Jaded rock star, Demetri Daniels, is in Hell — also known as Seaside, Oregon. Sent to rehab after nearly getting himself killed last year, his record company wants nothing more than for him to lay low, away from the limelight.
Irritated and more alone than he’s ever been in his life, Demetri tries desperately to rebuild his shattered reputation as a drug addict and player, which proves to be difficult when he meets Alyssa.
Alyssa is everything he should stay away from. She’s beautiful, smart, but above all else, she’s damaged. And one thing Demetri has learned is two broken hearts don’t equal a whole.
In the end, he has to decide if he can rise above the life he’s created in learning from his past mistakes, or fall into the darkness of his choices.
I thought that this was a great sequel to “Tear”, and I loved reading from Demetri’s perspective and also Alyssa’s. There was a lot of pain, and drama, and angst, and…wow. A lot was going on here lol. This author is a master at intertwining different characters’ pasts into heartbreaking tales of betrayal, loss, and tragedy. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, you’re thrown through yet another loop and left in a heap of confusion and shock. If you love suspenseful plot lines, then I definitely recommend you read this series.
Demetri is a mess. He’s a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, something that he deals with on a ridiculously hard day to day basis. Watching his brother find love, he wonders if he too will ever be lucky enough to encounter his soul mate one day. And that maybe, just maybe, he isn’t too broken to be pieced back together again.
Alyssa is just as screwed up as Demetri. Her past is filled with ghosts that refuse to leave her. That is until she encounters Demetri Daniels. She finds a similar flame in him – a brokenness that they both seem to harbor. It was amazing watching these two characters’ relationship evolve with the pages, filled with hope at times and others despair. Finding the right balance between the two is what this story was all about. It’s not about finding an instant solution, it’s about slowly letting go and letting life move on, remembering to find joy and happiness in every moment – despite the guilt one might feel at doing so.
There were only a few things I didn’t particularly like about this book. For starters, there were quite a few editing issues – something I forgot to mention in my review for “Tear”. It wasn’t so distracting that it left the book lacking, but it was enough that I found it something worth mentioning in this review. Second, I feel like Alyssa let what happened to her affect her life a little bit too much. With what she went through, I can imagine harboring guilt. But to the extent she let it build and how much it controlled her seemed a bit dramatic, and at times, stupid. She took it out on Demetri most of the time which I did NOT agree with.
All in all I was impressed with this sequel detailing my favorite character in the Seaside series. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
Pull by Rachel Van Dyken = 4 stars
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