Candace suffers through the unthinkable. Being brutally attacked has left her a shell of her former self. She struggles daily with nightmares, anxiety, and basically just living a normal life again. The one and only person she has that she truly feels safe with is Jase. He is her rock when she needs him the most. This book takes you along for the ride that is Candace's recovery from the unimaginable. There are quite a few bumps along the way to her becoming "normal" (if there is really even such a thing), but she has a strong support system in the friends that surround her.
The think I absolutely LOVED most about this book is Candace's recovery from her attack was not rushed. So many books has something like the incident with Candace occur and two chapters later it was like nothing ever happened. This author lets you go through all the stages with Candace that I believe someone typically would in this situation. It made the story and characters so real for me.
And I loved the relationship between Candace and Ryan. Again, the author let the connection between these two build naturally. There was no rushing them together. Ryan came into Candace's life at a point where she was not ready for anything but friendship and he was willing to give her only that. The progression of their friendship into something more, again, felt natural and most of all, believable.