Monday, December 22, 2014

Blind Passion by Bonnie Dee {ARC Review}

Blind Passion
by Bonnie Dee

Coming December 26, 2014

Through personal darkness, two strangers find their way to each another.

Leah Schaeffer has come a long way since an accident took her sight. She’s finally ready for independence, but convincing her wealthy parents she’ll be safe on her own isn’t easy. The first night in her own place at last, she encounters her neighbor with the midnight velvet voice and her world shifts again.

Since finishing a military tour, J.D. Wyatt has struggled both financially and emotionally. When Leah’s parents hire him to act as her bodyguard, he seizes the opportunity. The catch—she can’t know she’s being followed. As he grows closer to the intriguing woman and begins to have feelings for her, the burden of this secret grows heavier.

Although Leah and J.D. have suffered different types of trauma, their mutual understanding of each other’s pain bonds them. But their relationship, dependent on absolute trust, is rooted in lies which will detonate like an IED when exposed.

I'm a huge sucker for bodyguard/charge romances and after reading the synopsis for Blind Passion I was really excited to read it. Unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

So we have Leah and J.D. who are both facing their own demons. Leah is permanently blind from an accident that happened two years ago and J.D. is struggling with PTSD. They initially have a brief encounter in a club, however nothing comes of it until a little later when he becomes her bodyguard.

I absolutely loved Leah for the first part of the book. She starts off real strong, working to be independent even though her life hasn't worked out the way she thought it would, but after things go down with J.D. (which I'll get to in a minute) she turns into this self deprecating heroine who kinda got on my nerves.

J.D. on the other hand, I struggled with connecting with him throughout the whole book. He's having a hard time finding his place in the world after leaving the military so he's working odd jobs to make ends meet. That's how he comes to be Leah's bodyguard.

They start off as friends while J.D. fights his attraction towards Leah knowing that he's lying to her. Unfortunately once they do get together he gets caught in more than one lie and Leah decides it's just too much and tells him she needs space.

Now this is where I really started to struggle with finishing this book. Not only does J.D. give her space, he moves, turns off his phone, and basically kills all means of communication between the two. He messed up, in my opinion if he really loves her he should fight for her. But does he? No! And the kicker? They end up getting back together because she seeks him out. No... Just NO!

Maybe it's because I struggled with finding a connection with J.D. from the get-go or maybe it's because I didn't like the type of heroine that Leah turned into in the end, but either way, I wasn't very happy with the way Blind Passion ended.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the first 70% of the book and I'm definitely looking forward to reading Micah's book, I'm just disappointed that Blind Passion didn't end as strong as it started out.

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Blind Passion in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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