Catherine Sue Morgan expertly merges the past with the present in this romantic suspense. Becca Bennett is an intelligent and sympathetic woman who has turned a catastrophe from the past into a successful way to help others. Jack Conroy has also turned tragedy into triumph as a dedicated and stalwart police detective. Both of these characters are so deeply affected by their shared past that I couldn't help but hold my breath to see if they could find a ray of sunshine under such dark clouds. Watching Becca interact with her clients and family is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, she has such a calming manner that even through the pages I felt the soothing effects and her compassion was constructive not full of pity. I enjoyed how the author walked the fine line between making all mentally ill people monsters or victims, it was handled in a straightforward manner while remaining considerably entertaining. This story had a fabulous mix of action and cerebral components, sweetness and steam as well as an intriguing mystery and engaging characters, this might have been my first story by this author but I doubt it will be my last.
Rebecca Bennett is walking a fine line, she knows that her father killed Detective Jack Conroy's little sister twenty years ago, but Jack has no idea of their shared past. He only knows Becca as a talented trauma therapist. A serial rapist is threatening the city and Jack needs Becca's help. She agrees because her brother has disappeared and she's worried that because he is a paranoid schizophrenic the streets aren't a safe place for him or perhaps he might be the one making them unsafe.
Twenty years ago, Rebecca Bennett's father raped and killed Jack Conroy's sister. Adopted and her name changed after the tragedy, Becca is desperately searching for her brother, Kevin, who has vanished. He is, as was their father, paranoid schizophrenic, and the string of rapes that is terrorizing the city started only days after he disappeared.
Jack Conroy, Tulsa Police Department detective, is focused with razor sharp intensity on the hunt for the serial rapist whose violence is increasing with every offense. For Jack, it's personal; he sees his sister's face in every victim. Aware of Becca only as a trauma therapist, Jack asks her to aid the investigation by working with the original rape survivors. She agrees, and soon her secrets and her life are on the line.