Title: Pull Me Close
Series: The Panic #1
Author: Sidney Halston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 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 “a magnificent story full of deep emotion” (Sawyer Bennett).
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.
When I first heard that Sidney Halston was going to write a novel about an agoraphobic I was skeptical, often times when used as a plot device the effects of mental health disorders are glossed over. However, I have to applaud her for an impeccably written novel bringing attention to the crippling effects of PTSD and anxiety disorders. Both of these hit close to home for me and I was impressed with the sensitivity and finesse that Halston handled the topics. She truly nailed how debilitating it can be. Add in an amazing love story, beautifully flawed characters and I was captivated from page one.
After a devastating tragedy, Katherine slowly retreated into her home. Worried about everything, panic attacks began to take over her life. There is a lot of strength required in seeking out help like she did. Battling your fears when you’re afraid of everything, even when you know they are irrational, is difficult. I appreciated that the story shows there’s no magic pill, no magic formula, and no magic cure. It’s a daily struggle. This was an incredibly realistic portrayal. Nico started out as an arrogant POS but you see him grow as a character. I liked that he didn’t just all of a sudden have a brain transplant into a supportive boyfriend.
This is an amazing book and I readily recommend it to everyone. It’s got amazing sexual tension, hot sex scenes, and swoon worthy romance. It’s about finding your inner strength, striving for self-improvement, and conquering your fears. There is a LOT of feels in this story. I was basically a crying mess the last 15% as Halston wove real world events into the story. Definitely a reminder to never take anything for granted. -Peace and Love, Buxom J
SA 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, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to 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.