Overall Rating: 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I have been subscribed to an ARC service for about a year, and I found Patricia Eddy through that service. I read her book, On His Six, and quickly fell in love with her story-telling. As is the case with someone like me who reads A LOT of books, I almost missed the release of the next book in the Away from Keyboard Collection, Second Sight. And I’ll be honest. I am incredibly thankful that I didn’t miss it. I have wanted Dax’s story, and Eddy created a story that quickly made him my favorite character within this series.
Second Sight is the story of Dax and Evianna. In On His Six, Ryker’s story, we meet Dax, Ryker’s best friend from his days in the military and a fellow POW survivor. Unfortunately, neither of them fared well back in the real world: Ryker hides from his friend and much of society and Dax, blinded during his captivity, hides behind work. Both of them struggle with their experience, and it has created problems in their friendship, namely Ryker’s absence from Dax’s life.
As the story begins, Dax is still reeling from Ryker’s re-entry into his life. He prefers to continue on as if nothing has changed, even though Ryker is making an effort to repair their friendship. However, Dax is struggling. Can he let Ryker back in?
Enter Evianna, a CIO for a tech company, preparing for the release of an industry-changing technology. This tech is her baby, and her life has revolved around its creation. Unfortunately, after firing one of her top employees, she finds herself threatened by him. After several frightening situations, she decides to hire Dax’s security company for protection. From the outset, Dax is drawn to Evianna. As the threats become more life-threatening to Evianna, Dax feels an innate need to protect her. In their time together, Dax and Evianna’s attraction grows, but Dax struggles with letting people into his life due to his disability and disfigurement from the months of torture as a POW. Will Dax allow Evianna into his heart? Will he recognize that she doesn’t see him as damaged or a burden? Will he let go of his past to find his future? Those are the questions of Eddy’s book.
If you asked me what I love most about Eddy’s writing, I would say her story-telling. Oftentimes with romance, the development of story is secondary to the chemistry of the characters or their $exual chemistry or even the character development itself. Eddy is a masterful story-teller. She absolutely knows how to create characters who move a story along. The depth of Dax’s character is the angst of this story. There is a moment in the Boston Arboretum that is essential to understanding the depth of Dax’s despair over his “brokenness.” Eddy crafts this moment to illustrate the significance of Dax’s worry over acceptance. She puts these words in Evianna’s voice: “This one’s…broken. Damaged. But it’s still beautiful. […] It fell, but …it still smells just as sweet as the rest.” It’s this quintessential moment in Eddy’s story that grabs the reader’s heart as the realization of Dax’s pain is evident. And at that moment, Dax too realizes he is not broken. He is simply a different version of an earlier self. You can’t help but read this part of the story and not feel goosebumps up your arms because Eddy makes you feel the heaviness and importance of it.
I think the other part of Eddy’s writing that I love beyond her storytelling is her willingness to allow her characters to fall in love without too much angst. There is usually a bit of a fight, but it is never prolonged, and the hero and heroine then work together to overcome the outside threat to their relationship.This happens in this book with Dax and Evianna. They are quick to become attracted, quick to realize their feelings, and fairly quick to fall in love. This is the power behind her stories; they are more than just romance. They are romantic suspense with more suspense than romance, in my opinion.
I’ll be honest. I couldn’t put Second Sight down. It has equal parts romance, action, and angst. It is driving and keeps you engaged throughout. Even better, the epilogue is EVERYTHING. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, By Lethal Force, Ford’s story. I read the Prologue for the next book, and all the qualities of Second Sight and On the Six are in it.
Read this book. You will definitely not regret it.
In love and romance,