on February 24, 2011
Genres: Abuse, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Drama, New Adult, Romance, Sociology, Young Adult
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Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life.
When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions.
For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side.
Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart?
Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.
"Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I'm an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I'm a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there's gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you're like me, you'll like this. Enjoy!" LitJunkie
I have now read 5 of A.L. Jackson’s books. Jumping in a bit late, I’ve only just read her debut novel Pulled. That being said this particular story very much feels like a first book. It’s intensely emotional, as I’ve come to expect from Ms. Jackson’s writing. And while I found myself immersed in a really good plot, I also found a lack of cohesiveness or gelling, of the main characters.
A.L. Jackson is a master at writing emotional turmoil, grief, hopelessness, you name the angst and she can write it. She’s my go to author when I want to drown myself in a good story and a good cry. Her characters, especially the men are often strong, yet sweet and gentle and her heroines brave, independent, and loving. Her writing style quickly envelopes you, leading you on a path of often times great sorrow, while journeying you to endings of redemption, forgiveness, and never ending love.
I always have my tissues on stand by when reading A.L. Jackson’s books and this one is no exception. Even with my issues believing in Melanie and Daniel, I couldn’t deny the palpable pain that drips off the pages of Pulled. It’s heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, grief, pain, and heartache at it’s best. Melanie and Daniel come together very quickly in this story. There really is no lead up to their love. It just happens. BOOM they’re in love and maybe there in lies my problem. I found the intensity, and the aggressiveness of their romance lacking in believability. It didn’t feel forced, there was no doubt they were head of over heels in love. I just felt forced to believe it. I believed more in the relationships of the side characters and the leads more than the leads themselves.
Pulled is a great foundation for what has continued to be even better stories, with dynamic characters and beautiful story-lines. I very much look forward to my next A.L. Jackson novel as she has already proven to be one of my favorites.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*