Book: Come Closer
Author: Brenda Rothert
Publisher and Publication Date: Silver Sky Publishing, 02/07/17
Genre: Romantic Suspense
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*
My Review in a Nutshell:
I read this book in THREE hours. This is why I love romantic suspense novels, they grab ahold of you and do not let go. And like most of Brenda’s books, there’s more than romance; there are lessons to be learned, demons to be conquered, and lumberjack doctors to swoon over.
(Typically, I summarize the book in my own words. But, I am honestly afraid I may give something away that will take away from the shocking twist and turns of this story.)
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.
Come Closer is such a breath of fresh air. Romances are amazing, but often fall flat plot-line wise. But this book… Dear Baby Jesus, this book has everything. The suspense kept my chest tighter than a ballerina’s hair-bun. The simmering relationship of the two main characters felt realistic, and based on more than just sex! Their situation is unique, and well-thought out. The amount of effort put into this story is very obvious and truly shines. I am an expert guesser, but this book gave me a run for my money! Helloooo plot-twists and mystery!
Another “typically”: Typically I write a summarized conclusion here. But instead, I would like to write a thank you to Brenda. Thank you for taking the time to write a vast array of characters with different mental illnesses, stereotypes were broken in this novel. It was absolutely beautiful.
My Favorite Quotes:
“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.”