Sunday, February 4, 2018

Book Review: 'Fighting Blind' by C.M. Seabrook

Having first encountered Canadian author C.M. (Chantel) Seabrook in one of her joint venture novels, it is terrific to see how smoothly and elegantly she is able to place a paranormal romance before us and pull us into her fantasy so successfully. Her solid publishing list includes CARA’S TWELVE, as well as the THERIAN AGENTS paranormal romance series, and the co-authored MATED BY MAGIC series. Chantel lives in London, Ontario and is passionate about her writing – an obsession with fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction – and the result if some of the most polished ‘out of the ordinary’ stories you will likely encounter. Oh, and she has an Honors Degree in Anthropology from Western University – and that may have conjured her paranormal Therian series that is so popular.

We first meet our main character Theo who is a MMA fighter: ‘Twenty-five and retired. I grunt at the thought. Most men my age are just starting their career in the octagon, but I’ve got bigger plans. Plans that don’t involve having my teeth rearranged every couple of months.’
But on to the story: ‘Mackenzie Brooks is everything I've ever wanted. Three years ago, she walked out of my life. No explanation. Just gone. With the biggest fight of my career only weeks away, she walked back in. I'll do anything to protect her. Destroy anyone who tries to hurt her. When it comes to Mac, there isn't a line I won't cross. I've loved her my entire life, and now that's she's back I won't let her go. She refuses to speak about the past, or the secrets I know she's hiding. I know she's planning on running again. But when you love someone, you stay and fight. Even if you're fighting blind.’

This story shifts character emphasis with each chapter (Theo/Mackenzie), offers background by a back story of three years earlier and returns to the present reconciliation crisis – a technique that makes the story more credible and tense – until finally we reach the steamy erotica – and C.M./Chantel writes that particularly well. But what makes this new book unique is the manner in which the story develops – it is a movie in the thinking stage! This is a solid story about second chances that works on every angle. Grady Harp, July 16

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