Warning there is a rape scene early in the book, the details are not graphic and are told to the sex crimes detective Aiden, and the book deals heavily with this topic. However it is done in such a way as to minimize triggers. This is a wonderful book in spite of the heavy topic and I highly recommend it, even if you have to skim past parts.
Dawn is a psychologist whose clients are mainly survivors of rape. Aiden is the Sex Crimes detective. The women meet at a lecture then later Aiden is first Detective on the scene of the crime and assigned to Dawn's case.
The first half of the book was about the rape and investigation and finally the trial. This was difficult for me as well. It was handled pretty realistically. Its all a part of the story, nothing overly graphic and if you can get past this part you should be fine. The second half of the of the book deals with Dawn's recovery. She learns how to be alone, sleep at night and learn to trust, at least a little... She is learning to take her power back and to allow love in.
This book was intense and as I have said very hard in places. However it was also a book about strength and determination. Dawn is strong and while frightened she will not submit to her fears and wallow. She fights back by reclaiming her life. It was so easy to care for her and Aiden both. Aiden has a lot to offer and fears of her own to overcome and it seems Dawn is just the woman to help her.
I just really, really liked this story. It moved me and touched my heart. It is so emotional and runs through them all, fear, sadness, joy, strength, peace, love..... and so incredibly well written!! This is the first in a series and I am looking forward to the next.