I'm not going to give away the main part of the issues with the heroine but I will say the treatment the author gives the subject was refreshing as it felt incredibly real. It hit close to home for me although I didn't have everything happen to me that she did I personally did feel most of what she did and still occasionally deal with the same issues of trust and nightmares. Sarah has issues with control and uses sex as a way to keep men at an emotional distance. She doesn't do relationships or any real connections other than to her best friend. I liked her and as you get to know her secrets you will feel for her and hope she gets some true happiness. She's driven and really just wants to be honest but is convinced that what happened to her was her fault... trust me it isn't but there are times when I felt that way as well. I'm proud of the journey she took in this book and even happier the author didn't completely whitewash the subject. Joe...what an incredible man he is. He's a recovering alcoholic and brilliant photographer that sees beyond the masks we all present to the world. He has his own demons that are faced in this book and seeing him make steps in his own way was heartwarming. He's a great great sexy man and even though we don't see much of the two of them together what we do see is beautiful. I'm so happy that he was such a patient person with her and I beleive what they build will be an incredible life. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for bringing this to my attention and allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review. One note... Please do not go in to this without understanding it deals with some difficult topics but.. I cannot say this enough... These topics deserve to be talked about with honesty no matter how uncomfortable they can make some people.