I read this book and still can't stop thinking of it-- it's explicit but it wasn't the intimate scenes that made this book -- but the characters.
Elle is a woman who doesn't want attachments preferring quick physical encounters. She counts as a way of coping and calming--making her keep a distance. Dan is someone unusual he sparks her interest and they begin a torrid affair on her terms. Like with all things it doesn't end up the way she planned and she has to decide if meeting her nightmares head on is worth the power of a healthy relationship.
Elle is very difficult to like because she is so closed off-- but you can't help wanting to see her find happiness. Dan is a compelling strong character-- not over the top but able to match Elle in interest, he finds himself drawn to her and refuses to give up on her-- for that alone it is worth reading.
Elle has a compelling and tragic secret-- and I find her ability to fight for forgiveness admirable-- even when as a reader I could not forgive such betrayal- maybe that says something about me or the fact the author brings to Elle a depth of compassion which is heart wrenching and admirable.
This was very well done and it will stay with me for a long while.