Make Me Stay
Panic Series – Book 2
By Sidney Halston
Secret identities, second chances, drama, desire: It’s all going down in Miami Beach in this tantalizing novel from the bestselling author of Pull Me Close, which was hailed by Aurora Rose Reynolds as “a heart-gripping story about . . . the power of love.”
April: Walking away from Matt Moreno was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Lying to him was a close second, but for his safety, I had no other choice. I was undercover, working to put some nasty people behind bars. But when Matt nearly recognizes me on Lincoln Road a year later, all those very real feelings come rushing back. Now that my assignment’s almost over, will he understand why I lied? Why I had to leave? Most important, can he ever forgive me?
Matt: I was madly in love with June Simpson . . . or, at least, with the woman I thought was June. Then she just disappeared while my family’s nightclub went through hell. And after months of searching, when I think I’ve finally found that sexy, raspy voice and those exquisite blue eyes, she slips away once more. Turns out, “June” is actually Detective April White. She’s been playing me the whole time. And she’s about to rock my world all over again.
Make Me Stay by Sidney Halston is the second book in the Panic series and the twin brother, Matt Moreno’s story. It can be read as a stand alone but I would highly recommend reading it after the first book, Pull Me Close.
Matt’s story takes place before his father was arrested which was before Nick’s story (Pull Me Close) and after the repercussions of his father’s crimes and near destruction of their family nightclub Panic. Pull Me Close takes place in between these two timeframes.
On the surface Matt has always appeared to be the happy go lucky twin. His easy going attitude is a deceptive armor for the complex man beneath the surface. In the beginning he’s juggling two full time careers. He’s a successful attorney and has made partner in his firm in Fort Lauderdale. From Thursday to Sunday he’s a successful businessman helping to manage the iconic family nightclub, Panic in Miami Beach. He’s trying to help his brother with the heavy burdens that come with running an iconic night club in the rapidly changing industry in Miami Beach while trying to change their father’s archaic business practices. He barely has time for himself let alone relationships. He’s known to enjoy the rewards that come with being a successful club owner. He’s known to imbibe in a little recreational cocaine and enjoy the easy pickings of ladies, His easy going mannerisms make it hard for his brother and father to take his presence in the club seriously. After their father is arrested for drug trafficking everything in his life changes. He’s pulling his weight and trying very hard to take some of the responsibilities off of his brother’s back. Nick is having a hard time letting go of the responsibilities especially after their father has been convicted and the club’s reputation is shattered. Their business is on a downward decline, they are on every law enforcement agencies radar, and he lost his position with the firm he worked for. What makes his situation worse is the one woman he fell hopelessly in love with is the same woman who not only left him heartbroken but destroyed his family and career. June Simpson stole his heart and disappeared from his life. June Simpson is not the woman he thought her to be. She’s the undercover cop that brought his father down, caused him to be arrested, destroyed his career, and shattered his soul. June Simpson is Detective April White and she has returned to Miami to testify in several trials of the drug trafficking ring.
April White’s return to Miami is anything but a happy homecoming. Facing Matt Moreno is devastating because she really loved him with all her heart. When she’s brutally attacked by one of the criminals, she loses all of her memories. She’s left in Miami alone and dependent on Matt Moreno to take care of her until she can function on her own. She senses that Matt is more than an old friend from her past, she senses animosity beneath the surface.
Matt is forced to take care of the woman who ruined his life. It’s hard to forgive and forget but it is also hard not to love her. Now he has to decide what is more important in his life, love and happiness or his family legacy.
Sidney Landon added so many new layers and elements to the Panic series. She not only gave her readers a phenomenal romance, she also gave the readers a better understanding of the first book in the series. The Moreno brothers both had to tackle very complex issues within their family as well as their personal lives. Their relationship with each other was as close as expected of twins but also strained because of the club. This book put them on equal grounds and made them both better men. It also gave the club more life. Readers were introduced to the people that are making Panic more than a popular nightclub but a close knit kind of family. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the sultry nights in Miami at the Panic Club.
Pull Me Close
Panic Series – Book 1
By Sidney Halston
Welcome to Panic, a sultry Miami nightclub where bodies and hearts move to a beat that doesn’t stop at sunrise—the setting for “a magnificent story full of deep emotion” (Sawyer Bennett).
Katherine: I thought I could enjoy a night out like a normal person. I thought I could handle the flashing lights, the pulsing music, the crowded dance floor. I couldn’t have been more wrong. After having an anxiety attack and passing out during my sister’s engagement party at Panic, I wake up in the arms of the hottest guy I’ve ever seen. Nick Moreno’s no gentleman. But he might just be the man I need to help me take control of my life.
Nick: When I hear there’s some random girl passed out in the back room of my family’s South Beach nightclub, I’m pissed. My dad’s already behind bars and we can’t afford any more bad press. But after giving her a lift—literally—back to her apartment, I stop seeing Katherine Wilson as some random girl. She’s gorgeous, vulnerable, and braver than she knows. And when we kiss, all I want to do is pull her close and promise that she’ll always be safe in my arms.
Wow! Sidney Landon has taken readers on a new adventure in the sizzling hot new Panic series. She takes her readers to Miami Beach and the sinful, sultry Panic Nightclub, where decadence is the norm.
Nick Moreno is stressed out to the max after his father was arrested and convicted of drug trafficking. Their family nightclub, Panic has been “the club” to go to in Miami since the eighties. After his father’s arrest the club is struggling to stay afloat. They are on the every law enforcement agencies radar and it’s imperative for the club to stay clean. That means keeping out the drugs, the hookers, and every other kind of criminal element that enters the club. To top it off, his twin brother, Matt is off the rails with his drinking, womanizing, and lackluster management. He’s become a control freak and the last thing he needs is trouble entering his club. When a drugged up woman passes out in his club and he’s forced to take her home and babysit, he’s beyond pissed. Strangely enough it’s also the first moment of peace he’s had in months. This odd woman claims she’s not a druggy but her actions say differently until he gets to know her.
Katherine suffers from extreme anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and severe PTSD. Every moment of her life is a struggle. Every moment leads to more depression and loneliness. She’s trapped in a bubble she cannot burst no matter how hard she tries. When she takes one step forward it forces her three steps backward. When she met Nick Moreno at one her lowest moments it made her brutally aware of how bad her life had become. When Nick offers her friendship she’s even more desperate to become a somewhat normal person. Her life isn’t easy to overcome and she may never overcome it all completely but it’s worth every effort. She deserves friendship, companionship, and love. She has so much to give of herself if only she can find the way out of her self inflicted prison.
Katie and Nick have found something special and worth hanging onto. It’s going to take a lot of work and nothing may ever be perfect for them but it’s worth the effort. They give each other peace in a world where peacefulness is hard to find. In the end they both find out that even though life isn’t perfect their love is the glue that keeps them together.They learn that they can’t always control life but together they can get through it’s ups and downs.
Sidney Landon floored me with this book. She didn’t hold back and delivered a vivid picture of mental disorders and how they not only affect the person suffering but those who love them.
I highly recommend reading Pull Me Close by Sidney Landon. It’s an unforgettable and emotional reading experience.
USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike, and that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.
Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading… She’s a reader first and a writer second.