Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.
One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.
Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.
This was a very emotional story. Derek is content with his life if not happy. When he is violated by his friend he realizes how much he doesn’t like some aspects of his life. He does everything he can to deal on his own without anyone’s help until he pretty much loses everything except his dog and cabin. Russ can’t help but tell there is something wrong with his new neighbor and will do anything he can to help Derek and help him move forward.
You can’t help but connect with the characters and feel just how they are. I could feel how desperate and isolated Derek felt about what happened to him and how hurt Russ is for Derek when he is told the story. It takes awhile for Derek to fully open up to anyone and begin to move forward in his life after all that has happened. This story had a great HFN ending a couple years in the future. It made it more believable because with all that happened there really isn’t any way that everything would suddenly work out, they will always need to work thru their emotions together.
KC Kelly did a very nice job narrating this story. I was able to connect with the characters feel their emotions in his reading as he used different voices for the characters.
Cover art by LC Chase is perfect for this story.
Audiobook, 9 hrs 42 min
Published: March 21, 2016 (ebook first published August 7, 2015)
Edition Language: English