Pull Me Close
Sidney Halston     

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Panic
Book: 1
Heat Level: Hot

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.

Katherine Wilson goes to Panic, one of Miami’s hottest nightclubs, to attend her sister’s engagement party. The crowd is live, the music is pumping and Katherine is freaking out. Trying to find her escape before the worst panic attack of her life hits, she passes out. When she comes to, she is under the care of one of the owner’s of the club, Nick Moreno. He is also one of the hottest men she has ever met. Too bad he thinks she is a junkie.

Nick has been through enough hell in the last year. His father is locked up. He and his twin brother, Matt, are forced to run Panic. His junkie ex-fiancé ran away with his money. They have been working hard to clean up the image of Panic and the last thing he needs is a junkie passing out in the club. The problem is that he is attracted to her.

Oh, I love this story. The author writes the issues of Nick (Nico) and Katherine (Katie) so well. Katie can not leave her house. She suffers from severe panic attacks. She is mortified that Nico thinks she is a drug addict and ventures out to tell him about her disorder. The slow relationship develops as Katie realizes she doesn’t want to be confined within the walls of her apartment. She wants to fight this crippling disorder. Readers will root for her once they learn of the tragic events that occurred.

Nico becomes one of my favorite characters. He is such a jerk in the beginning due to his own hang-ups about drug abuse. Once he realizes that there is something seriously wrong with Katie, he starts to warm up. He ends up fighting for her. There are so many swoon-worthy moments. Nico’s character progression is very slow and deliberate to make readers fall for him. Boy did I by the end! I might not look at a man with long hair and a beard in the same way J

The author writes the story in such a realistic manner. Having PTSD is a serious issue and she handles it with great care while providing a beautiful love story. The story doesn’t end all pretty in a nice bow. Katie still has work to do but that is real. She will not be healed over night and each day will be a struggle.  

I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I’m hoping that Matt get his own story since there is some new development with him.

~ Samantha