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  • Heart-wrenching, gripping, brilliant

    This book is a masterful exploration of life without sight, gut-wrenching despair and hopelessness, and healing. Dax is broken in body; his captors in Hell avenged Ryker’s escape by blinding Dax and continuing their physical torment. His flashbacks and the way the story is told makes it so immediate for the reader that you feel wrung out by the end, affected in ways you might not have expected from a novel. Patricia D. Eddy is a magical storyteller; while you read her words, you are in the world she’s created, tripping over the bag left on the floor, listening for clues. In fact, there are parts of the book where I felt blind; although I was reading the words, I was with Dax; my world was black and I felt his initial panic. There is romance and love too, crafted into the story with Evianna a perfect match for Dax, with her empathy and courage - and intelligence. There are some resolutions to previous situations in this book, but they won’t detract from its strength if you haven’t read the earlier Away From Keyboard books. For those that have read them, Wren features here with her delightfully quirky curse terms. I still feel raw from the effect of this book; I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Brilliant story line and amazing characters!

    This is book 4 in the Away From Keyboard series and it features Dax and Evianna. Wow! This book was brilliantly written! The fact that Dax has been able to come this far out of the nightmare of his past and run this successful company at the same time, is amazing. Evianna is a brilliant coder and needs Dax to keep her alive and find out who’s after her and why. There is so much action, drama and deep, deep emotional discovery. What a ride! Brilliant story line and characters! This is my first book in this series and I can’t wait to go back and read the first three. I also look forward to the next one.

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  • Second Sight

    Loved it truly one of the best reads of the past Covid-19 months. C.M.

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  • Really, really good example of top-notch writing

    I had started and stopped writing this review at least four times, if not more, in the hours since I finished the book. It isn't because I had a problem, or didn't like the book, it was because I didn't know what to say, and when I figured out what to say, I wasn't sure how to say it. I was one of the lucky people who were able to read an ARC of this book. Second Sight was far more than I expected, and delivered, by far, more emotion than I could handle. This is the first of Patricia Eddy's books to make me cry. I don't mean get teary eyed, I mean the "I have to stop reading and find a tissue" sort of stuff that never happens to me. It seems to be my month for reading tear-jerkers disguised as very well written romance novels. And I didn't even tear up in the places everyone would guess that I did. But I'll talk about that shortly. When I picked up Second Sight, I expected to read about Dax, only the second of two people to ever survive Hell, a series of underground caves in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan. I knew, from the previous book, On His Six (which featured a character I'm still in love with, Ryker), that Dax had been blinded after Ryker escaped. He was eventually rescued and returned to his hometown of Boston. I knew he ran a private investigation service (and I know that calling it that is the understatement of the year, but I don't want to put spoilers here, so I'm forced into it). That's all readers of this book knew going into it. He and Ryker had been close, and now were struggling because of the scars, both physical and mental, from their time in Hell. What I didn't expect this book to do was pull the rug out from under me, and make me realize that calling this a romance is a bit of an overstatement. Yes, there's romance here, but I truly do not believe that is the story Patricia Eddy wrote. The romance between Evianna and Dax is secondary to the real meat of the story - the convergence of Ryker and Dax. When I say convergence, I mean two very powerful characters, each with their own depth, coming together with a lot of force. It wasn't explosive, but it WAS incredibly intoxicating to read their exchanges. I hung on each of their words and wondered how the author had created this, since all of their conversations are on the phone. There is not one physical meeting of the two in this book, yet when I finished, their encounters were what I remembered of the book. So I did what anyone would do, I read it again, all the way through. The second read-through didn't change a thing for me. If you are looking for emotion, look no further. This book is about the emotion borne between two men who experienced ruthless, unending torture; who kept themselves sane by tapping messages to each other in code that they had to change every week or so; who carried the emotional scars with them like shields, held up to protect them from ever having to feel again; and most of all the emotion of two men who survived anything but didn't know how to put their friendship back together. That's what you'll get when you read this book. And then, once they finally accept that their friendship survived Hell, you will be able to see into the love affair between Evianna and Dax, and understand why he thinks she was made for him. As always, Ms. Eddy puts all the parts of a novel together effortlessly. I am a technical reader - I want to know that the author is controlling the plot, pace, characters, arc of the story, all the way through. She does this in every book I've read. But this book was different. This book may lose readers along the way because it is a slow boil. Anyone looking for explosive and hot steamy scenes between Evianna and Dax will have to wait through half of the book at least. And anyone looking for the bad guys to physically attack will be waiting a while also. What you won't be waiting for is a dramatic book that builds from the first page until the last. I usually am satisfied with an HEA, but in this case, I'm not. I wanted this book to go on, to tell more of the story that I know is there. That means that Ms. Eddy needs to get herself in gear and start writing the next story in the Away From The Keyboard series. I'll be waiting.

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  • The author has a way of just drawing you in...

    After reading On His Six and seeing Hell through Ryker's memories, I knew that Dax's story would be heartwrenching. And it was, in all the right ways. Dax was so, so very broken. I cried through his retelling of his time in Hell and losing his sight. I felt his discomfort in not being able to see how he came across to Evianna in their initial meeting. Evianna makes for a perfect counterpart to Dax - strong, willful, intelligent and understanding. She steps into his world without knowing what he needs, and then rises to the challenge. We saw past characters, but the story stood strong on its own. You don't need to have read the previous three books.... but do yourself a favor and read them anyhow. This author has a way with storytelling that just pulls you in. When I pick up her books, I know that nothing useful will get done until her characters are done telling me their stories. I look forward to the next, and (not so) secretly hope we still see a lot more of Ry and Dax as they both learn to heal.

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