Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
“Pull me close and hold me tight.“
This book is making the buzz and it’s totally deserved, in my opinion. The author has woven a unique story, with dialogues that felt real and unforgettable characters. She tackles the subject of mental illness and PTSD with talent and sensibility.
Katherine Wilson used to be happy and carefree, until a traumatic event changed her life. Meeting Nico Moreno, the owner of the most exclusive and famous Miami Beach nightclub should not have been in the cards for her. She lives as a recluse with her cat, never leaving her apartment, and is scared of about everything. Yet, she accepted to attend her sister’s engagement party. But once inside the nightclub, she suffers from a panic and anxiety attack. The author makes you feel Katherine’s panic and the way she thinks she is losing her mind. I was glued to my kindle reading those lines!
Nico mistakes her for a junkie at first, her symptoms are very similar to drug addiction. He has an urge to help her, but doesn’t understand her strange behavior. He has suffered a lot of his father’s mistakes and is mad at the world. Helping Katherine is his way to canalize his anger, and transform it in a positive feeling. But he has totally entered unknown territory with her, despite their obvious connection.
Nico’s journey of acceptance of Katherine’s limitations was a great read. His character grew so much over the course of the story, and it felt real. Their story is a slow burn. Step by step, Nico saves Katherine from herself, convincing her to do things outside of her comfort zone and giving her a sense of safety. Katherine didn’t realize how much she craved human interactions until she met Nico.
I loved the intensity and authenticity of this story. This book is a gripping and emotional read, that kept me hooked until the very last page. Pull Me Close is the first standalone in a new series, and is told in dual POV.
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.