Blind Faith, by N.R. Walker
Series: Blind Faith, Book 1
Publisher: Self-Published (February 2013)
Page Count: 161 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Buy Links: Amazon
I’d been meaning to read Blind Faith for a while, since I’ve loved N.R.’s other books so much (especially her Cronin’s Key trilogy!), so when it was free on Amazon for a short time, I went ahead and grabbed it. Now I’m wondering why I waited so long to read it!
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?
Okay, the summary doesn’t do this justice at all. Carter is a vet, so he connects better with animals than with people. When he first meets Isaac, he’s not particularly impressed by the human, whose wild mood swings and biting sarcasm help him keep a wall between him and the rest of the world. But he is impressed with Brady, Isaac’s guide dog, who is extremely well-behaved… but clearly not loved by his owner.
I love the slow-build friendship between Carter and Isaac. Isaac doesn’t want to let anyone get close; he’s been blind most of his life, but uses his blindness as an excuse to remain distant. Carter, though, isn’t willing to take any of Isaac’s crap!
“You criticize me for judging people, Isaac, yet you think you can judge me.” (Kindle Loc. 769)
As their friendship turns into something more, Carter is able to get Isaac to relax, and they grow closer. Carter gets Isaac to leave his comfort zone more and more, and they learn more about each other. But no matter how hard Carter tries, he can’t get Isaac to connect with Brady. In fact, mentioning it is enough to send Isaac into an icy-cold rage. Isaac is terrified of losing anything or anyone important to him, it turns out.
And there it was. His temper. His I’ll-hurt-you-before-you-can-hurt-me tactic. (Kindle Loc. 1225)
My favorite part of this novel was the patience Carter has with Isaac. It’s not Isaac’s blindness that is causing any potential frustration, but his inability to trust, and his fear of loss. Carter is willing to go at Isaac’s pace, carefully shifting them from business acquaintances to friends, and eventually to lovers.
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