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Review: Make Me Stay (Panic #2) by Sidney Halston

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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.

My Review

Told in both past and present tense, Make Me Stay is the second book in the Panic Series and follows the story of April and Matt. Everyone has secrets they’re not proud of and wish like hell they could share. Truer words couldn’t be spoken for April. Working undercover is one tough job. April loves putting the bad guys away, but the one thing she never planned on was Matt. Deceiving him and having to walk away was one of the hardest things April has ever had to do. But, now that the job is almost done, April is left hoping that she hasn’t totally blown things with Matt. When the truth comes out, will Matt understand? Will Matt be able to forgive?? There is only one woman who has ever gotten under Matt’s skin. Some might even say that Matt fell in love. However, Matt’s life is about to be turned upside down. You see, the night everything falls apart at his club, well, that is the same night that “June” disappears without a trace. Months and months pass with no word from June, but Matt doesn’t give up. He can’t. And when fate makes their paths cross one more time, Matt will soon learn that there is more to June than meets the eye. Will Matt be able to forgive and forget the past? They say the truth will set you free, but in some cases, the truth only does more damage….

I have to tell you, when I first stumbled upon this book, I just knew I had to read it. I fell in love with the beautiful colors on the cover and could not be more intrigued by the synopsis. And let me tell you, I am so thrilled that I decided to pick up this book. From the moment our main characters were introduced, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. Their story fascinated me and the chemistry from our two main characters had me dying to know what went wrong. Now, I will be first to admit that the first part of the book is paced a bit slower than I would like. There is a lot going on, and a lot of set up and explanation that needs to happen. However, that being said, the pace does pick up with you get to part two. From that point on, the story is fast paced and will leave you guessing.

Overall, I though this book was a great read. I enjoyed the characters and their story. I was intrigued by the plot and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I thought this book had some great romance and suspense. I loved all the secrets and lies and twists and turns. I though this story was a fun read with just the right amount of drama and sexy romance. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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