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
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Oh man, the layers of grief in this book! I have read Pulled last year but didn’t have the Push to write a review on it. So when I learned that Amy is running a blog tour for it, I took the chance to re-read and relive the painful moments of Melanie and Daniel.
My heart feels exactly what it felt the first time. Your heart feels like it was hammered, twisted and punted across a field. Grief is a really, really hard thing to explain, as someone who has grieved a devastating loss myself, but somehow A.L. Jackson just nails it. Just brilliantly and right through the heart.
Pulled focuses on Melanie and Daniel and their little family who have endured a painful tragedy. A tragedy that has ripped the family apart. Forced to confront the brokenness and emptiness, they both moved on with their lives. But fate has its own tricky ways of throwing something in front of you you’ve never expected. After nine dreadful years of trying to escape the past, their paths crossed again in unexpected circumstance that brought a sudden rise of emotion and a state of euphoria followed by a deep melancholic feeling of something “long gone missing”.
“Never had I wanted to comfort anyone more. I wanted to call his name, to touch his face, to taste his lips. I wanted to assure him that my love for him was unending. I wanted to promise we could heal together. I wanted to forgive him, to forget about the past, to move one. There was one simple fact that held me back…He didn’t want me anymore.”
Overwhelmed by the intensity of their reconnection, Daniel and Melanie are taken by each other very soon after their first meeting…again. Feelings resurfacing like wildfire. A wow moment for me! Their chemistry is still so strong, and even though there was this ticking time bomb in the background, I felt like this moment, any moments they shared together, would prove to be so effective and memorable no matter the endgame.
Will Daniel and Melanie take the chance to reignite the passions of their youth when they’re both buried deep beneath all the ups & downs of their current lives and its demands? Will they allow themselves to be PULLED back into a world that no longer exists?
“Somewhere deep within me, something was beginning to fight that. I didn’t know how and I didn’t know why, but what I did know was a change was coming.”
There’s a lot of backstory for both characters and it did take quite some time for me to get swept into it but I’m so happy that I stuck with it because the writing is utterly beautiful and I could legitimately picture these settings in my head and hear the voices of Daniel and Melanie so clearly.
Amy changes the lives of both of her characters and not in ways I totally expected either. Pulled is a unique story of moving forward, embracing independence, making tough decisions, and discovery. Some of it is beautiful, and some of it is messy and Amy doesn’t feel she needs to tie everything up in a pretty package. I really appreciated that even if that meant my heart breaking at times. Despite the enchanting feel of the story, Pulled is rooted in some tough realism for all of the characters and I was ridiculously impressed by their strength, their honesty, and their blunders.
“I loved every broken piece of her and was determined to make her whole again”
“She was mine. Only mine.”
“I’ll never let you go again, Melanie .Never. Nothing will come between us…nothing.”
Pulled is yet another A.L. Jackson masterpiece. A beautiful and gut-wrenching story of loss, the enduring bonds of family and friendship amidst tragedy and the kind of healing that can only come with the help of the ones we love.
If you’re looking for a deeply touching love story, an emotional read about overcoming the odds, one click this now and let your heart explode to the goodness of its story, character and raw emotions.
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.