**Two reviews for Pulled posted here**
Nine years earlier, Melanie relocated to a new town
with her father. She met Erin who introduced her to her brother, Daniel.
They started dating immediately. They were inseparable and fell madly
and wholly in love. Their love instantly captivated me. It was a love
so strong, it not only enveloped everyone around them, but me as a
reader. I swear I could feel the love…a love that seemed to be too good
to be true. Even an unexpected pregnancy, which I thought would change
everything, did not distract the two from their initial feelings. It was
all going as planned until one tragic agonizing night when the force
that kept them together was torn away.
Fast forward nine years
later and Melanie is now in a loveless marriage to a man named Nicolas.
Melanie finds herself playing the role of a trophy wife to a man who
only cares about himself. Nicolas is too caught up in a battle with his
ego to notice how distant his wife has become. He's abusive and
demanding and expects Melanie to be a pawn in his game of success. Oh
how the unexpected can change our lives like an unpredictable tornado
can violently rip through a town in minutes, leaving that town as serine
as it found it, yet with a new identity.
Meanwhile, Daniel did
not have the bitter-sweet luxury of finding a new mate after the
unthinkable tragedy. When Melanie and Daniel parted ways, Daniel became
an empty shell floating through life. He did what he was supposed to but
never fully recovered from losing his one and only love. Even with them
being separated for nine long years, he was never able to give his
heart to anyone else. Right before an important dinner meeting, Daniel
finds out about some unexpected and unwanted news that will change his
life once again. To top it off, he runs into Melanie at the dinner with
her husband, who he hasn't seen in nine years. What a way to twist the
knife that was placed in his heart nine years earlier.
Nicolas and Melanie at the dinner meeting is also Shawn and his wife
Katie. Shawn and Katie are wonderful supportive friends that came as a
surprise. At the dinner, you can feel the electricity developing between
Daniel and Melanie once again. Nicolas knows something is up with
Melanie, so she'll have to pay for it later. But when Melanie and Daniel
are finally brought together after all those long and hard years, it
was one of the most beautiful passionate moments I've ever read.
is just what I love in a character. Yes, he was abusive and demeaning,
but he brought more drama and tension to the story line. I also loved
that Katie was there through thick and thin for Melanie no matter what.
Melanie and Daniel have almost a love at first site relationship, which
is not my normal thing. I usually tend to stay away from those kind of
reads, but the author made it work so well weaving their past and
present story together. Right before Melanie and Daniel were about
announce her pregnancy to her father, something traumatic happens that
nearly brought me to my knees. The pain and agony they were both
experiencing was so strong I could taste it. Life at times can be hard
and unfair....and it was so unfair in this moment. That's what I love
about this author. She has a way of bringing the emotions and
surroundings of the characters and story to the surface, as if you're
really there going through it yourself. Her books are so deeply moving,
you'll feel it down to the marrow in your bones.
I think there's
something captivating about this author’s writing. I truly loved every
minute of this book. My heart was pulled and torn in opposite directions
the entire time. I wanted so much for these two characters yet they
both lost so much in the blink of an eye. It was agony to read- but in a
good way, if that makes sense. I love heart-wrenching, emotionally
engaging, angst-filled romance stories with characters I can understand
and relate to on some level. And that's exactly what I got. Pulled is
such a vastly different story then Take the Regret, which is also by
this author. I can't even begin to say which one is my favorite except
that I loved them both in different ways. But I think Pulled may have
won by a few inches. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in
Favorite lines of mine:
He stood above me, his body trembling. "This is forever."
I look back now, though, I would never change it. There had always been
a reason, and I would never regret where the path had led. Here, loved
by this man, his body burning into mine, our spirits consumed by a fire
that could never be quelled. Here, where out son slept peacefully in the
room across the hall. Here, where we were home. Here, where we were
I woke every morning with my heart laid bare, wounds torn open, fresh pain oozing from every pore in my body.
squeezed my eyes, willing them shut a moment longer, unable to tell
what was worse-reliving the nightmare every night or waking to the life I
didn't want to live.
The energy that bound our souls together was suffocating, her fire roaring through my veins.
"Melanie, you feel so good."
***REVIEWED BY: TARYN
sure you have plenty of boxes of tissues available when you read this
book. Pulled is a very emotional, heart wrenching read. It is a story
about mistakes, heart break, soul mates, healing, forgiveness, and true
love. You are drawn in from the first few chapters. Melanie is a
trophy wife who is emotionally abused by her successful husband. From
the start you know she misses the love of her life, Daniel, and that a
tragedy happened that had separated them nine years before. Daniel, is a
doctor who is in practice with his father, who is also broken
emotionally from the pain he feels from missing Melanie. He tries to
temporarily forget but can’t, he only wants his girl back and nothing
and no one else can ever replace her in his heart. He has made
mistakes, one big one that will play a major role in their lives and
could heal or hurt their relationship.
I love a book where I can
actually feel the emotions the author is trying to portray, and have a
connection to the characters from the start. I was pulled, no pun
intended, immediately into Melanie’s pain and heartbreak. You know
something bad happened that broke her and her heart but not what and for
me I just wanted to somehow reach into the book and hold her and tell
her that it will be okay. You want to reach out and smack Nicholas, her
abusive husband for the way he treats and talks to her. You feel the
same sense of loss when you are reading Daniel’s point of view. When by
fate they find each other again when Melanie’s husband is trying to get
the contract to build Daniel’s new building you already start routing
for them to begin to heal, but it is never that easy. Enter Vanessa,
she is pregnant with Daniel’s child after trying to trap him into a
relationship that he doesn’t want, she is like a bad rash that just
doesn’t go away. She refuses to take the hint that Daniel doesn’t want
anything to do with her and really doesn’t want the baby either.
struggles that Melanie and Daniel go through, not just to be together
but to heal, is heart wrenching because you learn how strong their
relationship was from the moment they first met and you know that they
are soul mates in the truest meaning of those words. They have this
connection that can not be described, they are pulled to each other by a
force stronger than can be explained in words. The heartbreak that
they go through, and when you find out what that was, you are in awe
that they are even functioning especially apart when they needed to be
together. You can begin to feel the healing of their hearts and souls
from the moment they reconnect and promise their love to each other once
again. Forgiveness plays a huge role in the healing and reconnecting
of their hearts and souls. When Melanie suffers the last time at the
hands of Nicholas, you think it can’t get any worse for their
relationship, that is, until Vanessa gives birth to her and Daniel’s
son. The events that happen after that are the final steps in the
healing of their wounds, the ones that were obvious to the world and the
ones that they held deep inside. This story was a true happily ever
after but only after heart break and pain.
I had to stop reading
this from time to time because I would get so emotional and start
crying. I literally was pulled, again no pun intended, into this book
and felt like I was there. It brought up feelings and memories from my
past that were painful that I thought were long buried. I strongly
believe in soul mates and fate playing a role when we find our one true
love, the one person who completes not just our hearts but our souls as
well. I also believe that there is a connection like Melanie and Daniel
had, when you find your other half, and when you find that connection,
there are not words to describe the feelings you have. This is how a
great love story is written, life is not all hearts and flowers, but it
is also tragedy and hurt but it is also healing and forgiveness. I will
defiantly be putting this book on my reread list and will be
recommending this to my friends to read.
***REVIEWED BY: JANNA