Review: Pull Me Close (Book #1: Panic Series) by Sidney Halston


 Pull Me Close (Book #1: Panic Series) by Sidney Halston.  ebook, 240 pages, published October 25, 2016 by Loveswept.  ISBN: 0399593896

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Katherine: I thought I could enjoy a night out like a normal person. I thought I could handle the flashing lights, the pulsing music, the crowded dance floor. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After having an anxiety attack and passing out during my sister’s engagement party at Panic, I wake up in the arms of the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. Nick Moreno’s no gentleman. But he might just be the man I need to help me take control of my life.  Nick: When I hear there’s some random girl passed out in the back room of my family’s South Beach nightclub, I’m pissed. My dad’s already behind bars and we can’t afford any more bad press. But after giving her a lift—literally—back to her apartment, I stop seeing Katherine Wilson as some random girl. She’s gorgeous, vulnerable, and braver than she knows. And when we kiss, all I want to do is pull her close and promise that she’ll always be safe in my arms.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

I don’t even know what to do with this one . . . .

Sidney Halston knows exactly how to stab a reader in the heart, twist the blade, and then leave you lying there wondering what the hell just happened.  Pull Me Close is no exception to this rule. 

Nick and his twin brother, Matt have been through hell and back.  Their father is a criminal who is now serving time, they are under constant surveillance by all the alphabet government agencies, and there’s very little time for anything outside of the shared club, Panic.  Panic is finally back on the right side of the law and Nick intends for the club to stay there.  One thing that will get he, his brother, and Panic in trouble is a woman overdosing on site.  Which is precisely how Nick finds himself in the position he is in, carrying a passed out woman home rather than taking her to the hospital.  Nick is certain the woman has damn-near overdosed and if there is one thing he has no patience for, it’s a drug user. 

Technically, Katherine does take drugs, but it isn’t what Nick thinks.  When she finally comes to, and in the days that follow, Katherine finds she needs Nick to understand her situation.  She needs him to know she isn’t an addict but there are very real issues in play that require medication from time to time.  In fact, it takes Katherine taking medication and an incredible amount of courage to be able to leave her home in order to explain herself to Nick.  Though it takes a few attempts and more than a bit of awkwardness, Katherine is finally able to convince Nick she isn’t an addict. 

Once Nick fully understands Katherine’s situation, he is able to settle in and really get to know Katherine.  What Nick finds is an intelligent, funny and sexy woman who has a tragic past that has led to her current situation.  Furthermore, he find a woman who wants to overcome her situation and is willing to do the hard work.  Nick finds himself, for the first time in a very long time, actually caring about a woman beyond having sex with her.  In fact, Nick finds himself doing research and asking questions that will allow him to help Katherine in her endeavors.  With work, time, effort, caring, comfort, and concern progress is made and Katherine and Nick are both happier than either has been in a very long time.  Unfortunately, the universe needs balance and Katherine and Nick’s happiness is eventually overshadowed by tragedy and an intense sadness that will leave you reeling.

The Bottom Line:  This book gutted me!!  Katharine is such a contradiction in the best way possible and Nick is the strong, sexy, demanding man who helps right her world.  Their relationship reads as so very authentic.  It isn’t all roses and rainbows, but a relationship that has really beautiful moments tempered by arguments and disagreements that are then balanced by more truly beautiful moments.  It’s a vicious cycle that had me, from page to page, on edge wondering when the next round of awful was going to rip through Nick and Katherine.  Generally, I didn’t have to wait to long for those moments and I welcomed them knowing those moments would be balanced by something so very good.  As always, Halston’s book is woven together rather than simply written, her characters are solid, real people with real issues, and the dialogue is on point and more than able to carry every aspect of the story.  Another strongly and enthusiastically recommended read!!

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 About the author and where to find her:

sidneySidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”–Mark Twain. Or even simpler, “Just Do It”—Nike.  And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red.That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing.  Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader first and a writer second.  When she’s not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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