~ The Blurb ~
For nine years, they drift through life, unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their hearts. 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 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 do 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.
~ My Thoughts ~
Pulled is one of those impossible love stories that drags you kicking and screaming through the pain, torment and the emotions of Daniel and Melanie’s complicated 10 year romance. It all started when 16 year old Melanie set eyes on her friend’s older brother Daniel. The rest is a “typical” high school love story, they fell in love, Melanie got pregnant and then a terrible series of events ripped them away from each other for the next 9 years. I was immediately intrigued by Melanie’s character and early in the novel my absolute favorite parts occurred while I was reading the flashbacks of her teenage years. It was during those flashbacks that I felt as though I really got to know this character, and they explained so painfully how she found herself living as a shell of a woman in her late twenties.
Melanie’s relationship with her husband is disturbing at best and Jackson did an amazing job conveying the control he had over her, as well as her complete self-loathing to allow herself to be treated this way. I won’t lie there were times that my heart was actually racing and I could hear nothing but my heartbeat as I was reading about their confrontations. The emotion that was evoked as I was reading about these two was so strong it was hard at times to believe that I was reading a novel.
Throughout the novel, Melanie and Daniel were constantly referencing an energy, or a connection, flowing between them – pulling them closer together. I loved that when Jackson wrote about their relationship, as a reader I could see that pull as well. There is nothing worse than reading about a couple’s undying love for each other but not actually being able to believe it. Their story was absolutely heartbreaking and it made me want to reach out and gather them up in a big hug. These two faced unimaginable obstacles and still their emotional connection to each other was never broken. Melanie and Daniel had the kind of love for each other that fairy tales are written about. It was so genuine, pure and untainted. I whole heartedly believed in this couple and was rooting for them from the beginning.
Pulled is an intense and addictive love story that (pardon the pun) will pull you in an hold your attention until the very last page. I highly recommend this novel for fans of contemporary fiction, especially those who love a real life fairy tale love story.
I received an e-book of Pulled via The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.