Blog Tour and My Review: Eyes Open by Rachel Caid

Blog Tour and My Review:  Eyes Open by Rachel CaidEyes Open by Rachel Caid
Series: Finding Home #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis

Keep them shut.
Block out the pain.
No one sees the truth.
Until him.
He wants too much.
He wants it all.
He wants me to live with my
Eyes Open.

I received this book for free from Amazon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

Eyes Open is book 2 in the Finding Home series by Author Rachel Caid. It is a contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone.

“I can pretend nothing scares me, pretend to still be that girl who can take life by the horns and wrestle it to the ground. One side cold and alone, the other burning to be whole.”

We first met Christine and Craig in Healing. They had an undeniable connection, but Chris was unable to let go of her past to see the possible future that was reaching out to her.

“He makes me feel as if he’s seen the scars and isn’t disgusted by them.”

Craig is a gentleman and passionate lover. He gives everyone important in his life the full attention deserved. He is smart, wealthy, has a creative mind, and is in love with a woman who is incapable of freely giving herself to him.

“I will chase you, I will find you, and I will break down any barrier you put between us. You are mine. Always.”

Eyes Open is Christine and Craig’s beautiful love story. But it’s more than that. It is an acceptance and healing story for Christine. Accepting her past, acknowledging her present, and receiving healing for the future. She was a remarkable character, having faced so much but finding light and strength in her darkness and despair. Craig was a sexy, swoon-worthy alpha-male, but not so much that he became an over-bearing or lacked thought for Christine’s opinions and wishes. He challenged Christine. But was always her biggest fan, cheering her on, giving her the hope and the love she needed to see herself the way he did. He also protected her and gave her a safety net to fall back on and cling to, when needed. The relationship that evolved with Craig was one of trust and loyalty. These two characters were truly meant for each other, balancing the scales of memories and dreams to bring a remarkable reality that was greater than either of these. The storyline kept a steady pace and offered glimpses of some of the characters I’d already come to love, as well as giving further hints to those that I hope will be explored in the future. One particular part of the plot stood out to me, halting my breathing and making me feel so much compassion for Christine. The repeated cycling of this theme served to make me further aware of just how much she had lost and regained with the love of those around her and an acceptance of the occurrences that shaped her into the enduring woman she became. There were moments of sadness and longing, of things that could never be undone and would forever be melded onto the slate of Christine’s life. But friend-moments brought out crazy stories that had me laughing out loud. A special person and confidant that stood out the most was Cecelia. She was a lifeline for Christine. Her words and mannerisms were that of a sweet and caring mother. While her wisdom and resolve gave profound moments of understanding and release. Author Rachel Caid scripted a life-changing story that transformed heartbreak and brokenness to eternal bonds and love.

“I want a love so strong, so deep and amazing, that angels in heaven are jealous of it. One that transcends death.”

Excerpt

“Craig, this is Travis, my date. Travis,” I answer while turning to face my guest, “this is Craig. He’s a friend of my brother’s.” Out of the corner of my eye I see Craig flinch at the description, but he recovers quickly. Looking back and forth between Travis and me, Craig takes a moment before speaking.

“I thought we were friends, too, Christine.” Unable to control my reaction, the sting of Craig’s words causes me to flinch.

He’s right, we are supposed to be friends, but I’m not in a “friendly” mood. I’m still licking my wounds from his rejection. Months ago we had agreed to stop pursuing anything more than friendship when Craig kept beating his head against my carefully built wall. The arguing had escalated quickly; after only knowing each other a few weeks we started to spend most of our time together fighting. I had hoped for the fairy-tale beginning to a beautiful romantic movie. Instead, our story seemed more likely to end up on some seedy afternoon talk show.

4.5 Stars

About Rachel Caid

Rachel Caid lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She is a self-proclaimed coffee addict with no plans on recovery and an avid reader of all types of romance. Her day job is very black and white, so she enjoys being able to lose herself in the colorful world on novels; whether it’s reading or writing them.

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