Come Closer by Brenda Rothert
An adult standalone, contemporary romance
PURCHASE IT NOW!
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.
It was easy to get lost in this book. I mean, really, first page, and I was gone. I have always appreciated and enjoyed author Brenda Rothert. She’s the mistress of a hot hockey read, which I love (Ryke forever!), but has recently stepped out into more of what I’d call romantic intrigue or suspense, and she is absolutely rocking it. First, there was HIS, which I picked up and could not put down. It was a great read, and I was excited to see that COME CLOSER would be a little bit different, as well. Brenda has written a book that I tore through because I couldn’t wait to see what the heck would happen next, and that I couldn’t wait to tell other readers about.
One of my favorite things about this book is the characters that Brenda has written. Doctor Daniel Delgado is a flawed man, but he’s self-aware and stronger because of it. His humanity and humility shine through in everything that he does, and make him the perfect doctor for the patients at Hawthorne Hill, including Allison Cole. His ability to meet Allison exactly where she is, and to gain her trust, sets the stage for this different, engaging, action-packed, intriguing gem of a book that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the very last.
COME CLOSER is full of twists and turns, and best read with no pre-conceived notions or clues, so I don’t want to give anything away, but believe me when I say that you want to read this book. It’s an easy 4.75 stars for me, and one that I happily recommend. You need it on your TBR right now; it’s that good. Enjoy.