Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pull Me Close (The Panic #1) by Sidney Halston

ebook, 240 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Loveswept
Welcome to Panic, a sultry Miami nightclub where bodies and hearts move to a beat that doesn’t stop at sunrise—the setting for an emotionally charged series from the bestselling author of the Worth the Fight novels.

When Katherine Wilson passes out in the arms of the hottest man she’s ever seen, it’s not because of the lights, the pulsating music, or the crowded dance floor. It’s because she can’t enjoy a night out like a normal person, not with her debilitating anxieties. These panic attacks are going to destroy her life unless she takes control—or gets a helping hand. So after the club’s bad-boy owner personally escorts her home, Katherine feels something urgent and primal awaken inside of her.

Nick Moreno doesn’t need a headache like Katherine. A drug bust has put his father behind bars and forced Nick to take over the daily business of his family’s South Beach nightclub. His head tells him to walk away—but his body has other ideas. Katherine’s vulnerability, her grace and courage, compel him to reach out. And when they kiss, Nick is overcome by desire: to pull her close, and promise that his embrace will always be the safest place on earth.

My Thoughts…

PTSD is not an easy topic.      Sidney Halston took this tough subject and made it something that should be discussed, should not be hidden, and should be something considered serious.     I have huge respect for Sidney Halston and her grace in handling PTSD. 

Katherine has PTSD.  It is debilitating for her.    She is a character that I wanted to protect, coddle, and support.   As I got to know her better I realized that is exactly what she didn’t need.   She needed someone to stand up to her, push her, and accept her for what she has to offer.    This is where Nico comes in.    

Nico has been burned from his past relationship with a drug addict.   What he doesn’t need is another needy, lying woman which is exactly what he thinks Katherine is.   Until he trusts his gut and follows his heart.    He learns that there is more to her then meets his eyes.     First impressions are not always correct.     While I think Nico is great, perfect, wonderful for Katherine I also think Katherine is all that and more for Nico.    He needs someone to love him as he is also. 

I have to mention that there are two earth shattering world events mentioned in this story.   Both these events are true, well known, and horrific.  Yet, in this story they are not made light of, they are used to show how some events can affect people in horrible ways and how these same people can overcome their fears to be able to live “normal” lives again.  

This is not an easy read but it is a worthwhile and wonderful read.      This story is real, truthful, and heartbreaking.   It is also uplifting to see how people who struggle can get the help they need to be able to live again.      

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