Liz’s Review~Drowning by Marni Mann and Gia Riley


“Life doesn’t have to take one direct path toward happiness.”


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.


“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 the help of her best friend she manages to run away. At the very beginning of her journey, she meets a stranger named Clay. Clay is also on the run, and the two are brought together by fate.


“She’s the only thing that’s ever on my mind. She’s what I see when I close my eyes at night.”

Clay and Andi find solace in each other as they are trying to escape the demons of their lives. With each moment passing, their pasts are always racing to catch up with them. Through the chaos, they manage to cling to each other. As passion, tenderness, and friendship grow, what will they do when they are finally caught?


“One silent pull of a trigger. One loud bang. And I have no idea who is left standing.”

Told in dual POV, Drowning is an emotional read. The stakes are high for Andi as she learns to recover after years of abuse and Clay offers her strength and helps her learn to live again. As Clay works to overcome his demons, Andi brings Clay joy and fulfillment like he has never experienced before. The dialogue flows naturally throughout, and the transition is seamless between both character’s point of views. What is most appealing about this read is the honest and beautiful connection between Andi and Clay. Full of passion, friendship, love, and intrigue this tender romance is sure to please readers looking for a beautiful love story about overcoming and learning to live again.


Overall, I have long been a fan of Marni Mann and Drowning was certainly a special treat. This tender love story certainly gripped my heart, made me swoon, smile, and even cry a few sappy/ happy tears!

*This is a BR with my Shhlutty sisters WAR, CC, and LOYDA!


*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!



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