Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: PULLED by A.L. Jackson - Giveaway

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: February 2011


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. 



This was a very emotional book with many twists and turns all over. The parts that I really liked made me cry ugly tears and made me feel the intense love and lose, the connection, the longing, and the pain in the story. It was a beautiful book overall but there were also some parts I didn't much like or couldn't connect with hence my rating. :-/

Pulled is a second chance story about a young love. A love that was instant the moment Melanie and Daniel laid eyes on each other. Since that moment a connection that was more like a pull was born between them binding together forever. Unfortunately, as strong as their love was heartbreaking circumstances struck them and separate them for nine long years.
"I whispered, "I miss you, Melanie," into the darkness, and I felt a faint tug of the force that bound her to me."
During those years life was not livable. They were heartbroken beyond repair without each other and also somehow resigned to their miserable lives. So it was until destiny connected their paths once again at a chance meeting that hope seemed to still exist for them. From that point on they felt each other like they did years ago because that pull was still there and stronger than ever. However, many decisions and mistakes have been made during their time apart that were now the major obstacles for rekindling their lost love.
"Seeing her was like seeing a reflection of myself, a mirror of pain, my loss, my regret."
This book is told in dual POVs with multiple flashbacks to the past. I thought that was a beautiful way to tell this story as I got to see exactly what was going through both characters' minds and also to see things from their perspectives from past events and the reasons behind their actions. Sadly, by the time I got to understand things well that was when I knew I wouldn't be able to connect with Melanie's character. Both her and and Daniel made mistakes throughout this whole story and that was exactly what created the angst and drama which I did like. However, I found Melanie making bad decisions over and over and that really annoyed me. I just couldn't connect with her reasoning behind her actions so when she complained about her circumstances I felt mad at her. Daniel wasn't perfect either but I thought he never did anything major to jeopardize the story so I liked him. Maybe I'd have liked for him to be more determined in taking control of some situations better but overall he was a good character.

Now what I liked about this story was the intense love between Melanie and Daniel. Their love was magical and destined to happen regardless the obstacles. So when things unfolded completely by the end I was very happy for them. All the mistakes and suffering almost seemed worth it for the ending they finally got because it was exactly what they deserved.
"This is forever.""I whispered back, "Forever."
Putting aside my likes and dislikes, this story was beautiful and it had a very well put together plot. From the very first page, I could feel the angst and intense feelings that this book wanted me to feel. I liked that angst, it made the story feel delicate, heartfelt, and almost impossible in culminating in HEA which in return made it more engaging. I also felt it gave out the heartwarming message about love being able to conquer anything because there was nothing stronger than a destined love like Melanie and Daniel's.
"I called out my own appreciation to whatever power it was that led us and brought us together the first time and then again. The one that bound us, the energy that fought for us no matter what obstacles we had to overcome."

Favorite Quotes:

"I whispered, "I miss you, Melanie," into the darkness, and I felt a faint tug of the force that bound her to me."

"I never wanted to let her go. She was my home."

"This is forever."
"I whispered back, "Forever."

About the Author:
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.



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