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.
Actual: 3.5 stars.
Brenda Rothert is one of my fav authors and I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book as I knew it was a new departure for her and a change from her usual genre. I enjoy romantic suspense and I’ve read plenty of books in this genre so I was practically salivating when this one landed on my Kindle.
Both Dr. Delgado and Allison were superbly crafted mains with plenty of flaws and I always love a romance where the H and H support one another on a journey of self-discovery. Together, our couple were a perfect match and I loved watching their romance develop.
But, this book is much more than just a romance. Allison is running scared and when it becomes obvious that she’s no longer safe in Hawthorne, Daniel is her rock, her knight in shining armor.
The first half of this story dragged for me and it took way too long to get to the meat of the main plot. Once that kicked in it was great and there were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming. However, I guessed a lot of it which took some of the enjoyment away. I also felt there could’ve been more tension and conflict in some of the scenes, particularly at the end of the book, where it felt a bit rushed and a bit too convenient. It lacked substance and some of the minor details aggravated me because it wasn’t realistic.
I really loved the setting and the world building was great. The romance and sexy times were well written and the writing style is great, as I’ve come to expect from Brenda. Character development is strong – both with the mains and secondary characters.
Overall, this is a decent read – it just didn’t blow my mind in the way Brenda’s books usually do. If you are a fan of hers you will most likely really enjoy this one.
Thanks to the author and Insklinger PR for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Oh, and that cover is beautiful. It really captures the mood/tone and the characters are well depicted.
About the Author:
Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.