Review: Blindsided by JL Campbell (Relative Ties Book 2)

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Gordon Raimes is used to having things his way and is a man on a mission. When his fiancée leaves him standing at the altar, he’s blindsided by her desertion. Embarrassment is the last thing on his mind, but family matters. He’s been a man in charge all his life—charming, decisive, and forceful. Caroline’s retreat, and subsequent disappearance, forces him to question his methods. When he’s unable to get her to communicate, he pulls out all the stops to fix what’s wrong between them and get the woman of his dreams to the altar, where she belongs.

Caroline Byrd is living her dream—following her passion and looking forward to life with the man at the center of her world. Then family problems, involving the law, turn things upside down. There’s no way a man like Gordon can understand what she’s going through, and she cannot risk embarrassing him and his family any further. Her plan to disappear fails because Gordon refuses to cooperate, but Caroline knows it’s a matter of time before he discovers her secret. Has she given up too quickly on the man she loves or will he prove her suspicions true?

N.B. Blindsided is a sweet romance. While there are references to the act of lovemaking, there are no open-door love scenes in this book.

My Review:

Gordon and Caroline had me stressing out for a minute. At first I didn’t know what secret she could possibly be holding onto that would make her want to walk away from a man that she loves. Once that secret came out I understood why she wanted to run, but I also feel like she should have told Gordon before the ceremony. He would have her back and protect her. But fear has a way of stopping you from moving forward.

So much inner turmoil going on between the Gordon and Caroline. They each have their own inner issues to deal with and while reading you start to wonder if they will ever heal and be together again. Blindsided was a really great book and makes you think about how much stuff you hold onto in your life, what you should let go and what you should ask for help with.

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