on February 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Forbidden, Suspense
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Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.
Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.
This was a fantastic read. It captivated me from beginning to end I was totally hooked. This was suspenseful, emotional, intriguing, mysterious, forbidden and extremely sexy. I loved every second of it. I’m a huge fan of Brenda’s books, but most of the books I’ve read of her have been sports romance so this one is a departure from that. And what a departure it was!
I love that this was different than your typical romance and that in delved into complex territory. I love that Brenda was able to develop this story with such easy that the reader can feel that they’re part of the story. I also love books that develop around the medical field, especially psychiatry and unfortunately I haven’t read many of those lately. SO as soon as I saw the blurb, I knew I had to read it.
Dr. Daniel Delgado works at a mental facility in a remote part of Montana. From the get go you can tell he has some demons of his own and that is one of the reasons work basically consumes his entire life. He is also extremely caring with his patients. They love him and you can truly see he’s making a difference in their lives. My God, I loved him, as a hero he was superb, so caring and sexy at the same time. Simply charming. And what about that hot last name! (I might or might not be married to a Mr. Delgado IRL J ) Anyway, I was instantly in love with him since Chapter 1.
Allison Cole is Daniel’s new patient. She survived a brutal attack in which her twin sister was also murdered. The attack left her mute and as a result she was sent to the mental hospital to recover from the trauma. But she was so much more than that. I loved being in her POV. She was smart, sassy and caring. She was definitely a great heroine and if you’ve read my reviews you know I think a good heroine can make or break a book for me. Well, she was fantastic. I simply loved her.
“Alive and healthy are two things I don’t want to be anymore. The flashbacks are merciless, and they never stop, even when I’m asleep. I can’t escape my own head as long as I’m alive.”
From their first interaction, Daniel and Allison had this amazing and undeniable chemistry. It’s definitely a tricky situation since Allison is Daniel’s patient and they both also have a lot of demons to battle. I loved how Daniel understood her from the first moment. And without any spoilers, the way they communicated was simply swoon-worthy.
“There’s something much more than that between us. This yearning doesn’t come so much from my body as from my soul. No man has ever looked at me this way—with such deep longing to have me just as I am. Even when I had a lot more going for me, I never felt as worthy as I do with Daniel.”
“Daniel knows what I need without words, because that’s how he got to know me. He cared enough to learn my signals and read me.”
This book is amazingly written, the characters are complex but well developed, and the pacing was phenomenal. I loved the way the story developed and the slow burn when it comes to the romance.
“”Someday,” I say in a low tone. “In another time and place, Allison. I promise you, someday we’ll have more than this.””
So I totally loved the romance aspect of this story, but this story is also super intriguing and suspenseful! What happened to Allison? Who killed her sister? Is everyone who they say they are? Is she in danger? Ahhh! I won’t spoil that for you, but I was extremely surprised. The twist and turns were awesome; I didn’t see any of them coming. It’s very hard to surprise me, I tend to guess what’s going on early on, but I definitely was surprised.
So if you’re looking for something sexy but mysterious, with awesome complex characters, this is definitely the book for you. I absolutely recommend it and I can’t wait for whatever Brenda will bring next!
“We’re both survivors, she and I. I survived my own mistakes and their fallout, and she survived a deep, violent loss. But pain doesn’t care about fault. It seeps into our bones and becomes a part of us whether we want it to or not. Whether we deserve it or not. Whether we feel strong enough to handle it or not.”
PURCHASE IT NOW!