Through personal darkness, two strangers find their way to each other.
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.
3 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult
Two years ago, Leah was in an accident where she permanently lost her sight. She has spent the time since trying to adjust to life without vision and is ready to spread her wings and move out on her own. Her parents debate the idea but finally give in. What Leah doesn’t know is that they hired someone to be her body guard without her knowledge. And this somebody just happens to be her neighbor J.D, who she has feelings for.
Overall this is a pretty solid New Adult book about two very damaged people. It was a quick read that did have a HEA, even when it seemed like at times that was just a pipe dream. Also, the story wrapped up nicely, without loose ends. I saw that the book is listed as the first book in a series, so there may be glimpses on their life after the story ends in the following books, which I am under the impression are about J.D.’s brothers. This is not the best book I have read by this author, but it was a decent tale of survival and love.
Leah is trying to start her life over without sight, but gets frustrated and emotional when her relationships with people are strained and her love of photography is taken from her. J.D. has severe PTSD from his tour in the army and battles with depression and anxiety on a regular basis. He is trying to live a normal life by working private security when he is hired to watch over Leah. There is a big conflict of interest when he develops feelings for her, but he refuses to quit because he doesn’t want anyone else to watch her. This is a prime example of lack of communication and dysfunction at its prime.
I really liked seeing J.D.’s view point and how devoted he was to Leah, how wonderful he thought she was despite her flaws. He was a really sweet guy. It was hard at times to relate to Leah because she was so helpless and emotional; living in a world that I could not fathom that to be honest terrifies me. I felt like at times she overreacted, yet what would I know, maybe in her situation this is a perfectly reasonable reaction. She also forgave very quickly too, another thing I would know nothing about.
The characters don’t really ever figure out what they want out of life except for each other, which drove me insane with their lack of planning as well as hit my hopeless romantic button. I will read more books in this series for a follow up on Leah and JD as well as because JD brothers have a lot of character from the brief moments I saw them.
I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.