REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston

Thursday, October 27, 2016

An emotionally charged series.

The Panic #1
Sidney Halston
Releasing Oct 25th, 2016

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 Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Sidney Halston is one of those authors that I automatically pick up any of her books.  I always end up loving her romances.  I loved her"Worth the Fight" MMA series.  I always find myself pulled towards stories that have characters suffering with mental illness/PTSD, so I knew I had to read this one.

Katherine has been through a very traumatic experience in her life and it has left her with severe anxiety issues and a hand full of phobias.  Because of the phobias and anxiety disorder she has a difficult time trying leave her apartment at all.  I have an anxiety disorder myself (although not nearly as severe as Katherine's), and I thought the way Sidney Halston portrayed her illness felt very real.  I really loved that the author didn't make Katherine "all better" just by meeting a supportive man, and that she had to do a lot of hard work to overcome her fears.  It made it much more realistic and believable.

Nick comes off as a very abrasive and untrusting man when we first "see" him.  Well, I guess he remains cagey for quite a while, but he has good reasons.  His father originally owned the club that Nick and his twin brother own now, but has been arrested because of the illegal activity he was allowing in his business.  Nick and his brother almost got pulled into the mess and Nick's friends all turned their backs on him because they didn't believe in his innocence.  Nicks fiance at the time was a junky and also left him when he needed her most.

As Nick gets to know Katherine, it takes a long time for him to trust her but when he does he is really sweet and tries his best to help her with her anxiety issues.  He challenges her when she needs it, and gives her that extra push.

My only criticism is that I don't think that extra drama was needed towards the end of the book.  I know those types of events happen, but I don't know, it just seemed unnecessary. I felt as if the story was strong enough without it.

**  I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  **


USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: "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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  1. Thank you for hosting PULL ME CLOSE today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    1. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it!


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