Book Reviews

Through These Eyes (Blind Faith 2) by N.R. Walker

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Disability / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-April-2013

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

In 'Through these Eyes' by N.R. Walker the story of Carter and Isaac is continued. It's a year later and things seem to be going fairly well. Carter is loving and caring, and Isaac is as difficult as ever. He should know by now that Carter cherishes him and thinks he's perfect just like he is, yet Isaac is still being stubborn about anything which even hints of taking away his independence, i.e., having Carter move in with him. It was sad to watch these men struggle, Carter trying to appease Isaac and Isaac overcompensating for and trying to hide his insecurities. If they are to succeed, they both have to trust their feelings and each others'—easy for Carter, nearly impossible for Isaac.

Carter is his same sweet self in this story as he was in the first one. His efforts to appease Isaac were positively painful at times. Blind or not, Isaac had absolutely no right to treat him with such lack of respect. Some things are unconscionable regardless of the reason. Even through the pain of rejection which Isaac puts him through, Carter never stops loving him. He tries to fend off the emotional and verbal assaults Isaac throws his way and it almost breaks him. Even then, Carter wants what's best for Isaac even if it doesn't include him. His love is a constant. He is a touchstone for Isaac in so many ways, if only Isaac can accept that. He has far more patience than I would have had, once again proving the depth of his devotion for Isaac. Fortunately, Carter has his outrageous best friend, Mark, to help him regain his perspective and the courage to do what has to be done to put things right with Isaac.

To be fair, it's hard for any of us who are sighted to know the isolation caused by not being able to see. Isaac's blindness puts this strong, determined, independent man in the position of being vulnerable whether he will admit it or not. His desire to see is the driving force behind Isaac's unacceptable behavior, not that it's an excuse, but it is a reason. Perhaps the fact that he could see before makes the desire to see again ever stronger because he truly knows what he's missing. For him, there is always that component of any relationship which causes him great angst and consternation. When something happens, like the birth of his niece all of the touching in the world won't make up for the fact that he will never see her face, her smile, the light shining in her eyes when she sees her uncle whom she loves. The same with Carter. Isaac wants to see the face of the man he loves so badly, that he's willing to try anything just to have that opportunity. This compulsion overrides his reason which keeps him from picking up on the deceit of his new co-worker, John. I don't condone his ill treatment of Carter, but I do understand his motivation. It's a powerful one which we who are sighted can't begin to fathom.

This book has a well written, complex plot with strong main and secondary characters. Their interaction keeps the story going while each is figuring out their own way. There's character growth, particularly with Isaac, as he finally realizes that he doesn't have to do it all alone. He has Carter and he has his family and they love him immensely. I'd recommend this book to those who have read the first story and want to continue learning about Carter and Isaac and who enjoy a story with lots of angst, conflict, and redemption. Thanks, N.R., for the emotional roller coaster and the happy ending.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 69320 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-March-2013
Price $3.99 ebook, $10.00 paperback
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