Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: Blind Passion by Bonnie Dee

Title: Blind Passion
Series: Wyatt Brothers
Author: Bonnie Dee
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: December 26, 2014
Publisher: CrushStar Multimedia LLC

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.

My rating:

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Oh, sweet Jesus!...But not in a good way.

It's difficult for me to find a good book written in first person POV, so far only a few selected choices made it on the list. This one isn't one of them.

Yes, first person POV is one of my pet peeves, but when the author then decides to use the alternative narration throughout the book (in this case switching between the hero and heroine) augments my disdain disproportionately. If you don't know which character to use as your narrator why not try, I don't know, the third person POV and see how it fits.

In this case it would've fit a lot better, but you also have to know how to work that one. The omniscient narrator would, of course, require a more "mature" voice, compared to the high-school like character voice that was used for both heroine (which could be understood to a degree) and hero (which was laughable since the guy was supposed to be military - I never imagined a soldier, no matter the age, would sound like the guy in this book). Sheesh.

Then I checked the categorization and realized this was supposed to be "new adult". If these two were new adults, so older than young adults and hence no longer minors, no wonder everything is going to hell in a handbasket. I wouldn't give these two voting rights for at least another decade or so. And here I thought young adult was bad, seems new adult is much, much worse.
Or maybe either genre wouldn't be so bad in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing. I don't really want to find out.

Anyway, both characters in this one were immature and one-dimensional, the story had no flow, the voice was grating, and I just didn't care what happened.


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