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Pull Me Close: The Panic #1 by Sidney Halston

Pull Me Close: The Panic #1 by Sidney Halston

It’s been a while since I’ve read a title by Sidney Halston, and fortunately her new series, The Panic is now available.  Please read on for my review and an exceprt. be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25.00 Amazon eGift Card and a Loveswept Mug.

Pull Me Close

It’s been a while since I’ve read a title from Sidney Halston, and this new series set in Miami brings all of the character, intrigue and heat that I have come to expect from her.

Katherine has decided that leaving her apartment is not a good thing. Severe anxiety has limited her life and brought her low repeatedly: lastly after fainting in the arms of the most beautiful man she had ever seen. Passing over the threshold that separates her apartment from the world is not a good idea, as that incident proved to her.

Nick owns Panic nightclub in Miami, and he’s dealt with more than his fair share of junkies and drunks.  Not looking to open the can of worms that is the police, he and his brother secrete her in their office and wait until she comes around. He decides that he will take her home (a chivalrous moment) even as won’t listen to any explanations, preferring the story he had in his head.

Nick and his brother were completely burned when they took over their father’s successful club. Behind the scenes there were drugs and drug deals, and a raid put them in jail until information of their non-involvement came forward. Since then, there’s been a focus on a clean and drug free nightclub – and Nick lost his junkie girlfriend. So he completely jumped to conclusions when searching Katherine’s purse after she passed out, and finding her anti-anxiety meds.

Katherine is bolder than she thinks, in making sure to try to explain herself and her anxiety to Nick, thanking him for not taking advantage.  He’s a bit more open to her in their second meeting, and he is intrigued. Even though he knows it’s not the right thing.

Halston does a remarkable job in both explaining Katherine’s anxieties and the power they have over her, as well as showing the push-pull with Nick. Once he’s intrigued, he is determined to help her. The palpable emotion, the paralyzing fears and even Katherine’s desire to overcome the worst moments, with or without Nick’s help is wonderful.  Tense to read – you want to see some positive changes for her anxiety, as well as admiring Nick’s growth and caring. I whipped through these pages, hoping to see them find a way to work through and with the anxiety, rather than letting it stop them.

Pull Me Close: The Panic #1 by Sidney Halston

Title: Pull Me Close
Author: Sidney Halston
Series: The Panic #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: 0399593896
Published on: 25 October 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 240
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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“Do one thing that scares you every day,” I say to myself as I walk to the elevator.

I keep thinking that if I can get in that stupid elevator, I can go to my sister’s wedding. Because nothing can be worse than being in a tiny steel box held up by a cable. If it malfunctions, either I’ll plummet to my demise or I’ll be stuck inside, helpless and in the dark.

For weeks now I’ve walked over to it every day, pressed the button, and then run back to my apartment when it dings open, like it’s a monster coming to get me. I know that I’m working myself up. I know what reality is, and I understand the extremely low statistical likelihood that any of the things I envision will actually happen. I’m not completely insane. But I also can’t help the fear that bubbles up inside me and distorts my logic.

Today, however, I woke up with a new sense of bravery and determination and I’m going to take advantage of it.

I know that the cable is made of steel and it will not break.

I know that the elevator is in working order.

I know that it takes only 22.9 seconds from the time it closes on the fifth floor to the time it opens in the lobby.

Still, I’m nervous. Less so then previous days, though.

I dial Nico because even with everything that I know, I need someone with me.

“My sweet Katherine,” he says over the music in the background.

“I need you.”

I notice the change in him, even over the phone. “Wait, what? I’ll be right there.”

The fact that he is so quick to rush to my rescue is heartwarming, but I don’t need him physically here, so I clarify quickly. “No, no, no. Stay there. That’s not what I meant. I need you to stay on the line with me.”

“Okay. Hold on a second—I need quiet. I can barely hear you.” I hear the music become quieter and quieter. “All right. What’s going on?”

“If I say the safe word and tell you to call the police or firemen or whatever, just do it, no questions asked, okay?”

“What?” He sounds alarmed. “What the hell is going on, Katherine?”

“I’m getting on the elevator and I’m going to the lobby. If it gets stuck, I need you to call for help.”

“For fuck’s sake, Katherine, you scared the hell out of me.” He lets out a breath. “Okay, I’ll wait on the phone. Or do you want to wait for me to come over? I can be there in ten minutes and do this with you,” he says while I press the button.

“No. I need to do this alone. Also, what good would it do me if you’re stuck in there with me?”

“It’s not going to get stuck,” he says with a chuckle, and I can practically hear him rolling his eyes on the other end of the line.

“So how’s the club tonight?”

“I heard the ding, baby. Stop procrastinating and get inside.”

I look at the open door. The elevator car looks so ominous, and now I don’t know if I can do it.

“Get that cute little ass in the elevator.”

“Never mind—I changed my mind.”

“No. You’ve never called me for this before. You’re obviously feeling good about it. I’m proud of you for doing this.”

As the door starts to close I press the button again, and the closing doors reopen.

“So get inside. You can do this.”

“Nico, I don’t—”

“Yes, you can. Don’t finish that sentence. You’ve done more in the last few weeks than you’ve done in a long time. You can absolutely do this. I know you can. Don’t you want to be free?”

I do. Damn it, I do. I take a step and then another one. My feet feel heavy and my heart is beating a mile a minute. I can hear that he’s breathless too.

Corazón, just roll with it. Get inside,” he says softly.

 

 

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