Thursday, September 18, 2014

BLOG TOUR - Pulled by A.L. Jackson

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

Oh my wow! 

First can I say that was THE BEST first kiss in the history of first kisses! Gah! It was so… so amazing and perfect and just downright awe inspiring! That so gave me the feels! Um and the fact that it was from Daniels POV was just even more freaking amazing! It stuck with me the entire read!! But it also totally made me hurt from what Daniel and Melanie had lost. 

You haven’t read a good romance until you have read this book people! And seriously this was A.L. Jackson’s first novel! Wow!

Each character is distinct but doesn’t take away from the main story. It all intertwines perfectly. The town, the lifestyle and the people are all things that I read like I was watching one of the best movies ever. I heart Daniel!! I mean seriously so tortured and so loving and swoon worthy to the max! The MC is solid, she is a perfect mixture of woman. I wanted to rip Nicholas from the pages and break him in half he was a huge part of the story that kept me page turning with purpose. My desire to see him get what he deserved made me anxious to see how it all panned out.

The flashbacks were both sweet and downright gut wrenching. I felt the pain in the loss all the way ion my bones. Sobs escaped my mouth and I had to literally take a moment. The crazy thing was I knew what was coming because the author prepared you but it still ripped my heart out to witness it happen. 

This book pulled me in quite literally! It was emotional, frustrating, painful and beautiful all at the same time. I really liked the dual POVs and the memories mixed with present day. Usually that is confusing but it was more than necessary in this read.

Melanie is numb… her life is an existence more than a life. She is in a loveless dutiful marriage and miserable every second. Daniel is a doctor and perhaps one of the unhappy and pain filled docs you would ever some across. Each just breathing but not living.

Each missing their other half we go back to the beginning. I so loved their first meeting and the first kiss was wow!  This book is a journey, both past and present and man did I get some freaking shockers. I was so emotional during this read.  I cried so much, you can just feel the pain of heartbreak and loss creep off of the pages into you. But you can feel the happiness and connection as well. It was just so dang good. And seriously this is one of the best written books I have read in my life! Hands down! I am going to revisit this one for sure.

I don’t think you are getting this… this book is a MUST read! If you read contemporary anything you have to read this book!!

Because I can’t give it a million stars I give it five for sure! I am actually honored to be a part of the re-release tour!

I stared down the hallway. Both fear and longing consumed me. I willed myself to walk, but every footstep was heavy, dragging with what I feared I would soon be regret. I stalled outside his door, my heart listening to his. I could feel it pounding, drawing me forward.
I didn’t even knock. I turned the knob and pushed the door open. My feet locked in place when I saw him. Daniel. I blinked several times as I took him in. He was leaning over, bracing himself with his palms flat on his desk. He must have realized that it was me just before I opened the door. His head was cocked, his hazel eyes wide. 

I couldn’t move. I felt as if I were caught in time and the second hand was unable to tick on.
Finally he rose, cautious and slow. His eyes were fierce and desperate, a fire that I’d never seen before burning behind them. My feet moved of their own accord and my arm dropped from the door. Silently it closed behind me. Everything in the room was still except for the energy roaring between us. 

“Melanie,” he called to me, a whisper directly to my heart, pumping it with life. I was mesmerized as he wet his dry lips. His shoulders were held rigid, his chest trembling with his staggered breaths. I felt it all—his longing, his desire, his hunger. And I knew he could feel mine. Quivering under his intense stare, my muscles twitched in anticipation. My knees went weak when I saw him snap, undecided no more.
I could barely register the movement before he rounded his desk, and his lips crashed against mine. His hands sank into my hair, pulling my body roughly against his. 

It felt as if my body had burst into flames with his sudden touch. Everything about him was overpowering, consuming, dominating. Rough and gentle at the same time. 

I pressed into him, my chest against his, our hearts beating in rhythm. Digging my fingers into his neck, I struggled to get closer. We were desperate as we clung to each other. We needed to feel, to heal the scars disfiguring our hearts, to erase some of the hurt. His hands rushed with need, twisted through my curls, down my back, and then into my hair again. His kiss was forceful—too intense—ice and fire and sweet—all Daniel. I breathed him in, touched him, memorized the way he smelled, the way he felt.

 His hair was so soft between my fingers. A shiver traveled down his spine. 

With a sudden slant of his head, he swept his tongue across my lip. I opened to him, drawing him in. There was no teasing or testing. Aggressively, he moved his mouth with mine, 
sucking in my bottom lip at the same time he bit at it. Rough. Hard. Perfect. He pushed me back against the door, his body flush with mine. A moan escaped my mouth. 

Oh, how I had missed this body. 

I ran my hands over his shoulders and down his arms, his muscles firm under my touch. His lips were incessant, his tongue hot and wet. 

Fisting a hand in my hair, he pulled it tight, exposing my neck. His movements slowed as he licked down the sensitive skin, seeking out the spot behind my ear he knew would ruin me. He sucked, tugging with his lips, lingering at the delicate hollow below my jaw. I drew in a ragged breath, and my emotions caught up with me. He remembered. 

He kissed his way back up, found my mouth again. Fingertips caressed and massaged the back of my neck, the skin afire with his touch. 

When he grabbed the back of my knee and hooked my leg over his hip, I gasped.  His palm traveled up the exposed flesh of my thigh, his thumb rubbing circles, coaxing, persuading, demanding a reaction. I pushed back into him, my body deprived of his for far too long.
“Melanie, my love,” he whispered, the words vibrating against my lips. 

“Daniel,” I breathed into his mouth. 

He pulled back, hooded eyes flaming in their intensity as they sought mine. I couldn’t look away as I peered deep into his soul. The love I found there was never ending, but shrouded in vast regret, grief imprinted on his heart. He ran his nose along my cheek, murmuring in my ear, this time the words dripping in sadness. “Only you.”

Those words resonated in the air, and as much as I knew he wanted to convince himself that they were true, they weren’t. 

The weight of what I was doing crushed me. Thoughts of his wife and child lay heavy on my heart, and I remembered how we had gotten here in the first place. He hadn’t chosen me. He didn’t want me.

With trembling hands, I shook my head, trying to keep my insecurities from pouring out. It was impossible. The feelings of complete rejection I’d swallowed down and harbored for all these years came bubbling to the surface and spilled over, erupted as tears rushing down my face. 

“You didn’t want me.”

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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