed to Philadelphia with a new identity and the hope for a better life
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Shabby- BookBistroBlog
Jan 18, 2017 Shabby- BookBistroBlog rated it really liked it
The first lines just impacted me
For those who are still running.
For those who have found home.

And what a run across the country Andi and Clay had to do...they're running from their violent pasts. Andi is running from horror of abuse and violence and Clay is running from himself. His tainted name. His friends. The law . And his own shadow , that threatens to blacken everyone unfortunate enough to be associated with him.
They're both scared, both looking over their shoulders, both lowering the c
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books are love
Feb 02, 2017 books are love rated it it was amazing
Wasn’t sure what to expect when these two wonderful authors worked together but what Drowning is is so much more than I could imagine. They gave me a new book boyfriend to swoon over. Clay/Adrian is more than just a sexy man with a beard. More than just a past or headlines, he is a kind, caring, gentle,protective and I even say honest man who has had some very bad things occur to place him in the position he is in now. The ending I couldn’t believe how kind and forgiving he really was until than ...more
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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 husban ...more
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