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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: July 6, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073R1ZXNR
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Daniel Delgado, head doctor at Hawthorne Mental Hospital, takes great pains in not falling for his silent patient, Allison Cole. However, their forbidden attraction cannot be denied. I loved that the author took her time and allowed their romance to simmer. In addition, the horrific events that lead up to Allison coming to Hawthorne stay with her in more ways than one and yet it is seamlessly written with the burgeoning love story between her and Daniel.
This book is so much more than what I had envisioned. There are endless poignant scenes btw Allison and fellow patients, not to mention tense moments with less than caring staffers. There are twists and turns I did not see coming and admissions and secrets revealed that had me begging for more. Put that together with touching and very tender times btw Daniel and Allison and you've got yourself one heck of wonderful story.
A sincerely gratifying read that I honestly can't recommend highly enough. It's fresh and real and heartwarming. And yet it is also mysterious and sexy and hopeful. You get all the feels tenfold.
5 huge stars!
I’ve read several books by Brenda Rothert over the past several years and I think one of her strengths is writing emotions. She’s able to capture the heart of characters - their joys and pain - and harness it on a level where the reader is enraptured with finding out the resolution. In my opinion, the author captivates the reader in Come Closer by using the emotions of her main characters through dual POV and surrounds them in mystery to create immense anticipation.
This book was reminiscent in many ways of a Nora Roberts’ romantic suspense. It’s a slow-burn romance where small bits and pieces of the characters’ pasts are revealed. There is a lot of build up in this book between the characters, and in my opinion, it impacted the resolution to the mystery surrounding the circumstances in the book. The author took time for the reader to get to know Allison and Daniel, the main characters in the story, and learn more about Hawthorne, the mental institution where the majority of the book takes place. The setting in the book is a character itself and impacts how the characters feel about one another.
This is a forbidden, slow-burn romance, but the mystery and pain surrounding the characters is very present at all times throughout the book. There is a mystery to solve and it was one with a twist I didn’t expect.
Also, Ms. Rothert created memorable secondary characters within the setting - both doctors and patients with whom both Daniel and Allison interact. I hope the author chooses to revisit this world again to write about Morgan, a young woman who is a patient at the hospital, or Brody Tillman, another physician who treats mentally ill patients.
This is the first romantic suspense I have read by Ms.Rothert, and I hope she continue to write this genre because I think she excels at it. I highly recommend Come Closer for the slow-burn, forbidden romance and the strong anticipation the author creates surrounding the story’s mystery. Also, the author shows a different, intimate side to the mentally ill which brings a message of hope and kindness. I listened to the audio of this book and highly recommend it as well.
I will admit going into Come Closer I was expecting something different than what I got but here is the thing, I really liked that it was different, that it wasn’t the normal cookie cutter romance that is out there. It was suspenseful, emotional and one with twists I didn’t see coming.
The relationship between Max and Allison is one of patient and Dr., but it is so much more as well. It is a connection that heals, that is forbidden and one that is hard to really describe without giving away any spoilers. I liked the way that the author built up to what happens, the suspense the twists they all add another layer of depth to the story and I really was hooked and didn’t want to put it down. I also liked how the focus wasn’t just on the secondary characters mental illnesses, but that they were a person also and should be treated as such.
Although I enjoyed Come Closer there were a few things that had me lowering my rating from the 5 that it could have been to the 4 I believe it is. I do wish that certain people and situations would have had more closure; it did sort of feel that certain things were swept under the rug and didn’t have the completion as I would have hoped for. Besides those things Come Closer is one I do recommend and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
I listened to this via audible, on recommendation from a book friend, loved the narrating duo.
My one complaint, the numerous sex scenes although having a great slow build through the story, didn't quite light my fire... although that could have been my mood. And I didn't quite feel the emotions as deep as they could have been, but again, could have been mood, or perhaps lost in translation due to audio.
All in all, a great read though, with echo's of The Witness by Nora Roberts.