Blind Faith, Through These Eyes, Blindside (Blind Faith, Bks 1-3) by N.R. Walker ~ Book Review by Queue

Blind-Faith-SeriesTitle: Blind Faith, Through These Eyes, Blindside (Blind Faith, Bks 1-3)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Sara York

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/28/2013

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Blind Faith: Starting a new job in a new town, veterinarian Carter Reece, makes a house call to a very special client.

Arrogant, moody and totally gorgeous, Isaac Brannigan has been blind since he was eight. After the death of his guide dog and best friend, Rosie, his partnership with his new guide dog, Brady, isn’t going well.

Carter tries to help both man and canine through this initiation phase, but just who is leading who?
Through These Eyes: Six months after we last met Carter Reece and Isaac Brannigan, they’re still very much in love. Moving in together, moving forward, life for these two is great until some life changing events occur.

Isaac has a frightening setback and Carter’s world starts to unravel. Things become even more complicated and start to change for both men when Isaac’s new colleague enters the picture.

As Isaac struggles for what he really wants, it might just cost him what he needs the most.
Blindside: Mark Gattison has avoided love and commitment his entire adult life. Not interested in more than a one night stand or a brief encounter in a bathroom stall, he is the epitome of a good time.

Will Parkinson is the guy who defends him, the guy who puts up with him, the guy Mark calls his best friend.

When Will becomes unsettled and a little distant, Mark takes it upon himself to find Will a boyfriend. Not familiar with the concept himself, Mark thinks Will needs someone to make him happy.

What Mark doesn’t know, is that he’s about to get blindsided. He’s about to get knocked off his feet by the one thing that’s been right in front of him the entire time.

My View:

I’ve never read anything by N.R. Walker so jumped at the chance to read this series. I found all three books extremely enjoyable with fresh conflict and original characters.

The main characters in the first two books are Carter Reece and Isaac Brannigan. Carter is a vet and meets Isaac when he examines Brady, Isaac’s guide dog. Carter is drawn to Isaac but the man is arrogant, cold and infuriating. Though I loved Carter from the get-go it was a lot harder to enjoy reading Isaac. That’s a compliment to the author for creating a character so realistic that at times I was furious at him.

The first book centers around Carter and Isaac’s love story, which is almost lost because of Isaac’s attitude. Part of the conflict centers around Isaac’s relationship with Brady, which isn’t affectionate. By the end of the book I cared about Isaac just as much as I did for Carter.

The second book shows Carter and Isaac living together not so happily ever after. It’s not bad for either of them, but there are issues. I actually liked this one better because it showed exactly how far each man was willing to go for each other.

Things start going wrong when Isaac makes a friend, Joshua, and Carter doesn’t like him at all. Is it jealousy or is Josh a bad guy? I’m not going to ruin it for you, but I will say the conflict was realistic. Yeah the fight is ostensibly about Joshua, but so many other things get brought up, just like what happens in real life.

Their fight was so freaking huge I actually wasn’t sure how the author was going to resolve the conflict. I hated Isaac again but he does redeem himself in the end.

The supporting characters, specifically Carter’s best friend and Isaac’s sister, are simply wonderful. I loved the banter between all the characters.

The third book steps away from Carter and Isaac and focuses on Mark, Carter’s best friend who made frequent appearances in the first two books. Mark is a somewhat stereotypical horndog, willing to sleep with anyone with a pulse, male or female.

He becomes good friends with a guy he works with, Will Parkinson, but Mark won’t sleep with him because he doesn’t want to ruin the friendship. Trouble is, Will is in love with Mark and Mark is clueless. Mark remains stupid about his buddy’s feelings even when he gets jealous seeing Will with other people.

Mark was so very frustrating here because I wanted to throttle him. How could he not see how Will felt? But things work out in the end and their reunion and HEA was extremely satisfying.

There were times in this book where the plot slowed but I’m glad I pushed through.

Links

Blind Faith, Through These Eyes, Blindside (Blind Faith, Bks 1-3) on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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