Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Blind Faith (T. Hammond)

It's been a difficult year for Teresa March, to say the least. After a freak accident left her blind, she put her mind to relearning many of the day to day activities she once took for granted. Add in a talking and smart-mouthed dog, two gorgeous men competing for her love and attention, police assignments, and more danger than she ever expected to find herself in...well, Teresa is more than ready for a break. She thinks the much needed down time is right around the corner until her boyfriend and almost fiancee is forced to reveal he already has a wife, and son, when an accident put's his son's life in danger. Teresa is left to pick up the pieces and figure out what just happened.

Having already read the first two books in the series, I already loved the characters. I wasn't disappointed in this new addition to the series. In fact, I was thrilled Bas was such a focus. In earlier books, Bas and David compete for Teresa's attention, with David winning and Basbeing  forced to spend every day watching the two of them together while he works with David. I loved David's character from the beginning, but I always rooted for Bas. With David making such a monumental mistake by proposing to Teresa while still secretly married, it opens the door for Bas to challenge David's place at Teresa's side.

It was a bittersweet turn of events, though, because Teresa is devastated by David's actions. The level of emotion in this book is top tier. The characters take you through constant emotional ups and downs. It's impossible not to connect with them and feel everything right along with them. Teresa's pain is heartbreaking, yet there are beautifully sweet moments with Bas that soften the sting. Hammond did an excellent job of showcasing these two characters as they learned more about each other, and more about themselves. Red's attempt to understand everything and offer his two cents on the matter add lighter moments when it's needed to keep the emotional tenor balanced out.

In the previous two Team Red books, there was always a strong romantic current, but their work with the police and military played a big role in the story arc. I found that wasn't the case as much with this book, as it focused mainly on the turmoil Teresa and Bas go through as they deal with David's lies. To be honest, though, I really didn't mind. By book three I was so invested in the characters that I really enjoyed having so much of the focus being on their individual trials. The action isn't completely abandoned, however. In the last third of the book, several situations develop that leave the team not only defending their turf, but also showing what they can really do. Anyone would want Bas at their back in a fight!

Just as with the first two books, there are several scenes that are quite sensual and descriptive. There are also conversations dealing with sexual topics and there is a fair amount of profanity as well. This is meant for adult audiences, so readers should be prepared for that when they pick up a copy.

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T. Hammond lives in Spokane, WA with her goofy, neurotic, long-coat German shepherd, Dexter; he's noble and brave, until someone turns on the microwave, then she has 100lbs of quivering dog trying to hide behind her chair or bury his head under a pillow (Little known fact: a 100lb German Shepherd CAN fit under a coffee table).

Writing is not a calling so much as it is a compulsion. No one is more surprised than she is when characters take over the plot and dialog, and (re)direct stories in directions she had not (consciously) intended. She is fully convinced that the writer is the tool a story uses to tell its tale. Some tools, of course, are more appropriate for the job than others. Here's hoping, you feel she did her stories proud.

T. has a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Whitworth University, and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and before becoming a writer she was a bookkeeper, technical/manual writer, Call Center Manager and the owner of a freshwater aquarium store, Guppy Tales.

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