Come Closer by Brenda Rothert
An adult standalone, contemporary romance
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Book Blurb: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 book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. You ever read a book and sometimes encounter a lull that makes the story seem to drag on? Not with this story. In the interest of keeping this absolutely spoiler-free, all I can say is that there are a few twists that had me gasping in shock. Luckily, the twists are well placed and not thrown at you all at once, so you get the chance to be acclimated to the new twist.
I like how the characters are written, Allison is surviving the best way she can after her traumatic experience, and Dr. D. seems to be like the gentle giant; his physical presence might be intimidating (because he's apparently tall like a giant sequoia), but he's got a calming presence that endears him to the patients and most of the staff at Hawthorne Hill. The one downside is that we don't learn his what all happened to him in his past until really late into the book, but again, this book isn't about his situation, but Allison's troubles. It also doesn't hurt that there's obvious chemistry between them, but they both know it's best to keep whatever is between them strictly doctor/patient only.
If you're looking for a read in which there's plenty of attraction that's forbidden, mixed with a good dose of suspense, I recommend you read this book because it's well worth it.