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Make Me Stay: The Panic Series Kindle Edition
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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.
We meet Mateo, or Matt, in book 1 (Pull Me Close), he's Nic's more straight laced and easy going twin. While he is working 60 hours a week as a lawyer and then moonlighting at Panic on the weekend, he meets June. She sweeps him off his feet and makes him start questioning the exhausting life he is leading.
That is when everything hits the fan. Matt, Nic and his dad are arrested and June is gone. Vanished. A year later, we get to find out why and what happened.
There is something special about Sidney Halston's writing. There's no fairytale, no extenuating circumstances, no crazy storyline. It is so real and so viable that you can almost start to believe in it. I love this the most about her writing. It proves that writing doesn't have to be outlandish to be good. Readers can still believe in a story and also be obsessed.
I loved Matt's story. I loved how head over heels he fell with June, I loved the twists and turns that their story took, I loved what a brave and forgiving soul Matt was. There just aren't enough good things for me to say about this book.
Book #2: The Panic Series
Source: Netgalley and Purchase
My Rating: 5/5 stars
I don’t even know where to start with this ball of awesome! I read this book twice before sitting down to write this review and I still have no idea where to begin . . . .
If I must pick a starting place, I think I’ll go with my weakness, characters 😊
Matt: Simply put, the universe hates Matt Moreno. Though he likes to believe he’s in control, if he’s honest, he’s never been in control of his own life. From birth, his father has groomed he and his twin, Nick to take over the family business. While Nick got a business degree, Matt was shuffled off to law school and as their father begins to age, the twins are taking over more and more of the nightclub’s running and responsibilities. For Matt, that means a full work week at the law firm and then endless hours at the club over the weekend. Matt’s burning more than one candle at both ends and eventually, something’s got to give. The only bright spot in Matt’s life is June, the gorgeous raven-haired beauty who walked into his life five months past. Just when Matt thought the universe was finally throwing him a bone, June disappears without a trace just as Matt, his brother, and father are arrested for a myriad of crimes.
One year later . . . . .
June/April: Matt Morena was both the best and worst thing to ever happen to June/April. He was strong and sexy, smart and successful, and cared for her unconditionally. Walking away from Matt was the hardest thing June/April has ever had to do and the betrayal is more than she can bear. As it happens, Matt isn’t the only person who feels betrayed by June/April which is how she finds herself in a hospital room surrounded by complete strangers. In fact, there is nothing in June/April’s memory, at all. When Matt shows up in her hospital room, the only emotion she has toward him is complete confusion. Her body recognizes Matt instantly, but her mind just won’t recall who he is or why on earth he is so very angry with her. Even more confusing, this man who seemingly hates her is taking her home to aid in her recovery.
The Plot: This is the first time (if memory serves) Halston has split one of her books into two distinct parts and it’s pure genius. Though Matt’s woman occupies a single body, her story is really that of two distinct women and two very different periods in her life. In fact, even as the plot unfolds and the reality of the whole June/April situation becomes clear, it is hard to see the two characters as a single individual – one playing a role and one real. Though there are certainly shared characteristics between June and April, they quite impressively read as two distinct and separate characters. This sort of distinction creates a very rich, very deep plot with characters far more complex than the synopsis implies. Though there is some plot overlap from the first book (Pull Me Close) it is told from a completely different perspective. In fact, it’s told from three completely different perspectives, Matt’s, June’s, and April’s.
The Bottom Line: The very nature of this book - two distinct parts, two distinct characters in a single body, and one very angry man – likely would have gotten away from a less experienced, less talented author. Furthermore, without careful planning and some crafty plotting, Make Me Stay could have become nothing more than a repeat of book one in the series. Instead, Make Me Stay is strong standalone title that shares characters and some plot points with book one, but is in no way a repeat or even a lame rehashing. Matt is by far my favorite of the primary characters and he tugged at my heartstrings from start to finish. Even in his angrier moments, I still wanted all the best in the world for the poor bastard. I found June incredibly difficult to like (to be fair, June felt the same way), but April was so very easy to like and feel for. To see how Matt reconciles the knowledge and reality of these two women in one shared body was really one of the highlights of the read and made me like him all the more. As always, the inclusion of older characters into this story was quite welcome and certainly helped round out the cast and enhance an already excellent story.
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I have to hang my head in shame because I stopped reading this book because I hate flashbacks.Read more
Make me stay is the second book in the series. It was for me just ok because the first book was really amazing to me. The plot was god interesting, realistic.Read more