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Publisher's Summary

Workaholic Detective Aiden Carlisle isn't looking for love - and certainly not at the law-enforcement seminar she reluctantly agreed to attend. But the first lecturer is not at all what she expected.  

Psychologist Dawn Kinsley has just found her place in life. After a failed relationship with a police officer, she has sworn never to get involved with another cop again, but she feels a connection to Aiden from the very first moment.  

Can Aiden keep herself from crossing the line when a brutal crime threatens to keep them apart before they've even gotten together?  

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Jae (P)2019 Tantor

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Thriller to slowmoving

Story was good, loved the narration;flow of story is moved from thriller, emotional pace to bit slow moving but quite had an hold or covered various emotional and social topics. great way of sharing how trauma can impact a life and how it can be overcome with bit of support and love.

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  • Kristy
  • 14-06-19

Amazing book

To take such a sensitive topic and spin it into an amazing story is why Jea is in my top 10 authors. This book was very intense as one of the MC is raped right at the beginning of the book which made it a tough read at times but if you can push past it it is worth it. I ended up invested in Dawn’s healing journey and how Aiden was so patient with her. It was well written with likable characters intertwined in a heartfelt storyline.

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  • @kellyeneal
  • 23-09-19

Not what I expected

This isn't your normal romance novel. It delves into serious subject matter and situations. But what I found amazing is this didn't end with catching the bad guy and getting together. The aftermath is given. where talking about 5 chapters worth. Very well done. Highly recommend!
As always Abby Craden is amazing bringing these characters to life.

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  • Sab
  • 14-05-19

What can go wrong?

When Jae writes and Abby Craden narrates there is always a success. And this book is no different.
I loved Aiden, she is a strong balanced woman, both in her profession and her love. She reminded me of “Olivia Benson” from SUV. The story was well developed and I liked the court scenes, these scenes Iar missed in SUV.
So thank you Jae for actually detailing that.

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  • Terra's Mom
  • 19-10-21

Beautiful Love Story

This is not a typical romance. It’s the story of two women helping each other heal and grow through creating a vulnerable, trusting relationship. If you have unresolved sexual abuse history, this book could be overwhelming.
I realized part of why I enjoy Jae’s books. She creates safe, secure attachment as the basis of each romance. Her stories are about women loving and accepting each other as they are, and in so doing, growing and transforming.
This is not an easy, breezy romance. The content is challenging. That said, I highly recommend this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Again…trigger warning if you have a sexual abuse history.

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  • Misty Barnes
  • 28-03-21

Warning

If you do not want 10 hours of working through a rape then seek another book. I read to loose myself from the harshness of reality. I was sad to the very end. Not that it wasn’t well written but just sad and depressing.

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 09-06-19

Another Classic Story and Performance

Aiden is a police detective with the Portland Sex Crimes Unit. Fawn works with victims of rape and assault. When they meet at a seminar for police officers where Dawn specks on LGBTQ issues of rape and assault, Aiden is drawn to her. Can their attraction grow into something bigger? Marvelous author and performance. Recommend.

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-11-21

Hard to get through

Rape and the emotional aftermath of that violation are THE plot point for this story.

A little bit Law and Order SVU, a little bit “romance”(?). It’s a difficult listen. Slow. Tedious. Emotionally hard.

Maybe this is an accurate description of some people’s experience through that trauma and journey back to a full, loving, healthy, sexual relationship. But it is not what I’m looking for in a romance. Some kind of conflict, for that delicious kind of tension that makes you keep reading/listening to find the resolution is good. This story is just tension and pain. Hour after hour of it. She was violated. It’s painful and difficult. It’s a long road back to any kind of “normal”. Understandable, but not the escape I’m looking for in my fiction.

I kept listening, waiting for it to get better, waiting to find the lighter happier times these characters deserved. It never happened. There was an HEA of sorts, but not until the very last minutes. I feel exhausted at the end of this listen. Really not what I look for from this genre.

Quality narration. Was not enough to redeem this title for me.

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  • Jackson
  • 01-11-21

Fine, but not fun at all

I'm not sensitive to triggers by any means, to the point that you'll find me muttering about how we all need to learn better coping skills or process trauma rather than asking the world to bend. That said, this was triggery for me. I don't want to commit a spoiler, and everyone is different. But go easy if you have a trigger happy brain. The writing is good, but I was ill at ease for most of it.

