Pull Me Close

Panic Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Arden, Aletha George
Series: Panic, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs
4.4 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Sidney Halston (P)2017 Tantor

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Can't wait for book 2! 5 stars

I enjoyed Katie and Nico's story. Listening to the devastating experience that Katie went through was heartbreaking. Nico came into her life and helped her deal but couldn't really understand first hand until it all got real at the most unexpected time. The secondary characters were amazingly supportive and great people. This books drew me in from the first moment...a must listen.

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Loved this book!

I really loved the way this book came together. The author takes on some really difficult subjects like PTSD and terrorist attacks and handles them with appropriate sensitivity. The way the Hero of the book helps the heroine slowly conquer her fears was heartwarming to watch.

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Enjoyable, but a little over the top.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I don't understand why romance authors think that every male lead has to be Mr. Perfect everything...it is okay to have them more human and vulnerable. I wish the male lead was a little more down to earth.

Have you listened to any of Joe Arden and Aletha George ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

They are always excellent!

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So NOT What I expected...

But omg what a good book it was. Described ptsd/ angst so vivid I got it. Nico was the perfect guy to be there for her through it all. I really enjoyed this book.
Narration: perfect.

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exceptional

I wasn't prepared for the emotional roller-coaster ride this story took me on. I will never forget where I was or what I was doing that day! This was a beautiful story about the aftermath of a tragedy. Joe Arden and Aletha George did a great job.

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To my Surprise, this is an excellent read

This is Book 1 of a 3- part serial about the goings on in a nightclub named Panic. I liked it & I recommend it, because it was believable. There some surprise with twists and turns I enjoyed the entire serial. The author has a way of making each character's personality shine & draws the subordinate characters into the conversation, which allowed the reader to feel welcomed into the story.. This was my 1st time listening to this author’s work. The 2 narrators made a big impression on me, they appear to be in sync with the flow & really bought life to each character. All the trouble started with Dad, who was the original owner of one of the most popular night clubs in Miami, where all the celebrities gathered. Then late in age, he was found guilty of drug trafficking & sentenced to jail for 20 years. He had destroyed his family life years ago. His ex-wife said it was because of his whoreish lifestyle, she could no longer be married to such a man. She raised the daughter and he raised his twin boys. He sent his twin sons to the best schools where they blossomed to top in theIr class with stellar reputations, unlike that of their Father. From the time their father was arrested, and they were held in custody too, the sons' focus is to turn the nightclub business back to its Top status and clearing away the wreckage which their Dad incurred, but of course their focus is distracted by real life situations.

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Dislike the portrayal of PTSD

The way PTSD was portrayed is ridiculous as well as Nick’s response throughout the story. The portrayal of drug abuse is also terrible. Nick is not a “great guy”. He annoyed me the whole time. Making ultimatums is not supportive. Very disappointed with the book. The narrators were both great.

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Great start to a series

Not only is this a solid 4-star listen, but it’s one I’ve enjoyed numerous times. Joe Arden & Aletha George are fantastic. Nico & Katherine are an unlikely couple who work hard to overcome his “burned by a previous fiancé” and her massive anxiety issues. Sidney Halston does a good job of portraying what it can be like for someone with such severe anxiety as well as how it impacts their loved ones. My only major complaint is the Cuban/Spanish accents that aren’t consistent. Sometimes when Nico or Matt are talking the narrators use their referenced heritage, but not always.

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If I have to experience another story that is trying to prop up the main female character as strong while simultaneously making her the most annoying, weak, and insipid character in the novel I will scream! It's just too much!

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Admirable hero and heroine

This novel has a detailed and realistic journey of a heroine suffering from PTSD and feeling safe only in her apartment. Author Sidney Halston handles with sensitivity and care the events that caused the heroine her crushing disorder. The heroine’s road to eventual freedom into the world evolves at a realistic book pace due to her courage. The reluctant hero helps her along. Equally realistic is the hero’s reaction to meeting the heroine the first time and seeing her display behaviour consistent with his negative experiences of people. That they are at odds at first gives a delicious enemies to lovers vibe to the eventual romance that builds from their encounters. Even when the hero doesn’t understand the heroine’s circumstances, his behaviour is caring no matter what his words are. His intrinsic caring side made him a very attractive character to me. Both characters undergo growth and development that is realistic and heart-warming. The conflict they face is believable and wrenching, and their epiphanies about what they mean to one another are paced just right. I enjoyed this romance first because it’s well written and sophisticated in its story-line and depth; and second because it is beautifully narrated by Joe Arden and Aletha George. Sidney Halston is a new-to-me author and I’d love to hear/read more of her books. PULL ME CLOSE is first in a series but a stand-alone. The next book in the series is about the hero’s brother. I’m looking forward to it.