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I also had issues with some holes in the plot.
Plot point 1 - she was 19 when this happened. She was sent "away" to recover and basically held against her will for 4 years until her father needs her for his election campaign. I'm 1000% positive you can't legally institutionalize someone without going to court deeming them unfit. None of this happens.
Plot point 2 - Drew ships off and serves time in the military and is out and has his own business. Well respected and all. It's been 4 years how did you manage to serve 4 years in the military, leave, and have a protection business that is highly regarded in just 4 years. If this were 10 years later fine but not 4.
Plot point 3 - None of the men who violated Lindsay were ever charged. Okay happens all the time. That I can believe. What I don't believe is that the cops and the DA decide she wanted it because the boys and some girls said she wanted it. They NEVER interviewed Lindsay. They can't legal close a case without interviewing the accuser. CAN"T HAPPEN. They can sit down listen to what she said happen and still say it was all fun and games but they would still talk with her.
Plot point 4 - This one really ticks me off. One of the reasons stated as to why the DA opted out was because the rape counselor went to the media saying she wasn't raped. Supposedly this person was never punished. The person violated HIPAA. That person would lose their license and have a massive lawsuit against them for speaking out. This person instead received a 6 figure payout from the networks for their story. Nope. The media is many things but I highly doubt they would pay for a story like that since they would then be part of the lawsuit.
I guess I just don't understand why she wouldn't stand up and tell her side of the story. Write a book, find a reporter, or start a freaking blog to tell her side. She had her medical records to share. There aren't a lot of people who would hear the condition she was in and believe she agreed to have that done to her. There were people who were there who told a different story then the rapists and mean girls. Let them come out and tell there side. Yes it is a he said she said but at least your advocating for yourself. Instead she has these unnamed plans to get even but still is be shamed for what she "agreed" too.
I've noticed that a lot of "Indie" authors write in the first person. Is that because it's easier than third person? Or is it so they can utilize ANOTHER MARKETING PLOY, being to tell the partial story from the heroine's point of view, then write virtually the same story from the Hero's point of view, then finally wrap up the story in a third book, using (I presume) both POV's? Regardless, after this fiasco, I'm getting much better at spotting exactly HOW books in a series are put together, because I don't want to be put in this situation again where I have to buy 1 or more books to get the end of the story. So, if you haven't started this book yet, DON'T unless you are willing to buy 2 additional books!
With all of that being said, I will say that Ms. Raines writes an interesting and compelling story. The book starts with the h being released from a mental hospital that practices a rather harsh method of dealing with patients, most of whom are high profile or come from families that are high profile. (And most of whom the families deliberately dumped there.) Four years earlier, the h was brutally gang raped in front of her boyfriend, who did nothing to help her, just looked on. At the time, her father was running for his second term as a U.S. Senator and couldn't afford to have her scandal (as if she's responsible) in the media. She leaves the hospital with said boyfriend, the H of the story, whose company has been hired by her father to protect her and the family due to the fact that he is planning to run for the Presidency. I won't say anymore about the plot because I don't want to give any of it away.
This book has mystery upon mystery and the author has done a magnificent job of developing both the plot and the major characters. There may have been a few grammatical errors, but I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't notice. This would have been a 5 star book if not for the cliffhanger ending.