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  • Special K
  • 01-08-21

Exceptional

loved the story and the narration was great. I was taken in with each character learning to open up and being able to truly trust each other with such compassion and understanding putting that first and their own desires eventually were fulfilled. looking forward for next of kin to see how it all works out.

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  • Ps58
  • 11-06-19

It takes time to rebuild a stronger life.

A story of violence that steals your independence and innocence. It can only take what we let it. Dawn's life is in changed forever. Aiden does not know the depths she has lost. Together they have a chance to build a life of love that is strong, whole and built to last forvever.

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  • lise
  • 26-08-20

Warning, there might be triggers for some people

I have listened to this story twice already. I love the slow pace, the realistic feelings of someone who's gone through trauma. Not something to listen to if you are going through a period of acute anxiety (I certainly couldn't). Great writing too. Jae has never disappointed me yet (hopefully that'll never happen)

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  • Heather burt-down
  • 22-05-19

gripped from start to finish

loved it is all I can say could not stop listening awesome from get go

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  • moggiemag
  • 31-10-20

Wonderful love story

The frustration felt by the heroine Aiden when the woman she was strongly attracted to became the victim of an extremely brutal hate crime was so well written I just couldn't stop reading. Jae is now responsible for my losing manyhours of sleep lol. I'm still only half way through but totally hooked on the slowly developing relationship between the main characters, and Abby Craden just has to be one of the best narrators I've heard so far, she tells the story so well. And although I've not finished the book yet I've already bought Book 2. Please Jae, let's have more in this series

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  • jane
  • 05-01-20

Story with substance

Story has depth and relavance addressing positively real life issues in an engaging and meaningful way. Great variety of characters and as always, Abby Craden delivers an excellent narration.

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  • Jai
  • 09-06-19

A joy to listen to.

A good long story. The narrator has a lovely voice and uses different tones for different characters. Definitely buying the next in the series.

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  • Annie crabtree
  • 01-08-22

Should really have more detail in the content notes

I was really shocked that there is explicit description and discussion of rape and sexual abuse in this book. The content note says “mature themes” but that could mean many things. I feel strongly the notes should be updated as the topic is upsetting and triggering.

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  • FC51
  • 10-04-22

Book number 1 of 2. Be warned its about rape.

I listened to these books in the wrong, order by mistake, and yet they worked really well. This is a sensitively written, affirming story but nevertheless it brought up lots of feelings which, as a survivor, I struggled with even though my story was nothing like this one.
I may be overly critical but there are things that do not stand scrutiny in the plot. A couple of unbelievable police blunders, a number of important testimony omissions, trial arguments that do not make sense and plot threads that are left hanging across both books BUT Jae's sensitive and intelligent treatment of the repercussions of rape more than compensate.
Abby Craden is not my favourite narrator but she does well with this one.

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  • Weronika
  • 08-02-22

Amazing

Well written (the balance between humour and serious subjects well kept in my opinion). Could not stop listening.

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  • finn mccool
  • 27-04-21

Beyond Corny

Just wanted it to be over, every line so predictable, I love there's more lesbian fiction out there but a lot of it is crap.

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  • Sarah
  • 15-11-20

Beautiful ending. 10/10

I think it's important to mention that this book is vastly based around sexual assault and if that's something that hints a little to close to home this book is probably not for you. Although this book is based around an awful situation it was an amazing listen. I loved the characters, their personalities and how the book teaches us that even if you become a victim of crime as long as you've got your family and friends (support) you can get through anything. 10/10 Lesbian book.

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  • Lara H
  • 03-07-19

Possibly Triggering

A great book but there should be a warning that the story line talks heavily of sexual assault. I found this quite triggering at times.
Narration was excellent.

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  • Chris
  • 19-06-20

Jae

This story was well narrated but after the court case it became as boring as Batsh.........t.
Sorry Jae. It was not even interesting or a good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-19

Best book ever!!

other than maybe a disclaimer, the passion, courage and sensitivity of this was heartwarming- thankyou

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  • Janet
  • 08-05-19

Not really a crime novel

Really a very long winded repetitive story that should have been condensed
Slow moving love story with a bit of crime

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-19

Love it

This has to be my most favourite book so far! I loved it and couldn’t put it down.