Come Closer by Brenda Rothert
An adult standalone, contemporary romance
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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.
Allison Cole had been sent to a mental hospital in Montana when she shut down after witnessing a murder. Refusing to talk, she spends her days trying to heal from the tragic event that changed her life. Dr. Daniel Delgado knows he can't have feelings for his new patient. He has his own demons to struggle but can't help but be drawn to Allison. But when her nightmare becomes a reality, Daniel will cross every professional boundary to keep her safe.
This was such a great read by Brenda Rothert. Come Closer is a a thrilling mystery that has a twist of taboo that kept me on the edge till the very end.
Dealing with heavy subjects such as mental illness, alcohol addiction, and grief, Brenda Rothert has written this in a way that leaves the reader feeling the honest emotions of the characters.
Daniel was such a complex character. While he had his own demons to face, he was a gentle, caring doctor that treated his patients with respect and generosity. The connection and chemistry he had with Allison was a line he did not want to cross. He didn't pretend these feelings weren't there and so he did his best to keep them honest and innocent.
I honestly was surprised about the twist and turns this story takes you. Nothing is what it seems and at times you don't know who is friend or foe. It was a brilliant storyline. It kept you on your toes and gave you a thrilling reading experience.