Sunday 12 October 2014

✜ A Brutal Betrayal ✜ D.C. Renee ✜

© Bianca   

• 208 pages
• release date - 01 October - 2014

Past. Everyone has one. It shapes the person they become. It determines the present. It even contributes to the future. And sometimes, people are thrown together in spite of it.

It was no secret that Megan Verona was raped. It crippled her being, turning her from a vibrant young woman to someone who feared intimacy. After years of struggling, she decided to seek help with a therapist, Declan Connors, in hopes of being able to finally have a relationship. Declan wanted to help Megan; he wanted to help everyone who sought his aid, but she was different. She consumed his thoughts until he could no longer deny his feelings. He hadn’t expected to fall for her and fall hard, but he did. It was a wonder when she returned some of his sentiment. But, like everyone, Declan also has a past, one riddled with pain and anguish, one he hadn’t fully dealt with.

If helping Megan brought out his own shadows, what did loving her do? How do both their pasts play a role in their future? Most importantly, can they conquer the past that threw them together?

 Seven years ago, when she was just 16 years old, Megan was brutally raped - during a visit to a bar with a friend.

Today she's still not able to live her life the way she thinks she should. She's afraid of intimacy, of letting men touch her, even to only shake her hands.

Enter Declan Connors - 25 year-old soldier-turned therapist.
He usually only helps veterans with PTSD and a few other problems, he's never had to deal with a rape victim. But his colleague and mentor Chuck asks him to take on Megan - he feels that Dec might be able to relate to her problems better than an old married father.

As soon as Megan walks into his practice, Dec is totally in awe; such a beautiful but still very broken girl.

She was girl next door meets elegant class.

He wants to fix her - fix all her problems and fears ...
But he's her therapist...he shouldn't feel more than professional feelings for his new patient....

But of course that's not how things play out ☺

What will happen to Megan & Declan?
Will there be a HEA?
Will everybody die at the end?
Or will there be a horrible Cliffhanger?

I'm not telling you that of course ...☺  

I don't want to spoil anything ☺

 I really loved the blurb and I was excited to see how this therapist-patient story plays out.
I liked it!
It was a really moving and sad story.
Two people who have been through a lot in their lives, have to find a way to overcome most of it, and then maybe, they have a chance to find their Happy Ever Afters with each other.

There were cute and funny moments and a few tiny sexy moments and lots of backflashes to the times where bad or good things happened to Megan and Dec.

And that's where the I DON'T LIKES start for me :/
I'm not a fan of going back in time in a book - and that happens here a lot - but that's just my personal problem - other readers won't be bothered too much I think ☺

I also didn't like that Declan is only 25 and until 2 years ago he was still in the Army - so for me he didn't have enough time to become a therapist. For me a therapist has to go to school for at least 4-8 years until I would trust them to properly treat people. In this story though, I had the feeling that Dec kind of interned at Chuck's practice for 6 months and bam he's a therapist too. ☺

Even though I liked the story and the idea of it - I didn't really love reading it. It was too slow - too event-free - too heartless somehow - too insta-love-ish.
I couldn't really connect to Dec and Megan. And for me to love a book, I have to be in love with the characters :/

BUT - it was a really interesting story - and I really liked the last pages - the ''betrayal thingy' and what follows and the epilogue - I really liked that ☺

no idea if I should recommend this book for victims of rape or tell them to not read it....  maybe it could help ... ♥

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