Review: Pull by Rachel Van Dyken


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.


Can we just take a moment to talk about my unwavering love of Demetri?! For some reason he found a way into my heart, made room for himself and had me a state of constant swooning. He was such a realist and a romantic, I loved going through all this emotions with him and I think its because his battle is real. He masks the pain with sarcasm and an easy going attitude and I relate to him on a level I wasn’t anticipating. He just gets it, and it was hard not to love him all the more for that.

Now lets talk about the story, Alyssa had me feeling ten levels of emotion and while some of the plot twists were predictable, I still loved the story! To see Alyssa grow and find herself had me sighing with content. There is just something wonderful when a story just gets you…and that is what this was for me. I just felt for everyone…even Bob, actually I kind of adore him. I was happy to see Alec and Nat back and I giggled out loud more than I would like to admit.

Alyssa and Demetri had an unwavering connection and I could have melted when Demetri refused to give up. His love was boundless and had me feeling all the feels. I also loved that Rachel Van Dyken wasn’t afraid to “go-there” like many authors are, and she wrote therapy sessions. The rough and dirty and frustrating process of therapy and I hope she does it more because she captured the emotional roller-coaster flawlessly. This book was just wonderful, steamy, break my heart and put it back together perfection.


I felt raw. Exposed. I’d forgotten how much I liked it. Liked to actually feel, as bad as it hurt. It was real, it was life. And I was finally living.


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