Blog Tour and Giveaway: Pulled by A.L. Jackson



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

Excerpt

I glanced at the clock. 
Shit—nearly six o’clock. I needed to hurry. I’d lost track of time and Nicholas would be home soon. I wiped the tears from my face before carefully gathering the pictures from the bedroom floor. My chest weighed heavy as I collected each one, cherishing the memories a moment longer as I tucked them away in the envelope. 
The memories were all I had and I clung to them as if they were my last breath, knowing that once they faded, there would truly be no reason to go on. I hid the envelope at the bottom of the large jewelry box in the back of the closet, mindful to spread the necklaces out over the hidden compartment. Nicholas had never found them, but I was certain he would destroy them if he ever did. 
Drawing in a deep breath, I ran my hands through my hair and dragged myself from the past I had immersed myself in for the last two hours and forced myself downstairs.



My Original 3-Star Review

I was expecting more out of this book than what I got. It was a good book, not a great book. That saddens me. I was looking forward to more emotion than what I received from reading this. The plot was there; the characters were there. What wasn't there was the delivery.

Although well written, it could have been better. Many books like this that go back and forth from past to present achieve their goal. This format didn't in this case. I think this story would have hit better if it had been told from start to finish instead. It didn't flow very well, and there was too much dwelling on some subjects.

Don't discount this book as a book to not read. Like I said, it is a good book. Melanie's character is heart breaking. She has endured more pain in a 9 year span that no one should ever have to face. Her love for Daniel is never ending. Their pull for one another never falters. Finding their way back together is heart breaking, in itself, and endearing. I was rooting for them through the entire book.

My NEW 4-Star Review

Melanie and Daniel's love has existed since the moment they met.  Lies and secrets pulled them apart and changed the course of their lives... They thought it would be forever before they saw each other again.  They long for years to reunite with one another.  Then, fate steps in...

I am so glad I agreed to reread this book.  I was able to appreciate it more this time around.  I mean, I read Gideon and Grey before this book... So I am giving it another go.

The pain and loss these two have endured over the years is heartbreaking.  The people they became over the years were not the people they wanted to be.  Now, they are brought back together, but they can't be together.  

I just don't know what to say about this book.  If you haven't read it, then you should.  I don't want to go deep into the book, because it needs to be read to fully appreciate it.  I won't lie, I got teary-eyed a few times this time around.  I am not always one for an HEA, but this in one of those stories you beg and plead for an HEA.  It is important and the only possible ending that can sate your need for these two characters to end up with one another.

Plain and simple.... Read.  This.  Book!



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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