Behind the Blindfold by Natalie E. Wrye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Full review to come.... Must read book 2... Holy hell what a cliff hanger!!!!
Edited -- May 25, 2015
OK, now that I have finished book 2, I can sit down and gather my thoughts in order to get the reviews written.
This is the debut book by this author. And what a way to come onto the scene. When I was approached by the author to read and review this series, the blurbs grabbed my attention and since I am such a fan of suspense filled romance, I was happy to help in reading and reviewing.
This is one of those books that is hard to write an accurate review without giving to much away. And as you know, I am pretty anal about not throwing spoilers in my reviews so that people can experience the books and get the most out of them.
The series is veiled in mystery and intrigue. You know that something is going on behind the scenes but you just cant put your finger on it. And the more the story unfolds, the more mystery seems to shroud the edges of what is playing out before you. Nothing is what it seems and nothing ends up the way you think it is going to. And anyone that follows my reviews knows how much I LOVE when this is the case.
I wouldn't label this as a dark romance, and I also wouldnt label it as Romantic Suspense. But there is defiantly a sense of suspense and mystery to the series. It is not over powered by sex scenes, and one of the things I found I appreciated the most, was that the sex scenes actually meant something. The chemistry between the characters is obvious. You can almost feel the intense pull that they have towards each other, but this is not a story of insta-love (thank goodness) and at the same time it isnt so drawn out that you are yawning through the pages as you chant "just get on with it" in your mind.
Mark is a complete mystery. I could not figure him out to save my soul. Nothing he did made any sense. And his actions were so unpredictable and confusing, I actually found myself thinking that Saturday needed to just kick him to the curb and be done with him. He did some of the most bizarre things and literally made no sense. He ran hot and cold. And although you know that fear is his driving force, nothing is lending any answers as to why he is the way he is. And the story is written so well, that you tell yourself "just one more page" and next thing you know its 2am and you have fallen asleep with your ipad in your lap because you NEED to know what is going on.
Saturday is not your typical leading lady. Although she has some sass to her, she is more of the quiet kind of girl. She is nobody's doormat, but she is not the outspoken, doesnt care what anyone thinks kind of girl either. She is willing to sacrifice her own well being for the needs of others, and finds herself giving more of herself than she has to give more often than not. She is the kind of girl that is beautiful but doesnt know it. She has a sense of humor and a heart of gold. She is the girl that believes in 2nd chances and happily ever afters, but not so lost in a fantasy that she isnt grounded. And all of that combined made her an extremely unusual and unique leading lady. The author did a brilliant job creating her. I loved that she is unlike most of the leading ladies we read about. Saturday had this amazing inner strength and drive to be who she was and not who anyone else thought she should be. She was even raised in a wealthy family, and walked away from the turmoil of home to chase her dreams, against her parents wishes. She worked 2 jobs to get the bills paid and never complained or felt entitled to anything. She held no grudges against the parents that basically dropped her because she wasnt doing what they thought she should do. She just manned up and did what she needed to do in order to be who she wanted to be. And I loved this about her. She was real. You could connect with her. You felt for her, and understood her. And even though she was a bit of an emotional wreck, you could understand why and were able to look past the bit of wishy washy part of her that would normally make you want to reach into the pages and smack the crap out of her and you scream for her to wake up and smell the coffee.
I read this one in 1 sitting. I literally couldnt put it down because of my deep seated need to know what was going on. Mark was so mysterious, and seemed almost stalker like, that I couldnt decide if he was a good guy or a bad guy. And right when I felt the story was getting somewhere... it ended.
Warning..... cliff hanger ending. Gah.... right when it was really staring to unfold and pieces to the puzzle were fitting together, it ends. I wanted to scream. I wasnt prepared. I needed to know what was going on. And I tried to make the pages turn thinking my device had frozen. No way did the author end it like that.... but she did. *sigh*
Next!!! Bring on book 2. Thank goodness I had it. And this is one of those times you are thankful for the invention of ebooks and instant access bc had it been a paperback and I would of had to wait until a store opened and then drive to purchase the 2nd book I may of had a bit of hair loss from pulling my hair out....
This was an excellent start to not only a new series, but for the debut of a new author. I hope that once the author has finished up with this series, we will find more from her headed our way. Behind the Blindfold did not disappoint...
**I was gifted a copy of Behind the Blindfold in exchange of an honest review**
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