Harley and I had our whole lives planned out, until her plans changed, and those plans didn't include me. After years spent trying to get the love of my life out of my head and repair my too-damaged heart, I thought I was finally moving on…but life sure has a funny way of letting you know when those best-laid plans are about to be turned upside down. My entire world was rocked when Harley unexpectedly moved back to Oak Springs. Every miserable moment I'd spent trying to get over her and every hour I'd wasted trying to erase her from my life came back to haunt me the minute she walked into my office, fear in her eyes, and asked me for help. Would I…or better yet, could I walk away from her this time after all that she had put me through? What I really needed to know is would I be able to forge ahead with the future I had so meticulously planned—one that didn't include Harley—or will her return finally open my eyes to a future full of endless possibilities? Blind Love is book five in the Cowboys and Angels series.
I love second chance romances so I think that was a big part of why I was looking forward to this story so much. I was dying to know what exactly went wrong with Harley and Tripp all those years ago. I wanted to see Harley with the Parker women, to see her hold her own with them. On that aspect I was certainly not disappointed. The moments between the women really had me laughing out loud at times.
I wanted to shake Tripp more than once in this book. He frustrated me at times but I understood where he was coming from. Seeing him open himself back up was great.
There's definitely a connection between these characters. You see glimpses of them in their youth, which you need to truly appreciate who they grew up and turned into. I wound up really liking both of them and was rooting for them to figure things back out.
Again, this is technically a standalone but I would recommend starting at the beginning. You'll fall in love with the Parker family and really appreciate them more and more with each book. I enjoyed getting to see this family again. For me, the pacing of this book worked well. Even when I was frustrated with characters and wanted them to SEE each other it all flowed so well.
I enjoyed this title and look forward to the next in the series. I would recommend this title.
There were also parts of the story that I was not totally sure I was able to buy into, that seemed a little over the top and maybe just a little more than I was able to believe felt realistic.
But, here's the thing. This is the author's style, to be a little over the top, a little dramatic, and a little more emotional than maybe you would want the people you encounter in your daily lives to be. At first, I didn't like this, the over the top feeling...but now, I find I enjoy it.
Tripp and Harley have a past. It's a little painful, a little unresolved, and a lot of miscommunication. But, so many of life's issues are exactly that...a situation that would have gone differently if there was discussion and a little understanding. Add in the fact that their issues started when they were too young to deal with the real life problems that they were faced with, and you end up believing in the events that pulled them apart. And wanting to see them figure out a way to come back together.
I loved that Tripp, at the beginning, isn't single and has moved on. For the second chance romance to work, the characters need to have moved on enough that they are not totally broken by events of the past, but not moved on to the point where you think they have totally gotten over one another. This balance worked in this book, and I enjoyed it.
I recommend this title, and all of it's emotional, over-the-top fun!
The knock on my office door had me looking at my watch. Shit. It was seven. “Come in.” The door opened, and Cord walked in. “What in the hell are you still doing here this late?” I shrugged. “I guess if I was being honest with myself, hiding.” He sat down in one of the chairs facing my desk. “From?” “Hell, I don’t know. Everyone.” He nodded. “You want to talk about it?” I dropped my pen onto the desk and scrubbed my hands down my face while leaning back in my chair. “Fuck, Cord. I’m twisted up inside. I’m really trying to give this thing with Mallory a go.” “What’s keeping you from doing that? Her kid?” “No, hell no. I love little Laney. She’s precious, and I honestly hardly ever see her. Mallory is pretty strict about that. I’ll go over to pick them up for dinner or a movie, but I rarely hang out at their house. Mallory says she doesn’t want to confuse Laney.” Cord lifted his brows. “Really? I would think Mallory would want you to get to know each other better.” “Yeah, who knows. Maybe it’s for the best anyway.” “So, what has you holding back?” I stared at him. He already knew the answer. The five-foot-two, gorgeous brunette with the sun-kissed skin, and crystal-clear eyes that sparkled like emeralds was the reason I was so fucked up. “I think you already know.” He smiled. “Harley?” I pointed to him. “Right, as usual.” Pulling in a deep breath, Cord said, “She is looking damn hot. I heard Todd Schneider has been asking her out.” My brows pulled together. “Steed’s old high school buddy?” He nodded. “How do you know this?” “Corina told me.” My jaw dropped. “She told you, but not me?” Tossing his head back, he let out a roar of laughter. “Dude, why in the hell would she tell you?” “I don’t know. Maybe because she’s my best friend, and she knows I dated Harley.” “She also knows, like everyone else in town, that you’re now dating Mallory.” “Still, she should have told me.” “Why? Would it have made a difference to what is happening between you and Mallory?” “To know that Harley is dating? No.” I was getting better at telling myself that lie. Each night I laid in bed and thought about that fucking letter she wrote me. I had torn it up without even reading it. I had regretted it the moment I put it in the shredder. “She said she had Milo in for a check-up, and Todd was in there with his new puppy. She overheard him asking Harley to dinner.” I swallowed hard. “And Harley said no?” He gave me a look that said I was pathetic. “Harley said no.” Letting out the breath I hadn’t even known I was holding, I leaned back in my chair. Cord stared at me. “Tripp, are you over her? Are you really able to say you can move on with another woman?” “If you had asked me that before Harley came back I would have said probably. Maybe.” “That shouldn’t make a difference, Tripp. What does her being back in town have to do with it?” I let out a gruff laugh. “For starters, when I see her a flood of memories come rushing back. If Mallory is with me I can’t focus because I’m afraid she’ll catch me stealing glances at Harley, or she’ll ask me if I still have feelings for her.” “Do you?” “Yes. No. Yes.” With a lift of his brow, Cord gave me an incredulous look. “Which one is it?” Closing my eyes, I sighed. “I don’t know.”