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Christine was a complete and utter hypocrite, she went on a date with Travis but was a b!tch when she thinks Craig is dating! She was completely self-centred and I couldn't stand her character for the first portion of the story but I have to say she won me round in the end. Her attitude totally changed and my heart broke for her once we got to the root of her problems.
Christine had been through a tragic event in her past that she kept to herself. I have to admit I knew what it was going to be before it came out!
Craig was a great hero, he stuck by Christine through thick and thin and his feelings for her never wavered!
The first half of this book I didn't know if I was going to be able to finish it but the second half turned it all around. I was hooked by 50% and couldn’t set the book down. This was an emotional read and had me reaching for the tissues!!
I received a ARC in exchange for a honest review.
Eyes Open is book 2 in the Finding Home series by Author Rachel Caid but can be read as a standalone. Christine and Craig had such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. Christine struggled to let go of her past and had to deal with so much my heart broke for her. Craig was determined to bring Christine's wall completely down and i loved reading their journey through this. Great beautiful and emotional read.
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Months ago, when Craig and Christine first got together, things were intense. The attraction they shared was overpowering and they got real close real quick, and in that maelstrom of emotion things went pear shaped. Craig, who has a history of being hurt by women who keeps secrets, realized that Christine had a secret that she point blank refused to come clean about.
Both of them being stubborn and pig headed ... that was that. They broke up, but still that connection is there, and since they live in each other's lives Craig's best friend and business partner being engaged to Christine's sister, something's got to give.
Written as an interconnected standalone, told from dual POVs, we get a recap of what happened between these two in the background of the latter part of Healing, book one of Rachel Caid's Finding Home series woven through the opening pages of Eyes Open.
Rachel employs a delicate touch as this story meanders around before eventually crashing headlong into Christine's secret. One that, at least in broad terms, you'll probably see coming a mile away, but the writing is so engrossing that, if you're anything like me, you'll be captivated and heartbroken as past and present collide, and sympathize with Craig who is, in large part, powerless to act, at least in the caveman way that his male instincts urge him to.
So much darker than its predecessor, it nevertheless captures the same spirit of family and closeness that permeates both, this story tugs at the heartstrings until they're strained and taught, soothes them only to snap them right to breaking point once more.
Even still, there's room between the covers for fun and hilarity, joy and togetherness, some rather hot sex, and a few twists and turns.
Beautifully told, I absolutely loved it.
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."
What I love the most about Rachel's writing is the amount of heart and soul infused into each of her books. I can almost feel the pieces of herself that she leaves behind.
Christine and Craig feel like real people with real issues. No overly dramatic trumped up bullsh*t. Just two people living life dealing with everything that comes with it, family, friends and jobs. It's a balancing act for sure but then there is always something that happens that turns it all upside down. For Christine and Craig that something is each other.
Christine is holding back. I knew from reading Healing that she had a secret. One that she doesn't feel the need to share. It's not anyone's business if it isn't hurting them. Right?
Sometimes in life bad things happen and we have to learn to deal and move on. Christine thinks she has done just that. Until Craig. Christine wants Craig. Craig wants Christine but he's not going to settle for less than all of her. This story is about what happens when carefully constructed walls come tumbling down and Christine is forced to expose her darkness and trust those closest to her to love her just the same.
Christine and Craig's story touched my heart and opened my eyes! Sometimes all it takes is a sliver of light to obliterate the darkness.
I don't know where to really start with this review. This book was all to real for me.
I have been in the shoes of Christine.
Eyes Open is a story about a woman who is living in fear of her past. She is afraid to get close to the one man who could show her what a relationship or love really is. But first she has to live with her Eyes Open.
Anna is a woman who had to suffer through the one terrifying event that no woman should ever have to go through. She seeks help from someone she can trust. Anna meets Craig and he awakens everything she had thought she had lost in herself. She comes face to face with her past. She finds her strength in Craig. He helps her life with her Eyes Open.
Craig is the one man that could hold her togethor. He fights her demons with her. He tries his hardest to not let her give up. He is a beautiful man with nothing to give but his heart and soul. He is strength and backbone to survive.
This book was fantastic. An HEA that is beautifully written. Rachel has a way with her writing that will suck you in from the first page.
If I could give Eyes Open 10 stars, I certainly would.
I can't wait till the next book is released.
He never wavers, and is great at teaching Christine that she is a survivor.
There is plenty of hotness and times you want to shake the characters, but you get dual POV to help the story.
I believe this is 2nd in the series, and you can read it as a stand alone.
I will be going back and reading the 1st...maybe by then the 3rd will be out!
Worth the read for sure!